The Tom Harkin steak fry, a must-stop Iowa political event for 42 years, will be held for the last time Sunday after 42 years.
Another big challenge facing President Obama and some new twists on key 2014 dynamics and players during our trip around the "Inside Politics" table.
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont talks in Iowa about the middle class, health care, and the degrading influence of money in politics.
Secretary of State John Kerry said some countries "in the region" are willing to aid in strikes against ISIS.
Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina announced in a 2,300-word Facebook post Friday that he and his Argentine fiancée have broken up.
So far, it least, it looks like a coalition of the not-so-willing to help President Barack Obama combat ISIS.
The Justice Department on Friday invoked the government's "state secrets privilege" to intervene in a private legal dispute between the owner of a Greek shipping company and a U.S. nonprofit that advocates against Iran's nuclear program.
Shakespeare's famous "What's in a name?" comes to mind given confusion over what to call Washington's military action against ISIS.
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign paid for more than 12 years of wrongfully taxpayer-funded travel, her office announced on Friday.
Only one percentage points separates Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst in the race to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate.
A bipartisan group of women senators waded into the ongoing drama over the NFL, Ray Rice and domestic violence.
Like most Americans, President Barack Obama is tired of war. Unlike most Americans, he just started another one.
The poll leaders for 2016 presidential race in Iowa: Hillary Clinton for Democrats and Mike Huckabee for Republicans.
Grandson of Maya Angelou makes quip about Hillary Clinton as president at memorial service.
John Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, will coordinate the coalition to battle ISIS, Secretary of Sate John Kerry announces.
The last time Hillary Clinton was in Iowa, she was limping away from a disappointing third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
It's not the latest reality television show but real life for the Palin clan, at least according to reports from bloggers.
An elephant never forgets, they say, especially a veteran political one like Republican Sen. John McCain.
When President Obama cited strikes in Yemen and Somalia as a tactic , it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.
Experts are discussing whether President Obama has legal authority to take military action against ISIS under a 13-year-old measure to counter al Qaeda.
Michelle Obama hasn't given any indication that she'll run for political office, but Sen. Mark Kirk is suggesting otherwise.
Two senators -- one Republican, one Democrat -- spent a week on a deserted island as part of a survivalist adventure.
Republican campaign battling Democratic nominee Wendy Davis for the Texas governorship files a complaint accusing Davis of violating state election law.
House Speaker John Boehner says he'll support President Obama's ISIS plan but is still very skeptical about it.
First lady Michelle Obama is heading to Iowa next month to campaign in one of the closest Senate races of the 2014 midterms.
It's September of 2014, but Bakari Sellers is already getting calls and visits from the small crop of Democrats considering a 2016 presidential bid.
Democratic senators in tough re-election races found a multitude of ways to distinguish themselves from President Barack Obama after his ISIS speech
Jay Carney, who's now a political analyst for CNN, entered a rare, public dispute with Sen. John McCain on CNN.
Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer sent out a series of tweets Thursday detailing what took place 13 years ago on the day of the September 11 attacks.
When President Obama announced his plan Wednesday night to launch air strikes in Syria against ISIS, he opened a new chapter in the American war on Islamic extremism. Click here to get all the facts on President Obama's speech to the nation on his new strategy to combat ISIS with air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Or click here to read the transcript.
How did viewers react to President Obama's speech on a plan to defeat ISIS? Overall, Americans gave the it high marks, but party lines did show.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was heckled and booed until he left the stage at an annual gala celebrating Middle Eastern Christians on Wednesday.
President Obama gave a speech on Syria exactly one year earlier than the one he gave Wednesday night. They had similarities and differences.
It was a speech that Barack Obama -- a war-stopping, Nobel Peace Prize-winning President -- never wanted to give.
President Barack Obama was trying to make a broader point when he uttered "ISIL is not Islamic," but the phrase could still come back to haunt him.
Republicans Mitt Romney and Chris Christie took the opportunity of Christie's birthday party Wednesday to blast Barack Obama on his foreign policy.
Consider tonight's speech by President Obama to be the antidote to his now-infamous comments that his administration lacks a strategy for combating ISIS
A new super PAC is urging voters to vote with national security as a top priority.
President Obama: U.S. airstrikes have been hitting ISIS targets in Iraq. Those strikes will be expanded to Syria.
My fellow Americans -- tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.
The number of people who say that acts of terrorism are likely to occur around the anniversary of 9/11 has significantly increased from three years ago.
Former White House spokesman Jay Carney is back in the media game as a political analyst for CNN.
After several years of attacks, allies of the conservative Koch brothers, who in past years rarely publicly contested critics, are now fighting back.
Jay Carney, who stepped down as White House press secretary in June, is stepping back into the political fray as a commentator for CNN.
Bernie Sanders wants you to know he's talking about the issues that Hillary Clinton is not.
Two of the most antiwar members of Congress are considering supporting expanded military action against ISIS.
