Bettendorf, Iowa (CNN)- President Obama visits a factory in Bettendorf. Sarah Palin attends a movie premiere in Pella. Iowans will go to bed with their political bellies full on this day.
A couple of months ago, those bellies were growling. Iowa's notoriously impatient political class was complaining loudly that candidates in the 2012 field were giving this crucial early voting state the cold shoulder.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - How should the United States deal with its growing debt problem? Ron Paul thinks declaring "bankruptcy" might be a good idea.
The Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate was discussing Greece's fiscal trouble with Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on Monday when he was asked, "If bankruptcy is the cure for Greece, is it also the cure for the United States?"FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - House members and their staff will now be able to use video conference technology like Skype to communicate with their constituents back in their districts when they are in Washington or with each other when Congress is not in session.
House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren and Utah Rep Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah), who heads up the House panel overseeing technology issues, announced the chamber's ban on the technology was lifted in a joint statement on Tuesday. Earlier concerns over technology and security appear to have been worked out.
Washington (CNN) - A top State Department legal adviser told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that the 1973 War Powers Resolution does not apply to the U.S. military intervention in Libya - an assertion sharply disputed by many members of Congress.
Harold Koh argued that the measure is not applicable because America's role in the NATO-led mission is limited in terms of its scope, means, exposure of U.S. forces, and chances of escalation.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Jessica Yellin is CNN's new chief White House correspondent, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced Tuesday.
"Jessica Yellin has emerged as one of the leading political reporters in Washington, " Feist said. "Jessica's assertiveness along with her clever insight made her one of the top reporters of the 2008 campaign and has already set her apart in her reporting on the 2012 campaign. We're thrilled Jessica will now bring her outstanding political journalism to our White House coverage."
(CNN) - The majority of voters in New York supported the Empire State law allowing same-sex couples to marry, but divides existed among age groups and religious affiliation, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday showed 54 percent of voters backed the measure that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Friday. Seventy percent of younger voters, or those under 35 years of age, supported the law, a number far exceeding the 57 percent support from those over 65 years of age.
Washington (CNN) - In what his campaign billed as a major foreign policy address Tuesday in New York, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty accused the Obama administration of dithering on Iran and failing to pursue American interests during the so-called "Arab Spring."
President Barack Obama "has failed to formulate and carry out an effective and coherent strategy in response" to popular uprisings across the Middle East, Pawlenty told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations.
(CNN) - Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann defended her past gaffes Tuesday by touting her background as an attorney and small business owner.
“People can make mistakes and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can’t,” Bachmann said on CNN’s “American Morning.” “But one thing people know about me is that I’m a substantive, serious person and I have a strong background.”
(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a public appearance Monday evening in Houston with her astronaut husband at a NASA function, a spokesman said.
The Arizona congresswoman appeared alongside Mark Kelly, who received a Spaceflight Medal during an awards ceremony at Space Center Houston.FULL STORY
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CNN: Obama believes a significant deficit deal is possible this year
President Barack Obama believes "a significant deal" on deficit reduction remains possible this year so long as Republicans are willing to accept that no one will get everything they want in the negotiations, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. Obama met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, in the morning and later talked for an hour with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to keep the negotiations going on a possible deficit reduction deal.