January 1st, 2009
09:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Celebs give big bucks to Obama's inauguration

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CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the list of celebrities donating to Obama's presidential inauguration.

(CNN) - The rich and famous are donating big bucks to Barack Obama's inauguration, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Steven Spielberg, Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, and Jamie Fox are among the Hollywood stars who have donated the maximum $50,000 to the Presidential Inauguration Committee.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
January 1st, 2009
08:09 AM ET
11 years ago

Chief justice pleads for higher judicial salaries

Chief Justice John Roberts says federal judges were denied cost-of-living allowances.

Chief Justice John Roberts says federal judges were denied cost-of-living allowances.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts renewed his call for higher judicial pay on Wednesday, warning of long-term damage to the fabric of the courts.

In his annual year-end report, Roberts noted judges' salaries have declined over the past two decades when measured against inflation, causing many judges to leave the bench for more lucrative jobs in the private sector.

Roberts, 53, and other judges have said a crisis in the administration of justice could result if the bench cannot attract "judges who are the best of the best."

"I must renew the judiciary's modest petition: Simply provide cost-of-living increases that have been unfairly denied," wrote Roberts. "We have done our part - it is long past time for Congress to do its."

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Filed under: Supreme Court
January 1st, 2009
05:31 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday Jan. 1st, 2009

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CNN: From Obama-mania to Palin power: 2008's top political stories
From an historic presidential election to a wealth of political scandals, 2008 has been nothing short of extraordinary.

CNN: Chief justice pleads for higher judicial salaries
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts renewed his call for higher judicial pay on Wednesday, warning of long-term damage to the fabric of the courts.

CNN: Poll: Obama leadership rates high as Bush's after 9/11
A national poll suggests that three-quarters of the public thinks President-elect Barack Obama is a strong and decisive leader, the highest marks for a president-elect on that characteristic in nearly three decades.

CNN: Blagojevich's pick has résumé chiseled in stone
Anyone who doubts Roland Burris' qualifications to serve as the next senator from Illinois may want to head to Chicago's Oak Woods Cemetery.

CNN: Blagojevich playing a game of racial 'chicken'?
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick of a prominent African-American to succeed Barack Obama in the Senate has led to suggestions that the move is calculated, but the governor says he's just doing his job.
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