Washington (CNN) – The temperature's rising between Sen. Marco Rubio and the White House over immigration reform. And it got to the point Tuesday that President Obama picked up the phone.
Earlier Tuesday the Republican senator from Florida's press secretary put out an email release stating President Barack Obama and his staff were not working with congressional Republicans on immigration reform.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚," "The Situation Room" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - So let's try and recount why we are where we are: In August, 2011, Washington was trying to figure out how to raise the debt ceiling-so the US might continue to pay its bills-when a stunt was hatched: Kick the can down the road.
And not only kick it down the road, but do it in a way that would eventually force Washington to do its work: Invent a punishment.FULL STORY
(CNN) - As the debate over immigration reform continues to heat up, a new grassroots effort is underway in which two dozen immigration and progressive groups are working to make sure the issue stays on Washington's radar.
Their message? Pass a bill–and soon.
(CNN) - A recently-released photo from the White House shows President Barack Obama editing his inauguration address just over a week before delivering it at the start of his second term.
Among the handwritten changes is the replacement of the phrase "not what we look like" with "not the color of our skin," the words he went on to deliver January 21.
(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown said he wasn't drunk when he tweeted this: "Bqhatevwr."
The Massachusetts Republican, who was ousted from his seat in November, sparked a round of questions on Twitter last month after posting multiple late-night tweets, including one that seemed to come from some fumbling thumbs.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of diminished emergency services, longer airport security lines and other problems if Congress fails to reach agreement on avoiding the harshest impacts of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin March 1.
With firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders standing behind him, Obama said that "people will lose their jobs" if the forced cuts are allowed to take effect.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court will wade once again into the politically tricky issue of campaign finance laws, agreeing to hear a challenge to individual donation limits in federal election campaigns.
At issue is whether strict limits on direct campaign contributions by individuals– in the Federal Election Campaign Act– violate the First Amendment. Oral arguments will be held in the fall.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that forced spending cuts set to take effect March 1 won't grow the economy or create jobs, which he called the top priorities of his administration.
He warned that "people will lose their jobs" if the cuts take effect, and he called on Congress to pass a smaller package to avoid the harshest impacts if a more comprehensive agreement can't be reached in less than two weeks.
Republican ideas, he added, for avoiding forced budget cuts "ask nothing" from the wealthiest Americans or big corporations, saying that the GOP prefers having the reductions take effect instead of having "a single tax loophole" disappear for those who don't need it.
(CNN) - With more than 20 months to go before the midterm congressional elections, incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell's team is already attacking Democrats for not yet fielding a candidate to challenge the Senate minority leader.
McConnell's campaign released Tuesday its first web video of the campaign, a parody that attempts to depict President Barack Obama as being frustrated with the potential crop of Democratic contenders in the state.