December 18th, 2009
08:50 AM ET
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Obama transcript on climate: Act boldly

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Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN) - President Obama spoke in Copenhagen on Friday to push for an agreement with world leaders on climate change.

The meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference included nearly 20 other heads of state and government leaders.

The following is a transcript of Obama's prepared remarks:

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December 18th, 2009
08:39 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama: We are running short on time for climate deal

Delegates at the U.N. Climate Change Conference are 'running short on time' to reach agreement on a deal, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday.
Delegates at the U.N. Climate Change Conference are 'running short on time' to reach agreement on a deal, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday.

Copenhagen, Denmark (CNN) - Delegates at the U.N. Climate Change Conference are "running short on time" to reach agreement on a deal, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday.

"There is no time to waste," Obama said. "Now I believe it's the time for the nations and the people of the world to come behind a common purpose. We are ready to get this done today, but there has to be movement on all sides."

Earlier Obama met with nearly 20 other heads of state and government at the summit in Copenhagen, Denmark to hammer out an agreement on climate change, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Brazilian President Lula da Silva.

China was being represented at the meeting by Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei.

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December 18th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
December 18th, 2009
05:04 AM ET
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Palin said she meant no disrespect with blacked-out hat

Palin said she supports McCain '100 percent.'
Palin said she supports McCain '100 percent.'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said she meant no disrespect to the man that elevated her to the national scene after she was photographed wearing a visor on which Sen. John McCain's name had been blacked out.

The gossip Web site TMZ ran photos of the former Alaska governor vacationing in Hawaii earlier this week in which Palin is shown with a McCain campaign visor with black marker covering the ex-presidential candidate's name.

The Web site declared the hat a "frontal attack on Sen. John McCain," but Palin told Politico she was merely trying to "be incognito" while vacationing in Hawaii.

"I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way," Palin said in a statement to the Web site. "I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection. As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago. So much for trying to be incognito."

A Palin source confirmed the accuracy of the former vice presidential candidate's comments.

The four term Senator McCain is up for re-election next year.

The vacation comes a month after Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," hit book stores. Palin launched an around-the-country book tour soon after and has since visited more than 30 cities.


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December 18th, 2009
04:53 AM ET
9 months ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 18, 2009

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

Compiled by Alison Harding

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL
For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN: President Obama in Denmark to push climate deal
President Obama landed in Copenhagen, Denmark, Friday morning hoping he can help bridge the divide that has hampered a climate change agreement.

CNN: Iraqi insurgents hacked Predator drone feeds, U.S. official indicates
Insurgents were able to use a mass-market software program to view live feeds from U.S. military Predator drones monitoring targets in Iraq, a U.S. official indicated to CNN Thursday.

Wall Street Journal: Officers Warned of Flaw in U.S. Drones in 2004
Senior U.S. military officers working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the danger of Russia and China intercepting and doctoring video from drone aircraft in 2004, but the Pentagon didn't begin securing the signals until this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

CNN: Senate ends debate on defense spending
Facing year-end holidays and running out of time to discuss health care reform, the Senate voted early Friday to end debate on funding for the Department of Defense. The motion passed 63 to 33, gaining the necessary 60-vote majority to avoid a GOP filibuster. It also will set up a final vote on the $636 billion package on Saturday.

Los Angeles Times: Foreign interpreters hurt in battle find U.S. insurance benefits wanting
An insurance program funded by American taxpayers was supposed to provide a safety net for interpreters and their families in the event of injury or death. Yet for many, the benefits have fallen painfully short of what was promised, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica found.

CNN: Senate Democratic leaders face potential revolt from liberals, social conservatives
Simmering liberal angst over the Senate health care bill threatened to boil over Thursday as a critical labor union threatened a new fight over provisions that were dropped to attract more moderate supporters.

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