November 26th, 2009
08:38 AM ET
5 years ago

Feds: Couple crashed Obama's state dinner


Washington (CNN) – Two people without invitations crashed President Obama's first White House state dinner, the U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday.

The Secret Service confirmed a Washington Post report that the couple who crashed Tuesday night's dinner were Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Post described the couple as polo-playing socialites from northern Virginia.

A Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list for the dinner, said Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service special agent, in a statement.

Playing down any security threat, Donovan's statement said: "It is important to note that these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of security, as did all guests attending the dinner."

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November 26th, 2009
04:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention

Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention.
Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin will be the main attraction at what's being billed as the "First National Tea Party Convention."

Tea Party Nation announced Wednesday that last year's Republican vice presidential candidate will serve as keynote speaker for the conference, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee February 4-6. A representative for Palin has confirmed the former Alaska governor's speaking role at the gathering.

The group also announced that Rep. Michele Bachmann will be speaking at the gathering as well. The Minnesota Republican has become a hero among many in the conservative movement. A representative for Bachmann confirms her speaking role.

The event could focus the political spotlight on both women. Bachmann has become a rising star, her ascent fueled in part by major support from Tea Party activists. For Palin - currently taking a brief Thanksgiving break from a national tour for her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life" - serving as headliner at a tea party convention could increase speculation that she is weighing a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

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November 26th, 2009
04:34 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 26, 2009

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CNN: Feds: Couple crashed Obama's state dinner
Two people without invitations crashed President Obama's first White House state dinner, the U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday.

CNN: Obama to announce Afghanistan troop strategy Tuesday
President Obama will announce the U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

LA Times: Obama's climate vow boosts chances for Copenhagen deal
Environmentalists and world leaders are encouraged by the president's commitment on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and by his plans to attend international talks in December.

CNN: Palin, Bachmann to headline Tea Party convention
Sarah Palin will be the main attraction at what's being billed as the "First National Tea Party Convention."

Wall Street Journal: EU, U.S. Prepare for Climate Summit
As the prospect of a global climate deal this year recedes, European governments worry that their critical industries will be left dangerously uncompetitive.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Six charged in town hall disturbance
Six people arrested in August outside a raucous town hall meeting in south St. Louis County have been charged with misdemeanor ordinance violations.

Boston Globe: N.E. governors’ races give GOP a chance to build on gains
Invigorated by state house victories earlier this month in Virginia and New Jersey, Republicans are turning their attention to governorships in New England, where they believe the retirement of four incumbents and a competitive race in Massachusetts has created wide-open opportunities.

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