(CNN) - "In a September session, it's hard to separate anything you do from politics."
Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's explanation for the Senate's decision to wait to vote on extending the Bush tax cuts until after the American people vote in November is indicative of the political gridlock in Washington and the political battles being waged around the country.
"We didn't get much of anything done," Lieberman conceded Sunday to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on State of the Union.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said comedian Stephen Colbert embarrassed himself last week when he testified before Congress.
"I think his testimony was not appropriate," Hoyer told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
Colbert, the popular host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, spoke in character before members of a House judiciary subcommittee Friday to bring attention to the conditions facing undocumented farm workers. Colbert often spoke sarcastically, prompting laughter in the hearing room and drawing Republicans' scorn.
Washington (CNN) - Economic experts may believe the recession is over, but try telling that to the public.
Seventy-four percent of Americans believe the economy is still in a recession, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. Only 25 percent think the downturn is over.
One-third of Americans say the recession is serious, while another 29 percent characterize it as moderate.
TOPICS: Is U.S. in a recession, Obama economic policies, are Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party too extreme
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Massachusetts 10th: Rep. Bill Delahunt is retiring.
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: South shore and Cape Cod.
Days until the election: 37
There's very little about the race for Massachusetts 10th congressional seat that someone paying just the slightest bit of attention to the upcoming midterm elections wouldn't be able to predict: it's an open seat, with longtime Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt retiring; there's a Republican candidate vying for a pick up with a broad, anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat, anti-illegal immigration, anti-Pelosi message (and though this district is probably GOP's best shot in the state for a house pick-up, this is still Massachusetts); and there's a Democrat who is walking the line between appealing to his base and making sure everyone understands that he's "not beholden to anyone" (read: he knows his party isn't winning any popularity contests this cycle.).
(CNN) - It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the Sunday headlines to go with your morning coffee.
Some of the items on our radar this morning: The midterm elections, organizing against the Tea Party, and reaction to the GOP's "Pledge to America."
Check out what we're reading today and watch the show today at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.