May 26th, 2009
05:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Liz Cheney doesn't rule out future run for office

Liz Cheney didn't rule out a run for office of her own.
Liz Cheney didn't rule out a run for office of her own.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a former State Department official, said Tuesday that she isn't planning to run for public office anytime soon, but didn't rule out the possibility for the future.

Cheney, who has made headlines recently for an ambitious public campaign defending her father and attacking the Obama administration's national security strategy, said she is currently too busy at home to run for office.

"It's not something I'm focused on right now, I do have five little kids and I'm helping my dad to write his memoirs," Cheney said Tuesday in an interview on Fox News and posted on ThinkProgress.org.

"So I have a pretty full plate right now, but it's certainly something I could," she said before getting interrupted.

But Cheney's comments aren't the first time this possibility has come up. Former President Bush's top strategist Karl Rove was asked on Monday in an interview with Fox News if he thought that she should run for office. He responded, "she might."


Filed under: Liz Cheney
May 26th, 2009
05:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Sotomayor SCOTUS case history: Investor lawsuits

WASHINGTON (CNN) - During Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's 17 years as a federal judge, the U.S. Supreme Court has reviewed her decisions on at least eight occasions. CNN has reviewed those cases and has summarized each in a series of posts. The names and citations reflect the cases as they were known when they first came before Sotomayor.

Dabit vs. Merrill Lynch (2005), 395 F.3d 25: In a 2005 ruling, Sotomayor overturned a lower court decision and allowed investors to bring certain types of fraud lawsuits against investment firms in state court rather than in federal court. The lower court had agreed with the defendant Merrill Lynch's argument that the suits were invalid because the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 required that such suits be brought only in federal court. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned Sotomayor's ruling in an 8-0 decision, saying that the federal interest in overseeing securities market cases prevails, and that doing otherwise could give rise to "wasteful, duplicative litigation." Justice Alito, who was not on the Court when the case was argued, did not participate in the decision.


Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 26th, 2009
05:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor SCOTUS case history: Tax deductions

WASHINGTON (CNN) - During Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's 17 years as a federal judge, the U.S. Supreme Court has reviewed her decisions on at least eight occasions. CNN has reviewed those cases and has summarized each in a series of posts. The names and citations reflect the cases as they were known when they first came before Sotomayor.

Knight vs. Commissioner (2006), 467 F.3d 149: In 2006, Sotomayor upheld a lower tax court ruling that certain types of fees paid by a trust are only partly tax deductable. The Supreme Court upheld Sotomayor's decision but unanimously rejected the reasoning she adopted, saying that her approach "flies in the face of the statutory language." Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the Court.


Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 26th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney: Sotomayor nomination 'troubling'

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement Tuesday on Sotomayor's nomination:

"The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is troubling. Her public statements make it clear she has an expansive view of the role of the judiciary. Historically, the Court is where judges interpret the Constitution and apply the law. It should never be the place "where policy is made," as Judge Sotomayor has said. Like any nominee, she deserves a fair and thorough hearing. What the American public deserves is a judge who will put the law above her own personal political philosophy."

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 26th, 2009
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee: Steele immune from 'the racism charge'

Huckabee said Michael Steele's skin color is an asset when it comes to challenging President Obama.
Huckabee said Michael Steele's skin color is an asset when it comes to challenging President Obama.

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that Michael Steele is doing "a good job" as chairman of the Republican National Committee - in part because of the color of his skin.

"I think [Steele] has sought to be, first of all, a very strong spokesperson," Huckabee told The Tennessean on Saturday, before speaking at a church service. "I'm not sure anyone else could be as effective in challenging the Obama policies any more so than Michael."

Asked why that's the case, Huckabee answered: "Well, I believe that that no one is gonna be able to use the racism charge."

But Huckabee seemed to quickly move away from that assertion, and went on to argue that Steele is an effective leader because he has experience at many levels of politics.

"No one's gonna be able to say that Michael doesn't understand, because he has gone up through the ranks," he said. "He has been an elected official I think there's value there. Sometimes our chairman has been a person, maybe, who has never held public office."

Just last week, Steele made some racial comments of his own, arguing that Obama avoided press scrutiny during the presidential campaign because he is black.

"He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office," Steele said while filling in on Bill Bennett's radio show last Friday.

UPDATE: Ed Rollins, Mike Huckabee's former campaign manager, weighed in on Huckabee's comments on Tuesday.

Rollins said on CNN's "The Situation Room" that Huckabee "should have been focusing and not signing books," as he was during the interview.

