January 13th, 2010
09:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to speak about Haiti earthquake

CPresident Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about the earthquake in Haiti Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.
CPresident Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about the earthquake in Haiti Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about the earthquake in Haiti Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET, according to White House spokesman Tommy Vietor.

Obama received two memorandums updating him on the situation earlyWednesday morning, Vietor said. One of the memos, from the president's national security adviser, described "key decisions that have been made, and actions that have already been taken," Vietor said.

Obama also received an additional update from his national security staff Wednesday morning, Vietor added.

The powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, destroying scores of structures while knocking down phone and power lines.


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January 13th, 2010
05:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas

Palin will speak to the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America in April.
Palin will speak to the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America in April.

Washington (CNN) - Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.

At least that's according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group's annual convention and and expo in Las Vegas in early April.

"Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy. We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker," Wolf said in a statement. "We expect she will share with the convention attendees her analysis of the current political environment and her vision for America's future."

The convention includes a "Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition," which, according to the press release, "secured a spot on the agenda after drawing overwhelming response and favorable feedback during its debut" last year.

An aide to Palin was not immediately available to confirm the WLWA appearance.

The Las Vegas stop comes a few days before Palin is scheduled to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of GOP leaders that that in recent years has become an early proving ground for potential presidential candidates.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
January 13th, 2010
04:58 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 13, 2010

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CNN: Obama to announce bank fees to cover billions in TARP losses
President Obama, looking to recoup billions in expected losses from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, will announce a plan Thursday to impose fees on the country's biggest financial institutions, a senior administration official told CNN.

Bloomberg: California Creditors See IOUs With Schwarzenegger Missing Obama
California’s hopes are fading for federal help in closing a projected $19.9 billion deficit that has caused the lowest-rated state’s borrowing costs to rise 26 percent in three months.

CNN: President Obama to speak at House GOP retreat
Rep. Mike Pence, chair of the House Republican Conference, said Tuesday that President Obama had accepted an invitation to address GOP members of Congress at the group's retreat later this month.

Washington Post: In Massachusetts, Republican Brown steps up campaign for Kennedy's Senate seat
Fueled by the energy of conservative activists, a solid debate performance and a 24-hour, $1.3 million Internet fundraising haul, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown (R) has thrown a major scare into the Democratic establishment in his bid to win next Tuesday's special Senate election over once heavily favored Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Boston Globe: Union plans major ad buy for Coakley
A major national union supporting Democrat Martha Coakley is taking out a massive TV ad buy that slams her Republican rival, Scott Brown, for his positions on abortion and climate change. The ad taken out by the Service Employees International Union, will begin airing statewide tomorrow. The buy size is $685,000, one of the largest of the election.

New York Times: Senate Hopeful in New State Airs Evolving Views
In his first extensive interview since he began weighing a run for United States Senate from New York, Harold E. Ford Jr. distanced himself from his previous opposition to same-sex marriage, his description of himself as “pro-life” and his push to permit local police officers to enforce federal immigration law, and said he would be a fiercer advocate for New York than Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

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