January 28th, 2010
09:33 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Is GOP governor right when he says most Americans do not want to turn over medical care to government?

(CNN) - In the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said, "All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality. But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government."

The CNN Fact Check Desk could find no evidence to support that most Americans oppose turning over the medical care system to the federal government, or that they had even been asked the question. Furthermore, there is no proposal to do so.

What we did find is a CNN/Opinion Poll Research Corporation Poll conducted January 8-10 of this year that showed most Americans actually favored the creation of a public health insurance option administered by the federal government that would compete with plans offered by private health insurance companies. With a sampling error of +/-3 percentage points, 54 percent of respondents were in favor, and 46 percent were opposed.


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January 28th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
January 28th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Activists praise Obama's 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal pledge

President Obama called for a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in his State of the Union address Wednesday night.
President Obama called for a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in his State of the Union address Wednesday night.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's call in his State of the Union address to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy this year was met with praise from gay activists and questions by top Republicans as to why it should be changed.

"Tonight, President Obama stepped up to the plate and made a firm commitment to work to finally end 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2010," said Alexander Nicholson, founder and executive director of Servicemembers United. "Although brief, his language was plain, his message was clear, and the outline of his strategy was smart."

In his State of the Union speech, Obama said he would work with Congress and the military to repeal the 1993 law that bars openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military.

"[We must] repeal the law that denies gay and lesbian Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do," Obama said.

Nicholson, a former Army human intelligence collector who was honorably discharged in 2002 under the policy, said Obama did something Wednesday night that will cool criticism he has faced from the gay rights community.

"He didn't pass the buck ... he seemed to take the bull by the horns and fully commit," said Nicholson. "I thought it was pretty clear that he intends to do it this year and take a leadership role."

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January 28th, 2010
07:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Main Street frustration: 'Everything is going to banks'

Protestors at a rally in November.
Protestors at a rally in November.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – In his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, President Obama touted a slew of federal initiatives aimed at stimulating small business hiring and growth. Again.

Small companies employ around half of America's workers and drive most of the country's job growth. Obama talks frequently in his speeches about the vital role small companies play, and his administration has launched several efforts to bolster struggling Main Street businesses. But most of the president's small business proposals remain in limbo, caught in bureaucratic logjams and the Great Black Hole of Congress.

A year ago, Obama set the stage during his first major economic speech to Congress. "I will not spend a single penny for the purpose of rewarding a single Wall Street executive, but I will do whatever it takes to help the small business that can't pay its workers or the family that has saved and still can't get a mortgage," Obama said in February. "That's what this is about. It's not about helping banks; it's about helping people."

But small business owners across the nation say they feel left out of the stimulus and recovery action.

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January 28th, 2010
04:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Express blasts Obama's State of the Union address

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The Tea Party Express has issued a statement responding to President Obama's first State of the Union address. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

After the jump, read the full statement issued by the Tea Party Express in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
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January 28th, 2010
04:49 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 28, 2010

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CNN: Obama calls for unified effort to confront nation's problems
Citing a "deficit of trust" in government by the American people, President Obama's first State of the Union address urged Congress to erode the influence of special interests and work together to confront the nation's most pressing problems.

CNN: GOP response to Obama targets spending, health reform, jobs
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addressed the federal deficit, job growth and health care reform in the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday night.
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CNN: Obama wants nationwide high-speed rail system
President Obama mentioned an $8 billion investment in high-speed train systems across the country in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday. Details released Thursday said the investment would be grants from the government's $862 billion economic stimulus package to begin the planning and initial work on creating the first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

CNN: CNN Poll: Half of speech watchers have very positive reaction
Nearly half of Americans who watched President Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a poll of people who viewed the address. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that 48 percent of speech watchers had a very positive reaction, with three in 10 saying they had a somewhat positive response and 21 percent with a negative response.

Washington Post: N.Y. federal prosecutors pursue foreign cases aggressively
Federal prosecutors in New York are ratcheting up an aggressive strategy to pursue terrorists, drug traffickers and corrupt public officials who operate on foreign soil. The expansion of traditional crime-fighting boundaries, which has its roots in an approach begun by the office in the 1990s, has been controversial among experts, with some questioning whether the effort is the best use of the U.S. government's limited resources.

CNN: Clinton pushes for new sanctions on Iran over nuclear program
The United States is pushing world powers to consider a tough new round of sanctions against Iran for its continued global defiance over its nuclear program.

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