November 26th, 2008
10:19 AM ET
7 months ago

iReport: A Thanksgiving spotlight on political turkeys

What was the biggest political blunder of the year? Bill Schneider wants to hear your picks.
What was the biggest political blunder of the year? Bill Schneider wants to hear your picks.

(CNN) - CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider celebrates Thanksgiving by awarding his "Top 10 Political Turkeys" to the biggest political blunders of the year.

And we want you to join the fun. Which political figures embarrassed themselves above and beyond the call of duty?

Name your political turkeys in a short video, then tune in to "The Situation Room" on Wednesday and compare your picks to Bill's list.

Submit your pick for political turkey of the year here.


Filed under: iReport
November 26th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
7 months ago

British PM expects Obama in London for G-20 meeting

Brown said he expects Obama at the G-20 meeting.
Brown said he expects Obama at the G-20 meeting.

LONDON, England (CNN) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown expects U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to come to Britain for the next meeting of the G-20 group of major industrialized and developing economies, he told parliament Wednesday.

"I have talked to the incoming administration," Brown said, adding that Obama "expects" to attend the April 2 meeting.

The G-20 leaders will discuss ways to deal with the global financial crisis, he said.


Filed under: Obama transition
November 26th, 2008
09:36 AM ET
7 months ago

President Bush readies more pardons

Scenes from a pardon, circa 2006.
Scenes from a pardon, circa 2006.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush will grant clemency this morning in a special Rose Garden ceremony to two distinguished White House guests: The National Thanksgiving Turkeys.

Every president since Harry Truman has pardoned a turkey in the days before Thanksgiving. The public votes on names for a pair of the birds on the White House Web site: this year's choices include Yam and Jam, and Roost and Run.

Watch how the Thanksgiving turkeys spend the night before their presidential pardon

CNN will have live coverage of the turkey pardoning ceremony during the 10 am ET hour.

The two unnamed turkeys began their road to the White House in Iowa, naturally, at the Ellsworth at the Hill family farm.

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Filed under: President Bush
November 26th, 2008
08:10 AM ET
7 months ago

Crucial Hearing Today in Minnesota Recount

The recount in Minnesota could stretch into December.
The recount in Minnesota could stretch into December.

(CNN) – A crucial hearing today in Minnesota could have a major impact on that state's recount of its Senate race between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken.

The state's five member Canvassing Board, which oversees the recount, is meeting to decide how to deal with thousands of absentee ballots that are not included in the recount. Franken's campaign says the ballots were wrongly rejected, and that about 6,400 ballots were wrongly disqualified. Coleman's team says the board doesn't have the authority to include the disputed ballots in the recount.

The hearing comes as the number of ballots being challenged by both camps grows. Just over 80 percent of votes cast in the state’s Senate race have been recounted, in a process that could continue into next month.

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Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
November 26th, 2008
07:31 AM ET
7 months ago

Volcker to head Obama economic advisory group

Volcker will head a new Obama economic team.
Volcker will head a new Obama economic team.

(CNN) - Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker will head a new Obama administration economic advisory team, two sources close to the transition confirm.

Obama senior advisor Austan Goolsbee will be the chief economist on board. The group is expected to exist for two years, but could be extended beyond that point. The 8-16 people involved will meet roughly once a month.

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Filed under: Obama transition
November 26th, 2008
05:55 AM ET
7 months ago

Gates expected to stay on as Obama's defense secretary

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Gates will continue as defense secretary.
Gates will continue as defense secretary.

CHICAGO (CNN) – Several officials close to President-elect Barack Obama's transition told CNN on Tuesday that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to stay on the job for at least the first year of the new administration, with one source calling it "all but a done deal" that the official nomination could be announced as early as next week.

"It's now pointing in that direction," one of the sources close to the transition said of Gates being part of Obama's national security team, which many say also is likely to include Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

"It's likely to happen," a second source close to the transition said of Gates staying on. This source noted that Gates could stay longer than a year if he and Obama end up working well together.

