WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court has postponed deciding whether the Obama administration can block public release of photos apparently depicting abuse of suspected terrorists and foreign soldiers in U.S. custody.
The Obama administration told the justices late last week of an apparent agreement with Congress on a law preventing disclosure of the material. That could render the legal issues moot.
President Barack Obama had initially favored the release, which had been opposed by the Bush administration, but changed his mind after intense urging against it by military leaders.
That led the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sought access to the photos under the Freedom of Information Act, to file a lawsuit seeking disclosure.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign released a new ad Tuesday that ties Republican opponent Chris Christie to former President George W.Bush, and to conservative culture war stands on social issues and gun control.
"What can you expect from Chris Christie? A governor who'll repeat the failed Bush economics," the announcer says.
The 30-second spot title "Expect," points to Christie's positions on abortion, stem cell research, and gun laws - a laundry list of Corzine's campaign trail attacks on his GOP challenger. "A governor who doesn't share our values. Chris Christie. Wrong when it matters most," the ad concludes.
A Farleigh Dickinson University survey released earlier this month suggests Corzine and Christie are now neck-and-neck among registered voters, 44 percent to 43 percent, with 9 percent undecided.
Voters in New Jersey head to the polls on November 3.
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Levin claims that other Western countries have lifted their bans
President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that he plans to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule, which prevents openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military.
But so far, no go.
"Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate's Armed Services Committee, whether Obama would follow through on his promise.
"I think he, he will and he can," Levin said on the Oct. 11, 2009, episode. "I think it has to be done in the, in the right way, which is to get a buy-in from the military, which I think is now possible. Other militaries in the West, the British and other Western armies, have ended this discriminatory policy. We can do it successfully."
The Truth-O-Meter says: TRUE
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After the Senate Finance Committee votes Tuesday on its overhaul bill, the focus of the long-simmering health care debate will shift to the work led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who must merge the conservative-leaning Finance bill with a more liberally-drawn bill approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
The goal is to emerge with a single bill that can win at least 60 votes in the Senate, meet President Obama's ambitious promise to dramatically change the way health care is paid for and provided, and cost no more than $900 billion over the next ten years.
The work could take one to two weeks to complete, according to Senate aides. It will take place behind closed-doors in Reid's ornate Capitol suite, just off the Senate floor, which has views of the Mall. Joining Reid, D-Nevada, in the decision-making will be: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, the Finance Committee Chairman; Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the senior Democrats on the health committee; and Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.
(CNN) - With three weeks until election day and down 8 to 9 points in the latest polls, Creigh Deeds is firing away at his opponent.
Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate went on the attack Monday night against Bob McDonnell, his Republican opponent. In a prime time debate, the Virginia state senator accused McDonnell of lying, said that the state's former attorney general is no friend of working women, and charged that McDonnell has re-invented himself during this campaign as a moderate to shed what Deeds described as a rigid social conservative agenda.
McDonnell countered by continuing his argument of recent weeks that Deeds would raise taxes and to tie Deeds to the Democratic initiatives that are being pushed by President Obama.
While this contest concentrates on local issues and the candidates themselves, it's also seen as the first referendum on Obama and the Democrats who control Congress.
Current Gov. Tim Kaine, who is also Democratic National Committee Chairman, is term limited and can't run for re-election.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
(CNN) - Mitt Romney is set to officially endorse Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey Tuesday in Philadelphia, a move that marks the progress Romney has made in shoring up bonds with some key conservative constituencies.
Just over two years ago, with Romney's presidential effort in full swing, Toomey raised questions about the former Massachusetts governor's record on fiscal issues.
"Governor Romney's economic record contains a mixture of pro-growth accomplishments and some troublesome positions that beg to be explained," the then-Club for Growth president said in a statement, listing the group's concerns but giving the presidential candidate his conditional approval.
Still, in February of last year, after it became clear McCain had effectively beaten Romney to capture the GOP presidential nomination, Toomey penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed naming solid economic conservatives he thought the Arizona senator should consider as his running mate. Not on that list: Mitt Romney.
Romney also made effort on behalf of another Northeast Republican Monday night, attending a fundraiser for New Jersey's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Chris Christie.
- CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand contributed to this report
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CNN: How many troops are enough for Afghanistan strategy?
Determining the amount of troops necessary to win a war is never an easy decision for a commander in chief and his military commanders if history is any guide.
Washington Post: Support Troops Swelling U.S. Force in Afghanistan
President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized - and the Pentagon is deploying - at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials.
CNN: Rates to rise under Senate health plan, industry group says
Health insurance premiums for the typical American family would increase by another $4,000 by 2019 under a key Senate overhaul plan, according to an industry trade group analysis.
CNN: Tort reform could save $54 billion, Congressional Budget Office says
The Congressional Budget Office is now estimating that limits on medical malpractice lawsuits - reforms favored by many Republicans - could save the government as much as $54 billion over the next 10 years.
New York Times: Congress Is Split on Effort to Tax Costly Health Plans
A proposed tax on high-cost, or “Cadillac,” health insurance plans has touched off a fierce clash between the Senate and the House as they wrestle over how to pay for legislation that would provide health benefits to millions of uninsured Americans.
POLITICO: Insurers face blowback after report
In the health care reform debate, where playing nice has been the rule, a scathing insurance industry report looked to critics Monday like a grenade aimed at scuttling progress in Congress.
Wall Street Journal: Business Fends Off Tax Hit
The Obama administration has shelved a plan to raise more than $200 billion in new taxes on multinational companies following a blitz of complaints from businesses.