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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(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 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.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to buy toxic assets from banks to unclog jammed credit lines, but critics say it’s a risky move. Will the president’s plan help you acquire money for homes, cars, and small businesses, or will it be a multi-million dollar waste of money? CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian takes a look.
Plus: Is Afghanistan the new Vietnam? Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos and Democratic Strategist Steve McMahon talk about how the war could shape President Obama’s legacy in Monday’s Strategy Session.
Also: The Latin American leader who called President Bush the devil is now calling President Obama “ignorant.” CNN’s Zain Verjee has the story.
Finally: Whose anti-terror policy makes America safer? President Obama takes some heat from former Vice President Dick Cheney on closing Gitmo and the president fires back. Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos and Democratic Strategist Paul Begala “Talk Politics.”
(CNN) – President Obama’s embraced the idea of paying educators according to their performance, but it’s a proposal that doesn’t play well with some key groups within his own party. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian reports on the president’s vision to improve schools.
Plus: Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile join the education conversation, and talk about a controversial Washington Post op-ed that compares Obama to former President George W. Bush in Tuesday’s Strategy Session.
Also: It’s been 50 days since Barack Obama took the oath of office - how do you think the president is doing so far? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider looks at what critics and supporters are saying.
Finally: A bloody new development that could affect President Obama’s plans to bring the troops home from Iraq. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence looks at recent bombing spikes that could sidetrack U.S. withdrawal.
(CNN) - Another Bush policy has been reversed. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama says he’s “taking the politics out of science.” CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the story.
Plus: The pet projects that won’t go away. Senate Democratic leaders are trying again to push through a controversial spending bill that’s pitting Republicans and Democrats against their own. CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider is following the debate.
Also: As the Obama administration scrambles to keep big banks and automakers afloat, Republicans are suggesting an alternative – let them fail. Watch the dialogue in CNN’s Strategy Session.
Finally: Cut out the waste. President Obama’s plan for health care reform takes some cues from his plan to repair the economy. CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin has the details.
(CNN) – Two women have been chosen to lead a massive overhaul of America's health care system. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama finally fills two critical job openings in his administration. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the details.
Plus: Michael Steele slams GOP heavyweight Rush Limbaugh, and the radio show host fires back at the top Republican. CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider has the latest on the controversial remarks in Steele vs. Limbaugh.
Also: President Obama is poised to sign a bill with thousands of earmarks - including some connected to members of Congress who now work for the new commander-in-chief. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash takes a look at the bill that Sen. John McCain calls "insulting to the American people."
Finally: Time may be running short for ‘don't ask, don't tell.’ There's a fresh push against current policy regarding gays in the military - and with President Obama in office, its opponents may just get their wish. CNN's Brian Todd has the story.
(CNN) – President Obama has set a date for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Some are applauding the president’s timetable, others are blasting it, but you’ll be surprised who’s saying what. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash have the details on the president’s Iraq exit strategy.
Also: Do you want a say in how the stimulus money is spent? Now you have it. Some states have set up special websites asking residents for ideas on how and where to spend the funds. CNN Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton takes a look at the wide-range of requests.
Finally: Who will lead the GOP in 2012? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at the potential presidential frontrunners based on a new poll of Republican favorites.
(CNN) – Vote with us, or else. Liberal groups are joining forces, putting the pressure on conservative Democrats to move further left, or be forced out. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin reports on friction within the president's party.
Plus: President Obama is calling it a new era of responsibility. Supporters are praising the president's budget plan, but some critics are calling it a blueprint for class warfare. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash have the latest budget info.
Meanwhile: A major voting rights bill for the District of Columbia passed Thursday in the Senate. CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar has the details.
Finally: When it comes to Americans' views of war, is Afghanistan the new Iraq? CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider has the latest snapshots of public support and hopes for victory.
(CNN) – President Obama hosted a White House summit Monday, taking questions from reporters about the fiscal health of the nation. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, watch the best political team on television analyze the president’s remarks in an expanded edition of the Strategy Session.
Plus: Thanks but no thanks, says one high-profile governor, who may turn down stimulus spending from the Obama plan. CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on which state may reject the president’s stimulus funds.
Also: Conservative Democrats are pushing President Obama on fiscal responsibility, pressuring him to slash spending. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash takes a closer look at the Blue Dog Democrats.
Finally: Is the third time a charm? CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry has the latest information on the president’s likely third pick for commerce secretary.