August 31st, 2009
12:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Corzine camp slams Christie loan in new ad

Corzine is on the attack with a new negative ad against Christie.
Corzine is on the attack with a new negative ad against Christie.

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign is staying on the attack, releasing a fresh negative ad that charges Republican rival Chris Christie has "one set of rules for himself, another for everyone else."

"While he was U.S. Attorney, Republican Chris Christie gave one of his subordinates a $46,000 loan. And even though it is required under federal and state laws, Christie never reported the loan. And never paid taxes on the interest he received," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

"When he was caught, Christie said it was a 'mistake.' But he prosecuted people who did the same things. Chris Christie. One set of rules for himself. Another for everyone else."

Christie has denied any impropriety, calling the omission an inadvertent oversight, and telling reporters he plans to update his taxes and all other relevant filings.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
August 31st, 2009
11:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Honore dismisses talk of Senate run

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore denied a Senate bid.
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore denied a Senate bid.

(CNN) – The general who led military relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is denying a report that he may challenge Louisiana Sen. David Vitter in 2010, calling it "speculation and rumors" Sunday.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, now a CNN emergency preparedness analyst, said he is moving back to his home state. But "No one's talking to me about running for Senate," Honore said.

"That is a serious rumor that's got started that's created a lot of buzz," said Honore, who left the Army in 2008. But he said he has never declared a party affiliation, and any talk of a Senate run is "all about speculation and rumors."

Honore is best known for taking over a widely criticized relief effort after Katrina flooded most of New Orleans in August 2005. The city's mayor, Ray Nagin, famously described the cigar-chomping three-star general as a "John Wayne dude" who could "get some stuff done."

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Filed under: David Vitter • Louisiana
August 31st, 2009
11:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Cheney wrong on interrogation inquiry facts, Obama official says

Cheney had his facts wrong on interrogation inquiry facts.
Cheney had his facts wrong on interrogation inquiry facts.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney had his facts wrong when he blasted Attorney General Eric Holder last week for launching an investigation into past CIA interrogation techniques, an administration official asserted Monday.

Holder's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques was politically motivated, Cheney claimed in remarks broadcast on FOX News Sunday. Cheney made clear in the interview, conducted last Friday, that he believes President Barack Obama directed Holder to launch the review in response to pressure from left-wing Democrats.

But the administration official, who asked not to be identified, said, "The attorney general made a determination independently, based on the facts and the law."

The official also objected to Cheney's statement that "the president is the chief law enforcement officer in the land."

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Filed under: CIA • Dick Cheney • Eric Holder
August 31st, 2009
11:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Dancing with DeLay

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his dancing partner, Cheryl Burke, practice for his debut on this season of Dancing With The Stars, debuting in three weeks on ABC. (PHOTO CREDIT: ABC)


Filed under: Tom DeLay
August 31st, 2009
05:03 AM ET
5 years ago

I'm 'slightly miffed' at Obama, Carville says

Democratic strategist James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist, moved their family to New Orleans in mid-2008.
Democratic strategist James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist, moved their family to New Orleans in mid-2008.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A prominent Democrat who is also a Louisiana native said Sunday he was somewhat offended that President Obama has yet to pay a visit to New Orleans, a city trying to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina four years ago.

“I’m a Democrat and this is a Democratic president. I would describe myself as slightly miffed that he hasn’t been down yet,” Democratic strategist and longtime Clinton ally James Carville said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “but he says he’s coming down before the end of the year. And we’re hospitable people and we certainly will welcome him.”

Carville and his wife Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist and former Dick Cheney aide, moved their family to New Orleans in mid-2008.

“I can honestly say, . . . you can start to feel the progress now,” Carville said of the legendary city’s efforts to rebuild. “It’s a work in progress but there has been progress. I promise you that,” Carville also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Carville’s words were echoed by one of the Louisiana’s senators, Democrat Mary Landrieu.
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August 31st, 2009
04:59 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: August 31, 2009

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CNN: As Kennedy laid to rest, a papal prayer request is revealed
Shortly before his death, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy wrote a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking for the pontiff to pray for him as he struggled with an aggressive form of brain cancer, it was revealed at his graveside service Saturday evening.

CNN: Kennedy's gravesite opens to the public
The Arlington National Cemetery gravesite of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy opened to the public at 8 a.m. Sunday, a little less than 12 hours after he was buried.

CNN: Cheney: Justice review of interrogation methods is political
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Justice Department's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques is politically motivated.

CNN: Analysis: Dick Cheney's claims reopen 'waterboarding' debate
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday said his claim that enhanced interrogation techniques - including waterboarding - produced critical post-9/11 information was supported by a pair of intelligence reports released last week.

CNN: Dem on CIA probe: 'No one is above the law'
A week before Congress returns from its August recess, there are already signs that a recently announced Justice Department investigation into the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects will be a source of tension between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

CNN: Tea Party Express cruises through Nevada
Hundreds of people turned out for a series of weekend events as the Tea Party Express cruised across northern Nevada.

CNN: 'I would tend not to' support the public option, says Landrieu
A moderate Senate Democrat who is a possible swing vote in Republicans’ favor on health care reform said Sunday she is not likely to support a robust public health insurance option and believes that reform proposals should focus on lowering health care costs.

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