West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Newt Gingrich on Monday criticized the congressional panel that is trying to hammer out a deficit-reduction deal as nonsensical.
"I am watching the 'super committee' in Washington with amazement," Gingrich said. "This is the dumbest idea I've seen in a very long lifetime."
(CNN) - A former boyfriend of Herman Cain accuser Sharon Bialek said Monday that she told him in 1997 that Cain touched her inappropriately after the pair had dinner together in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Victor Zuckerman told a news conference that Bialek came back to Chicago from the trip and told him what happened.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Herman Cain will speak to crowd anticipated to be between 400 to 500 people at a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, a source with knowledge of the event told CNN.
The source said the event was scheduled from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Washington (CNN) - The deficit tangle is a web of complex, long-term, financial problems. But no one seems to ask a basic question: Do members of Congress have those kinds of math skills?
Some of them can't do simple math on the spot (example in latest American Sauce podcast: 642-211). Many of them have mixed up "billions" and "trillions". And the vast majority of Congress comes from professions that don't involve high-level math.
Washington (CNN) - With Congress aiming for trillions of dollars in budget cuts, former secretaries of state from Republican and Democratic administrations are asking lawmakers to leave international aid, a prime target for slicing, intact.
"We recognize the gravity of America's fiscal situation and that all programs must contribute their fair share to reducing our nation's debt," five former secretaries wrote in a letter to Congress. "Yet, the International Affairs Budget - only 1.4% of the federal budget - already received deep and disproportionate cuts this year."FULL STORY
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will head back to Iowa, the first voting state in the 2012 presidential contest, on November 23, according to a Romney campaign official.
The former Massachusetts governor last appeared in the Hawkeye State on November 7.
Washington (CNN) - Congress is facing yet another government shutdown threat this week as it confronts the expiration Friday of its latest short-term spending bill.
Legislators are set to consider a new spending bill that would keep the federal government funded through December 16, according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.FULL STORY
(CNN) - More than 5 million households tuned in to the CBS Republican debate Saturday night, but the presidential faceoff was trumped by two major sports events.
ABC won the 8 p.m. ET hour with a college football matchup between No. 4-ranked Stanford vs. No. 7-ranked Oregon. And 400,000 more viewers tuned in for the debut of UFC mixed martial arts on Fox than the debate.
Washington (CNN) - A new government program announced Monday will award up to $1 billion in grants for creative ideas to save money on health care.
Called the Health Care Innovation Challenge, the program funded by the health care reform bill passed in 2010 will focus on projects that can quickly hire and train workers, said a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A new national survey of Republicans indicates that it's basically all tied up between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, with Gingrich on the rise and businessman Herman Cain falling due to the sexual harassment allegations he's been facing the past two weeks.
According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, 24% of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say Romney is their most likely choice for their party's presidential nominee with Gingrich at 22%. Romney's two-point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error.