June 23rd, 2009
06:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Liberty U., College Democrats reach agreement on recognition

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Liberty University's College Democrats again will be recognized by the school after the two sides reached a compromise, school and club officials say.

Controversy ensued last month after the school announced it was revoking official recognition for the chapter, citing moral beliefs held by its parent organization. Specifically, Liberty was upset with the national Democrats' views supporting abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

In an agreement announced Tuesday, whose terms begin with the fall semester, Liberty will classify all political clubs as "unofficial" - meaning they will not receive any funding from the institution, but can use its facilities. According to the university's new policy, posted on its Web site, such groups will be able to use Liberty's name "as long as they make it clear they are not being endorsed by the university."

The college Democrats were never going to be banned from the campus. Now the school will treat the College Democrats and Republicans in the same manner.

"We had no policy governing unofficial clubs before all of this controversy," Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a statement on the university's Web site. "The new policy will allow Liberty to protect its Christian mission and at the same time will allow the political clubs to achieve their objectives."

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June 23rd, 2009
05:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Chilean president discuss cooperation on H1N1 virus

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chile's experiences with the H1N1 virus can help the United States deal with the next wave of the flu in the North American autumn, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

At a joint media appearance after meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a medical doctor, Obama said such a "world problem" requires cooperation between nations to help each other out.

News reports say a Chilean decree last week expanded the power of Bachelet's government to confront the spreading flu, which has infected more than 4,000 people there.

"The flu situation is a good example of what the 21st century is going to look like," Obama said. "There are no borders on the flu."

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Filed under: President Obama
June 23rd, 2009
04:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Nixon to Bush 41: Find 'attractive' women

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Richard Nixon believed one way to shore up the GOP in 1973 was by recruiting "attractive" women, but not because he was "for women," according to audio tapes released Tuesday.

In February of 1973, President Nixon called future president and then-Republican National Committee chairman George H.W. Bush, and recounted a recent visit to the South Carolina state legislature.

"I noticed a couple of very attractive women, both of them Republicans, in the legislature," Nixon told Bush. "I want you to be sure to emphasize to our people, God, let's look for some... Understand, I don't do it because I'm for women, but I'm doing it because I think maybe a woman might win someplace where a man might not... So have you got that in mind?"

Bush replies, "I'll certainly keep it in mind."

The tape was among the approximately 154 hours of White House tape recordings and approximately 30,000 pages of documents released Tuesday by the Nixon Presidential Library, which is run by the National Archives.


Filed under: George H.W. Bush
June 23rd, 2009
04:15 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the CNN Ticker: Sanford, wife still haven't spoken

SULLIVANS ISLAND, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford's office may have spoken with him today, according to a spokesman - but his wife Jenny still has not, she told CNN Tuesday afternoon.

"I am being a mom today," she told CNN's David Mattingly. "I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children."

Jenny Sanford told the Associated Press Monday that she did not know where her husband had gone, but was unconcerned, according to The State newspaper. The GOP governor's office said Tuesday they have spoken with him, and that he will be back on the job Wednesday.


Filed under: Mark Sanford
June 23rd, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Barbour on 2012 decision: probably never

Is Barbour considering a presidential bid?
Is Barbour considering a presidential bid?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When a leading Republican public official visits New Hampshire and Iowa back-to-back, it sparks speculation of a 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination. And that's exactly what Haley Barbour's doing this week. But the Mississippi governor is playing down talk of presidential politics.

Barbour speaks at a state GOP fundraising event in New Hampshire tomorrow. New Hampshire traditionally holds the first primary in the race for the White House. Thursday, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee attends a fundraiser in Iowa for that state's GOP. The Iowa caucuses kick of the presidential primary season.

To top it off, Barbour campaigned Monday in Virginia with Bob McDonnell, the state's gubernatorial candidate. The contests for Virginia and New Jersey's governorships are the two biggest political battles of the year.

But Barbour appears to be waving off presidential politics. At a news conference in Washington Tuesday, where he teamed up with House Republicans to discuss health care reform, Barbour was asked when he's going to make a decision on running for president.

