(CNN) – Because we’ve seen so many ups and downs in this race for the Republican presidential nomination, I’d like to recommend that we all take a deep breath and let the process play fully itself out.
I say this because so many pundits already assume that Mitt Romney has it in the bag. He’s certainly is a front-runner for the nomination, but he’s not there yet.
Atlanta (CNN) – Even while I’m here at the CNN Election Center in Atlanta getting ready for the Iowa caucuses, I’m hearing disturbing murmurings from my national security sources in Washington about North Korea.
They clearly don’t know what the new leadership in Pyongyang is going to do but they are bracing for a possible provocation on the Korean peninsula.
(CNN) – It's not even a week since all U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, but the situation there is quickly deteriorating. I don't think it's by any means out of the question that civil war is possible.
The terror attacks in the country today were brutal – scores dead, many more innocents wounded. The pictures are horrendous.
(CNN) – When I got up early this morning, I got an e-mail from CNN's Arwa Damon in Baghdad. She had been hearing that CIA Director David Petraeus was spotted in Iraq in recent days. She asked me to check it out with my sources in Washington, which, of course, I did.
I learned that the retired U.S. Army general who once commanded U.S. forces in Iraq had indeed gone to Iraq – this time as head of the CIA. I was also told he was already back in Washington safe and sound.
(CNN) - Some relatively good numbers for President Obama are in our new CNN/ORC International Poll. His job approval number is now 49%, up from 44% in November. That’s not fabulous but it’s certainly moving in the right direction for him.
The overwhelming majority of the American public likes him, as well. In the new poll, 76% say they approve of him as a person; only 19% disapprove.
(CNN) – Exactly a year ago, I spent six days in North Korea. It was an incredibly tense time on the Korean peninsula but things eventually calmed down. The past year has been relatively quiet.
But I now fear that could change with the death of Kim Jong Il. This is likely to be a very tense time as the transition to his young and untested son, Kim Jong Un, unfolds.
(CNN) – Having interviewed Michele Bachmann on many occasions, I can easily say she is one tough lady. She is not shy at all about speaking her mind. And that was very obvious at the GOP debate Thursday night in Iowa when she unloaded on Newt Gingrich.
She told him that it was "outrageous" for him to say she gets her facts wrong. "I'm a serious candidate for president of the United States," she declared repeatedly.
(CNN) - Three weeks to the Iowa caucuses and anything is still possible, including an upset win by Congressman Ron Paul.
As you know, he has lots of devoted supporters. He has an excellent organization in Iowa. He could surprise a lot of people and actually win the caucuses – to the dismay of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
New York (CNN) - I spent some quality time with Donald Trump today at his office in New York. Having interviewed him many times over the years, I can assure you he remains vintage Trump. He has very strong views on virtually every issue out there – though they are not always what you might think.
He doesn't lack in self-confidence. He's understandably very proud of his accomplishments. He's a firm believer of what my father used to say to me all the time growing up in Buffalo, New York: "Remember, son: if you don't promote yourself, no one else will."
(CNN) - With Herman Cain dropping out of the Republican race for the White House, what happens to his “9-9-9” tax plan? The short answer, of course, is that it’s gone.
What isn’t gone, though, is a desire for major tax reform in the United States.