April 14th, 2009
11:06 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to update nation on economic recovery plan

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday will outline how the steps his administration is taking to confront the economic crisis will move the economy from "recession to recovery," the White House said.

In an address at Georgetown University in Washington, Obama also will detail the work that still needs to be done to get the economy back on track.

The speech, which will air live on CNN and CNN.com at 11:30 ET, comes a day after the president declared that his stimulus plan is "starting to work" and that transportation projects are coming in ahead of schedule and under budget.

CNN contributor and Republican strategist Ed Rollins said Tuesday that Obama needs to remind the country that the economy is steadily moving forward. He also needs to provide encouragement, considering that Wednesday is tax deadline day, Rollins said.

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April 14th, 2009
10:20 AM ET
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Palin office accuses opponents of 'wanting their hands held'

Palin's office slammed criticism of her travel as politically-motivated.
Palin's office slammed criticism of her travel as politically-motivated.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's office blasted state Democrats late Monday for criticizing her decision to travel to the Midwest for speaking appearances in the closing days of the legislative session.

Her staff sent reporters an angry message with the subject line "Political Adversaries Allow Politics to Cloud Judgment in Final Week."

“It is nothing more than a politically charged shot in the dark,” Palin chief of staff Mike Nizich said in the statement. “We view the legislative session as a very serious state issue. This isn’t politics for us; this is Alaska’s future. I have worked for seven governors. Every governor has traveled during the legislative session. Had this group done its homework, they would have realized that Governor Palin has had numerous meetings with lawmakers this session and has been in constant communication with them.

“During the final week of session, legislators rarely want governors around stirring things up. We did not anticipate that the governor’s political opponents would want their hands held in the final hours of the session.”

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April 14th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Reagan statue to reside in DC

The statue will reside in the Capitol Rotunda alongside other figures of prominent Americans in the National Statuary Hall Collection.
The statue will reside in the Capitol Rotunda alongside other figures of prominent Americans in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A statue of former President Ronald Reagan will be placed in the U.S. Capitol in June, as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan will join House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the statue's unveiling on June 3.

Reagan, who served as president from 1981 to 1989, died in June 2004. He was 93.


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April 14th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: 6 in 10 Americans think Obama's on track with economy

Fifty-eight percent of people polled say President Obama has a plan for tackling the economic crisis.
Fifty-eight percent of people polled say President Obama has a plan for tackling the economic crisis.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hours before President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning delivers what the White House calls a major speech on the economy, a new national poll indicates that nearly six in 10 Americans think he has a clear plan for solving the country's economic problems.

Fifty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday morning say Obama has a clear plan to deal with the recession. That's more than double the 24 percent who think that Republicans in Congress have a clear plan on the economy. Nearly three in four polled say the GOP doesn't have a clear economic plan.

"Not surprisingly, Republicans don't think that Obama has a clear plan for economic recovery," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But Republicans also don't think that the GOP leaders in Congress have a clear plan either. Only 36 percent of Republicans nationwide believe that the GOP leadership has a clear plan; six in 10 Republicans don't feel that way."

Listen: Polling Director Keating Holland breaks down the results for CNN Radio


After Democrats accused the GOP of being the party of no ideas, congressional Republicans introduced alternative budget proposals last month.

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April 14th, 2009
07:32 AM ET
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Too early for Obama to claim stimulus victory?

(CNN) – President Obama said Monday stimulus spending is coming in ahead of schedule. CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look.


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April 14th, 2009
05:37 AM ET
5 years ago

Challenges await potential U.S. prosecution of surviving pirate

The US-flagged container ship Maersk Alabama and its American crew, seized by Somali pirates, docked Sunday in Kenya.
The US-flagged container ship Maersk Alabama and its American crew, seized by Somali pirates, docked Sunday in Kenya.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Federal law enforcement authorities are discussing what to do with the lone surviving pirate captured Sunday off the Somalia coast as a successful military rescue operation abruptly ended a five-day hostage standoff at sea.

U.S. government officials are weighing potential legal hurdles they may face if the young Somali captive is flown to New York or Washington to face federal criminal charges, according to sources familiar with the case.

Officially, the government is virtually mum on the discussions.

"The Justice Department continues to review the evidence and other issues to determine whether to seek prosecution of this individual in the United States," said Dean Boyd, spokesman for the Justice Department National Security Division.

Sources who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to discuss the matter said the detained Somali youth remains in military custody, but is likely to be turned over eventually to the FBI for transport to the United States.

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April 14th, 2009
05:10 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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CNN: Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions

President Obama lifted all restrictions Monday on the ability of individuals to visit relatives in Cuba, as well as to send them remittances.

CNN: Obama didn't raise U.S. terrorist attack risk, most say in poll

A new poll indicates Americans don't agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent assertion that President Obama's actions have increased the chances of a terrorist attack against the United States.

CNN: Activists gear up for national 'Tax Day Tea Party'

Legions of small-government, anti-tax activists around the country are mobilizing for a second wave of nationwide "Tea Party" demonstrations on Wednesday to protest the fiscal policies of the Obama administration.

CNN: Clinton to visit Haiti, announce $50 million in aid

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week turns the spotlight on the poorest country in the Americas: Haiti.

NYT: U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Talks With Iran

The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

Jerusalem Post Exclusive: Israel, US to hold largest-ever joint missile defense drill

In the face of Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear capability, Israel and the United States will hold an unprecedented and massive exercise later this year to jointly test three different ballistic missile defense systems, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Washington Post: Leaning on Fiat's Sense of Direction To Guide Chrysler

When corporate executives brief Wall Street analysts, they can usually be counted on to put their companies' performances in the best light. But Fiat's engaging chief executive Sergio Marchionne rarely minces words. After taking the wheel at the Italian automaker in 2004, he promised analysts he would do "radical surgery" because "we've got an organizational structure that needs to be snapped out of its stupor."

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