Washington (CNN) – Musician Kid Rock, who was a celebrity surrogate for Mitt Romney, said President Barack Obama wasted no time in jokingly acknowledging their campaign rivalry Sunday.
"It was nice. I saw the president tonight. He said, 'I'm still here.' I said, 'No hard feelings,' " Rock said, laughing.
Washington (CNN) – An array of talents was on display Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors gala where President Barack Obama toasted the lifetime achievements of an iconic ballerina, a famed comedian, a timeless actor and two chart-topping musical acts.
In the 35th installment of the honorary event, late-night show host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, blues musician Buddy Guy and the rock group Led Zeppelin joined the ranks of the top musicians, dancers and actors of their time.
(CNN) - Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Montana, skirted around speculation he might throw his 10-gallon hat in the campaign ring for a 2016 White House bid, but gave a playful nod Sunday to voters in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
"It's way too early to talk about 2016," he told a political panel on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." "I'm the governor of Montana until January. At that point, I'll no longer have the governor's mansion. I'll no longer have a driver. I won't have security so I'll have a little more time on my hands. I think I did mention that I have a warm regard for people of Iowa and New Hampshire."
(CNN) - Warning that "the clock is ticking," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday reiterated her threat to bring about a House vote on a bill that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for families making $250,000, but would allow the tax breaks to expire for those above the threshold.
The Democratic-controlled Senate already passed its version of the bill in July, with strong support from President Barack Obama.
(CNN) – With higher taxes and large spending cuts potentially just weeks away, a panel with CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday looked at whether Congress and the White House could come together to forge a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
A.B. Stoddard, associate editor of The Hill newspaper, said that discussions were moving backward rather than making any progress. She said Republicans feel that President Obama is "inflaming" the negotiations by taking his case directly to voters, as he did this week in Pennsylvania.
Washington (CNN) – On a brisk Sunday in Washington, President Barack Obama took a short trip to Joint Base Andrews to play golf with big names in the Democratic Party - former President Bill Clinton and Clinton's longtime aide and candidate for governor in Virginia Terry McAuliffe, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
Clinton and Obama have a history of golfing with one another. In September of 2011, a golf outing by the former and current presidents fostered the tight relationship that was featured throughout the 2012 campaign.
(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was blunt in his assessment Sunday of where negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff are headed. "I think we're going over the cliff," he said.
"It's pretty clear to me they've made a political calculation," the South Carolina senator said on CBS' "Face the Nation," calling the administration's initial proposal offered Thursday "a joke" when it comes to entitlement reform. Graham, like other Republicans, has said he's willing to accept new tax revenue, but only if it comes with significant changes to entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
(CNN) – Scoffing at President Barack Obama's deficit-reduction proposal, Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma on Sunday likened the fiscal cliff plan to a child’s overly optimistic holiday list.
"I want to thank the president and Tim Geithner for reuniting and re-energizing the Republican caucus," he said. "That offer - they must think John Boehner is Santa Claus because that's a Christmas wish list, not a real proposal."
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner painted a bleak picture Sunday when talking about fiscal cliff negotiations between the White House and Republicans.
"Right now I would say we're nowhere. Period. We're nowhere. We've put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there to try to get this question resolved, but the White House has responded with virtually nothing," Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday."
(CNN) - Two high-profile senators disagreed Sunday on the president's deficit-reduction proposal but expressed optimism that a deal can be reached before Congress hits an end-of-the year deadline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire discounted the plan presented by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday, saying on CNN's "State of the Union" that the proposal was a "rerun" that resembled previous policies President Barack Obama has put forward, yet failed to see through in the Senate.