February 8th, 2009
06:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama 'Hope' artist arrested in Boston

Fairey stands next to his famous depiction of Obama at the National Portrait Gallery.
Fairey stands next to his famous depiction of Obama at the National Portrait Gallery.

(CNN) –The street artist who created the ubiquitous red, white and blue Obama "Hope" posters was arrested Friday in Boston on outstanding graffiti charges, police said.

Shepard Fairey, 38, was arrested en route to an opening party for his first solo art exhibition on two outstanding warrants for property damage by graffiti, Boston police said.

Officer James Kenneally said the instances of graffiti involved images of the late wrestler Andre the Giant - Fairey's tag.

The Friday arrest represents Fairey's second legal tangle this week.

Earlier, the Associated Press accused him of copyright infringement, saying the iconic "Hope" portrait of the president is based on an April 2006 photograph of Obama taken by AP's Mannie Garcia.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
February 8th, 2009
06:38 AM ET
5 years ago

New radio ads to target pivotal stimulus senators

New radio ads will begin airing in three states as early as Sunday to help counter criticism of a handful of Republican senators who have said they will support President Obama's economic recovery plan.
New radio ads will begin airing in three states as early as Sunday to help counter criticism of a handful of Republican senators who have said they will support President Obama's economic recovery plan.

(CNN) – New radio ads will begin airing in three states as early as Sunday to help counter criticism of a handful of Republican senators who have said they will support President Obama's economic recovery plan.

The ads - paid for by the liberal interest group Americans United for Change - will "thank" Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. The ad also highlights Nebraska's Sen. Ben Nelson, a centrist Democrat in the middle of the negotiations over the $827 billion proposal.

All four lawmakers are considered key to getting the proposal approved in the Senate. The vote is expected to come early this week.

The ads ask listeners to call their senators to "thank them for their leadership and tell them to keep fighting for a plan to get our economy moving again."

"We want to acknowledge the work they contributed to getting a deal and encourage them to hold firm," Americans United President Brad Woodhouse told CNN.

The ad buy is likely to include the cities of Portland and Bangor in Maine; Omaha, Nebraska; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Filed under: President Obama • Senate
February 8th, 2009
06:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Ron Paul: GOP senators "caved in"

Ron Paul is a Republican congressman from Texas who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for president.
Ron Paul is a Republican congressman from Texas who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for president.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CNN) - Former presidential candidate Ron Paul criticized President Obama's economic recovery proposal, but said Saturday that blame for the financial crisis is deep-seated and includes Republicans who failed to hold the line on spending during the Bush administration.

He also offered a harsh critique of the three Republican senators who have said they will vote for the economic recovery proposal. A vote is scheduled for early next week.

Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for president, said that while some people call Obama's plan to jumpstart the economy a "stimulus package" he thinks it is a "pure spending package,"in a new video message posted on YouTube.

Paul did praise his fellow House Republicans for unanimously voting against the plan, but expressed disappointment that three Senate Republicans "caved in and went with the Democrats."

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Filed under: Ron Paul
February 8th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
5 years ago

President Obama looking at Sebelius to head HHS

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a sign that she is getting a close look for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently met with senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, according to two Obama administration officials.

Sebelius has a good personal relationship with the President and remained in the running for the vice presidential slot until near the end of the process, the officials also told CNN.

But the officials cautioned that President Obama is considering others for HHS as well. Those getting a look include Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden and Tennessee’s Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, according to the officials.

White House spokesman Reid Cherlin stressed to CNN that "no decision has been made." But Cherlin added the President "is moving quickly in filling this critical role."

The President's first nominee for the post, former Sen. Tom Daschle, stepped aside after questions were raised about his failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes for consulting fees and the use of a car and driver.


Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • President Obama
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