(CNN) – Sen. John McCain agrees that moss is bad - well, for the most part.
The Arizona Republican responded Monday to criticism lobbed by fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who argued the GOP was growing "stale and moss-covered."
Washington (CNN) – Members of Congress will try this week to lock in a spending plan while softening the blow of sweeping, forced cuts - a goal that must be reached in coming days to avoid a partial government shutdown.
The measure, called a continuing resolution, authorizes government funding for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. Current spending authorization expires March 27.
(CNN) – While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said two months ago he was determined to fight for a ban on assault weapons, the outspoken gun critic said Monday he's concentrated on another legislative proposal.
"Our focus is on background checks," he said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 18, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BLOOMBERG TACKLES TOBACCO: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his latest push to keep tobacco products out of sight is an attempt to de-glamorize the appeal of the product for kids and teenagers. “Smoking is going to kill these kids,” he said Monday on CNN's “The Lead” in an interview with Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. “It's going to leave them with not the great career prospects that you'd like, not the education that you'd like.” They mayor said they're trying to dissuade customers from viewing cigarettes as "normal." – Ashley Killough
OBAMA APPROVAL DOWN: A CNN/ORC International poll indicates that President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dipped below 50% for the first time since September, with half of the public saying they disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House. – Paul Steinhauser
GOP APPROVAL DOWN, TOO: According to the poll, 54% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party, with less than three in ten saying they view the GOP in a favorable light.
MARKET WATCH: Stocks fall for 2nd straight day. Worries about Cyprus keep investors on edge. Dow falls 61 points.
Washington (CNN) – On the eve of his first trip as president to Israel, President Obama on Monday delivered a message to Iranian's leadership saying that the country will face increased isolation if it continues to pursue a nuclear policy.
The comments came as part of the president's video address to the Iranian people marking the beginning of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
(CNN) – What does it take for Stephen Colbert to step out of character? A sibling running for office.
Speaking to CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper, Colbert said the South Carolina primary where his sister is a candidate is the first race he's dived into.
(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his latest push to keep tobacco products out of sight is an attempt to de-glamorize the appeal of the product for kids and teenagers.
"Smoking is going to kill these kids," he said Monday on CNN's "The Lead" in an interview with Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. "It's going to leave them with not the great career prospects that you'd like, not the education that you'd like."
Washington (CNN) - On the day that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced for the first time her support for same-sex marriage, a new national survey indicates a small majority of Americans backs such marriages, but that there are major generational and partisan divides, as well as a gender gap.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 53% of the public says that marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be legally recognized as valid, with 44% not supporting same-sex marriage.
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that support for major restrictions on guns may be fading, three months after the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Although a majority of Americans favored major restrictions on guns or an outright ban in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, when a heavily armed gunman killed 20 young students and six adults, a new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that support has tumbled to just 43%, as more time has passed since that December tragedy.