Washington (CNN) - Al-Shabaab, the al Qaeda-affiliated militant group in Somalia, has recruited more than 40 Muslim-Americans and 20 Canadians, U.S. Rep. Peter King is set to say Wednesday as he opens a third congressional hearing on Muslim-American radicalization.
Wednesday's hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security will focus on al-Shabaab and the results of a committee investigation into the threat it poses to the United States, King, a New York Republican, plans to say, according to a transcript of his opening statement provided in advance. "The committee has been briefed by intelligence agencies and we have interviewed dozens of experts on al-Shabaab," the statement said.
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday that the debt reduction bill advanced by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, falls $500 billion short of its promised savings.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released an analysis Wednesday concluding that Reid's bill would save $2.2 trillion over the next decade while raising the debt ceiling by $2.7 trillion.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will meet with America Muslim leaders in the next week, his communications director confirmed to CNN.
Cain's spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said Cain reached out to a group of leaders to discuss religion and politics, but would not release any more details in advance of the event.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin accused President Obama of "scaring" the American people over the importance of raising the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline.
"Scaring the American people is exactly what President Obama is doing," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News. "The president's getting pretty good at this fear mongering and trying to cram down the public's throat this idea of bigger government, more spending."
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CNN: Impasse on debt ceiling deal drags into critical week
A vote on a Republican plan originally expected for Wednesday was postponed Tuesday after the Congressional Budget Office said it failed to reduce spending and deficits as much as advertised. The proposal was unveiled Monday by House Speaker John Boehner.
CNN: The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama
On one side, [House Speaker John Boehner] has President Obama painting him as a stubborn teenager who is unwilling to meet halfway on the debt ceiling. On the other side, he has the small but powerful tea party freshman class in the House, many of whom are unapologetic in their desire not to give an inch on tax increases and are quite willing to push the negotiations to - and possibly over - the edge.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The GOP-leaning independent group Crossroads GPS is stepping up its attacks on the Obama administration. Wednesday it launches the newest ad in its $20 million media campaign criticizing the president's economic policies, CNN has learned.
The group says it is spending $3.5 million on this new advertisement, which is set to air on national cable TV in the key swing states of Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.