January 1st, 2010
05:12 PM ET
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Bloomberg pledges to shake up city bureaucracy

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Michel Bloomberg was sworn in Friday for a third term as mayor of New York City. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sworn in to a third term Friday afternoon, becoming only one of a handful of mayors in the city's history to serve more than two terms.

"This term is a special opportunity, one that comes with extraordinary responsibilities," said Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent who successfully campaigned the city council to amend the mayoral term limit law in 2008.

His election last November was closer than expected, when he beat an underfunded challenger by just 5 points after spending more than a $100 million of his own money.

“I realize, too, that the building behind me is yours — and the job in front of me is to listen and to lead," Bloomberg also said as he took the oath of office in front of City Hall.

In the fifteen minute speech, Bloomberg pledged to shake up his administration by rotating his deputy commissioners to oversee different agencies for three weeks as a way to "break down the bureaucratic barriers that all too often impede innovation."

“This is not a game of musical chairs, this is a management challenge, and a unique opportunity for collaboration and innovation," said Bloomberg.


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January 1st, 2010
05:00 PM ET
January 1st, 2010
04:30 PM ET
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Tests reveal 'nothing wrong' with Limbaugh's heart

Rush Limbaugh said Friday that doctors 'found absolutely nothing wrong' with his heart.
Rush Limbaugh said Friday that doctors 'found absolutely nothing wrong' with his heart.

(CNN) – Tests that were performed on Rush Limbaugh after he was admitted to a Hawaii hospital for chest pains "found absolutely nothing wrong," the conservative talk show host said Friday.

"It was a blessing," Limbaugh told reporters at The Queen's Medical Center where he was admitted Wednesday.

Doctors gave Limbaugh an angiogram Thursday that revealed no evidence of arterial or coronary disease, he said. The cause of his pain - which he called "very real" - has not been determined.


Filed under: Rush Limbaugh
January 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET
4 years ago

TSA withdraws subpoena to travel bloggers

Blogger Christopher Elliott wrote on his site that he would fight a TSA subpoena in court.
Blogger Christopher Elliott wrote on his site that he would fight a TSA subpoena in court.

Washington (CNN) - Just days after serving subpoenas to two travel bloggers, the Transportation Security Administration late Thursday withdrew the subpoenas, saying its investigation into how they received a sensitive security directive "is nearing a successful conclusion."

With little explanation, the TSA withdrew subpoenas to bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott seeking information on how they obtained a December 25 security directive. The directive, which had been sent to every airline and airport in the United States, ordered precautions following the failed terrorist attack on Northwest flight 253.

The TSA acknowledged in a previous statement to CNN it was investigating the leak and publication of the document, saying "Security Directives are not for public disclosure."

Frischling, founder of The Travel Strategist blog, said TSA agents came to his Connecticut home Tuesday evening to question him about his source, leaving for a brief time to go to Wal-Mart to buy a hard drive in a failed effort to copy his hard drive that night.

The agents returned Wednesday morning and left with his laptop computer, Frischling said. Frischling said the agents threatened to call a client - an airline - and to have them sever his contract, saying that he was a security threat.

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January 1st, 2010
03:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Chief Justice Roberts has little to say at year's end

Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday offered an unusually brief summary of the problems facing the U.S. court system.
Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday offered an unusually brief summary of the problems facing the U.S. court system.

Washington (CNN) – A year ago, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said he was "tired" of urging lawmakers to live up to their pledge to raise judges' salaries. No increase has come, but in his latest annual year-end report released Thursday, the head of the federal judiciary found little to talk about, offering an unusually brief summary of the problems facing the courts.

"Many of those needs remain to be addressed," said Roberts. "This year, however, when the political branches are faced with so many difficult issues, and when so many of our fellow citizens have been touched by hardship, the public might welcome a year-end report limited to what is essential: The courts are operating soundly."

Roberts and his predecessor, William Rehnquist, regularly used their Supreme Court position to urge action on salaries, the increasing workload of the courts, and increased security in the nation's courtrooms. Recent year-end reports have contained more pointed criticism of congressional inaction on the salary dispute, but Roberts' brief comments this year were especially muted. As chief justice, he has administrative oversight over the entire federal court system. He is also the highest paid federal judge.

Last year the 54-year-old chief justice wrote, "I must renew the judiciary's modest petition: Simply provide cost-of-living increases that have been unfairly denied. We have done our part - it is long past time for Congress to do its."

Those so-called COLAs were approved in May, but not an overall salary increase. House and Senate committees have approved a 30-percent pay hike, but Congress as a whole has not acted on the proposal. The last time judges received a substantial pay increase was 1991, but they have received periodic increases designed to keep pace with inflation.

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January 1st, 2010
02:37 PM ET
4 years ago

What's ahead for Obama?


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January 1st, 2010
02:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Intel officer: CIA officers' deaths will be avenged

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - An American intelligence official vowed Thursday that the United States would avenge a suspected terrorist attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA officers.

Two of those killed were contractors with private security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater, a former intelligence official told CNN. The CIA considers contractors to be officers.

A current intelligence official confirmed that the casualties included a mix of people - CIA staff and contractors. Six others were wounded.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred on Wednesday.

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January 1st, 2010
11:12 AM ET
4 years ago

New Hampshire now 5th state to allow same-sex marriage

New Hampshire is the fifth state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
New Hampshire is the fifth state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

(CNN) - After 19 years, Linda Murphy and Donna Swartwout tied the knot at 12:01 a.m. Friday, when New Hampshire's law legalizing same-sex marriage took effect.

They were among several couples early Friday who married on the steps of the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, under a full moon.

At midnight, New Hampshire became the fifth state to allow same-sex couples to marry, joining Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Iowa.

The couple, who live in Hudson, New Hampshire, said they wanted to be married as soon as they could.

"We were thrilled and proud of New Hampshire ... it was a such a historic moment," Murphy said.

The two had a commitment ceremony 11 years ago. Swartwout said the marriage gives them "words and language that the rest of the world uses."

She said, "When my nephew asks, 'Who's Linda?,' I get to say, 'she's my wife,' " she said.


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January 1st, 2010
09:58 AM ET
January 1st, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Bloomberg set to be sworn in

Bloomberg will be sworn in to a third term as mayor Friday.
Bloomberg will be sworn in to a third term as mayor Friday.

(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to be sworn in for an unprecedented third term Friday in what aides are calling a toned down affair.

The one-hour ceremony at City Hall Friday aternoon is expected to attract around 4,000 people, according to reports.

Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent, successfully campaigned the city council to amend the mayoral term limit law in 2008, allowing him to run for a third term.

His election last November was closer than expected, when he beat an underfunded challenger by 5 points.


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