Sources close to the transition have said Obama is interested in some continuity at the Pentagon because he is entering office having to deal with two wars - in Iraq and Afghanistan - as well as the international financial crisis.

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Filed under: Obama transition
November 26th, 2008
05:41 AM ET
7 months ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday Nov. 26th, 2008

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CNN: Gates expected to stay on as Obama's defense secretary
Several officials close to President-elect Barack Obama's transition tell CNN that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to stay on the job for at least the first year of the new administration.

CNN: Rep. Rangel rebukes 'inflammatory' media report
U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel on Tuesday responded to what he called an "inflammatory" New York Times article that questions the New York Democrat's ethics.

CNN: Ex-first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized for tests
Former first lady Barbara Bush will spend the night in a Houston, Texas, hospital Tuesday night after falling ill, according to a family spokeswoman.

CNN: McCain says Palin has a 'very bright future' as a GOP leader
Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain denied Tuesday that political considerations — a desire to appeal to Clinton supporters — played a role in his selection of running mate Sarah Palin, calling her “an energizing factor” and telling reporters the Alaska governor has a “very bright future in a leadership position in the Republican Party.”

CNN: Palin to hit campaign trail in Georgia
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will make multiple campaign appearances on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss next week in Georgia, serving as the political closer for the GOP senator who is battling to win a second term.

Washington Post: Inaugural Rehearsal Set for Jan. 11
Can't get tickets to the inauguration? No hotel rooms to be had that week? No problem. Avoid the crowds, traffic and expense, and check out the inaugural rehearsal.

Washington Times: Incoming green Congress turns free-marketers blue
With the recent election coloring Congress an even darker shade of blue, the intensity of green legislation is expected to follow suit — a projection Democratic lawmakers are eager to confirm.

San Francisco Chronicle: Feinstein recalls S.F.'s 'day of infamy'
Thirty years after the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in San Francisco City Hall, Dianne Feinstein still wonders whether she could have stopped the killings.

Detroit News: Economic reality to take some pizzazz out of auto show
The mood will be sober, there will be fewer automakers in attendance, and there won't be as many off-site lavish parties at this year's North American International Auto Show given the dire economic cloud hanging over the auto industry.

Miami Herald: Presidential partners: Obama and Bush team up on financial crisis
America has never seen anything quite like this: the president and president-elect acting like co-presidents, consulting and cooperating on the day's biggest crises.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Senate recount: Lost, found, challenged
Minnesota's U.S. Senate race took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a pair of developments involving absentee ballots: One county acted on its own initiative to count several ballots that it said were wrongly excluded, and two prominent county attorneys proposed a statewide process to reexamine rejected ballots.

Omaha World-Herald: Nebraskans out of Iraq — for now
The Nebraska National Guard's deployment to Iraq has dropped to zero after the return of a Lincoln-based medical battalion.

Washington Post: Inaugural Gift Limits, Co-Chairs Announced
President-elect Barack Obama will not accept inaugural contributions from corporations, political action committees or registered lobbyists, and individuals will be limited to donations of $50,000, according to his newly formed inauguration committee.

NYT: For Biden, No Portfolio but the Role of a Counselor
The day before Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s birthday last week, Barack Obama surprised him after lunch with candlelighted cupcakes. Within hours, the photograph of the president-elect and his running mate, smiling over the dessert, was on the evening news.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
November 26th, 2008
12:24 AM ET
7 months ago

Inaugural committee announces fundraising limits

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s transition team is sending out fundraising e-mails pegged to the president-elect’s economic policy proposals.

"Today and yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama announced key members of an economic team tasked with creating jobs, stabilizing the economy, and getting our country back on track," Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe said in a message to supporters this week. "Barack is bringing together some of the best minds in the country to make swift progress on the economic challenges we face."

“…Barack's economic team has already begun work on a recovery plan, and he'll provide progress updates in the coming weeks. He'll also provide their initial recommendations to the incoming Congress,” wrote Plouffe, telling supporters on the campaign’s massive e-mail list that their efforts would "be instrumental in generating support to pass legislation that puts America on the road to recovery."

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Filed under: Inauguration
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