September 30th, 2009
09:09 AM ET
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Obama to announce $5 billion in research grants

President Obama and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce research grants Wednesday.
President Obama and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce research grants Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama, in an effort to stimulate the economy and support critical research, will announce $5 billion dollars in grants when he visits the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday, according to an administration official.

The money comes from Recovery Act funds and is aimed at supporting "12,000 critical research projects - and tens of thousands of jobs associated with them, ranging from teachers and lab technicians to database managers and scientists," the official wrote in an e-mail.

Obama, who will be joined by Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other top medical experts, will tour a lab before speaking at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

More than 450 NIH employees, scientists, local officials and members of Congress are expected to be on hand.

The White House says the research grants are part of the Recovery Act's overall investment of $100 billion in innovative research and advancing science and technology infrastructure.


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September 30th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
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'Nation state of U2' comes to Washington

U2 performed outside Washington, DC Tuesday night.
U2 performed outside Washington, DC Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Politics and rock collided in suburban Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night when Irish rockers U2 came to town for their U2 360º tour. In this city full of government and political operatives, there was no shortage of references to both during the two-hour performance.

Bono introduced what he called "the nation state of U2," designating each band member with a cabinet or government position. He called drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. "the author of our constitution" - a reference to the fact that it was Mullen's ad on a high school bulletin board that led to the formation of U2 in the late 1970s. He also bestowed on him the title of leader of the opposition. Bassist Adam Clayton shares the double duty of minister of culture and foreign minister.

Most would probably assume Bono as the head of state in this government, but he told the audience he was happy with being "majority leader" and "Madame Speaker" because of his interest and ability in making deals and building consensus. President The Edge gets that honor, who Bono dubbed, "the leader of my free world."

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September 30th, 2009
08:02 AM ET
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Palin's father to campaign for Nevada Senate hopeful

Palin's father is hitting the campaign trail.
Palin's father is hitting the campaign trail.

(CNN) – Watch out Harry Reid: Sarah Palin's dad is coming to Nevada.

Chuck Heath will travel from Alaska to Nevada on October 2 to spend the weekend campaigning with Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian, one of the many Republicans hoping to unseat the Senate Majority Leader next November.

The retired science teacher is scheduled to make five stops across Nevada with Tarkanian, the son of legendary college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. He is considered to be one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination along with Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, if she decides to formally enter the race.

Heath certainly won't bring out the kind of crowds that showed up to see his daughter during the presidential race, but he'll likely draw some of the Republican faithful eager to catch of
glimpse of anything Palin-related.

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September 30th, 2009
04:51 AM ET
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Franks aide clarifies 'enemy of humanity' comment

In a recent speech to conservative activists, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks said President Obama was 'an enemy of humanity.'
In a recent speech to conservative activists, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks said President Obama was 'an enemy of humanity.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A spokeswoman for a Republican congressman who called President Obama "an enemy of humanity" said Tuesday that he should have clarified that he was talking about the president's policies on abortion.

Bethany Haley, a spokeswoman for Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, told CNN on Tuesday the congressman was actually referring to "unborn humanity" - a specific reference to the president's policies on abortion.

Franks used the term in a speech to conservative activists Saturday in St. Louis, pointing to Obama's decision to aid international family planning clinics that perform abortions.

"A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can't do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity," Franks said.
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Filed under: Abortion • President Obama
September 30th, 2009
04:46 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: September 30, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Senate panel votes down public option for health care bill
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected two amendments to include a government-run public health insurance option in the only compromise health care bill so far.

CNN: Rockefeller 'disappointed' Obama didn't push harder for public option
Sen. Jay Rockefeller told CNN on Monday that he's "disappointed" that President Obama wasn't more forceful in pushing the Senate to include a public option in its health care bill.

CNN: Thursday meeting with Iran to test Obama 'engagement' policy
Thursday's meeting between the United States and Iran may be the highest-level talks in three decades between the two countries, but the United States is cautious about predicting what might come next.

CNN: 4,000 U.S. troops expected to leave Iraq in October
The United States will withdraw another 4,000 troops in Iraq by the end of October, the U.S. military commander in Iraq said in prepared testimony for a congressional hearing Wednesday.

CNN: Obama Olympics trip carries political risks
President Obama's decision to head to Copenhagen, Denmark, later this week to make a push to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago is not without political controversy.

CNN: Steele says Obama's Olympic trip 'not necessary.'
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is sharply criticizing President Obama's planned trip to Denmark to promote Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, characterizing the 24-hour trek as an unnecessary distraction.

CNN: Can Obama fit any more on his plate?
President Obama faces a daunting fall to-do list against the backdrop of an American public losing enthusiasm on a variety of issues.

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