(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had some startling words for Mike Rice, the now-fired coach of Rutgers University, in a press conference Monday.
The Republican governor, known for his blistering remarks at times, argued the coach's behavior was "completely reprehensible" and animalistic.
(CNN) - Republicans hoping to regain the White House in 2016 would make a mistake by ignoring social issues, one of those potential candidates said Monday.
Rick Santorum, who says he's open to another White House bid and already speaks like a candidate, told CNN the GOP's focus on the economy and taxes, instead of social issues, was what led to presidential losses for the party in the last two cycles.
(CNN) – Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, on Monday joined the wave of senators from his party who are endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time.
The third-term senator, who's not seeking re-election next year, said in a statement his "views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation."
Washington (CNN) - Twelve family members of children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school flew to Washington with President Barack Obama on board Air Force One Monday following the president's speech in Connecticut.
They'll spend two days lobbying senators to pass gun safety legislation, after joining the president for the event in Hartford, during which the president pressed Congress to act in the wake of the Newtown killings.
(CNN) – Nancy Reagan, wife of former President Ronald Reagan, released a statement Monday mourning Margaret Thatcher and acknowledging the close ties between the former British prime minister and her late husband.
(CNN) – With news that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had passed away, the U.S. political world, especially conservatives, lit up Monday with condolences of the woman who became known as the "Iron Lady."
"I think she was a great leader, someone who had a vision, a purpose and went after that purpose and brought everyone along with her for a while," former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on CBS' "This Morning." "But the British people have lost great inspiration. They have lost somebody who should be an example to anybody in political life today."
(CNN) – Chelsea Clinton, the only daughter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, is opening the possibility of her own political bid one day.
"Right now I'm grateful to live in a city, in a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor, my governor, my president, my senators and my representative," she told NBC's "Today" in an interview that aired Monday.
(CNN) – As gun legislation talks between Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, stretch on with no compromise over a provision that would include background checks for all gun purchases, Manchin has begun talks with another conservative Republican, Sen. Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania), sources familiar with the talks confirm to CNN.
A Senate Democratic leadership aide says they "feel positive" about the prospects of brokering a deal that would include a background check provision, but "it's not done and could still fall apart."
London (CNN) – Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in post-war British and world politics, and the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87, her spokeswoman said Monday.
Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.
CNN: North Korea says it's pulling workers out of joint industrial zone
North Korea said Monday that it would pull all of its workers out of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, an economic cooperation zone with the South that is the last major symbol of cooperation between the two countries. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said the country was halting all ongoing activity in the zone and would consider shutting it down for good.
CNN: U.S. gas prices down 32 cents from 2012 peak
A year ago at this time, U.S. gasoline prices averaged $3.97 a gallon. It was the highest average in all of 2012. But it's a much different story this year, as prices continue to fall. The average per-gallon cost in the continental United States is now $3.65, 32 cents less than last year's peak, according to Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the Lundberg Survey. That's a 6-cent decrease from two weeks ago and a 15-cent decrease from six weeks ago.