WASHINGTON (CNN)– In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: President Obama is set to sit down Wednesday with his top generals for several high-profile meetings on Afghanistan. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian takes a look at how Obama is approaching one of his most important foreign policy challenges.
Plus: A major setback Tuesday for supporters of the so-called "public option," as two Democratic amendments to include the measure were defeated during a Senate committee vote. But Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, the sponsor of one of the amendments, insists the public option is not dead yet and vows to continue his push to keep the issue on the table.
Meanwhile: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks terror attacks and emergency preparedness since 9/11. Are America's cities equipped to handle a terrorist attack? Wolf Blitzer gets the answers.
Finally: Democratic strategist Paul Begala and Republican strategist Rich Galen weigh in on a Facebook poll about President Obama so controversial that the Secret Service is investigating it. The two strategists sound off on the heated rhetoric.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was in the hot seat on the second day of her Senate confirmation hearings. The judge faced harsh criticism from Republicans and received praise from Democrats. In today's installment of CNN=Politics Daily, watch a complete recap of today's nearly seven hours of testimony.
(CNN) - President Obama will pick his first Supreme Court Justice, after breaking into a White House press briefing and confirming Associate Justice David Souter's retirement after 29 years on the bench. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN's Jill Dougherty takes a look at the president's options as he looks to name Souter's replacement.
Plus: The GOP is bracing for a battle over the Supreme Court Justice's surrogate. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash looks at conservatives' plans to fight the president every step of the way.
Also: CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger has Republican-turned- Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter's take on the president's decision.
Finally: Cuban-Americans are taking advantage of their new freedom to return to their homeland by celebrating May Day in Havana. But former Cuban President Fidel Castro is making a provocative claim that the United States wants Cubans to "return to the fold of slaves." CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the situation from the island nation.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: President Obama issued a part progress-report, part-pep talk Tuesday in Washington. The president sees "glimmers of hope" for the US economy, but warns that we're "not out of the woods just yet." CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian looks at the strategy behind the speech.
Also: Does the president have a clear plan for solving the country's economic problems? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider looks at the latest numbers in a new poll.
Plus: New York Gov. David Paterson is on the brink of making a major announcement concerning gay marriage. CNN's Mary Snow has the breaking story.
Meanwhile: Tensions are growing as North Korea vows to restart its disabled reactor and walk away from the negotiating table. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian looks at what the White House is calling "provocative threats."
At the same time, the Obama administration may be fine-tuning its approach to Iran's nuclear program and weighing some sweeping changes. CNN's Brian Todd looks at the enormous potential ramifications.
Finally: Pork opponents brace themselves for the annual "pig book": CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar gets her hand son the latest edition of an annual publication that takes a closer look at how Congress is using your taxpayer dollars.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama goes head-to-head with pirates. After a sea captain's dramatic rescue off the coast of Somalia, the president vows to crackdown on pirates and hold them accountable for their crimes. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the commander-in-chief's reaction to the daring sniper operation rescue.
Plus: A dramatic shift in US policy toward Cuba. Listen to President Obama usher in a new era of openness toward the island nation after 50 years of sanctions.
Also: Since he took the oath of office, President Obama has been confronted with the North Korean missile launch and the standoff involving the pirate seizure of an American ship. Do Americans trust that the president is doing everything he can to keep the country safe? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider breaks down the latest numbers.
Finally: Arizona State University tells President Obama it's sorry. The university isn't planning to reverse course and offer the president an honorary degree, but offers up another option. Former Bush advisor Ron Christie and Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen talk about the controversy in Monday's Situation Room.
President Obama pushes his new ties with Turkey, wooing a predominantly Muslim nation and telling the world the United States is not "at war with Islam." In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry looks at the president's outreach to the Muslim world.
Plus: Mission Accomplished? President Obama has been making a big splash on his European tour, but how is his trip playing out at home? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider breaks down the numbers in the latest CNN poll.
Also: If you think the president's economic plan is ambitious, take a look at his plan for nuclear disarmament. Can President Obama rid the world of nuclear weapons? CNN's Brian Todd takes a look at the world's stockpiles.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama and other world leaders gathered in London for the G-20 summit are greeted by protestors and rioting. CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports on world leaders' discussions on the economic and financial crisis.
Also: The Obamas meet the Queen of England. CNN's Abbi Tatton reports on the president's working dinner with other leaders and first lady Michelle Obama's "ladies night" with the other wives.
Plus: Good news for former Sen. Ted Stevens - CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports on the Justice Department's decision to drop all charges against him.
Finally: CNN's Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports on Sen. John McCain's alternative to President Obama's budget plan.
(CNN) - In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: President Obama makes his European debut as chief executive. How is his performance being perceived abroad and at home? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider looks at the numbers.
Also: Americans are looking on the bright side. CNN Democratic Strategist Paul Begala and Republican Strategist Ron Christie weigh in on a new poll that shows Americans don't blame the president for their economic woes.
Plus: A new administration, and a new shot at opening doors to Cuba. Could the forbidden island once again be an option for U.S. tourists? CNN's Jim Acosta takes a look at a new effort to end the current travel ban.
Finally: Kathleen Sebelius in the hot seat. The president's second choice pick for the Health Secretary position squared off with senators at her confirmation hearing Tuesday. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash has the story.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: President Obama set tough terms for a new bailout, calling for "painful concessions" from General Motors and Chrysler. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian looks at the president in the driver's seat as he forces the GM CEO out.
Plus: Cash for clunkers. The president is supporting legislation that would provide vouchers to people who were willing to trade in their gas guzzlers for clean cars. CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar looks at the plan in the works on Capitol Hill.
Also: President Obama may take some heat this week at the G-20 summit in London, as some countries blame the United States for the global economic crisis. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley looks ahead to the president's first big appearance on the world stage.
Finally: Is it appropriate for the president to effectively fire a CEO of a company? Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen and Republican Strategist Tony Blankley discuss the "murky" line between the public and private sector in Monday's Strategy Session.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: President Obama unveils his Afghanistan strategy, vowing to "disrupt, dismantle, and defeat" that nation's al Qaeda network. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian looks at the president's plan.
Plus: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen drops by the Situation Room. Watch Adm. Mullen pinpoint some of the safe havens for terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including Osama bin Laden.
Finally: Fury on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers who rallied hardest against corporate bailouts are seeing a backlash for getting checks of their own from employees of bailed-out companies. CNN's Brian Todd is following the money and the outrage.