(CNN) – The four survivors of the Republican primary process intend to keep on keeping on after Florida. They all see the White House from their campaign headquarters.
Newt Gingrich thinks he can muddy up a clean win by Mitt Romney by doing well in states that divvy up delegates by percentages won.
Washington (CNN) - Thomas Jefferson famously wrote about the wall of separation between church and state. He didn't mention separating church and politics, but everybody knows it's a sticky wicket.
On Friday, Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist minister, introduced Texas Gov. Rick Perry at at a gathering of social conservatives, calling Perry a genuine follower of Jesus Christ, as opposed to another candidate Jeffress could and did mention in a later interview.
Washington (CNN) - "Cut, cap and balance" is all the rage in some Republican quarters.
Cut a substantial amount of spending to bring down the roughly $1.5 trillion deficit expected this year.
Cap federal spending at 18 percent of the gross domestic product. It's at 24 percent of the GDP now.
Pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution that includes spending caps and makes it difficult to raise federal taxes.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Majority Whip) on CNN’s State of the Union:
“Boehner has been very clear that there are no votes for a tax increase. And you look at the jobs data, it was only 18,000 jobs, Canada has fewer people than live in California, created more jobs than America. You would not increase taxes on the small business, which is what the president wants to do. All that Boehner said was, you've had a negotiation with Cantor, with Kyl, with Biden. They've gotten $2.4 trillion in cuts. So what he's saying is, let's go there, there's no taxes, there are cuts right there, but why don't you also get a balanced budget?”
(CNN) - Highlights from "State of the Union":
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) on CNN's "State of the Union":
In this political mess, well I've got a 2012 campaign, which unfortunately I think this was more written by the political shop than it was by the Pentagon… I think it's very hard to come to any other conclusion when the time line is exactly in line with the 2012 election, with the commanders on the ground saying don't do this.
(CNN) - He's a motorcycle-riding Mormon who speaks fluent Mandarin, a soft-spoken father of seven with eclectic political connections.
Jon Huntsman is a former two-term Republican Utah governor and former ambassador to China for President Barack Obama, whom he once described as a remarkable leader.
Washington (CNN)-Well first of all, Robert Gates would be the first to tell you that as of Sunday, he has 11 – count them 11 – more days as Defense Secretary, after which he is departing Washington. As a matter of fact, he told me he is leaving Washington June 30tht, his last day in office. I mean, literally moving. This is a man raring to go and as he leaves has been – he’s always been very direct – but he’s being extraordinarily direct on a lot of things that worry him. And I think he articulated them pretty well across the three segments of the show.
STATE OF THE UNION HIGHLIGHTS:
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) Maryland, on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Oil prices are set on the international market and there’s absolutely no justification to ask American taxpayers to provide these big subsidies and windfall profits to these oil companies w hen they are already making record profits. What the president has said, let’s not invest that in giving it to oil companies, let’s invest in our nation’s future energy supply. I would say with respect to price, we’ve seen a supply disruption as a result of Libya, which has helped feed a speculative bubble and the only way to address that in the very short term is to consider releasing some of the oil from the strategic petroleum reserve.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina, on CBS "Face the Nation"
“We're gonna have a stalemate if we don't change our strategy. The strategy should be to help the rebels help themselves, provide arms when it makes sense.”
(CNN) – Today, we covered two major developing stories – the attacks in Libya, and the crisis in Japan. Here are the highlights:
Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Chairman, on CNN's State of the Union
I would say that the no-fly zone is effectively in place. We've got combat air patrol or aircraft over Benghazi and we'll have them there for - on a 24/7 basis, start to move to the west. He hasn't flown any aircraft for the last two days. And the whole goal here is to, one, get it in place, two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we affect the humanitarian support. So from that standpoint, the initial operations have been very effective, taken out most of his air defense systems, some of his airfields. Yet, there is still, I think, a great deal to be done.