(CNN) - Although both Republican Rep. Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy picked up votes in a weekend recount, the unofficial numbers did not change each man's standing – with Murphy still ahead – and, regardless, the latest count may not factor into the final totals.
Following the recount of early ballots cast in St. Lucie County, Murphy had 65,841 votes to West's 52,704 in that county.
Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after Barack Obama won his re-election campaign, protesters gathered Sunday to call on the president and his administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and to act on climate change.
While Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would support construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline, for the jobs he said the pipeline would create, Obama in the past has rejected rapid approval, citing what he called the "arbitrary nature" of the deadline Republicans proposed for passage and the need for sufficient time for the State Department to gather information necessary for a project that crosses into the American border.
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday that former President Bill Clinton once again try his hand at forging peace between the Israelis and Palestinians as another day of violence lit up the sky on the border between Israel and Gaza.
Israeli Defense Forces aircraft struck targets in Gaza on Sunday, including some where they said the militant group Hamas was launching rockets. Rockets from Hamas streamed toward cities in Israel, including Tel Aviv.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama continued his outreach with business leaders over the weekend to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff and economic growth, a White House official said Sunday.
The official said Obama spoke with the CEOs of four Fortune 500 companies over the weekend after gathering a dozen CEOs of other major American companies at the White House on Wednesday.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden met first responders who had lost their homes to Superstorm Sandy and saw the damage for himself on Sunday as he toured parts of the New Jersey coastline hit hard by the storm.
He received a briefing on the recovery efforts in Seaside Heights, where Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told him, "If we don't get Seaside Heights back up, we're going to lose our entire economy."
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie poked fun at himself and his state on "Saturday Night Live," joking that in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, he has "smelled like a wet fleece for the past three weeks."
"It's basically fused to my skin at this point," he said of the jacket, which he was often wearing when photographed following the storm. He wore it, for example, when President Barack Obama toured the battered Garden State coastline.
(CNN) – The resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director over an extramarital affair continues to reverberate around Washington, and a panel on CNN's "State of the Union" said Petraeus' legacy would be a lasting influence on American foreign policy. The panel also discussed the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, with CNN's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley, and looked at what is likely to happen regarding the upcoming fiscal cliff.
Gerald Seib , Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, said that Petraeus had been a role model for junior military officers and created the modern counterinsurgency theory that the military considers "gospel." Seib added that the blow to the Pentagon would be "considerable."
(CNN) - With the so-called fiscal cliff looming, legislators continued on Sunday to express optimism that a deal would be reached - but members of the two parties remained entrenched on one of the major sticking points, tax revenue.
Asked if she could "accept a deal that does not include tax rate increases for the wealthy," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded, "No."
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich had harsh words Sunday for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s suggestion that he lost the election because President Barack Obama offered “gifts” to African-Americans, Hispanics, and young voters.
“I just think it’s nuts,” Gingrich said on ABC. “I mean, first of all, it's insulting.”
(CNN) – Republican legislators on Sunday questioned the motives behind the Obama administration’s initial description of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, after Friday briefings on Capitol Hill from the former CIA director.
Asked whether the Obama administration’s initial description of the attacks as “spontaneous” was an attempt to avoid a discussion about terrorist groups being involved, Sen. Roy Blunt said, “Until you hear a better explanation, that's the only conclusion you could reach.”