Washington (CNN) – Whatever you choose to call it - a charm offensive, an olive branch or just dinner - President Barack Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans is certainly a change of pace.
And on Sunday, those Republicans seemed guardedly optimistic the new approach from the White House could work, though they were quick to acknowledge that no amount of broiled sea bass or upcoming visits to Capitol Hill could produce the kind of compromise that's eluded the two sides since Republicans took control of the House in 2010.
(CNN) – Many GOP critics say President Barack Obama should halt his golf games as the federal government weathers mandatory spending cuts, but one former Republican is taking the opposite tack, suggesting Obama golf more.
But there's one important caveat to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's advice: The foursomes can't be made up only of friends.
(CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says the budget he will unveil this week counts on a repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health reform law, a position which is unacceptable to many Democrats and unlikely to become law.
Asked on "Fox News Sunday" about the political reality that a repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, Ryan responded, "Well, we believe it should, that's the point. That's what budgeting is all about. … It's about making tough choices to fix our country's problems. We believe that Obamacare is a program that will not work."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's newfound desire to meet rank-and-file Republican lawmakers may be more about politics than pact-making, House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy suggested Sunday.
Last week, Obama took a dozen Republican lawmakers to dinner in Washington, and later invited House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan for lunch at the White House. Next week he'll head to Capitol Hill for meetings with the full GOP coalitions in both the House and the Senate, as well as the entire Democratic caucus in each chamber.
(CNN) - As major voices within the Republican Party evaluate the GOP's next steps forward, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sees promise.
"I'm excited that I think we're seeing the renewal of the conservative movement in the Republican Party and I want to be part of that, for sure," he said in an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) – The stalemate in Washington is not because President Barack Obama has held himself above meeting with Republicans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.
In an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union," the chamber's top Democrat said Obama respects congressional Republicans and called "just really not reality" the idea that Obama could have prevented gridlock by meeting with the GOP sooner.
(CNN) – Christine Quinn, the front-running Democratic candidate to become the next mayor of New York, made her bid official Sunday, saying her aim was to keep the metropolis "a place for the middle class."
New York "needs to remain and become even more that place of opportunity," Quinn said at a press conference in northern Manhattan. "A place that's a beacon for the middle class and for people who are fighting so hard to get into the middle class. And I'm running for mayor because I want to keep New York City that place and make it more of that place."