January 14th, 2009
02:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Kennedy's support fading in New York

Kennedy's popularity is fading, according to a new poll.

Kennedy's popularity is fading, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - A majority of New Yorkers hope Gov. David Paterson nominates someone besides Caroline Kennedy to fill the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton, a new poll suggests.

According to a new survey from Quinnipiac University, 31 percent of New York voters prefer State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo get the job while only 24 percent want Kennedy to get it.

In a poll conducted by Quinnipiac in late December, a third of voters favored Kennedy while 29 percent wanted Cuomo.

Meanwhile, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Steve Israel all draw single digit support.

Of course, just one man’s opinion matters in this race - and he's not talking.

Read the full poll results [PDF]


Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • Popular Posts
January 14th, 2009
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Podcast: Political enemies to political ‘frenemies’

CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from The Best Political Team.

CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from The Best Political Team.

(CNN) - Proving there is political success after a failed presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton made the case for “smart power” in her confirmation hearings to be President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee as secretary of state. But pointed questions rose about her husband, former President Bill Clinton. How did Hillary respond? In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN's Jim Acosta takes a look at the memorable moments from Tuesday’s hearing.
 
Plus: It’s no secret that Barack Obama is a basketball devotee - but where will he practice his favorite pastime while living in the White House? CNN’s Erica Hill takes a look at the president-elect’s hoop dreams.
 
Also: It may be the biggest crowd that Washington, DC has ever seen.  With the presidential inauguration less than a week away, officials are grappling with crowd control concerns over the big event. CNN Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve reports on at the unprecedented challenges facing the nation’s capital.
 
Finally: Turning political enemies into political frenemies.In the nation’s capital, politicians are becoming more positive. So what’s with all the sudden goodwill? CNN’s Carol Costello has the details on on the “era of nice.”
 
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January 14th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama meets with liberal commentators

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Trying to show a little bipartisanship, President-elect Barack Obama had an off-the-record meeting Wednesday with liberal commentators and columnists, the morning after a dinner with conservative writers at the home of columnist George F. Will.

Two sources close to the transition say Obama met Wednesday morning at his transition headquarters here with left-leaning writers like Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich of The New York Times, E.J. Dionne and Gene Robinson of The Washington Post, and MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow.

More moderate attendees included columnists Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal and Ronald Brownstein of National Journal magazine.

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Filed under: President-elect Obama
January 14th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama aide: Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' must wait

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In an overlooked YouTube video posted on Friday, a spokesman for Barack Obama said the president-elect is committed to ending the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Watch: 'Don't ask . . .' may go

In a response to a question on the Web site Change.gov asking whether Obama would get rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said: "You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it's 'Yes.'"

Gibbs on Wednesday expanded on his answer, saying, "There are many challenges facing our nation now and the president-elect is focused first and foremost on jump-starting this economy.

"So not everything will get done in the beginning but he's committed to following through" with ending the policy against being openly gay in the military.

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January 14th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama makes final stop in Ohio before inauguration

President-elect Obama is set to return to Ohio where he held a campaign rally just days before the election in November.

President-elect Obama is set to return to Ohio where he held a campaign rally just days before the election in November.

(CNN) – The day before he kicks off a four-day marathon of Inauguration-related events in the nation’s capital, President-elect Barack Obama will head to Ohio to tout his economic recovery plan.

Friday, Obama will travel to Bedford Heights, Ohio to tour Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company, a company that uses only American made items to manufacture parts used to construct wind turbines. He will meet with workers on the factory floor to discuss his economic stimulus proposals, officially known as the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan."

Obama has said his economic stimulus plan aims to save or create three to four million American jobs overall. His plan would also try to create a half million jobs by investing in clean energy, like wind power.

The president-elect and his economic team have been meeting with members of Congress about the plan for days, but a final solution is still in the works.

This will be Obama’s last trip to Ohio as president-elect. The next day, Obama will travel from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to kick-off Inauguration weekend.


