Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Surrounded by a massive American flag, a modest late-summer crowd and three governors with possible designs on the White House, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that she will seek a second term.
At a brief, sun-drenched outdoor rally in downtown Greenville, Haley, one of the most vulnerable members of the 2010 class of Republican governors, asked for another four years in office and rattled off her accomplishments: more than 37,000 new jobs across the state, welfare reform, tax cuts and rigid opposition to President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona had two words to conservatives who want him to back a government shutdown threat in their effort to defund Obamacare:
Crossfire hosts S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter discuss Syria with Wolf Blitzer.
Washington (CNN) - A top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee urged the Obama administration against taking unilateral military action in Syria, in part because of how it would look in the international community.
Sen. Jack Reed said Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that unilateral action would be "a mistake" and that with a coalition the "political pressure would be sufficient" to pressure the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad. Potential partners could include Great Britain, France and Turkey, he said.
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“MORAL OBSCENITY”: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that a chemical attack in Syria last week was "inexcusable" and "undeniable," adding that there was "a clear reason that the world has banned entirely chemical weapons." Kerry accused Syria's government of "systemically destroying evidence" of the attack. But he said the accounts of aid organizations and the symptoms shown by the victims "strongly indicate" the use of chemical weapons against civilians, something he called "a moral obscenity." Kerry said that President Barack Obama "will be making an informed decision about how to respond" and "believes there must be accountability."
REED CALLS FOR A COALITION: Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, Armed Services Committee, on CNN’s the Situation Room, “I think unilateral action would be a mistake. I think we have to enlist all of the - a willing coalition. The statements by Great Britain, by France, by many others, the acts and statements of some of the Turkish leaders, suggest that they would be supportive but what the secretary and the president has to do is build this coalition.
WOLF BLITZER: “Including from the Arab League, Arab friends of the United States?”
REED: “I hope so, because without their participation it looks as if this is just a Western vs. Islamic struggle. It's not. This is to vindicate a basic rule of international law that these weapons will not be used, not by Iran, not by any power.”
New York (CNNMoney) - The United States will reach the limit of its borrowing authority in mid-October, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Monday.
At that point, Lew warned, unless Congress has raised the debt ceiling, the Treasury Department will only be able to pay the country's incoming bills with the cash it has on hand.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A Republican National Committee event Monday commemorating the 1963 "March on Washington" took a political turn when a speaker called out African-American politicians he said are exploiting their posts for dishonest ends.
"We must be honest about those black politicians who are standing on those who sacrificed and are using that position for corrupt purposes," said social activist Bob Woodson Sr., the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. "We need to call them out, because they are moral traitors. They are moral traitors. But we're silent about that."
(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria "inexcusable" and "undeniable" on Monday, adding that there was "a clear reason that the world has banned entirely chemical weapons."
He said that evidence "strongly indicates" chemical weapons were used in Syria and that "we know the Syrian regime maintains custody" of such weapons and has the rockets to use them.
Read a transcript of his remarks below.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama recognized a soldier's struggles on and off the battlefield when he presented the Medal of Honor on Monday.
Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter received the top combat valor medal for demonstrating "the urge to serve others at whatever cost," Obama said, when his combat station in Afghanistan came under attack.