The Sunday political talk shows covered a lot of ground, from foreign policy with Russia to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ongoing effort to repair his damaged reputation amid the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal. Politicos threw in some debate about Obamacare and the 2016 presidential race for good measure.
If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:
Senator Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” Wednesday that a newly declassified document provided evidence of how the intelligence community has misled Congress about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance programs.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden returned to the Senate to vote on the START treaty just two days after surgery for prostate cancer.
Wyden had surgery for early stage prostate cancer on Monday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
(CNN)- Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden will undergo surgery for early-stage prostate cancer next week, according to a statement released by his office. The timing of this surgery will possibly cause Sen. Wyden to miss critical votes in the Senate.
"After my annual physical in late November, I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery, which will be performed December 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Alan Partin.
Washington (CNN) - The congressional battle over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts continued Sunday when Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would accept a two-year extension of the current tax levels, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said he would accept a one-year extension.
"I've said that neither side has the votes to get what they want, so I think we're going to have to kick it over for about two years," Hatch said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) – While Congressional Democrats and Republicans threw dirt bombs at one another over health care on Tuesday, two Senate veterans engaged in actual bipartisanship a few blocks away on an issue far from the headlines: Tax reform.
Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Judd Gregg, R-New Hampshire, spoke before a small audience at the Heritage Foundation on a bill they introduced last month to dramatically overhaul federal tax law.
In terms of its scope, Wyden-Gregg is big. For individuals, the bill would halve the number of individual tax rates to three. It would end the Alternative Minimum Tax, which lawmakers have been "temporarily" fixing for years so it doesn't smack middle-income families.
It would consolidate the three different kinds of individual retirement accounts. The Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act would also clean up the corporate tax system. It would get rid of the current rate structure and replace it with one flat corporate rate of 24 percent, and eliminate a lot of big corporate tax breaks.