Filed under: President-elect Obama
January 14th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Growing GOP opposition to additional $350 billion in bailout funds

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama is not only having trouble getting fellow Democrats to give him the remaining $350 billion dollars in financial bailout funds.

Now he has a growing Republican problem.

Some half a dozen Republican Senators who voted for the financial rescue in the fall tell CNN that they plan to oppose it this time.

“I think it would be very difficult voting for the TARP funds because in the first $350 billion, there was no transparency. We don’t even know how it was spent,” Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign told CNN.

Ensign said he believes most Senate Republicans will oppose approving the rest of the bailout funds.

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Filed under: Congress • stimulus plan
January 14th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Blagojevich presides over swearing-in ceremony of Senate

Gov. Blagojevich presided over the swearing in of the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

Gov. Blagojevich presided over the swearing in of the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

(CNN) - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich oversaw Wednesday the swearing-in of the state Senate, the very body that will soon hold an impeachment trial against him.

Dressed in a dark suit with a blue tie, Blagojevich presided over the afternoon ceremony in Springfield, which also involved electing a Senate president.

Illinois Appellate Judge Mary Jane Theis swore in the new Senate.

The House voted 114-1 Friday to impeach the governor, who was arrested in
December on federal corruption charges.

Among other allegations, federal prosecutors said the governor tried to trade or sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing and said the House impeachment vote
was politically motivated.

"I'm confident that at the end of the day I will be properly exonerated," Blagojevich declared last week.

The Senate impeachment trial is likely to begin January 26.


Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
January 14th, 2009
01:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Rising GOP approval gives Bush 'lame duck' bounce

Bush's approval ratings are going up slightly as he leaves office.

Bush's approval ratings are going up slightly as he leaves office.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll gives President Bush a welcome parting gift: a "lame duck" bounce.

A USA Today/Gallup released Wednesday national poll indicates that 34 percent of Americans approve of George W. Bush's job performance as president. That's up 5 points from last month, and represents Bush's highest approval in a USA Today/Gallup survey in a year.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned in the poll disapprove of the job Bush is doing as president, down from 67 percent last month.

"Most presidents get this sort of end-of-term bounce," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Holland points out that Ronald Reagan's approval rating went up 12 points between the 1988 election and his final approval rating in December of that year. Bush's father had a 34 percent approval rating when he lost the 1992 election to Bill Clinton, but by January of 1993, that figure had grown by 22 points. Clinton's own approval rating rose by 9 points between the 2000 election and the 2001 inauguration.

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Filed under: President Bush
January 14th, 2009
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Biden to visit Supreme Court

The incoming president and vice president will meet with the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The incoming president and vice president will meet with the Supreme Court Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Continuing a growing tradition between incoming chief executives and the chief justice of the highest court in the land, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will visit the Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.

The two will visit the high court in response to an invitation from Chief Justice John Roberts, who noted in a December 5 letter to Obama, a former constitutional law professor, that previous presidents-elect had visited the
Supreme Court before taking office as a courtesy "so that colleagues in public
service might become better acquainted."

"The Associate Justices and I would be pleased to see that sporadic practice become a congenial tradition," said Roberts. "You will receive a warm welcome."

Both Obama and Biden - while serving in the Senate - voted against Roberts as chief justice in 2005 and Justice Samuel Alito in early 2006.

Roberts will administer the presidential oath of office to Obama on January 20. Justice John Paul Stevens - the oldest member of the high court - will administer the vice presidential oath to Biden.

This is the third time in recent history, according to the Obama transition team, that a president-elect and vice president-elect have visited the Supreme Court. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush visited the high court in November 1980. Bill Clinton and Al Gore visited the court in December 1992.

The previous meetings, however, were held at the suggestion of the incoming president. Roberts' personal invitation represents a change in that precedent.

January 14th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Official Obama portrait released

The Obama transition office has released the official presidential portrait.

The Obama transition office has released the official presidential portrait.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama's transition office has released the new official portrait of the incoming president.

The photograph was taken by newly-announced White House photographer Pete Souza, and is the first presidential portrait to be taken with a digital camera, according to the transition office.

Full portrait after the jump

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