February 23rd, 2010
07:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Glee cast members sing on Twitter about WH invite

Cory Monteith is one of the cast members of 'Glee' who tweeted about being invited to the White House.
Cory Monteith is one of the cast members of 'Glee' who tweeted about being invited to the White House.

Washington (CNN) – Their show may be on hiatus but the cast members of the popular TV show "Glee" are not being quiet about a highly sought-after invitation.

No less than three actors on the show – Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, and Chris Colfer – have all tweeted about an invitation to the White House.

First lady Michelle Obama has invited the cast to the White House's April 5 Easter Egg Roll, according to Entertainment Weekly.

A representative for Fox Broadcasting would not confirm the invite. Asked about the Entertainment Weekly report, the White House would only confirm previously publicly released details about the annual Easter Egg Roll.

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Filed under: Extra • Twitter • White House
February 23rd, 2010
06:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Liberal group: White House has 'loser mentality'

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"The White House obviously has a loser mentality - but America rallies around winners," the leader of a liberal group said Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - The leader of a liberal group slammed the Obama administration Tuesday, saying the White House "obviously has a loser mentality."

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-founder Adam Green was reacting to a statement by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the issue of a public option in a health care bill.
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Filed under: Health care • Obama administration • PCCC
February 23rd, 2010
06:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Candidate points to 9/11 'questions'

Washington (CNN) - Debra Medina, a conservative candidate for the Texas Republican gubernatorial nomination, attempted to walk a fine line Tuesday when asked if she is a "9/11 Truther."

In an interview with CNN's Rick Sanchez, Debra Medina said she believes that "Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings, and I do not believe our government colluded with them or worked with them in any way."

But Medina went on to say that the report issued by the 9/11 Commission, "raised some questions."

"I have not studied that report and am not going to speculate about the content, or the conclusions that they drew," she said." I know that there are questions, and that's all I'm going to say about it."

Medina drew criticism earlier this month when, in an interview with Fox News talker Glenn Beck, she refused to take a position on whether the United States government was involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

"I don't have all of the evidence there, Glenn," Medina told Beck on his radio program. "So I don't, I'm not in a place, I have not been out publicly questioning that. I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. There are some very good arguments, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there. So I've not taken a position on that."

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Filed under: 2010 • 9/11 • Texas
February 23rd, 2010
06:01 PM ET
4 years ago

RNC defends spending habits under Steele

GOP donors have been privately critical of RNC chairman Michael Steele.
GOP donors have been privately critical of RNC chairman Michael Steele.

Washington (CNN) – Michael Steele's handling of Republican National Committee's bank account is under fire once again, thanks to a Politico story out Tuesday detailing some of the committee's expensive habits during Steele's tenure.

The story compared last year's RNC's financial disclosures with committee paperwork from 2005, the last comparable year before a midterm election, and concluded that Steele not only took in less money than his predecessors, but also spent nearly twice as much on items like car services, charter flights and fancy meals.

"Michael Steele is an imperial chairman," grumbled one GOP fundraiser to Politico.

But Steele adviser Doug Heye is defending the party's money management under Steele, a record that has irked a number of top Republican donors who have sought out other party committees when cutting checks ahead of the midterms.

"We are focused on two things, raising money and winning elections," Heye, the RNC's communications director, told CNN. "In the past year we have raised over $90 million, we have sent money directly to state parties and have won three statewide elections," he said, referencing gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey along with Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts Senate special election.

Heye also e-mailed reporters Tuesday attacking the "anonymously sourced" Politico article and offering "some context and a fuller picture" than what he said was reported.

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Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • Popular Posts • RNC
February 23rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate jobs bill vote likely Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, indicated that a vote on the Senate jobs bill could come at any time, it is now expected to take place Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Reid said he was "confident" that the Senate could "work out a reasonable time to vote on this ... Otherwise, we'll have to do it really late tonight or very early in the morning."


Filed under: Harry Reid • Jobs • Senate
February 23rd, 2010
04:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Doctors push for malpractice reform

The American Medical Association and some 75 other doctors' groups have sent a letter to President Obama about medical malpractice reform.
The American Medical Association and some 75 other doctors' groups have sent a letter to President Obama about medical malpractice reform.

