June 22nd, 2009
12:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Ensign's numbers plunge after admitting affair

 A new poll is out with favorable rating for Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign.
A new poll is out with favorable rating for Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign.

(CNN) - A new poll of Nevada voters suggests that Senator John Ensign's favorable rating among people in his home state is plunging since he admitted to an extramarital affair.

Thirty-nine percent of people questioned in a Las Vegas Review-Journal survey conducted by Mason Dixon Polling and Research Inc. have a positive view of Ensign. That's down 14 points from a month ago. Thirty-seven percent say they regard Ensign unfavorably, up 19 points from May.

But the poll suggests that 62 percent do not think Ensign should resign from the Senate over his admission of infidelity, with 29 percent saying he should step down.

The poll was conducted Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday Ensign announced the nine month long affair with a married campaign staffer. The senator says he and his wife have reconciled.

Ensign is not up for re-election until 2012.
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June 22nd, 2009
11:39 AM ET
June 22nd, 2009
10:36 AM ET
5 years ago

High court rules in voting rights dispute

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a major voting rights case.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a major voting rights case.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court compromised Monday in a major voting rights case, finding a powerful enforcement tool in the landmark Voting Rights Act was being applied too broadly.

The decision avoided the larger issue of whether the federal government should continue to have broad oversight to ensure local areas are free of voter discrimination.

The justices by a unanimous vote allowed states and local communities more power to challenge the "preclearance" provision of the 1965 law that provides continuing federal control over election practices in 16 states, based
on past discrimination against minority voters.

Other states are not covered by the provision even if they, too, might discriminate against minority voters.

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June 22nd, 2009
09:24 AM ET
5 years ago

John King: Clashes in Iran, disagreement in U.S.

CNN's John King looks back at Sunday's talk shows and what will make news in the coming week.
CNN's John King looks back at Sunday's talk shows and what will make news in the coming week.

Editor's note: John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and "State of the Union" host, examines the news made in Sunday talk and offers up this Monday morning crib sheet on what to watch this week in politics. Please note that all quotes are from rush transcripts and are subject to change. If you'd like to receive a sneak peek of next week's news in your inbox every Sunday, you can sign up for the "Political Ticker – State of the Union Sunday Edition" at http://www.cnn.com/profile/

(CNN) - The dramatic and at times deadly post-election fallout in Iran dominated the Sunday conversation. And as we watched more demonstrations on the streets of Tehran, the debate among key policy-makers in the United States centered on whether the Iranian regime was potentially near a tipping point and whether President Obama has been too cautious his handling of this major challenge.

Developments of note included:

• The chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said she has been assured, as of late last week, that no clandestine U.S. operations were under way aimed at helping the protesters or influencing the Iranian election.

• The ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar of Indiana, said he believed Iran's supreme leader had mistakenly escalated the stakes of the showdown by demanding an end to protests.

• Lugar also said that if the government of Iran indicated a sudden willingness to negotiate with the United States about its nuclear program, the administration should accept the offer despite the regime's harsh handling of the election crisis. The senator also said he thought such an invitation was "improbable."

• The president's rhetoric has become more forceful with each new statement on the crisis. But some of his conservative critics say he still falls short of what they would like to see: an unequivocal statement that he stands with those in the streets.

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Filed under: Health care • Iran • President Obama • State of the Union
June 22nd, 2009
08:45 AM ET
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Stimulus dollars at work: Fighting forest fires

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - In two Oregon national parks, your taxpayer dollars are literally going up in flames.

PatRick Environmental is a small business that specializes in preventing forest fires. The firm recently landed a contract, backed by stimulus cash from the Recovery Act, to torch areas of Oregon's Deschutes & Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grass Lands. This controlled burning will promote new growth and thin some trees so that unplanned wildfires don't become unmanageable.

The project is one of thousands being carried out across the U.S. that are putting stimulus money to work shoring up the country's infrastructure and generating much-needed business for local companies.

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Filed under: economic stimulus • Economy
June 22nd, 2009
08:30 AM ET
June 22nd, 2009
05:02 AM ET
6 years ago

Bennett: Obama's reaction to Iran 'very disappointing'


WASHINGTON (CNN) – After more than a week of political protests on the streets of Tehran and repeated criticism of the White House by Republicans on Capitol Hill, a leading conservative voice is also criticizing President Barack Obama’s response to the political upheaval in Iran.

Related: 'The world is watching,' Obama tells Iran

Obama “needs to condemn what the government is doing,” conservative radio talk show host and CNN political contributor Bill Bennett said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“He needs to say it in no uncertain terms. This is very disappointing, as far as I’m concerned. This was the president to whom the whole world was looking. . . . This is a president about hope, he’s about the future. This is a guy who was a community organizer. He missed it. He missed the opportunity.”

“We are last best hope on Earth,” Bennett also said. “He is the President of the United States. If he will not side with these young people against a religious autocracy that is beating the hell out of people, what is the point of being the moral leader of the free world?”

Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor, sees the situation differently.

“I think the president has struck the right balance,” Brazile said Sunday.

“If the United States is seen as showing its so-called fist at a moment when the people themselves are speaking out, it could have the adverse effect of rallying those individuals against the United States and not against their government,” the Democrat said.

Related: Obama gives exclusive interview to Pakistani media outlet


Filed under: Bill Bennett • Iran • President Obama • State of the Union
June 22nd, 2009
04:57 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: June 22, 2009

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CNN: Deal reached to cut Medicare drug costs
In a sign of progress in overhauling health care, the nation's pharmaceutical industry has agreed to a deal that will reduce drug costs for elderly Americans.

CNN: King: Cleveland Clinic pushes into future
As he walks the halls of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Steven Nissen makes the next generation of health care in America sound quite simple.

CNN: Senators raise doubts about health care reform
For the second time in as many weeks, leading senators on both sides of the aisle are raising doubts about the viability of President Obama’s ambitious plans to reform the nation’s health care system.

CNN: Feinstein: U.S. not meddling in Iran
A top senator with responsibility for overseeing U.S. intelligence activities said Sunday that the United States is not interfering with Iran’s internal politics.

CNN: McCain: Obama has done well, but hasn't been bipartisan
You can't call John McCain a sore loser. Seven months after Barack Obama defeated him in the U.S. presidential election, the Republican senator from Arizona said Sunday he thinks his former Senate colleague is making things happen in the White House.

CNN: Obama takes on criticism of proposed new agency
President Obama fought back against criticism of his plan for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency Saturday, telling Americans that the new department would prevent them from being confused or deceived by lenders.

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