November 25th, 2009
10:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to go to Copenhagen climate-change summit

Obama to go to Copenhagen climate-change summit .
Obama to go to Copenhagen climate-change summit .

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will go to Copenhagen, Denmark, next month for a major climate-change summit, the White House announced Wednesday.

Obama is prepared to offer a goal of the United States reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, the White House said in a news release.

The White House also reiterated Obama's goal of reducing U.S. emissions by 83 percent by 2050.

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November 25th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
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Source: Obama to go to Copenhagen climate-change summit

resident Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark next month.
resident Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark next month.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark December 9 to attend a global conference on climate change, a senior administration official told CNN Wednesday.

The president is also scheduled to be in nearby Oslo, Norway on December 10 to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The president was last in Copenhagen in early October, to make a pitch for his hometown of Chicago to host the 2016 summer olympic games. The games were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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November 25th, 2009
08:35 AM ET
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North Carolina turkey set to be pardoned

Washington (CNN) - A big bird from the east is heading west, thanks to a second chance at life here in the nation's capitol.

In a holiday tradition, President Barack Obama Wednesday will officially pardon a turkey at the White House, saving it from ending up as Thanksgiving dinner.

The president will pardon a turkey from North Carolina named Courage. The North Carolina governor's office Web site says that after Courage is pardoned, he'll fly west and participate in the 121st annual Rose parade on New Years Day. The Web site adds that if Courage is unable to perform his duties at the White House, an alternate turkey named Carolina will be on hand as an understudy.

The turkey and poultry industry have given a turkey to the White House each year since the presidency of Harry Truman, but the tradition of officially pardoning a turkey didn't begin until George H.W. Bush took office in 1989.


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November 25th, 2009
08:34 AM ET
November 25th, 2009
05:03 AM ET
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Pelosi keeps door open on war tax

Speaker Pelosi said Tuesday that 'there is serious unrest' in the House Democratic Caucus over funding the Afghanistan war.
Speaker Pelosi said Tuesday that 'there is serious unrest' in the House Democratic Caucus over funding the Afghanistan war.

Washington (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi kept the door open Tuesday to a proposal by several senior House Democrats to impose a graduated surtax on American taxpayers to finance the war in Afghanistan.

While Pelosi wasn't pressed about the details of the new war tax, she pointed to strong reservations among Congressional Democrats about the costs of the war during a conference call Tuesday with several economic writers and bloggers.

"But let me say that there is serious unrest in our Caucus about can we afford this war?" Pelosi said.
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November 25th, 2009
04:54 AM ET
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POLTICAL HOT TOPICS: November 25, 2009

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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New York Times: Official Charged With Closing Guantánamo Quits
The Defense Department official in charge of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has resigned after only seven months in the job, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

CNN: Pentagon preparing to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan, official says
The Pentagon is making detailed plans to send about 34,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in anticipation of President Obama's decision on the future of the eight-year-old war, a defense official said Tuesday.

Los Angeles Times: Talk of war surtax for Afghanistan expenses heats up
As President Obama is preparing to announce a troop increase and new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, several powerful House committee chairmen have proposed a surtax on Americans to pay the future military costs.

Christian Science Monitor: Afghanistan elbows into Obama talk with India's Manmohan Singh
President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh used a White House press conference Tuesday to dispel doubts about the direction of a fledgling strategic partnership between the US and India. The two leaders emphasized growing bilateral cooperation in economic, security, climate, and development affairs.

Bloomberg: Health-Care Bill May Be Stalled by Year-End Legislative Crunch
Raising the U.S. government’s $12.2 trillion borrowing limit tops an agenda of must-pass legislation that imperils Senate Democrats’ ability to pass a health-care bill this year. As the senators struggle to meet President Barack Obama’s year-end deadline to overhaul the health system, they must also act to keep the government running and prevent a 21 percent drop in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

New York Times: Obama Writes to Brazil’s Leader About Iran
President Obama sent a letter on Sunday to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil reiterating the American position on Iran’s nuclear program, a day before Iran’s president made his first state visit to Brazil, an aide to Mr. da Silva said Tuesday.

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