Washington (CNN) - Two days before the White House health care summit, the American Medical Association and some 75 other doctors' groups are focusing on one battle: malpractice reform.

In a letter to the president obtained by CNN Radio, the organizations imply that if President Obama is serious about working across party lines then malpractice or tort reform is the way to do it.

"A bipartisan agreement [on malpractice reform] would send an important signal… that Democrats and Republicans alike are willing to put aside partisanship to control costs and improve patient care," the letter states.

The physicians' groups who sent the letter range from the AMA and American Academy of Pediatrics to the Society for Vascular Surgery.

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Filed under: Health care
February 23rd, 2010
04:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs weighs in on 'pre-game chatter' before health care summit

 White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called some of the partisan tension before Thursday's summit 'locker room material.'
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called some of the partisan tension before Thursday's summit 'locker room material.'

Washington (CNN)-With Republican criticism mounting over Thursday's health care summit, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the tensions as "a bit of pre-game chatter" and "locker room material."

The White House says it's still optimistic that progress can come from the bi-partisan effort to move health care reform forward.

In the wake of Monday's jobs bill vote, supported by a handful of Republican senators, including newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Gibbs said it was a "good example, good lead in to Thursday."
The White House says the vote shows lawmakers were willing to put aside partisanship games and do what was important for the American people.


Filed under: Congress • Health care • Obama administration
February 23rd, 2010
04:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Justices hear government's appeal over terror support law

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court appeared genuinely torn Tuesday over whether the government's power to criminalize "support" of a terrorist organization goes too far in restricting civil liberties.

The justices reviewed a key provision of the 2001 Patriot Act, and the question of whether it threatens the free-speech rights of Americans who would assist non-violent activities of certain militant groups.

"This is a difficult case for me," said Justice Anthony Kennedy, who could emerge as the key swing vote in the appeal's outcome.

At issue is whether the federal law allows prosecution of those with knowledge of "any service, training, expert advice or assistance" to a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the U.S. government.

"Are we supposed to allow our citizens to assist the terrorist organizations that are directing their violence against" the United States and its allies, asked Justice Antonin Scalia. "Why isn't that a sufficiently
serious reason for the government to do what it's done here?"

But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg countered, "I don't understand the line between meeting with these terrorist organizations ... and instructing them on how they can pursue their goals through lawful means."
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Filed under: Supreme Court • Terrorism
February 23rd, 2010
02:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Traficant will launch independent congressional bid

(CNN) - Former Democratic Rep. James Traficant, who in September was released from a federal prison after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, told CNN Tuesday he will launch an independent bid to return to Congress.

"I will be running for congress…as an independent," Traficant told CNN's Kyra Philips. "I have been a Democrat all my life, and quite frankly I am disgusted with both parties. I hate to say this. My father is rolling over in his grave, a truck driver."

The former eight-term congressman, who represented Youngstown and its surrounding suburbs, did not indicate which district he would run in, but Ohio television station WFMJ reports Traficant is eyeing a campaign in either the state's 6th or 17th congressional districts.

The 17th district, the seat Traficant formally held, is currently represented by Rep. Tim Ryan - a 36-year old former aide to Traficant who is considered to be a rising star in the Democratic Party. Ohio's 6th congressional district, which encompasses Ohio's southeastern boarder with West Virginia, is currently represented by two-term Democrat Charlie Wilson. The seat was formally held by Ted Strickland, the current governor of Ohio.

"I see the Democrats are completely controlled by foreign interests and big lobbying money. The republicans are too, but the democrats more so. I hypocritically cannot accept that," Traficant also told CNN.

Traficant has until early May to file as an Independent in either district.


Filed under: 2010 • James Traficant • Ohio • Popular Posts
February 23rd, 2010
02:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to meet with French president in March

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the White House on March 30, Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Tuesday.

Gibbs said the two leaders will discuss "a broad range of strategic issues," including Afghanistan, Pakistan, European security, and the global economy.


Filed under: President Obama
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