"I think the bottom line here is, Michael Steele is chairman of our party not because he an African-American," Rollins said. "I think to a certain extent, whatever Mike was trying to say was not thought out. He is a guy who has had tremendous support in the African-American community as a governor, got 45 percent of the vote when he was running."


Filed under: Michael Steele • Mike Huckabee
May 26th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
5 years ago

New poll shows Paterson still in trouble

David Pateron has a 27 percent approval rating, according to a new poll out Tuesday.
David Pateron has a 27 percent approval rating, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

(CNN) – A new poll out Tuesday shows New York Gov. David Paterson's re-elections chances remain slender.

In the new survey conducted by Siena College, only 27 percent of New York voters view Paterson favorably while 63 percent hold an unfavorable view of him. That result is nearly identical to a similar poll released last month.

The survey also suggests New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would easily defeat Paterson in a Democratic primary by a margin of 70-19 percent.

Even if Paterson makes it to a general election matchup, the poll shows he would lose to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by a 28 point margin.

The poll, which surveyed 622 New York state registered voters, was conducted on May 18-21 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: David Paterson
May 26th, 2009
03:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor SCOTUS case history: Of fish and power plants

WASHINGTON (CNN) - During Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's 17 years as a federal judge, the U.S. Supreme Court has reviewed her decisions on at least eight occasions. CNN has reviewed those cases and has summarized each in a series of posts. The names and citations reflect the cases as they were known when they first came before Sotomayor.

Riverkeeper, Inc. vs. EPA (2007), 475 F.3d 83: Sotomayor, writing for a three-judge panel, ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency may not engage in a cost-benefit analysis in implementing a rule that the "best technology available" must be used to limit the environmental impact of power plants on nearby aquatic life. The case involved power plants that draw water from lakes and rivers for cooling purposes, killing various fish and aquatic organisms in the process. Sotomayor ruled that the "best technology" regulation did not allow the EPA to weigh the cost of implementing the technology against the overall environmental benefit when issuing its rules. The Supreme Court reversed Sotomayor's ruling in a 6-3 decision, saying that Sotomayor's interpretation of the "best technology" rule was too narrow. Justices Stevens, Souter, and Ginsburg dissented, siding with Sotomayor's position.


Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 26th, 2009
03:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to visit Saudi Arabia on June 3

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will begin next week's trip to the Middle East and Europe with a visit to Saudi Arabia, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Tuesday.

Obama will meet with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh on the evening of June 3, Gibbs said. He will spend the night in Saudi Arabia before flying to Egypt the next morning.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited speech on relations between the United States and the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt, on June 4.


Filed under: President Obama
May 26th, 2009
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Rubio 'deeply concerned' about Sotomayor's background

Marco Rubio is running for Senate in Florida.
Marco Rubio is running for Senate in Florida.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, the former Florida Speaker of the House competing in a Republican primary against Gov. Charlie Crist, is "deeply concerned" about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court.

And though Rubio is an up-and-coming Cuban-American politician in a battleground state where Hispanic voters can often tip elections, he believes Sotomayor's legal record should be the focal point of the nomination process - not her heritage.

Crist has not weighed in on the nomination. Rubio issued the following statement:

"I look forward to hearing more about Judge Sotomayor and her views about the proper role of the courts and judicial activism. The role the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, not to make law. Given this, I am deeply concerned about Judge Sotomayor's past comment that the courts are 'where policy is made' and look forward to hearing her explanation and defense of that view.

"Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing and respectful treatment, but there is much in her legal background that is troubling and demands scrutiny and honest discussion. I hope that a serious examination of her record and beliefs will not be shelved or cast aside simply so Democrats can attempt to claim political credit for a 'historic' court nomination."


Filed under: Marco Rubio • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 26th, 2009
02:20 PM ET
5 years ago

California high court upholds same-sex marriage ban

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) – California's Supreme Court has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage that state voters passed in November, but allowed about 18,000 marriages performed before the ban to remain valid.

The split ruling was met with chants of "shame on you" from a crowd of about 1,000 people who gathered outside the court building in San Francisco.

"It's nice that my marriage is still intact, but that's not the point," Kathleen White, who married her partner in 2008, told CNN.

Opponents of the ban argued that the controversial Proposition 8, which state voters passed, 52 percent to 48 percent, in November, improperly altered the California constitution to restrict a fundamental right guaranteed in the state's charter. But the court - which had allowed same-sex marriages in a 2008 decision - found the measure was narrow enough to pass legal muster.


Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage
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