(CNN) – For the first time in years, "Monday Night Football" viewers did not hear Hank Williams Jr.'s intro "Are You Ready for Some Football?" after ESPN pulled the song from the broadcast following remarks Williams made about President Barack Obama.
In an appearance on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, Williams referred to a June golf game with Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the same team, against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever."
(CNN) - Voters head to the polls in West Virginia on Tuesday in a gubernatorial contest in which national Republicans are trying to tie the Democratic governor to President Barack Obama. And the contest is firmly in the national political spotlight, thanks to an infusion of big bucks that has fueled campaign ad wars over the past three weeks.
The acting governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, faces off against businessman Bill Maloney, the Republican nominee. Tomblin, the long-serving state Senate president, took over as governor last autumn after then-Gov. Joe Manchin, a fellow Democrat, was elected to fill the term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd. Besides Maloney and Tomblin, three independent or third-party candidates are on the ballot. The winner will fill out the final year of Manchin's gubernatorial term.
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's suggestion that the United States may send troops to fight Mexican drug cartels riled officials and spurred debate from analysts on both sides of the border Monday.
Mexico's top representative in the United States rejected the idea, which the Republican presidential candidate mentioned at a New Hampshire campaign stop Saturday.
(CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns that excessive partisanship could well "hollow out" the military, saying "we cannot tolerate" if Congress fails to reach an accord on debt reduction and thereby triggers hundreds of billions of dollars in across-the-board cuts.
Speaking with CNN's Erin Burnett in an interview that aired Monday on the first edition of her program "OutFront," Panetta said that he was prepared to slash about $450 billion from the defense budget over the next decade, as currently mandated. But he described as potentially dangerous any deeper cuts, like the $1.2 trillion that would be unavoidable if a bipartisan panel does not reach a debt-reduction accord in the coming weeks that is then passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.
Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Two of Michele Bachmann’s aides are leaving her presidential campaign.
Pollster Ed Goeas will soon leave, and senior adviser Andy Parrish will return to the Minnesota congresswoman’s congressional office in Washington, D.C., a campaign spokeswoman said on Monday.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t yet declared whether he’ll jump into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, but President Obama indicated that at least one of the moves he’s making is right.
“If the guy’s thinking about running for president, he’s going to say a lot of stuff,” he told ABC News in an interview Monday.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - White House hopeful Mitt Romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech in Charleston, South Carolina at The Citadel Friday, where he'll discuss changes that he believes will "keep America the leader of the world."
The Republican presidential candidate made the announcement about the upcoming speech on talk radio host Sean Hannity's program Monday afternoon.
Washington (CNN) – When news broke in the national media over the weekend that Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s family had leased a property in his native Texas known by the name “Niggerhead,” Perry’s campaign swiftly responded. But so far, almost no one has taken the opportunity to slam Perry over the property’s controversial name. Instead, the reaction has been subdued - even from the White House and from some of Perry’s most prominent and outspoken rivals for the GOP nomination.
Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is on the verge of announcing whether he will seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
In conversations with several sources Monday, it was clear the Governor wants to make his decision this week. One of the sources said Christie spent time this weekend discussing with his wife the pros and cons of a late entry into the race, and this source said look for a decision within the next 48 hours.
Washington (CNN) - One source with knowledge of the "due diligence" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing as part of his decision-making process is a very basic question: Is he ready to run and become president?
This source says that Team Christie is dealing with the question in a methodical way. One obvious area of discussion: Does the governor have time, given the campaign calendar, to make this leap into areas such as national security with which he has little or no familiarity. "Christie is a very smart guy who can learn," this source says, "but there's not a lot of time."