Washington (CNN) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet Friday with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Harper and Obama will discuss the bilateral relationship between the North American neighbors and key global issues, according to a White House statement Tuesday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - He was once a member of what's commonly called, "the world's most exclusive club." But does Norm Coleman want to return to the Senate?
The Republican, who served Minnesota, says no – at least not now.
Washington (CNN) - A U.S. envoy sent by President Barack Obama urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to announce he won't run for re-election later this year, sources told CNN on Tuesday.
The move signaled a major shift in U.S. foreign policy regarding Egypt, the main Arab ally of the United States and a vital partner in the Middle East peace process because of its 1978 treaty with Israel.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Senate leaders from both political parties have agreed to hold a vote on legislation repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - a top priority of GOP congressional leaders.
The vote will likely be held either Tuesday or Wednesday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Three years ago, GOP candidates were all but piling on each other to announce their candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.
This year, not so much.
"No one wants to be first. You want to be a contender, but you don't want to be viewed as the establishment candidate, because we saw that was a curse last cycle (in 2010) in Republican primaries," said Nathan Gonzales, political editor for the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "A lot of people who were deemed the initial front-runners with establishment support were then immediately met with opposition, because people wanted an outsider."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is calling for an interim government to take over in Egypt between now and elections scheduled for September.
Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Graham said a temporary government should be made up of "factions that the people respect whose sole purpose is to create continuity until September."
(CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry advised the U.S. to "look beyond the Mubarak era and devise an Egyptian policy" after three decades of following President Hosni Mubarak's policy, in an op-ed for the New York Times Tuesday.
The Democratic senator further outlined his prescription for "Allying Ourselves With the Next Egypt." Kerry cautioned "our interests are not served by watching friendly governments collapse under the weight of the anger and frustrations of their own people, nor by transferring power to radical group that would spread extremism." Drawing a comparison to Iran, he further asserts that "We continue to pay a horrible price for clinging too long to Iran's shah," the Iranian political leader ousted after a period of unrest.
Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow states to opt out of key provisions of the new health care law - part of a broader GOP effort to repeal the measure.
Specifically, the bill would allow state governments to opt out of the so-called "individual mandate" requiring everyone to obtain health care coverage by 2014 or face penalties. It would also allow states to ignore new mandates regarding employer-based coverage, insurance benefits, and an expansion of Medicaid.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate ethics committee announced the appointment of a special counsel to conduct its ongoing preliminary inquiry into allegations Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, may have violated Senate ethics rules in his dealings with a former staffer after Ensign had an affair with the staffer's wife.
The appointment comes about two months after Ensign announced that the Department of Justice told him he was no longer a target of its investigation into the matter and would not bring charges against him.
Washington (CNN) - Democrats have chosen Charlotte, North Carolina, as the host city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Charlotte was one of four cities vying to host the convention where the Democratic Party will nominate President Barack Obama for a second term. Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis were all in contention to host the event, which is expected to have a major economic impact on Charlotte and the surrounding metropolitan area.