Washington (CNNMoney) - The Senate is taking a swipe at China's undervalued currency - long accused of hampering the U.S. economy by spurring global trade imbalances and economic hardship for U.S. manufacturers.
The Senate is considering a bill that would slap new duties on imports from nations whose currency is undervalued - a provision aimed squarely at China. If it clears a test vote Monday, the measure could be passed by the Senate later this week.
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain said Monday he disagreed with former vice president Dick Cheney's assertion that the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki could be equated with enhanced interrogation techniques.
"They're two entirely different things," McCain said Monday on CNN's "American Morning." "One is that this was specifically authorized by Congress after 9/11. And it's action that is taken against a declared enemy of the United States of America. I'm glad they did it. I'm glad that they will continue."
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina's Republican Party is risking losing delegates by holding a January 2012 presidential primary but the strategic move will keep the state from losing its first-in-the-South presidential primary status to Florida.
"Truly we will remain the state that picks presidents. A 30-year track record, candidates know they got to come here, we anticipate remaining in that spot," said South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly, speaking at party headquarters in Columbia Monday.
(CNN) - Former Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain tweeted this picture Monday of his meeting with businessman Donald Trump in New York. Also pictured are two of Trump's children, Ivanka and Eric.
(CNN) - I don’t know whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will run for the Republican presidential nomination. By all accounts, he’s reconsidering his earlier adamant refusal to run. Indications now are he will announce his final decision within 48 hours.
He should be under no illusions if he runs. His entire life will be scrutinized and will immediately change. His positions on key issues will be examined. He will be questioned about tough domestic, social and national security issues.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's reelection team issued its harshest critique yet of the Republican presidential field in a memo Monday, hitting frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry over issues including Social Security and immigration.
Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama 2012, said the GOP candidates have embraced policies the American people oppose in an effort to "win the hearts and minds of the Tea Party."
Washington (CNN) – Nearly 70% of Americans have a great deal or fair amount of trust in their local government, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
This number contrasts dramatically with a CNN/ORC International Poll released last week that had American's confidence in government at an all-time low. According to the poll, 15% of Americans say they trust the federal government to do what is right about always or some of the time.
(CNN) - The frontrunners in the Massachusetts Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, are in a statistical dead heat, according to a new survey released Monday.
The UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll of registered voters showed Brown ahead of Warren in a hypothetical matchup by three percentage points, 41% to 38%, within the survey's 3.8% sampling error.
Washington (CNN) - South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary will be held on Jan. 21 of next year, two GOP sources tell CNN.
South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly will formally announce the date later this morning.
Washington (CNN) – House Republicans tried to seize the political upper hand in the job-creation debate Monday, urging President Barack Obama to support GOP-sponsored legislation designed to ease industry burdens imposed by environmental regulations, among other things.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent a letter to the president noting that the Republican-controlled House is scheduled to consider two bills - an "EPA Regulatory Relief Act" requiring authorities to reissue certain rules in a "less burdensome manner," and a "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act" requiring regulators to reconsider rules affecting an industry critical to new construction.