(CNN) – Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the President shouldn’t have announced that the United States will not be sending troops to Iraq.
“I don’t think you should ever tell the enemy what you are going to do and what you’re not going to do,” King, R-New York, told CNN on Saturday, a day after the President Barack Obama made remarks at the White House. “I would have thought that with a crisis like this, he should not have called the (news) conference to announce he will look at it.”
(CNN) – Republican lawmakers are slamming the Internal Revenue Service, with one calling for an immediate investigation, after the agency notified Congress Friday that it was unable to recover former official Lois Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011 because of a computer crash.
The agency made the disclosure in a letter sent to Congressional investigators Friday afternoon, according a statement from Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Louisiana.
Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician and three-time cancer survivor, says he knows firsthand “how frustrating the wait to see a doctor can be.”
That’s why, the Republican from Oklahoma says, President Barack Obama should nominate a new Veterans Affairs secretary with the “management skills, leadership ability and determination” to fix the problems at the scandal-plagued department.
(CNN) - As someone who grew up without a father figure at home, President Obama says he knows how detrimental it can be not having a dad present for guidance and support. That’s why, he said in his weekly presidential address, he tries every day “to be the husband and father my family didn’t have when I was young.”
(CNN) – Anthony Weiner was apologizing Friday for another misstep on Twitter, the same social media site that’s been at the crux of his political downfall.
A new report from BuzzFeed revealed that the former New York congressman "favorited" a tweet labeling the hookup app Tinder as the "ultimate sext machine."
(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Crimea Friday in what many journalists and policymakers in Washington have dubbed a “victory lap” for the thrice-elected Soviet leader. But should the United States be doing more to sanction Putin for his aggression in the region?
On the eve of Ukraine’s election, journalists on Sunday focused whether the current steps taken by the White House are working to weaken Russia’s aggression in the region and what Putin’s march into Crimea could signify about what is next for Ukraine.
Washington influencers also discussed hot topics such as the Nigerian kidnappings, a reignited Benghazi debate on Capitol Hill, Monica Lewinsky’s new essay after 10 years of silence, and the bureaucratic backlog scandal that has many calling for the Veterans Affairs secretary to resign.
If you missed the Sunday political talk shows, we’ll get you up to speed on the latest events and opinion in Washington with this comprehensive roundup of all things political:
(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, slammed President Obama for not taking strong enough action against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, arguing that the president is setting a precedent that regional powers can hold vulnerable countries hostage to achieve their economic goals.
“We must never allow any nation or terror group to hold any region of the world hostage to their demands,” Rubio said in a weekly GOP address. “We should never have to ask a regional power for permission in order to conduct commerce with any nation. And we should always stand on the side of the vulnerable and the oppressed.”
(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is backing out from delivering this month’s commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey after her slated appearance resulted in protests on campus about her Iraq War record and controversy within the community.
“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said statement posted on her Facebook page Saturday. “Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a shot Wednesday on Twitter at David Letterman over the retiring comedian's jokes about the governor's weight.
The morning after Letterman was joined by his successor Steve Colbert on "The Late Show," Christie made his excitement for Letterman's departure known in a tweet.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House has declined to comment on a "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card" petition, saying the "We the People" Whitehouse.gov petition system allows the Executive Office to dodge comments "to avoid the appearance of improper influence."
Although the official response did not address the petition's position directly, the White House did drop a few Bieber references, while making its case for the President's immigration plan.