In an interview with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney opens up about losing last November’s election and going back to private life.
President Obama promising to wind down the War on Terror, and scale back controversial drone attacks. In one of the biggest national security speeches of his administration the president also said he wants to move toward closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. His speech however was not without controversy.
- CNN's Dan Lothian reports
President Obama wasted no time selecting a senior budget officer Daniel Werfel to be the new acting IRS commissioner. He replaces Steven Miller who was fired this week over the allegations the IRS agency targeted conservative political groups applying for tax exempt status. Friday, Miller will be grilled about the scandal in the first in a series of congressional hearings by Members of the House Ways and Means Committee. CNN’s Dan Lothian is following developments for us.
Wednesday the President asked IRS commissioner Steve Miller to resign. This was in response to newest reports that the IRS may have targeted conservative and tea party groups that were seeking tax exempt status. President Obama said in a statement that he, 'would not tolerate this behavior.' The President further claims that he will do everything he can to make sure something like this never happens again.
This scandal has drawn bi-partisan outrage. House speaker John Boehner said in a press conference, "My question is.. .who's going to jail?"
CNN's Jim Acosta reports on President Obama's push for new gun control laws, and the politics standing in the way.
This morning on "Early Start," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) previews President Obama's State of the Union address and solutions for the economy.
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CNN's Chris Lawrence on possible grilling of fmr. Sen. Chuck Hagel in a confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary.
A very rare sight: President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sitting down together for a joint interview.
As Clinton prepares to leave office on Friday, the two indulged in a lot of mutual praise while talking to "60 Minutes."
This morning on "Early Start," Fmr. Asst. Sec. of State Jamie Rubin explains the 'unusual' interview and what it could mean for President Obama and Secretary Clinton's legacy.
President Obama is looking at a tough second term ahead as he re-stocks his cabinet, getting criticized for his choices by politicians from both parties. He officially nominated former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. The president said Monday, "Chuck Hagel's leadership of our military would be historic. He'd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as Secretary of Defense. One of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the department.”
The president also gave a nod to his Anti-Terrorism Chief John Brennan to be the next Director of The CIA. But it's Hagel who's getting the most scrutiny as critics pick apart comments he made in the past. Peter Beinart is a Special Correspondent for Newsweek & The Daily Beast and the author of "The Crisis of Zionism". He wrote a very in-depth piece about the implications of Hagel's nomination and comes to “Early Start” this morning with his take.
Hagel, who has publicly expressed his opposition to war, is being criticized for it by politicians for his views on sanctions and military action in Iran. Beinart believes Hagel is just considering the enormous financial costs of imposing wars. “He’s a lot like Dwight Eisenhower, who people forget drove the defense budget down quite dramatically,” Beinart says. “He believed America’s real power was its fiscal health.” Hagel is also being scrutinized for his position on Israel and relationship with the Jewish community, who many believe he does not support and some equate to anti-Semitic. Beinart refutes this assessment. "I think this is really a smoke screen," Beinart says. "I think it's character assasination to be honest."
The 2012 election may be over, but speculation over 2016 has already begun. A recent CNN poll showed Hillary Clinton well above all other potential names. But who else is a rising political star to watch out for in 2013? McKay Coppins is the Political Editor of Buzzfeed.com. While most of us made a list of New Year’s resolutions, he comes to the studio with today his list of top newsmakers to keep an eye out for in 2013.