(CNN) – "Practice makes perfect," or so the saying goes, and it was practice time in Washington on Sunday, one week ahead of Inauguration Day.
Hundreds of band members, military personnel, media and law enforcement took part in an exercise to rehearse both the swearing-in ceremony and the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, scheduled to take place a week from Monday, helping to make sure they get the real thing right.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he's still a member of the Republican Party, despite voting for President Barack Obama in the last two elections and being very critical of the GOP of late.
"I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem - and I'm still a Republican," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "But in recent years there's been a significant shift to the right, and we've seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns."
(CNN) – When President Barack Obama nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense last week, criticism came in swiftly from several Republicans. But there's one member of the GOP who couldn't be more supportive of Hagel, and that's former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
For starters, Powell said Sunday that Hagel would be an excellent fit for defense secretary because of his military service in Vietnam, where Hagel was wounded twice.
(CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Sunday they believe President Barack Obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff for political purposes.
“I think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. He gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. He gets to cut the military, which Democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame Republicans for it,” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said on “Fox News Sunday.”
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner painted a bleak picture Sunday when talking about fiscal cliff negotiations between the White House and Republicans.
"Right now I would say we're nowhere. Period. We're nowhere. We've put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there to try to get this question resolved, but the White House has responded with virtually nothing," Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday."
(CNN) – Lawmakers from both the House and Senate said Sunday all options must be considered during fiscal cliff negotiations, as both parties work to try to avoid an economic crisis.
One of the biggest holdups so far during negotiations has been whether or not Republicans will accept tax increases, something President Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders have been pushing for. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said it's a position the GOP needs to give up.
(CNN) - Top campaign aides to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney spoke Sunday about the most important battleground states, saying their respective candidates will do quite well in states they must win.
Obama campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod and Romney campaign Political Director Rich Beeson both appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and talked about states like Ohio, Virginia and Florida.
(CNN) – Comedian Will Ferrell says he'll pretty much do anything if you go out and vote for President Barack Obama Tuesday, including cooking, eating trash and even giving you a tattoo.
"If you agree to vote in this year's election, I will personally give you a tattoo," Ferrell said in a video released by the Obama campaign's YouTube channel Saturday. "Fair warning, I do not know how to draw."
(CNN) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that he believes Mitt Romney will win Ohio, a crucial battleground state for the election.
"I believe right now we are currently ahead. Internals show us currently ahead. I honestly think that Romney is going to carry Ohio. And you know I haven't been saying this. I now believe its going to happen," Kasich, a Republican, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser on Sunday said foreign policy is an important topic in the upcoming election, even though the economy still tops the list among voters.
David Axelrod's comments come ahead of Monday's final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy. The debate is at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.