(CNN) - The Pentagon on Thursday lifted its ban on media coverage of the coffins of war victims when they arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to a senior U.S. defense official with direct knowledge of the decision.
The coverage must be approved by families, however.
Sixty-seven percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday say they think the government should allow the public to see photos of caskets of U.S. troops at an air force base. Thirty-one percent of the those surveyed disagree with the decision to release photos of the event.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted February 18-19, with 1,046 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama highlighted health care, along with energy and education, Thursday when he announced the outlines of his first budget.
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(CNN) – President Obama announced the appointment of a public health policy expert to head the Office of National Aids Policy Thursday.
Jeffrey S. Crowley, a senior research scholar at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, will serve as the administration's director and top advisor on HIV/AIDS issues.
"Jeffrey Crowley brings the experience and expertise that will help our nation address the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and help my administration develop policies that will serve Americans with disabilities," said Obama in a statement released by the White House. "In both of these key areas, we continue to face serious challenges and we must take bold steps to meet them. I look forward to Jeffrey’s leadership on these critical issues."
Crowley, a fourteen year public health veteran who's worked to improve access to health and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS and those with physical and mental disabilities, will coordinate federal policies on HIV/AIDS and help guide the administration's development of disability policies.
The newly named director will also work on education initiatives to help reduce the number of HIV infections and coordinate with international institutions to combat the global issue.
(CNN) - Don Black says he despises Barack Obama. And he says he believes illegal aliens undermine the economic fabric of our country.
Black, a 55-year-old former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, isn't the only person who holds such firm beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which today released its annual hate group report.
The center's report, "The Year in Hate," found the number of hate groups grew by 54 percent since 2000. The study identified 926 hate groups - defined as groups with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people - active in 2008. That's a 4 percent jump, adding 38 more than the year before.
What makes this year's report different is that hate groups have found two more things to be angry about - the nation's first African-American president and an economy that is hemorrhaging jobs. For the past decade, Latino immigration has fueled the growth of hate groups.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama criticized "dishonest accounting" in the past when he announced his first annual budget Thursday.
Obama pointed out that the Bush administration submitted a separate funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - effectively keeping them off the books of the main budget. Obama's plan won't do that.
"This budget will transparently present the full costs of providing national security. The budget will clearly show the costs of the base defense budget and the incremental costs of ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2010," the budget summary says.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain said during the presidential campaign that he "never felt the particular need to e-mail," but he has apparently developed an urge to Twitter.
McCain recently began sending tweets to the more than 88,000 Twitter users following him online, offering brief updates on floor votes, media appearances and his hometown Phoenix Suns.
"steve nash hurt? amare too! what now for the suns!," he wrote about the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
Senators have been slower than their House colleagues to embrace the micro-blogging technology, but several members of the upper chamber - notably Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Iowa's Charles Grassley - have been among the most prolific twitterers on Capitol Hill.
While other senators appear on Twitter, many of them (or their staffers) simply use the site to send out formal-looking messages and press releases. But McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told CNN the Arizona Republican is sending out his own authentic tweets.
According to his Twitter page, the senator is following updates from a handful of journalists who covered his campaign, as well as from a few members of his South Carolina campaign staff.
Buchanan also revealed that McCain is now wielding a brand new BlackBerry, which he picked up in January. That marks a great leap forward for the senator, who spent the campaign attached to his Motorola Razr phone, but never used a PDA.
Throughout the campaign, McCain suffered from the perception that he didn't quite understand the Internet, an assessment that proved damaging in a race against a young, tech-savvy opponent. In an interview with the New York Times last July, McCain said he knew how to use a BlackBerry, but that he didn't have his own.
"I use the BlackBerry, but I don't e-mail, I've never felt the particular need to e-mail," he told the paper.
– CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top Republican in the House of Representatives is speaking out about President Barack Obama's budget.
House Minority Leader John Boehner goes before cameras later this morning, but the Republican from Ohio is already out with a statement:
“Everyone agrees that all Americans deserve access to affordable health care, but is increasing taxes during an economic recession, especially on small businesses, the right way to accomplish that goal? Given the size of our $1.2 trillion deficit, a proposal costing up to $1 trillion must raise troubling questions.”