October 1st, 2009
03:06 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain awaiting Palin's memoir

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Count Sen. John McCain among those who are eagerly awaiting Sarah Palin's upcoming tell-all memoir.

During an event Thursday at Washington's Newseum, the Arizona senator was asked by NBC's David Gregory which part of the former Alaska governor's 432-page memoir he is looking forward to reading the most.

"The part I'm looking forward to most is the part where it energized our campaign and her selection put us ahead in the polls," McCain said of his vice presidential running mate.

The former Republican presidential candidate then volunteered what he is not particularly looking forward to reading.

"The part I am looking forward to least is some of the disagreements that took place within the campaign," the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said.


Filed under: John McCain • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
October 1st, 2009
03:05 PM ET
5 years ago

The Justice Department 2.0

The re-design of the Justice Department Web site.
The re-design of the Justice Department Web site.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Justice Department became "Justice 2.0" Thursday, unveiling their new Web site and robust social media strategy on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and MySpace.

Since taking office, the Obama administration has been pushing for transparency in government and cabinet members have been revamping their Web and social media strategies accordingly.

"We'll see what opportunities arise," a Justice spokesperson told CNN on the strategy behind their accounts. "But the basic premise is it is a way to get our message to more people and that message can be received by people where they are online. They don't have to come to us, it can come to them."

The new Justice.gov incorporates a new blog and will have a regularly updated photo and video library (the old site had photos and videos, but were not updated on a regular basis).

The YouTube page currently has five videos explaining the role of the DOJ and the roles of the attorney general, associate AG and deputy AG. Moving forward, the site will feature press conferences, speeches and public service announcements. The Facebook and MySpace pages will act as a clearing house for all the social media the DOJ is pushing. @TheJusticeDept on Twitter will be an informative and educational hub pointing to breaking news, information, quotes form the attorney general, notes from high profile events, and links to new content.

Follow Eric Kuhn on Twitter @KuhnCNN


Filed under: Facebook • Justice Department • Social Networking • Twitter • YouTube
October 1st, 2009
02:45 PM ET
4 years ago

'There'll be no adjustment of this Census,' agency director says

WASHINGTON (CNN)– As outreach efforts begin to ramp up for the 2010 Census, the head of the Census Bureau said Thursday that there are no plans to adjust the result of the upcoming national count to account for possible undercounting of Latinos or other groups.

"There'll be no adjustment of this census," Census Bureau Director Robert Groves told CNN in an interview, "It's not something you can just do. You have to prepare for it and we don't have tools to adjust, so we're not going to adjust this Census."

Asked again about the issue, Groves reiterated that "we're not producing adjusted numbers."

Groves participated in a press conference Thursday where a coalition of groups in the Latino community announced a national outreach campaign to encourage Hispanics to be a part of the 2010 Census.

At the event, the coalition asserted that Hispanics had been undercounted by "around 3 percent" in the 2000 count. But Groves told CNN that an updated estimate by his agency indicates a 0.7 percent undercount of Hispanics during last Census in 2000 - an amount the director said was not statistically significant.

Groves explained how the Census Bureau estimates an undercount:

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Filed under: Census
October 1st, 2009
02:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Corzine catches up to Christie in New Jersey

Jon Corzine catches up to Chris Christie in New Jersey, a new survey suggests.
Jon Corzine catches up to Chris Christie in New Jersey, a new survey suggests.

(CNN) - The gubernatorial race in New Jersey continues to tighten, a new survey out Thursday suggests.

A Monmouth University/Gannett poll shows Republican challenger Chris Christie's edge over Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine is down to 3 percentage points among likely voters, 43 to 40 percent - an advantage that now falls within the survey's 4 point sampling error.

Christie held an 8-point lead in a similar poll a month ago and a 14-point lead in August.

Christie, a former U.S. attorney, appears to be losing some voters to independent candidate Chris Daggett, who at 8 percent in the latest survey has doubled his support since August.

The poll surveyed 527 likely voters from September 24-29 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
October 1st, 2009
02:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Christie web video: Corzine is 'whack'

 Chris Christie released a spoof music video on the Internet that asks voters if they can afford four more years of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
Chris Christie released a spoof music video on the Internet that asks voters if they can afford four more years of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hours before the first official faceoff between the three candidates fighting to be New Jersey's next governor, Republican hopeful Chris Christie released a spoof music video on the Internet that asks voters if they can afford four more years of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.

Christie's campaign put out a parody of the viral FreeCreditReport.com commercials on a variety of social networking sites on Thursday, showing two young men playing guitars and singing that they "gotta vote for him before we drown in debt."

"I was shopping for a pad for my baby, a cool condo or up in a tree," they sing in the video. "Too bad I didn't know my governor was whack, taxes are too high, my pay check is getting jacked."