President Obama will address a nation that's simultaneously war-weary and ready for military action against ISIS
House Republicans sought the counsel of former Vice President Dick Cheney on foreign policy.
Defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has hit the campaign trail in Nevada for tea party candidates.
Eight weeks before the midterms, new CNN poll shows voters in key regions favor Republicans , highlighting challenges for Democrats trying hold the Senate
On the eve of President Obama's speech on his strategy to combat ISIS, national security hawks are demanding U.S. airstrikes against the group's leaders.
Ready for Hillary is trying to win over important state parties by exchanging data with other Democrats.
The Phoenix VA was in total "chaos" with patients needing urgent care, the Inspector General's Office testifies at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
President Barack Obama told congressional leaders on Tuesday he has the authority to carry out his planned strategy against ISIS fighters.
Sen. Ted Cruz says Congress should "use all means necessary" to stop President Obama from granting what Cruz considers amnesty to more illegal immigrants.
In her Senate bid in Oregon, Republican Monica Wehby enlisted the help of a prominent gay rights activist to unveil her support for same-sex marriage.
Commenting on the Ray Rice firing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal says NFL needs to do more to combat domestic violence, league "deserves special scrutiny."
The latest video ad from the Republican Senate campaign arm accuses Michelle Nunn, the Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia, of supporting amnesty.
Poll numbers indicate the 2014 midterms may turn into a wave for Republicans. Concerns of terrorism could play a role, CNN's John King observes.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, is taking heat after he said Harry Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation."
Secretary of State Kerry left for the Middle East with a single sales objective: Shore up support to defeat what he calls ISIS' "genocidal agenda."
A year later, President Obama will talk differently about attacking Syria when he addresses the nation Wednesday.
Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck in New Jersey governor's home state, according to poll on hypothetical presidential match-up for 2016.
Sen. Mark Udall apologizes for suggesting that the two beheaded U.S. journalists would agree with his view that a cautious approach is needed against ISIS.
Michelle Obama makes her campaign trail debut Monday in the hotly contested Georgia race for U.S. Senate.
Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.
Members of Congress returned to Washington on Monday from a five-week summer break. And they already can't wait to go back home.
President Obama said he should have known better than to go golfing immediately after speaking about the beheading of an American journalist.
Five reasons why President Obama's delay on unilateral immigration reforms is political.
Lawyers for Texas Governor Rick Perry filed a motion Monday to toss out last month's grand jury indictment.
President Barack Obama signals he is likely to send U.S. military resources to help fight the Ebola outbreak in several countries in West Africa.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's relationship was on full display on Monday as the two joked, praised and laughed with each other.
Democrats are trying to shift blame from President Obama to Republicans over the delay on immigration action.
America's food police are patrolling and arresting suspicious French cheese for bacteria.
The "Daisy" ad run by President Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign aired 50 years ago this week. It's widely viewed as the first political attack ad.
Federal and state governments should move to a single lethal drug for executions instead of complex cocktails that can be botched, a group of criminal justice experts said in a new review of the death penalty in the United States.
Obama will deliver a speech about ISIS on Wednesday to explain to the nation "what our game plan is going forward" in the fight against the group.
It was a one-minute spot that aired just one time, but with an ominous countdown and a mushroom cloud. Lyndon B. Johnson's 'Daisy' ad aired 50 years ago.
One day after Obama said he is delaying executive action on immigration, lawmakers urge him to ditch plans for an executive action and work with Congress.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they're interested in running for president in 2016.
Major decisions for President Obama, a peek inside Pat Roberts' new campaign playbook, and reminders of how important Nevada and Iowa are in politics.
Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday in Mexico City that he won't lay out his position on immigration reform unless he decides to run for President.
President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November's elections.
A key White House adviser believes the U.S. will "absolutely" secure an international coalition to defeat ISIS.
How do the pundits get some races so wrong, and what does that mean for November's congressional elections?
LBruce Morton, a longtime CNN national correspondent, passed away Thursday at his Washington home. He was 83.
Hillary Clinton told an audience in Mexico City on Friday that she'll make her presidential decision around the first of 2015.
Rep. Tom Cotton has a 2-point lead over Sen. Mark Pryor in new CNN/ORC International poll of the political knife fight for the U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas
State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed an appeal Friday with the Mississippi Supreme Court over a decision to leave Sen. Thad Cochran the winner of GOP primary.
Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton have dueling opinion pieces about foreign policy.
Elizabeth Warren spoke candidly in 2004 about how the Senate changed Hillary Clinton, proving that the Senate has changed her, too.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's office apologized Thursday for a tweet accidentally containing a link to a racy photo.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick seemed to inch forward Thursday in his thinking about possibly running for president.
Hillary Clinton used a softball climate change question on Thursday to step up her political rhetoric and hit Republicans
James Richardson is gay. He's a Republican. He wants you to know that he wants to get married.
Republicans are scrambling to aid Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, whose re-election bid suddenly became more competitive.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are convicted in their influence-peddling trial.