WASHINGTON (CNN) – Another influential Republican senator on Sunday backed increasing tax revenue as part of a deficit reduction deal, going against a fundamental stance of fiscal conservatives.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said eliminating some tax breaks and subsidies for special interests was one way to tackle expanding deficits.
(CNN) – Comedian Jon Stewart sparred with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace over media bias Sunday and argued that "the bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness," instead of a liberal agenda.
When challenged on how he develops his stinging – and persistent – satiric critiques of Fox, Stewart joked, "It's actually quite easy when you feel it. You got to feel it in your soul, you know?"
Washington (CNN)-Well first of all, Robert Gates would be the first to tell you that as of Sunday, he has 11 – count them 11 – more days as Defense Secretary, after which he is departing Washington. As a matter of fact, he told me he is leaving Washington June 30tht, his last day in office. I mean, literally moving. This is a man raring to go and as he leaves has been – he’s always been very direct – but he’s being extraordinarily direct on a lot of things that worry him. And I think he articulated them pretty well across the three segments of the show.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two influential Republican senators said Sunday they oppose any effort by House Republicans to cut funding for U.S. participation in the Libya military mission.
The comments by conservative Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina came on the 90th day of the Libya campaign - which House Speaker John Boehner says is the deadline in the War Powers Resolution for the Obama administration to get congressional authorization it has yet to seek.
New Orleans (CNN) – Another straw poll victory for Rep. Ron Paul. A surprise second place finish in the vote by former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. And very well received speeches by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Related: Obama impersonator speaks out against GOP claims of inappropriate jokes
But all were possibly overshadowed by the most bizarre moment of the Republican Leadership Conference 2011, the performance of a President Barack Obama impersonator who was pulled from the stage after delivering some controversial jokes.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, took aim Sunday at the field of contenders for the 2012 GOP nomination, accusing them of "isolationism."
"We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world," McCain said in an interview with ABC's "This Week."
Washington (CNN)-Senior re-election campaign strategist David Axelrod told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that he was surprised when former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman began criticizing President Barack Obama after he decided to test the 2012 presidential waters.
"I think he's a very bright, fluent person," he said. "It was a little surprising to me because when we were in Shanghai, we got a chance to talk and he was very effusive about what the president was doing."
Washington (CNN)-Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed triumphs and trials in Iraq Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
"I am worried about Iranian influence (in Iraq)," he revealed. But, "We have taken a real toll on (al Qaeda) over the last two years."
Washington (CNN)-Outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reasserted his belief Sunday that "only time and history" can answer the question of whether the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were the right decision.
"If the United States is directly threatened, I'll be the first in line to say we should use military force," he told CNN's "State of the Union." "It's wars of choice that I've become more cautious about."
Washington (CNN) – The United States has been engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, 11 days before he is set to resign.
"There's been outreach on the part of a number of countries, including the United States," he said. "I would say that these contacts are very preliminary."