(CNN) - The former chairman of the House Homeland Security committee is urging the United States and others not to negotiate with Boko Haram, the terrorist group in Nigeria that has kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls.
Instead, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said he would support President Obama if he were to send U.S. special forces to rescue them.
(CNN) - A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election.
A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 12, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING … CLAY AIKEN PRIMARY OPPONENT DIES ... Keith Crisco, who was locked in a primary runoff for a Democratic congressional seat in North Carolina with Clay Aiken, has died, according to the company he co-founded and a Democratic source. Details of his death were not immediately clear. He was running a very close second in the primary battle in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, around 300 votes behind Aiken. Final results of the race had been expected this week along with a decision on whether Crisco would ask for a recount if the situation hadn't changed.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Monday he expects to be re-elected Speaker after the midterm elections, but he wouldn't commit to serving out another full two year term in the top post.
Speaking at an event hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Boehner said "I am running for re-election I expect to be speaker."
(CNN) - Keith Crisco, a businessman who was locked in a close primary race for a Democratic congressional seat in North Carolina with Clay Aiken, died on Monday.
He died at home in Asheboro around 1 p.m., according to the North Carolina Democratic Party. Other details were not immediately clear. He was 71.
(CNN) - The Democratic incumbent in what's turning into a crucial Senate race that could decide which party controls the chamber the next two years goes up Monday with the second television commercial of her re-election bid.
The ad, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, airs a month after her leading Republican challenger, former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, went up with his first paid spot.
(CNN) - New polls in three southern states with crucial Senate contests this year indicate that Democrats remain very competitive as they try to keep control of the chamber.
But another new survey suggests that Republicans nationwide have a ten point advantage over Democrats when it comes to voter enthusiasm.
Marco Rubio returns: He lost a fair amount of buzz after the bipartisan and sweeping immigration reform bill he helped usher through the Senate. But the young GOP senator from Florida apparently still sees himself as a potential presidential contender.
Rubio was candid when asked by ABC’s Jonathan Karl on Sunday’s “This Week” whether he thinks he’s ready to be president.
“I do,” he said. “I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run.”
Rubio maintained that he has the necessary experience for the job.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio says he doesn't believe humans are causing climate change and doesn't think any action can reverse course.
This as a new White House report indicated that Rubio's home state of Florida is one of the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," the first term senator said Sunday on ABC "This Week," after being asked by ABC News' Jon Karl whether humans were contributing to the heating up of the planet.