"Probably never," said Barbour. "But, you know Gov. Sununu called me and said he'd like to have somebody come up to New Hampshire who wasn't running for president to talk about party building and I told him I'm your man."

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Filed under: Haley Barbour • Mississippi
June 23rd, 2009
02:13 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the CNN Ticker: RNC slams Obama in first TV ad

The RNC unveiled its first ad of the cycle Wednesday that takes aim at Obama.
The RNC unveiled its first ad of the cycle Wednesday that takes aim at Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- The Republican National Committee slams President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s health care system in a new television ad that is set to air Wednesday on national cable television.

The RNC also offers thinly-veiled criticism of ABC for broadcasting a live presidential town hall meeting Wednesday on the issue of health care, but not including GOP national leaders in the event. The RNC does not name ABC, but mentions that the president will appear on a "national TV network" to discuss the issue. Republicans have accused ABC of promoting Obama's health care plan, pointing to the extensive coverage the network is giving the subject on its morning, evening and late night newscasts. The network has denied the charge.

This is the RNC's first TV ad of the 2010 election cycle. It will not release further details about the ad buy, but the script hints that it will only run on Wednesday - timed to coincide with the ABC town hall.

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Filed under: Ads • Healthcare • President Obama • RNC
June 23rd, 2009
01:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: What message would Palin send if she does not run for reelection?

 Join the conversation on Jack's blog.
Join the conversation on Jack's blog.

There's growing speculation in Alaska that Governor Sarah Palin won't run for reelection in 2010. Politico reports that top Republicans and Democrats are quietly lining up to run for the office — should Palin decide not to.

No one has filed the official paperwork yet; but many are taking the governor’s silence as a sign that she’ll opt out of a second term in order to get more involved in national politics.

One politician who is weighing a run put it this way: "If you’re Palin, once you've flown first class, you don't go back to coach. She's been to the show and certainly seemed to like it there."

He suggests that barring some "unforeseen collapse on the national stage," Palin won't run again for governor.

Some experts expect the governor to wait as long as possible before announcing her plans — that way she can keep her options open and minimize her lame duck status as governor if she decides not to run again.

To read more and contribute to the Cafferty File discussion, click here


Filed under: Cafferty File
June 23rd, 2009
01:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: video of woman shot in Tehran 'heartbreaking'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he has seen the widely-publicized video of a young Iranian woman - known as Neda - bleeding to death on a street in Tehran shortly after being shot by Iranian police last Saturday.

"It's heartbreaking," Obama said. "And I think anyone who sees it knows there's something fundamentally unjust about it."

The president made his remarks during a news conference at the White House.


Filed under: President Obama
June 23rd, 2009
01:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: unemployment will likely hit double digits

President Obama said Tuesday that he anticipates the nationwide unemployment rate to surpass 10 percent this year.
President Obama said Tuesday that he anticipates the nationwide unemployment rate to surpass 10 percent this year.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he expects nationwide unemployment to exceed 10 percent this year.

He reiterated a previous assertion that the United States is in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

"I anticipate this is going to be a difficult period," Obama said.

The president added, however, that he doesn't yet see the need for a second stimulus package. He said it is still too soon to measure the impact of the $787 billion stimulus plan passed shortly after he entered office.

The president made his remarks during a news conference at the White House.


Filed under: President Obama
June 23rd, 2009
01:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: private insurers shouldn't fear public plan playing by same rules

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that there is a "legitimate concern" about the ability of private insurers to compete with a public plan "if the public plan is simply eating (from) the taxpayer trough."

If that's the case, it'd be tough for private insurers to compete, Obama said. If, on the other hand, the "public plan must collect premiums and provide (good) services" like private insurers, then private insurers should have no problem competing with a public option.

Obama said he was hopeful that an efficiently-run public plan could help push private insurers to make similar cost-cutting moves.

The president made his remarks during a news conference at the White House.


Filed under: President Obama
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