(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll this weekend at Maine's GOP convention.
The Kentucky Republican, who's seriously considering a bid for the White House in 2016 and who spoke at the convention on Saturday, took just over a quarter (26%) of the 690 ballots cast.
As Congress returns to session after a two-week break and President Barack Obama returns from his trip to Asia, the leaders face new and ongoing challenges domestically and overseas. While new sanctions to punish Russia for continued aggression in eastern Ukraine are expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant that he will not negotiate with a unity Palestinian government.
If you missed the Sunday political talk shows, we’ll get you up to speed on the latest events and opinion in Washington with this comprehensive round up of all things political.
(CNN) - Fresh off a speech to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, former - and potentially future - GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum praised a controversial new gun law in Georgia.
The bill, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal last week, will allow Georgians to carry guns into some bars, churches and government buildings.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton joked he's trying not to make too many waves because his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, "might run for something."
"One of the sad things is, of course, since you don't have any power, nobody cares what you say - except if your wife might run for something you've got to avoid messing up too bad," Bill Clinton said Saturday in Michigan.
(CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday that Hillary Clinton is "terrific" and she hopes the former secretary of state will run for president in 2016.
"You know, all of the women - Democratic women, I should say, of the Senate urged Hillary Clinton to run. And I hope she does," the freshman Democrat from Massachusetts said on ABC.
But Warren didn't give a firm answer when asked by host George Stephanopoulos if she'd endorse Clinton, the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, should she launch a campaign.
(CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued to duck questions Sunday on whether he would launch a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
"My focus is entirely on the future of the people of Indiana. We'll let my future take care of itself," he said on "Fox News Sunday” when asked about his plans.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sweep through Asia has been peppered with one international crisis after another and has left critics questioning whether the United States is losing its footing abroad.
Noting the ongoing mess in Syria, Russia's power stance on the border of Ukraine, and the breakdown of progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, CNN's Candy Crowley asked lawmakers and White House officials on Sunday - where does the United States stand?
(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel cannot negotiate with the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while it is backed by Hamas.
"I call on President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas," Netanyahu said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - The racism controversy embroiling Don Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has reached half way around the world to Malaysia, where President Obama is on a diplomatic mission to Asia Pacific nations.
At a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Sunday, Obama was asked about racist comments Sterling allegedly made about African-Americans.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) – In a country with a questionable human rights track record that has left some Malaysians hesitant to speak openly against their government, there were small signs of dissent during President Barack Obama’s town hall forum at the University of Malaya on Sunday.
And they literally were small signs - as Obama spoke about the importance of showing respect for those he disagrees with, several audience members stood and displayed handheld signs.