February 9th, 2010
08:45 AM ET
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Jobs bill: A chance for bipartisanship or election strategy?

As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.
As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.

Washington (CNN) - As Senate Democrats look to pass a jobs bill before Presidents Day, experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered.

With record high unemployment - now at 9.7 percent - and polls showing Americans desperate for economic relief, the White House and the Democratic leadership are looking for ways to quell fears from the electorate and get legislation passed as the midterm elections near.

Bipartisanship could be the answer.

"There is certainly the opportunity for this to be a bipartisan bill. It should be a bipartisan bill because jobs are the thing that are on the mind of every single American right now," said Sean Gibbons, director of Communications and a congressional analyst at Third Way - a Washington think tank described as focusing on the middle class and moderate politics.

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February 9th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
5 years ago

Michelle Obama launching campaign against childhood obesity

Washington (CNN) – Turn off the television, drink more water and serve smaller portions to fight childhood obesity, first lady Michelle Obama is urging as she launches a national campaign against childhood obesity.

Mayors, doctors and leaders in sports, entertainment and business will join the first lady as she kicks off the campaign Tuesday at a White House event. Members of President Obama's Cabinet will also be there.

The president is scheduled to sign a memorandum on childhood obesity in the Oval Office, the White House said.

During a speech last month at a Virginia YMCA, the first lady spoke about health issues caused by childhood obesity.

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February 9th, 2010
05:13 AM ET
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McCain's daughter questions Tea Party movement

Sen. McCain's daughter Meghan said Monday that young people are turned off by the Tea Party movement.
Sen. McCain's daughter Meghan said Monday that young people are turned off by the Tea Party movement.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain's daughter called into question the political stature of the Tea Party movement Monday and sharply criticized a former congressman for his controversial comments at a recent major gathering of these conservative activists.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, slammed President Obama on the first night of the Tea Party convention last week in Nashville. Tancredo, known for his outspoken views on illegal immigration and his disdain for Sen. McCain, charged during his speech that "People who could not even spell the word 'vote', or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."

Tancredo also expressed relief that Sen. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, lost his White House bid. "Thank God John McCain lost the election," Tancredo said.

Related: Tancredo gave 'fantastic speech,' convention organizer says

On Monday, Meghan McCain fired back.
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February 9th, 2010
05:04 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: February 9, 2010

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CNN: White House official: Feb. 25 health care meeting to be televised
President Obama's bipartisan meeting on health care reform planned for February 25 will be broadcast live, a senior administration official said Monday.

Washington Post: Obama team debated treating Detroit suspect Abdulmutallab as enemy combatant
Should Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day, have been considered an enemy combatant under the law of war and placed in military detention? The same question raised by senior Republicans last week was considered during a Jan. 6 National Security Council meeting led by President Obama in the White House Situation Room. hould Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day, have been considered an enemy combatant under the law of war and placed in military detention? The same question raised by senior Republicans last week was considered during a Jan. 6 National Security Council meeting led by President Obama in the White House Situation Room.

CNN: Rep. John Murtha dies after surgery complications
Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died after complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his office. He was 77.

Politico: Richard Shelby lifts hold on Obama nominees
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has lifted his controversial holds on more than 70 executive branch nominations, the senator's office confirmed Monday night. With the announced release, the administration's nominees no longer will face a politically difficult 60-vote threshold in order to be considered on the Senate floor.

New York Times: McCain, Facing G.O.P. Foe in Primary, Tilts to the Right
Still bruised by his presidential run and struggling to find his footing in the fractured Republican Party, Mr. McCain remains a formidable force in his home state. …Yet Mr. McCain now finds himself jammed, moving starkly — and often awkwardly — to the right, apparently in an effort to gain favor among the same voters whom Mr. Hayworth, a consistent voice for the far right, could pull toward him like taffy come summer.

New York Times: Lawyers Back Creating New Immigration Courts
Responding to pleas from immigration judges and lawyers who say the nation’s immigration courts are faltering under a crushing caseload, the American Bar Association called Monday for Congress to scrap the current system and create a new, independent court for immigration cases.

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