July 2nd, 2009
09:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Jenny Sanford speaks out

Jenny Sanford released a statement Thursday about her husband’s affair.
Jenny Sanford released a statement Thursday about her husband’s affair.

(CNN) - Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is speaking out in a new statement about her husband's affair.

"Mark showed a lack of judgment in his recent actions as governor. However, his far more egregious offenses were committed against God, the institutions of marriage and family, our boys and me," Mrs. Sanford said in a statement. "Mark has stated that his intent and determination is to save our marriage, and to make amends to the people of South Carolina. I hope he can make good on those intentions, and for the sake of our boys I leave the door open to it."

Full statement after the jump

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Filed under: Extra • Mark Sanford
July 2nd, 2009
09:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Justice Dept. again delays release of CIA interrogations report

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Justice Department informed a federal court Thursday that it now needs until the end of August to complete its review of a CIA internal investigation of its controversial interrogation and detention program.

In a letter to Judge Alvin Hellerstein, Justice officials said the 2004 Inspector General's report had to be considered in relationship to 318 other documents under court-ordered review.

Justice Department Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said some of the information contained in the 2004 report related to information contained in the other CIA documents. "Because of the overlap, we cannot complete the review of the report before the review of this other set of documents," said the spokeswoman.

The court had ordered the review of all of the CIA documents to be completed by August 31, but the government had said it would expedite its consideration of the inspector-general report, setting a deadline of June 19 - a deadline it has extended twice.

In the letter to the court, the Justice attorneys said, "Given the sensitivity of the information at issue, and the need for coordination among multiple components of the government, the review of the remanded documents is a time consuming and labor intensive exercise."
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Filed under: Justice Department
July 2nd, 2009
08:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Does this thing look like that thing?

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(CNN) – Les Otten, a 2010 Republican candidate for the governorship in Maine, is getting slammed by the state's Democratic party for launching a campaign Web site that looks eerily similar to that of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign Web site.

The similarities between the two sites include the fonts, the page layouts and the campaign emblems - which might be indistinguishable if Otten's didn't feature a green mountain in the center and a leaf on the perimeter.

The Otten campaign denied taking any inspiration from Obama's successful effort. "The Les Otten Exploratory Campaign did not copy from anyone's website," it said in a statement. "We built the website up from the letter 'O' because Les' last name begins with the letter 'O.' We used industry standard templates placing images on the website where people's eyes naturally follow."


Filed under: President Obama
July 2nd, 2009
06:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Sanford called on to turn over campaign money

SC Gov. Mark Sanford has been asked to repair the ‘serious damage’ he has done to state fundraising efforts.
SC Gov. Mark Sanford has been asked to repair the ‘serious damage’ he has done to state fundraising efforts.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson is calling on Gov. Mark Sanford to cut a check from his campaign war chest to help repair the "serious damage" he has done to Republican fundraising efforts in the state.

Sanford, a prodigious fundraiser, is sitting on nearly $1.69 million in his gubernatorial election account, and he still has roughly $128,000 in his congressional account, according to his most recent campaign finance reports. New financial reports are due later this month.

But now that Sanford's political career has collapsed, his money is in limbo.

Under South Carolina law, Sanford could technically hang on to that money by transferring it to a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization of his choice or to a state-level political action committee.

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Filed under: Katon Dawson • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
July 2nd, 2009
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Jackson 'one of our greatest entertainers'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama called Michael Jackson one of the "greatest entertainers" whose talent as a performer was paired with a "sad personal life," in his first comments about the singer since his death last Thursday.

"I am glad to see that he is being remembered primarily for the great joy that he brought to a lot of people through his extraordinary gifts as an entertainer," Obama said in an interview Friday with the Associated Press.

Obama said he grew up on Jackson's music and that "I still have all of his stuff on my iPod."

"I think that Michael Jackson will go down in history as one of our greatest entertainers," Obama also said in the interview. "I think that his brilliance as a performer also was paired with a tragic and in many ways sad personal life."

