October 23rd, 2009
09:33 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama hits the fundraising circuit

Obama is lending a helping hand to fellow Democrats.
Obama is lending a helping hand to fellow Democrats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama spends part of Friday helping out two fellow Democrats who face tough re-election battles next year.

The president is the main attraction at a fundraising reception and event in Boston for Massachusetts Gov.  Deval Patrick.

Just 3 in 10 Massachusetts voters think Patrick deserves re-election in 2010, according to a WHDH-TV/Suffolk University poll conducted last month. The survey also suggests that 42 percent approved of how Patrick's handling his duties as governor, with 49 percent saying they disapprove of how he's doing his job. The poll also indicates that Obama remains very popular in the Bay State.

Prior to the fundraiser, the White House says the president will tour a research laboratory at MIT, an institution that has been developing cutting edge clean energy technology, in Cambridge. The president is scheduled to make comments following the tour.

Later Friday, Obama teams up with another Democrat facing a difficult re-election next year, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut. The president and the senator are expected to tour a small business in Stamford before Obama headlines a fundraising dinner for Dodd.

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October 23rd, 2009
05:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Joe Wilson's wife diagnosed with swine flu

Rep. Joe Wilson's wife has swine flu.
Rep. Joe Wilson's wife has swine flu.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Joe Wilson's wife Roxanne has been diagnosed with swine flu, the congressman's office confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

The South Carolina Republican who gained instant notoriety in September for shouting "You lie!" at the president told The Hill newspaper on Thursday that he plans to keep his distance from his wife when he returns home this weekend.

Wilson said he plans to get the H1N1 vaccination soon, but only after "the majority of the American people" receive it.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Washington, is the only member of Congress to have contracted swine flu. He tweeted the news on Monday, revealing plans to head off to "seclusion for a while" while he recovers.


Filed under: H1N1 virus • Joe Wilson • South Carolina • Swine Flu
October 23rd, 2009
05:16 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: October 23, 2009

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CNN: Optional public option enters health care talks
Senate Democratic leaders met Thursday night with White House officials to consider including a government-funded public health insurance option, along with a provision allowing states to opt out of it, in a health care overhaul bill.

CNN: Hate crimes bill goes to Obama for signature
The Senate passed groundbreaking legislation Thursday that would make it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

CNN: Cheney: Obama seems 'afraid' to make decision on Afghanistan
After dialing back his attacks on President Obama's foreign policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney says the administration has damaged U.S. ties with key allies, dangerously wavered in Afghanistan, undermined progress in Iraq and sabotaged the Bush administration's national security legacy.

CNN: Gibbs hits back at Cheney
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fired back Thursday at the latest criticisms from Dick Cheney, and suggested the Bush administration did not send U.S. troops into foreign conflicts responsibly.

CNN: Pelosi chastises Cheney for saying Obama 'afraid'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Thursday at former Vice President Dick Cheney's comment that President Barack Obama seems "afraid to make a decision" about his strategy in Afghanistan.

Washington Post: For Kerry, a growing role on foreign policy stage
Five years after his painful loss to George W. Bush, ending a presidential campaign in which he was accused of being an Iraq war defeatist who was too willing to talk to America's adversaries, Sen. John F. Kerry has finally found his place in the foreign policy spotlight.

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