Corzine released his own television ad on Thursday touting his record as governor, and saying that he still has "more to do." The ad is airing on cable stations in New Jersey.

"There's more to do, it's a work in progress, and we have more to do to get our fiscal house in order," Corzine said in the ad. "I think I can do that."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
October 1st, 2009
01:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi: GOP has double standard in health care rhetoric debate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped congressional Republicans Thursday for holding Democrats to a higher standard.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped congressional Republicans Thursday for holding Democrats to a higher standard.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped congressional Republicans Thursday for holding Democrats to a higher standard in the rhetoric employed in the often acidic health care debate.

"Apparently Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher level than they hold their own members," she told reporters on Capitol Hill. "If anybody's going to apologize, everybody should apologize."

Pelosi made her remarks after being asked to comment on a controversial speech made earlier this week by Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who said on the House floor that Republican health care plans call for sick people to "die quickly."

GOP leaders charged Grayson with crossing a rhetorical line and demanded an apology. Grayson responded by apologizing not for his remarks, but for the government's failure to enact health care reform sooner.

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Filed under: Alan Grayson • Nancy Pelosi
October 1st, 2009
01:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Nevada GOP head to run for Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former Miss New Jersey-turned-veteran Nevada lawmaker announced her bid for Senate Thursday, joining a crowded primary field of Republicans hoping to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010.

Sue Lowden, chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, didn't mention Reid in a statement posted on her newly-launched campaign Web site. Instead she took aim at both Republicans and Democrats in the nation's capital.

"In the past year alone, Nevada residents have lost their homes, their jobs and their retirement savings – all while Washington has drowned us with trillions of dollars of new debt," said Lowden. "And while our families have less, Washington craves more, unconcerned about the consequences. ...This isn't a partisan problem, it's a problem brought on by an unresponsive, out-of touch federal government."

Lowden and Danny Tarkanian stand out in the field of Republicans hoping to win their party's Senate nomination. Lowden has been pegged as the front-runner by Jon Ralston, Nevada's premier political analyst, who recently said she would "be seen as the favorite in the primary."

Recent polls show Reid vulnerable as he seeks a fifth term in the Senate. He is expected to spend upwards of $25 million to try and win re-election next year.

Follow Mark Preston on Twitter: @prestoncnn


Filed under: Harry Reid • Sue Lowden
October 1st, 2009
12:55 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP opts against new Grayson resolution Tuesday

GOP opts against new Grayson resolution Tuesday.
GOP opts against new Grayson resolution Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans will not offer a resolution Thursday asking that Rep. Alan Grayson be condemned for charging that the GOP health care plan calls for those who get sick to die quickly, but Republicans did not rule out taking future action against the controversial Florida Democrat.

"No resolution will be introduced today. Mr. Grayson's actions on the floor were an embarrassment to this Congress and warrant an apology both to his colleagues and, more importantly, to the people of his district who he insulted on the House floor," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Georgia Rep. Tom Price, who chairs the Republican Study Committee.

"It is the job of the Speaker to ensure the House runs with proper decorum, and we would hope that she would not tolerate such behavior. As Mr. Grayson has shown no remorse for his antics, we have called on the Speaker to take the appropriate action to resolve this matter. Any future decision on a resolution will rest on the ability of the Speaker to control her members."


Filed under: Alan Grayson • GOP
October 1st, 2009
12:43 PM ET
5 years ago

New Florida senator announces staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. George LeMieux, the newest Republican lawmaker from Florida, has stacked his office with veterans of Sunshine State politics and some former aides to Gov. Charlie Crist, LeMieux announced Wednesday.

Kerry Feehery, most recently Crist's Director of the State of Florida's Washington office, will serve as chief of staff to the new senator. Vivian Myrtetus was tapped to be the new deputy chief of staff and was a top advisor to Crist.

Crist appointed LeMieux, his former chief of staff, in August to finish the remainder of Sen. Mel Martinez's term after the GOP senator stepped down. Crist has entered the race to fill the seat in 2010.


Filed under: Senate
October 1st, 2009
12:25 PM ET
5 years ago

Club for Growth hits the air in NY-23

The conservative Club for Growth is taking aim at both the Democratic and Republican candidates running in the special election.
The conservative Club for Growth is taking aim at both the Democratic and Republican candidates running in the special election.

(CNN) – The conservative Club for Growth is taking aim at both the Democratic and Republican candidates running in the special election to fill former New York Rep. John McHugh's seat.

The group, which has already backed third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, is spending $250,000 on radio and TV ads targeting Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Dede Scozzafava.

Hoffman registered 16 percent in the Siena poll released Thursday. Scozzafava draws 35 percent in the same survey, and the well-funded Owens takes 28 percent.

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Filed under: Bill Owens • Dede Scozzafava • Doug Hoffman • NY-23
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