Obama said he didn't see any controversy over the fact that he didn't issue a statement immediately upon the singer's death. He told the AP that he knows "a lot of people in the black community" and that he hadn't heard anything about it.


Filed under: Michael Jackson • President Obama
July 2nd, 2009
03:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Franken to be sworn in Tuesday

Sen.-elect Al Franken will be sworn in on Tuesday.
Sen.-elect Al Franken will be sworn in on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senator-elect Al Franken will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and be sworn in Tuesday, according to Reid's office.

Franken has been assigned suite 320 in the Hart Senate Office Building, the same office used by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who conceded the race earlier this week.


Filed under: Al Franken • Harry Reid
July 2nd, 2009
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

SC GOP Chair again suggests Sanford needs to go

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – For the second day in a row, South Carolina GOP chairwoman Karen Floyd suggested the time has come for Mark Sanford to resign.

Floyd issued a statement Thursday after the State Law Enforcement Division concluded that Sanford had not misused public funds while visiting his mistress over the last year.

"I have confidence in the findings of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division," Floyd said. "But the fact remains that there is clearly a growing view that the time may have come for Governor Sanford to remove himself and his family from the limelight, so that he can devote his efforts full-time to repairing the damage in his personal life."


Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
July 2nd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Bill Clinton to attend Maloney fundraiser

Former President Bill Clinton is set to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
Former President Bill Clinton is set to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will attend a fundraiser for a congresswoman from New York City who's challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year's Democratic primary.

The fundraiser is for Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Her campaign's chief strategist, Joe Trippi, tells CNN that Maloney has made her decision to run against Gillibrand and will soon formally announce her Senate bid.

Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from upstate New York, was named by Gov. David Paterson in January to succeed Hillary Clinton.

The White House has been hoping to prevent a primary fight next year in New York by trying to clear the field for Gillibrand. Steve Israel, another congressman from New York who was considering a run against Gillibrand, decided against such a bid after lobbying by the White House.

Former President Clinton has not made an endorsement in the race, but his appearance at a Maloney fundraiser will raise some eyebrows. Clinton also attended a fundraiser for Gillibrand earlier this year.

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July 2nd, 2009
02:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Figures show recession slowing, despite job report

Obama says the recession is slowing down.
Obama says the recession is slowing down.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called the nation's latest unemployment figures sobering, but said the economic recession is slowing.

In a Rose Garden appearance with chief executives of clean-energy companies, Obama noted the average number of job losses in the current quarter has been 400,000 a month, compared to a monthly average of 700,000 in the previous quarter.

"It took years for us to get into this mess, and it'll take more than a few months to get out," Obama said.

Related: Boehner, GOP blasts jobs report


Filed under: President Obama
July 2nd, 2009
02:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Bennett: Sanford needs to stop 'embarrassing himself'

(CNN) – Mark Sanford is "embarrassing himself" and needs to resign as governor of South Carolina, conservative talk radio host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett said Thursday on CNN's American Morning.

Bennett, the latest high profile conservative to call for Sanford's ouster, said it's time for the onetime Republican rising star to ditch politics and focus solely on getting his life back in order.

"I know Mark Sanford. I know him quite well," Bennett said. "He needs to get his life back in order, his marriage back in order. He is embarrassing himself."

"There is the old notion of indecent exposure, usually that refers to somebody showing some skin, and there's another form of indecent exposure. He is telling us way too much," Bennett continued. "We're not interested. He needs to stop and take care of his life."

Bennett also suggested the GOP can easily fill the gap Sanford would leave.

"We have other people," he said. "We have other people who are not only fiscally interesting and sound but also can keep their lives together. "

Bennett's comments come as more than half of the Republicans in the state senate have now called for Sanford to step down, as well as a host of other GOP leaders in the state. Sanford has indicated he does not intend to resign.

"The whole thing is pretty ugly. It needs to stop," Bennett also said.


Filed under: Mark Sanford
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