January 24th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Reliable Sources: National Enquirer editor on the Pulitzer


Washington (CNN) – Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards went to Haiti this week, leaving his own personal earthquake for another day. Edwards told NBC News on Thursday that he is the father of his former mistress' two year old daughter, a story that the National Enquirer first reported more than a year and a half ago. Barry Levine, the executive editor of The Enquirer, which has scooped the mainstream media on virtually every twist and turn of the Edwards saga, told Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz Sunday that The Enquirer should be considered for a Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in journalism.

"This wasn't just paying for a tip and getting some information. This was two years of exhaustive reporting, reviewing financial documents, cultivating sources, doing in-the-field stakeout work," Levine said. "This was the type of reporting that we learned about back in journalism school. Every aspect of journalism came into reporting this story, and I think our reporters, photographers and researchers deserve this moment to be acknowledged by the Pulitzer committee."

Kurtz reported that National Enquirer is not eligible for a Pulitzer Prize because it classifies itself as a magazine.

The timing of Edwards' admission is widely perceived as intriguing given that his former campaign aide, Andrew Young, who once claimed to be the child's father, has taped an interview with ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff which will air on ABC News next Friday to promote his upcoming book release. Edwards denied paternity in an interview with Woodruff in August of 2008.
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Filed under: John Edwards • State of the Union
January 24th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
5 years ago

Senators say they'll support Bernanke

Sens. Robert Menendez and Orrin Hatch both said Sunday that the end to support Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's nomination to serve a second term as the head of the nation's central bank.
Sens. Robert Menendez and Orrin Hatch both said Sunday that the end to support Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's nomination to serve a second term as the head of the nation's central bank.

Washington (CNN) – As the White House tries to rally wavering support for the re-confirmation of Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, two senators – one Democrat and one Republican – announced Sunday that they will support the nation’s top banker despite reservations about him.

President Obama has nominated Bernanke for a second term as the head of the nation’s central bank but Bernanke’s confirmation has become ensnared in concerns about his role in the financial crisis that began in late 2008 and nearly pushed the economy into freefall. Bernanke’s nomination has also been tripped up in recent days by growing populist accusations that the Obama administration bailed out Wall Street and the automotive industry while doing too little to create jobs as the official unemployment rate remains stubbornly at 10 percent.

New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union that he’s had concerns about Bernanke regarding “consumer protection, of being ahead of the curve on the economy and particularly on mortgage foreclosures.”

“I think [Bernanke’s] learned from those lessons,” Menedez told also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “I give him credit for making some significant moves to – along with President Obama – from stopping us from going into a deep depression. So, yes, I will support Chairman Bernanke and I believe that his confirmation will be assured.”

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also told King that he will support Bernanke, though Hatch’s pledge of support was far from a ringing endorsement of the embattled Fed chief.
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January 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET
January 24th, 2010
09:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Adviser: Obama believes Bernanke will be confirmed again


Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama believes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be confirmed for a second term, despite opposition by some Senate Democrats, Obama's senior adviser said Sunday.

"We need his leadership, and the president is very confident that the chairman will be confirmed," David Axelrod said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Axelrod praised Bernanke's "very strong and steady leadership" during the economic crisis that began in 2008, saying without it, the nation's economy may have "slipped into the abyss."

However, some members of the Senate Democratic caucus, led by independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said last week they would oppose Bernanke's confirmation for a second term.
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January 24th, 2010
09:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Axelrod refuses to rule out tax increases to deal with deficit

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"We want to sit down in a constructive way and approach this problem," Obama senior adviser Axelrod said Sunday. (Photo Credit: CNN)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's senior adviser on Sunday refused to rule out tax increases as part of a solution to the nation's growing deficit.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," David Axelrod said Obama supported having Congress set up a bipartisan commission that would come up with a plan to reduce the deficit.

"We want to sit down in a constructive way and approach this problem," Axelrod said.

He wouldn't speculate about possible solutions, saying, "Let's see what a bipartisan effort to deal with these deficits will produce."
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Filed under: David Axelrod • national debt • State of the Union • Taxes
January 24th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
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