(CNN) – Following media reports that the National Security Agency tapped the phones of about 35 world leaders, Rep. Peter King said he “can't believe that the President wouldn't have known” more details on the extent of the NSA’s surveillance programs.
"He certainly should have known, if he didn’t,” the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “I think that's almost more of a serious issue that something like that at that level would be conducted without him knowing it."
(CNN) - Decked out in blaze orange and tan hunting gear with a coffee in one hand and a shotgun in the other, tea party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his anti-Washington establishment tune to the Hawkeye state Saturday morning, pheasant hunting on opening day with GOP Rep. Steve King.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should “absolutely” step down, Cruz said, perched at the bar at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, eating eggs and answering questions from journalists before the hunt.
(CNN) – The chairman of the committee that heard hours of testimony this week over glitches in the healthcare.gov website put Obamacare on the chopping block in the GOP weekly address released Saturday.
“At a time when we can do everything from ordering a pizza, flowers or airline tickets, or banking and paying bills, they expect the same reliable service from healthcare.gov – and it’s still not ready for primetime,” Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, said.
(CNN) - In a race already peppered with heated rhetoric and negative campaign ads, the attacks did not let up in the third and final debate between the two candidates vying for Virginia’s governor.
Leading in the polls since the partial federal government shutdown, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe hit opponent Ken Cuccinelli over social issues like abortion and gay rights while Cuccinelli fought back, linking McAuliffe to Obamacare and its rocky roll-out, asking "Why would we expand failure?”
Issues discussed ranged from gun control to bipartisan compromise in the wake of Washington’s shutdown showdown. Though the attacks varied little from previous debates, the candidates hit the ground running, first decrying their opponent’s respective financial plans for the Commonwealth.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner stated Sunday that a majority of his Republican colleagues continue to stand by their demand that any negotiations over reopening the federal government need to be tied directly to talks over Obamacare. The speaker also warned that Congress would not approve an increase in the nation's debt limit unless the president negotiated with congressional Republicans.
Boehner's comments come as Monday will mark the seventh day of the federal government shutdown. And to complicate matters, the White House has warned the country will no longer be able to meet its financial obligations unless its borrowing power is extended by Oct. 17. The speaker said it was imperative for the president to negotiate with Republicans.
(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas linked raising the debt ceiling to funding the Affordable Care Act in an exclusive interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.
“The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the executive," Cruz said.
(CNN) – With 11 days left for Congress to vote to raise the nation's borrowing limit, and the government shut down, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew underscored the importance of raising the debt ceiling to avoid dire consequences domestically and around the world.
"On the 17th we run out of our ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire if they don't extend the debt limit," Lew said, appearing Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union” with Candy Crowley.
(CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has thrown her support behind Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race.
The former Alaska governor released a statement Wednesday promoting the Republican nominee's conservative principles while criticizing Democratic opponent Cory Booker’s “constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood” and leadership as mayor of Newark.
(CNN) – Any country that offers asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden pits itself against the United States, lawmakers from both parties agreed on Sunday.
Venezuela and Bolivia have extended asylum to Snowden, and Nicaragua has said it would consider it.
(CNN) - As Congress prepared to return to immigration reform next week, the debate over the issue continued Sunday, with the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee saying the Senate bill just throws "a bunch of candy" at the border "to gain votes."
"What the Senate just passed was, again, a bunch of candy thrown down there - a bunch of assets thrown down there to gain votes, but without a methodical, smart border approach. We want a smart border; we also want a smart immigration plan - something that makes sense," Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said on CBS's "Face the Nation."