February 7th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton proud to be an 'MOTB'


Washington (CNN) – She’s the nation’s top diplomat but one of her more difficult negotiations may be sartorial.

In an interview that airs Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that both she and daughter Chelsea are still on the look out for the perfect dresses for Chelsea’s upcoming wedding.

“Well, if you don't tell anybody, Candy, we're - we're still looking,” Clinton told Crowley, who recently had to buy a dress for her eldest son’s wedding. And it's - it's a new status for me being an MOTB [mother of the bride]. But I'm very proud to have that status,” the secretary of state added.

“Good - good luck on the search. That's all I have to say,” Crowley advised Clinton.

“We're working on it,” Clinton assured Crowley.

The secretary of state was also diplomatic about Sunday’s big Super Bowl battle between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints
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February 7th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
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Palin says 2012 presidential bid a possibility

'I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in an interview that aired Sunday.
'I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future,' former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in an interview that aired Sunday.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she would consider a run for president in 2012 if the situation was right for her family and the nation.

In an interview recorded Saturday and broadcast on "FOX News Sunday," Palin said she would run "if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family."

"I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," Palin said, later adding: "I won't close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future."

The interview was recorded before her keynote address Saturday night at what was billed as the first national Tea Party convention. Palin, who had little national profile before running unsuccessfully for vice president on Sen. John McCain's Republican ticket in 2008, remains a leading GOP draw and an unofficial symbol of the Tea Party movement of conservative discontent with government.
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Filed under: 2012 • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
February 7th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
5 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for Feb. 7

In her Crib Sheet, Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows.
In her Crib Sheet, Candy Crowley wraps the news from Sunday's political talk shows.

Terrorists, what are they up to, and what do we do with them was the talk of Sunday morning.

In a “State of the Union” exclusive interview, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says in the year since the Obama era opened, Al Qaeda has become “more creative, more flexible, more agile.”

White House Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan made it pretty clear the administration is intent on a civilian trial for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, while former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin predicted that if President Obama doesn’t change course on national security matters, he won’t be re-elected.

By way of comfort, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says there is no double-dip recession in sight.

All that and 30 inches of snow just to make the trek into work interesting. My cup runneth over on my first day on the job.

On now to the Sound of Sunday.
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February 7th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
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Clinton sounds off on health care reform


Washington (CNN) – The woman who was the face of Democratic efforts to pass a health care reform bill when the last Democratic president was in the White House says she’s happy to share her wisdom on the subject when asked.

In an interview set to air Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighs in on the continuing battle over health care reform on Capitol Hill.

“Are you getting a little déjà vu watching this?,” CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley asked Clinton.

“Well it's really hard,” said Clinton. “It is a complex issue that touches everybody about which both people and interests have really strong feelings. But I haven't given up yet, and I know the White House hasn't given up. And I - I don't think a lot of the members of Congress have given up. So I'm not sure that this last chapter has been written.”

Asked whether she dispenses any wisdom garnered during her failed efforts to push a health care reform bill through Congress during his husband’s administration, Clinton said she is glad to share what she knows.
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February 7th, 2010
01:13 PM ET
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Obama aide says Republicans playing politics with terrorism

'I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues … as a political football,' Obama aide John Brennan said Sunday.
'I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues … as a political football,' Obama aide John Brennan said Sunday.

Washington (CNN) - Top Republicans in Congress were told the suspect in the failed Christmas airline bombing was in FBI custody hours after his arrest, and none asked if he would be transferred to military custody, President Barack Obama's assistant on homeland security and counter-terrorism said Sunday.

Republican leaders have criticized the Obama administration for charging terrorism suspect Omar Farouk AbdulMutallab in a criminal court and reading him his Miranda rights instead of turning him over to military custody as an enemy combatant.

In a speech last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "Many Americans were troubled by the administration's response to the Christmas Day attack. And they're equally outraged by its decision to treat the Christmas Day bomber as a criminal defendant who deserved a lawyer, instead of a terrorist who could provide us with vital information to help stop new attacks."

However, John Brennan, the Obama assistant interviewed Sunday on the NBC program "Meet the Press," said none of the GOP leaders in Congress he called on Christmas night - including McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner - raised those issues then.

"I'm tiring of politicians using national security issues such as terrorism as a political football," Brennan said, adding: "They're unknowing of the facts and they're making charges and allegations that are not anchored in
reality."

The GOP leaders knew that "FBI custody means there's a process that you follow as far as Mirandizing and presenting him in front of a magistrate," Brennan said. "None of those individuals raised any concerns with me at that point. They didn't say, "Is he going into military custody? Is he going to be Mirandized?' "
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February 7th, 2010
12:11 PM ET
February 7th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Greenspan: Tax increases alone can't address deficit

Washington (CNN) - Cutting the U.S. deficit will require addressing the rising costs of entitlement programs such as Social Security, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Sunday.

Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Greenspan said the United States "can't erase deficits by tax increases alone."

"We have to recognize the fact that one of the things we have to do, as tough as its going to be, is that benefits are going to have to be pared in conjunction with tax increases," Greenspan said.

Asked about the recession, Greenspan declared it ended.
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February 7th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
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Clinton defends Obama's engagement strategy on Iran, N. Korea


Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's strategy of engaging both Iran and North Korea has shown positive results by starting to bring together the rest of the world to act jointly against their nuclear ambitions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, Clinton replied with a blunt "no" when asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley if Iran had taken up Obama on his offer in his inaugural address last year to "extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

"But the fact is, because we engaged, the rest of the world has really begun to see Iran the way we see it," Clinton said in the interview conducted Thursday.

Clinton pointed out that a year ago, much of the world, including Russia, did not share the U.S. perception that Iran's nuclear program posed a major threat.

Now there is greater awareness of the threat, Clinton said, due to "a very slow and steady diplomacy plus the fact that we had a two-track process."

"Yes, we reached out on engagement to Iran, but we always had the second track which is that we would have to try to get the world community to take stronger measures if they didn't respond on the engagement front," Clinton said.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iran • North Korea • Popular Posts • State of the Union
February 7th, 2010
07:30 AM ET
5 years ago

New Orleans elects first white mayor in more than 30 years

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - Democrat Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of New Orleans on Saturday night, becoming the first white mayor of this majority-black city in more than 30 years.

Landrieu, the state's lieutenant governor, captured 66 percent of the nearly 89,000 votes cast.

His closest competitor, a black businessman and fellow Democrat Troy Henry, won 14 percent.

Landrieu takes office in May, replacing the term-limited Ray Nagin.

The city's last white mayor was Landrieu's father, Maurice "Moon" Landrieu, who left office in 1978.
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February 7th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
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Palin blasts Democrats in Tea Party speech


Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drew many standing ovations from a friendly crowd Saturday night as she blasted Washington Democrats and the Obama administration in a keynote speech for what was billed as the first national Tea Party Convention.

"It's so inspiring to see real people, not politicos, inside-the-beltway professionals, come out, stand up and speak out for common-sense conservative principles," Palin said.

Palin sought to hold Washington accountable as she took on a number of issues, including national security, the economy, and the recent election of Republican Scott Brown to the Massachusetts Senate seat left vacant by the late Ted Kennedy.

"America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this," Palin said.

She called the Tea Party movement a "ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way they're doing business."

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