December 2nd, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Congressional Leaders Say Terrorists Gaining Ground

The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Sunday that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the United States is not any safer than it was at the outset of 2011, reports CNN's Brianna Keilar.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, agreed that despite the death of Osama bin Laden and drone strikes aimed at decimating al Qaeda's leadership, President Barack Obama's administration has lost ground in the ongoing battle with global terrorism.

"Are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago?" host Candy Crowley asked Feinstein on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I don't think so," the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman replied.

"I absolutely agree that we're not safer today," Rogers added.

Rogers warned that the Obama administration's successes against high-value targets have fostered a false sense of security.

"People think that, well, we've got this thing beat," Rogers said. "And that's just not the case."

In the wide-ranging joint interview with Crowley, Feinstein and Rogers detailed an international climate growing more hostile toward the United States.

Feinstein said increasingly fundamentalist Islamist groups are gaining power and winning the minds of the disenfranchised in the Middle East and Near Asia.

"I see more groups; more fundamentalist, more jihadist, more determined to kill to get to where they want to get," Feinstein said.

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November 4th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Early Endorsements for 2016

There was no presidential contender at Saturday night’s Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa, but that doesn't mean 2016 news wasn't made.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, used his keynote address in Des Moines to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race, offering his full endorsement for her candidacy, proclaiming "2016 is Hillary’s time."

"Run, Hillary, run", Schumer told the dinner, "If you run, you’ll win and we’ll all win."

Schumer was an early supporter of Clinton during her 2008 campaign, becoming the first U.S. senator to endorse her bid. With his Saturday remarks he becomes of the highest officials to publicly push her to run again.

“The republican field is a little more crowded,” CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports.

Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are among the favorites of voters on the right.

“But it's the New Jersey Governor, just one day out from his likely re-election, getting all the buzz.”

Mitt Romney has  come out behind him saying, “Chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again. They don't come better than Chris Christie.”

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October 28th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Looking Ahead to 2016, Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie Among Favorites

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Sunday it's still way too early to announce whether or not he's running for President in 2016.

"I don't know what I'm going to do in 2016," Jindal told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

Jindal, the head of the Republican Governors Association and a former congressman, said he wants to focus on "winning the war of ideas" before making a definitive decision on his presidential ambitions.

"As Republicans, we have a lot of races we have to win before then," Jindal said.

But, joined by a number of Republican leaders vying for attention on the right, Jindal isn’t the only political heavyweight possibly giving a preview of the possible match in 2016.

"In New jersey, tough-talking GOP favorite Chris Christie at age 51 is just a week away from winning a second term as governor of a state that leans far to the left," CNN's Erin McPike reports.

On that end, Bill Clinton is on a four-day tour of Virginia, trying to help long-time friend and former DNC leader Terry Mcauliffe close the deal in the state's governor’s race.

Meanwhile, “the former Secretary of State and First Lady, who celebrated her sixty-sixth birthday on Saturday, is starting to look a lot like someone picking up the pace for a presidential campaign with a series of speeches,” McPike says.

“Right after giving three speeches in just three days last week, Hillary Clinton announced she’ll speak again on women’s issues Friday night in Philadelphia” McPike says.

“But we can't forget Vice President Biden. He is laying low, not getting the same attention as Clinton. But he has been poking around Iowa a little bit, so it’s pretty clear he’s still got a little skin in the game.”

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