Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted Monday to take up legislation extending for four years key provisions of the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law passed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The vote was 74 to 8, and signals the measure should easily pass later this week, although opponents indicted they may drag out the process.
(CNN) – Three weeks before the first Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney remains the front-runner in the battle for the state that holds the first primary in the road to the White House, according to a new poll of Granite State voters.
Full results (pdf)
But a CNN/WMUR survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire also indicates that the race is far from settled, with nearly nine in ten potential Republican primary voters saying they haven't come close to making up their minds and more than four in ten saying they're not satisfied with the field of GOP candidates running for president.
Listen to CNN Radio's Bob Costantini and CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser discuss the poll results:
TOPICS: New Hampshire primary
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama did not specifically mention key U.S. ally Saudi Arabia in his Middle East speech last week because he couldn't single out every Middle Eastern country individually, an administration official said Monday.
"You can't, obviously, address every single issue and relationship in the Middle East," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday, answering a reporter's question at a press briefing.
(CNN) – A close adviser to Mitch Daniels promised Monday that the Indiana governor would "continue to be part of the conversation" during the presidential race, but he offered scant details when asked if he plans to endorse a candidate or recruit a new face into the Republican field.
"I can see him wanting to contribute to the cause but there is no timeline or shot clock" for choosing a candidate to support, Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb told reporters on conference call Monday.
Washington (CNNMoney) – White House adviser Elizabeth Warren returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to defend the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against Republicans who want to curb and control the agency's powers.
In a House Oversight subcommittee hearing that's being held to attack oversight of the bureau, Warren will focus on highlighting the need for the bureau, detailing all the different checks and balances on it, according to prepared testimony released Monday.
Washington (CNN) – Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and John McCain, R-Arizona, formally introduced a bipartisan resolution Monday expressing Congress' support for U.S. military action in Libya, laying the groundwork for what could be the first congressional action on the mission since it began more than two months ago.
But the resolution falls short of explicitly giving the president congressional authorization for U.S. military involvement in Libya.
Washington (CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan may have waved off a run for President in 2012 in his appearance on a Sunday talk show, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday he would like to see Ryan make a bid for the GOP nomination.
Assessing the 2012 Republican field after Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels announced this weekend he would not run, Cantor said he thought the GOP candidates already in the race "are strong candidates," but he also noted, "it's early still. These campaigns will begin to focus as the primary season nears."
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts announced Monday he opposes fellow Republican Paul Ryan's controversial plan to overhaul the Medicare health care program for seniors.
"While I applaud Ryan for getting the conversation started, I cannot support his specific plan – and therefore will vote 'no' on his budget, Brown wrote in an op-ed appearing in Politico.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – How exactly is the Treasury Department keeping the U.S. going, after the country has hit the national debt limit? A debt limit means no additional net borrowing - at a time when the federal government pays roughly 40% of its bills precisely through borrowing.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner calls the answer "extraordinary measures". Financial juggling is another way to say it.
This week, American Sauce lays out exactly what the Treasury is doing to limbo under the debt limit and buy Congress about two months of time to find an answer.
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