August 14th, 2009
02:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Read in: Health care bills in Congress

Both the House and Senate health care bills are available online.
Both the House and Senate health care bills are available online.

Read the House bill here.

Read the Senate bill here.


Filed under: Health care
August 14th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP convention committee unveiled

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Mayors and community leaders looking for a piece of the next presidential contest now have a list of names of who to lobby if they are interested in hosting the Republican National Convention in 2012.

The Republican National Committee officially released its Site Selection Committee Friday, which is charged with choosing the host city for the convention that will ratify the GOP presidential nominee.

The Democratic National Committee has not yet named members of its site selection committee.

RNC Site Selection Committee members after the jump:
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Filed under: RNC
August 14th, 2009
01:49 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Radio: Harkin and Schweitzer talk health care

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer talk health care reform with Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in the latest edition of "44 with Ed Henry."

Listen here:


Filed under: CNN Radio • Health care
August 14th, 2009
12:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Funeral mass to be held for Eunice Shriver

 Shriver, a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday at age 88.
Shriver, a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday at age 88.

HYANNIS, Massachusetts (CNN) - Family and close friends of Eunice Kennedy Shriver will attend a Friday morning funeral for the late sister of President John F. Kennedy.

Shriver, a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday at age 88.

An invitation-only funeral Mass will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church here, according to a statement from the family's spokesman Stephen Rivers.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend Friday's service.

Before the Mass begins at 10 a.m. ET, Special Olympians will carry the Special Olympics torch into the church, the statement said. They will take part in a procession toward the church, followed by the hearse and the Shriver family who will be walking behind.

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Filed under: Uncategorized
August 14th, 2009
12:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Political opposites join forces to rebuild schools

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two of the most outspoken people in politics are putting their ideological differences aside to team up on an initiative to help rebuild the nation's public schools.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton will join Education Secretary Arne Duncan on a tour to encourage cities to fix their schools, the Department of Education announced Friday.

Calling Gingrich and Sharpton "two of the most candid people I have ever known," Duncan said in a statement that that there will be "some provocative conversations on education reform." The trio will visit Philadelphia on Sept. 29, New Orleans on Nov. 3 and Baltimore on November 13. More stops, including one in a rural setting, will be added later, the Education department said.

Gingrich and Sharpton met with President Obama in May to discuss education reform.


Filed under: Al Sharpton • Newt Gingrich
August 14th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's political arm release new health care video

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama's political operation released a new Web video Friday highlighting the story of a cancer patient whose insurance coverage was taken away after she was diagnosed with the disease.

The two-minute video, produced by Organizing for America, criticizes the insurance industry's practice of rescission - "a policy of retroactively canceling health insurance after a patient becomes ill." The video shows the story of Robin Beaton, a retired nurse from Waxahachie, Texas, who was told days before her scheduled double mastectomy to remove cancerous tumors that her insurance plan had dropped her coverage.

OFA released the video in advance of Obama's health care town hall meeting in Montana where he will talk about the issue of rescission.


Filed under: Uncategorized
August 14th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Is Palin getting ready to tweet again?

Palin has been silent on Twitter since leaving office in July.
Palin has been silent on Twitter since leaving office in July.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin changed her Twitter account on Thursday to @SarahPalinUSA, abandoning her old username @AKGovSarahPalin.

There has been much speculation about when Palin would begin tweeting again. Since leaving office in July, Palin has been silent on Twitter and has primarily used Facebook to communicate with the public.

No tweets have yet been sent from her new Twitter account.

More than 135,000 people currently follow Palin on Twitter. Those who followed her official gubernatorial account do not have to re-subscribe to her new name. Twitter users who change their names maintain their followers.

UPDATE (Friday): A few hours after Palin changed her Twitter account name, she switched it back to @AKGovSarahPalin. @SarahPalinUSA is now a new separate account altogether. CNN e-mailed a Palin representative seeking comment, but has not yet heard back.

(Image of all the accounts after the jump)
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Filed under: Sarah Palin • Social Media • Twitter
August 14th, 2009
10:17 AM ET
5 years ago

44 with Ed Henry: Tune in at 11 a.m. ET

(CNN) - Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry hosts his weekly radio show from Montana this morning as he waits for President Obama's arrival later in the day for a town hall meeting on health care.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will be joining Ed as well as Nancy LeaMond from the AARP. And of course, Ed will be taking your calls at 1-877-266-4189. Or you can drop him an email

So, tune in to CNN.com at 11 a.m. ET for an insiders look at the Obama presidency.


Filed under: CNN Radio
August 14th, 2009
09:28 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton visits Cape Verde in final leg of Africa tour

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour.

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour in which she emphasized good governance and urged officials to implement reforms.

Clinton is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Pedro Maria Neves before returning to the United States.

The Obama administration describes the island nation on the western coast as an African success story.

"Cape Verde enjoys a stable democratic system, high transparency and low corruption," said Marianne M. Myles, the U.S. ambassador to Cape Verde.

The relationship between the two countries is based on a long history of partnership, which started in 1818 when the first U.S. consulate in sub-Saharan Africa was established in the country, Myles said.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
August 14th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Tough questions, frustrations continue in town halls

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour.

(CNN) - Town hall meetings continued Thursday with more members of Congress facing an onslaught of tough questions about health care reform plans.

Rep. Steve Rothman, D-New Jersey, said at a meeting in Secaucus that the aim of health care reform is not to make America's system mimic Great Britain's or Canada's.

"I, for one, don't want a system like Great Britain's. I don't want a system like Canada's. I don't want national health care, and I don't want socialized medicine," he said.

Rothman said that any health care bill coming out of Congress has to "fix what needs to be fixed" but not "destroy what's good about the existing private health insurance system."


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