SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-NJ): "Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists.”
President Obama makes a surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Base.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on Sean Hannity's radio show. Rep. Pence says not extending the Bush tax cuts is "unconscionable."
"We have way too much government and not enough of what made America great," Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told the debt commission this week. Coburn criticized the amount of government and spending that has created a tremendous amount of debt. "You can not be comfortable with the status quo," he told his Congressional colleagues as well as co
Ingraham: "Is anyone going to run as a Bush Republican in 2012 and if so who?" Rove: "Every one of them is going to run as a Bush Republican by saying 'I want to continue to fight the war on terror' -- with maybe one or two exceptions -- and, 'I want to continue the Bush tax cuts.'" (source: Laura Ingraham, 12/3)
"I think I will serve as secretary of state as my last public position," Hillary Clinton said in Bahrain on Friday.
President Obama talks to troops in Afghanistan.
Idaho GOP senator Mike Crapo explains why he's in favor of the deficit commission plan to tackle the deficit.
Liberal commentator Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune defends Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on MSNBC with Chris Matthews and Democratic strategist Steve McMahon.
All-Star panel weighs in on censure of embattled Democrat Charlie Rangel. "He looked pathetic in the dock," Dr. Charles Krauthammer said.
Bill O'Reilly: If President Obama gives in [on tax cuts], he will alienate his political base, making his reelection more difficult.
CNN: Political contributor James Carville says the "horrific" Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy should be rolled back.