(CNN) – Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, appears to be pleased with the latest developments in the effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons
The senator, who was outspoken about his strong hesitation to give President Barack Obama congressional authorization for unilateral strikes, credited the president with the latest turn toward diplomacy.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and his closest advisers are making it clear: They will not negotiate on the looming debt ceiling.
In an interview on Sunday with ABC, Obama said he "will not negotiate...on the debt ceiling" because making a debate over the credit of the United States the norm would alter "the constitutional structure of this government entirely."
Washington (CNN) – Five years after the economic collapse that defined the first 100 days of President Barack Obama's presidency, the White House is taking credit for "strengthening" the economy, with the president preparing to embark on a week of events aimed at making that argument.
Gene Sperling, a senior economic adviser to the president, said Sunday that while the economic decisions the Obama administration made in 2009 were controversial – citing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the auto bailout and revamped banking regulations – all have outperformed their original forecasts.
(CNN) - In his closely-watched visit to Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a campaign-style speech highlighting the Obama administration's accomplishments and painting himself with a fresh coat of the "Middle Class Joe" tint he so enthusiastically embraced in last year's presidential race.
Biden gave the keynote address at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola for the first time since he appeared on the same stage in 2007 as a presidential candidate. Biden finished a distant fifth in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
New York (CNNMoney) – After months of contentious public debate, Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, sources familiar with the decision confirmed to CNN.
President Obama said he spoke with Summers earlier Sunday and accepted his decision.FULL STORY
(CNN)– Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama's longtime adviser, is back on the basketball court after being hospitalized last week.
Pfeiffer retweeted this tweet Sunday from Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich:
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Sunday the threat of U.S. military force in Syria remains, despite a U.S.-Russian agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons. But Sen. John McCain said the agreement is “meaningless.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the agreement Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.
Washington (CNN ) - When The New York Times published an opinion piece by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, Sen. John McCain was one of many elected officials who reacted with ire.
McCain, a vocal proponent of increased U.S. intervention in Syria, said in an interview on CNN’s “The Lead” that he was “offended” and joked he would like to be able to write an op-ed of his own for the Russian newspaper Pravda.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich knocked President Barack Obama on foreign policy Sunday, saying the president is "leading from behind" in the United States-Russia negotiations over Syria's chemical weapons.
"Russian influence just increased in the Middle East dramatically. We are now relying on the Russians. We're now following from behind," said Gingrich, who's now a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire." "This is not a good long-term position."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued Sunday that the United States lost all of its leverage in the negotiations over chemical weapons in Syria, giving Russia a win.
If Congress had moved more quickly and given the president authorization to strike Syria, things would look more favorable for the U.S., he said on CNN's "State of the Union."