January 31st, 2009
11:20 AM ET
6 years ago

Committee to review Daschle taxes

Former Sen. Tom Daschle answers questions during a confirmation hearing January 8.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle answers questions during a confirmation hearing January 8.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Finance committee will meet Monday to review the tax records of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services.

According to a committee memo obtained Friday by CNN, the group's concerns include the use of a limousine and driver that Daschle didn't disclose on his income taxes and nonpayment of taxes on more than $80,000 he earned in consulting fees after leaving the senate.

Daschle also apparently once filed a tax form listing charitable donations to organizations that did not qualify for a deduction, according to the memo.

A Democratic source told CNN that Daschle has since paid what he owed. None of the tax issues appeared to have occurred while he was serving in the senate.

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January 31st, 2009
10:04 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama's half brother arrested in Kenya

 George Obama was arrested in Kenya on a charge for possession of marijuana, according to police.

George Obama was arrested in Kenya on a charge for possession of marijuana, according to police.

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) - George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police for possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.

Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge, said Obama was arrested for possession of cannabis, known in Kenya as Bhang, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Mutembei said.

He is being held at Huruma police post in the capital of Nairobi.

CNN Correspondent David McKenzie talked with George Obama at the jail where he is being held. Speaking from behind bars, Obama denied the allegations.

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January 31st, 2009
09:20 AM ET
6 years ago

New homeland security chief dives right in

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had a busy first week at her new job.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had a busy first week at her new job.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In her first full week as the nation's homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano got a full dose of the job's diverse responsibilities - responding to ice storms in the Midwest, dealing with Congress on budget matters and scrutinizing security plans for the Super Bowl.

During it all, she said, she tried to learn her way around Washington.

Napolitano, who stepped down as governor of Arizona to accept the job, said her routine includes morning security briefings followed by visits to Department of Homeland Security agencies and interviews with job candidates.

In addition, she called the governors of Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky to make sure they were getting the help they needed to cope with ice storms, she said.

Napolitano described the ice storms as the "most pressing issue" during her first week in office.

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