(CNN) – Americans shouldn't let Vladimir Putin's opinions get under their skin because the Russian president is a one-time KGB officer whose primary interest is nationalism, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday.
"While we have to deal with him as the president of Russia, we don't have to respect his views. We don't have to respect his opinions," said Gingrich, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."
"And frankly, we should laugh at him when he tries to lecture America about exceptionalism, because he ain't exceptional. He's just one more in a long tradition of dictators and thugs."
Washington (CNN) - In less than a month, the government may shut down. Lines are being drawn. Vacations are being canceled. Friends are becoming enemies.
Are you concerned yet? Confused? Well, if you're not, you should be.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SYRIA DEAL: NOT A GAME… Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S.-Russia efforts to pursue a transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to international control "is not a game." He said it has to be "comprehensive," "verifiable," and "implemented in a timely fashion." "There ought to be consequences if it doesn't take place," Kerry said Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland.
CARNEY: PUTIN’S CREDIBILITY ON THE LINE: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Russian President Vladimir Putin... “Both in his op-ed and in the statements and actions that we have seen from President Putin and his foreign minister it is clear that President Putin has invested his credibility in transferring Assad’s chemical weapons to international control and ultimately destroying them. This is significant. Russia is Assad’s patron and protector and the world will note whether Russia can follow through on the commitments that it’s made.”
(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday defended President Barack Obama after Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican ally for the president, questioned in a CNN interview the president's ability to be commander in chief.
"I think that the American people, at least in my assessment, appreciate a commander in chief who takes in new information and doesn't celebrate decisiveness for the sake of decisiveness," Carney said in the daily press briefing.
(CNN) - One day after making an appearance in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden will stop in another crucial presidential voting state: South Carolina.
The vice president will visit the Port of Charleston on Monday to discuss jobs and infrastructure, the White House announced Thursday. Biden is also scheduled to travel to the Port of Savannah, Georgia later that day.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he was "insulted" after reading Russian President Vladimir Putin's editorial in the New York Times opposing military action in Syria and criticizing the notion of "American exceptionalism."
Boehner declined to elaborate why he felt insulted, telling reporters at his weekly Capitol Hill press conference Thursday, saying,"I think that the president does foreign policy, and I've always believed that while we have opinions, I've probably said more than I should have said. But you got the truth."
New York (CNNMoney) - Wal-Mart said it will go forward with plans to open stores in Washington D.C. now that the capital's mayor has vetoed legislation that would require large retailers to pay higher wages.
Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday overturned a new law, which would have required big box stores like Wal-Mart to pay no less than $12.50 an hour in combined wages and benefits. The city's current minimum wage is $8.25.
Updated 9/12/2013 at 1:20pm
Washington (CNN) – Over 100 people were arrested Thursday morning as a group of undocumented women participated in an act of "civil disobedience" outside Congress, protesting what they call the House of Representatives' inaction on immigration reform.
A large group of the women, some of whom they say are undocumented, formed a sitting circle in the middle of the intersection in front of the Capitol building.
Updated 9/12/13 11:46 a.m. ET
Washington (CNN) – It's not just President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin who don't see eye to eye over the idea of American "exceptionalism." Polling suggests that the U.S. public's also divided over American exceptionalism.
While no recent polling appears to have asked specifically about the term "American exceptionalism," some surveys over the past few years have asked questions about America's position and role in the world.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama and his administration make their case for a military strike against Syria, officials from the president on down worry the regime's chemical weapons stockpiles could eventually endanger America's friends.
"If fighting spills beyond Syria's borders, these weapons could threaten allies like Turkey, Jordan and Israel," the president said in his speech to the nation Tuesday night.