April 8th, 2009
01:24 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama to host Passover seder in WH

President Obama will hold a Passover seder for friends and family Thursday night in the White House.
President Obama will hold a Passover seder for friends and family Thursday night in the White House.

(CNN) – How will Thursday night at the White House be different from all other nights?

President Obama will hold a Passover seder for friends and family, marking what is believed to be the first time a president has presided over the ritual feast honoring the Jews' exodus from Egypt in the White House.


Filed under: White House
April 8th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Iraq wrong visit for Obama?

(CNN) - Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, tells CNN's Kiran Chetry the president should have visited Afghanistan before he went to Iraq.


Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
April 8th, 2009
08:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Bob Corker to headline South Carolina GOP dinner

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will deliver the keynote address to the South Carolina GOP's Silver Elephant Banquet.
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will deliver the keynote address to the South Carolina GOP's Silver Elephant Banquet.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual Silver Elephant Banquet in May, a state party official tells CNN.

The speaking slot offers the senator a chance to impress the South Carolina GOP establishment at the party’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and because of the state’s crucial role in the presidential nominating process, Corker’s visit could spark chatter about his future political aspirations.

Past speakers at the event have included Mike Pence, George Allen, John McCain, Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan. The banquet was also the setting for two Republican presidential primary debates in 1996 and 2000.

Although Corker isn’t currently thought to have ambitions beyond the Senate, he is regarded as a rising star within the Republican caucus and won plaudits on both sides of the aisle last December for crafting an alternative to President Bush’s plan to bail out the auto industry.

South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson described Corker - the former mayor of Chattanooga who came to the Senate in 2006 after a tough campaign against Democrat Harold Ford, Jr. - as “a conservative that offers common sense solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges.”

The party will make the announcement on Wednesday.

The South Carolina GOP had planned to invite Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the dinner, according to a state Republican operative familiar with the plans, but discussions with Palin’s political advisers on the East Coast ended after the governor’s staff in Alaska “shot it down.”

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Filed under: Bob Corker • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
April 8th, 2009
08:18 AM ET
5 years ago

The Obamas 'secret weapon'

(CNN) – CNN's Erica Hill looks at the special relationship between Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson.


Filed under: Michelle Obama
April 8th, 2009
04:35 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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CNN: Biden rebukes Cheney, guarantees we're 'safer today'

Vice President Joe Biden brushed aside recent criticism by predecessor Dick Cheney that moves by the Obama administration had put the United States at risk, telling CNN on Tuesday that the former vice president was "dead wrong."

CNN: Borger: What surprises Biden the most

During the presidential campaign, vice presidential candidate Joe Biden loved to remind us all of his working-class roots - born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, son of a car dealership manager.

CNN: Same-sex marriage rights a step closer in District of Columbia

On the same day that Vermont's House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the Washington City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages performed in other states to be recognized in the nation's capital.

CNN: Official: Millions spent defending Pentagon computers from attack

The U.S. military has spent at least $100 million defending its computer network from and responding to cyberattacks, according to a top official responsible for network security.

CNN: LBJ and Reagan loyalists clash over Obama agenda

"Who controls the past controls the future." It's a line from George Orwell's novel "1984." But it could also serve as the rallying cry for two groups battling over President Obama's ambitious domestic agenda - and the legacy of two former presidents.

CNN: Sen. Ted Stevens' conviction set aside

A federal judge on Tuesday set aside the conviction of Republican former Sen. Ted Stevens while excoriating the case's prosecutors.

Financial Times: US moves against Iran nuclear trade

New York prosecutors joined the Obama administration yesterday in shutting down a China-based network that allegedly supplied Iran's nuclear and missile programmes with the unwitting aid of some of Wall Street's biggest banks.

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