WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will continue his tour around the country to push his economy recovery plan, making stops in Colorado and Arizona next week, the White House announced Friday.
Obama will travel to Denver on Tuesday to discuss his economic stimulus package. The president will spend Tuesday night in Arizona and will visit Phoenix on Wednesday, where he will deliver a speech and outline his plan to decrease home foreclosures.
Obama traveled to areas hit hard by the economic downturn this past week, holding town hall meetings in Elkhart, Indiana and Fort Myers, Florida. He met with workers at a Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Illinois on Thursday, after the company announced 22,000 layoffs.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Despite direct lobbying by members of President Obama's administration in the last couple of weeks, many moderate House Republicans are still firmly opposed to the measure.
Before the House vote last month, 11 House Republicans attended a meeting at the White House with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to discuss their possible support. None of those members voted for the bill then, and CNN has learned that most do not intend to support the latest version either.
Pennsylvania Republican Jim Gerlach said he got calls from two Cabinet secretaries on Thursday –- HUD Secretary Sean Donovan and Transportation Secretary Secretary Ray LaHood – - but said the bill didn’t include the “fundamental change I think is needed.”
Today on "44 with Ed Henry," CNN's Senior White House Correspondent talked about the wild week for President Obama, from the stimulus plan's roller coaster ride through Congress to his first prime time White House press conference.
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CAPITOL HILL (CNN) - Just hours after Congressional leaders posted the final version of a $789 billion stimulus deal, staffers on Capitol Hill faced both a surge of demand on key Web sites and an apparent technical glitch that crashed those sites off and on throughout the morning.
A spokesman for the Senate appropriations committee told CNN Radio that their site had been up and down all Friday morning. He said technicians had found an apparent server problem that was not related to increased demand.
The technical issue crashed the system at one of the most high-profile moments in years, intermittently blocking the Appropriations homepage and some of the few other sites where taxpayers could find the details of the economic stimulus deal Democrats posted specifics to the Internet late Thursday night. Staffers said that technology crews were working to fix the problem and restore the sites.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - More and more Democrats in Congress are calling for action that Republicans warn could muzzle right-wing talk radio.
Representative Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat from New York is the latest to say he wants to bring back the "Fairness Doctrine," a federal regulation scrapped in 1987 that would require broadcasters to present opposing views on public issues.
"I think the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated," Hinchey told CNNRadio. Hinchey says he could make it part of a bill he plans to introduce later this year overhauling radio and t-v ownership laws.
Listen: Hinchey says he wants to make talk-radio more fair
Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Tom Harkin of Iowa added their voices recently to those calling for a return of the regulation.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ed Gillespie, a longtime adviser to George W. Bush, announced Friday he will serve as general chairman of Republican Bob McDonnell’s campaign for governor in Virginia.
McDonnell said in a statement that Gillespie, who ran the Republican National Committee from 2003 to 2005, has “a record of winning tough campaigns and helping to develop and enact policies that make life better for our citizens.”
McDonnell campaign manager Phil Cox said Gillespie “will be involved in every aspect of the campaign, from policy development to strategic decisions to fundraising.”
Gillespie’s ties to Bush extend back to the 2000 campaign, when he served as a senior communications adviser to the then-Texas governor. He went on to serve as RNC chairman during the administration and became a familiar face on Sunday talk shows. Gillespie is a founding party of the Washington lobbying firm Quinn, Gillespie and Associates, but he severed financial ties to the firm after he returned to serve in the White House in 2007. Cox said he is no longer a lobbyist.
Gillespie, a resident of Fairfax County, has also been a player in Virginia politics: He advised George Allen during his failed Senate re-election bid in 2006, and he briefly chaired the Republican Party of Virginia in 2006 and 2007.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Female political reporters and producers who may be without a Valentine this year are in luck - at least if they’re on the Republican National Committee press list.
Alex Conant, the committee’s press secretary for at least another month, sent electronic Valentine’s notes to all the ladies on his contact list. The pink and red e-card contained a smiling image of President Barack Obama with the inscription “This card hasn’t been fully vetted” - an obvious political nudge to the recent tax problems encountered by some of the president’s cabinet nominees.
When asked why he decided to grace selected inboxes with such a heartfelt sentiment, Conant responded the effort was “part of my ongoing campaign to prove that Republicans have hearts too.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama issued a statement early Friday, saying he and his wife were "deeply saddened" over last night's deadly plane crash outside Buffalo.
"Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones," the statement said. "We pray for all those who have been touched by this terrible tragedy to find peace and comfort in the hard days ahead."
There was a fire station located down the street from the crash, which allowed rescue crews to reach the scene quickly. Two firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and other minor injuries trying to extinguish the massive blaze.
"I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to try and save lives and who are continuing to ensure the safety of everyone in the area," the Obama statement said.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Taking no chances, President Barack Obama is exerting last-minute pressure on Congress to approve his stimulus plan by highlighting stories of people affected by the economic downturn.
The Democratic National Committee and Obama's Organizing for America will use Obama's vast e-mail list Friday to contact the president's political supporters and point them to a new Web page where several of these stories can be viewed.
The goal is to drum up public support for the measure as Congress prepares to vote on it.
The stories were collected last weekend from Obama supporters who attended one of 3,600 meetings held across the country to discuss the situation, according to the DNC. In all, 31,030 stories were submitted to the DNC and OFA.
"The stories we've collected put a human face on the economic crisis and underscore the urgent need for action," Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said in a statement set for release Friday morning.
Kaine, who heads the DNC, said in the statement provided to CNN before it was distributed publicly that "Congress needs to move swiftly toward final passage of the economic recovery plan so the president can sign it into law and we can prevent this economic crisis from becoming a national catastrophe that costs millions more Americans their jobs, homes and health care."
With the support of a few Republican centrists in the Senate, the $789 billion bill is expected to be approved by Congress as early as Friday and then head to the White House to be signed into law by Obama.
Taking no chances, President Barack Obama is exerting last-minute pressure on Congress to approve his stimulus plan by highlighting stories of people affected by the economic downturn.
Nearly two years before Election Day 2010, the Senate Democrat charged with expanding the party's already-strong majority sounded a bullish tone Thursday, suggesting the national mood and political environment make it nearly impossible for the GOP to pick up seats.
Judd Gregg made clear Thursday he would rather serve in the Senate than in the Obama administration, but the New Hampshire Republican said he “probably” will not seek a fourth term next year.
The Senate plans to vote on the $789 billion compromise stimulus late Friday after an all-day debate, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday from the chamber floor.