February 26th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
8 years ago

NYC tabs urge Gov. Paterson to resign

The New York tabs say its time for Paterson to go.

The New York tabs say its time for Paterson to go.

(CNN) - Embattled New York Governor David Paterson woke up to some unfriendly headlines Friday morning.

New York City's two tabloid newspapers, the New York Post and the New York Daily News, in large front page headlines, declared that for Paterson, it's "time to go."

At a news conference Thursday evening, Paterson said he would not resign the governor's office, and speaking of his bid for a full term in office, he added that "I'm in this for the long haul."

Paterson's meeting with reporters was his first since a New York Times story reported that the governor may have intervened in a domestic assault case involving a top aide. Paterson has suspended an aide and asked state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, who is weighing his own primary challenge against Paterson, to investigate allegations of wrongdoing amid news reports that the aide hit a woman and that state police pressured her to keep quiet.

In their front page editorial, the New York Post declared, "It's time for David Paterson to close out his role in one of the strangest episodes in New York history and turn over the affairs of state to his own lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch."

There was a similar message on the front page of the New York Daily News, which said, "Today we urge David Paterson to step down. Paterson has given serious cause to doubt both his word and his judgment. His administration is in shambles. He has demeaned his high office."

The controversy prompted the state's deputy secretary for public safety, a Cabinet member who supervises the state police, to resign unexpectedly Thursday. She said the governor and state police "acknowledged" direct contact with the woman - an allegation that the governor declined to discuss in a radio interview Thursday.


Filed under: David Paterson
February 26th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
8 years ago

Boehner imagines being Speaker

John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid all answered questions posed by YouTube users Friday.

John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid all answered questions posed by YouTube users Friday.

Washington (CNN) - In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, House Minority Leader John Boehner asked the crowd to imagine what Congress would look like if he became Speaker of the House - a prospect that has become more likely as the political environment sours for Democrats.

A confident-sounding Boehner continued to float that possibility on Thursday after the bipartisan health care summit with President Obama in a post-meeting question and answer session with YouTube users. Video of his chat which was posted Friday morning.

"If I become Speaker of the House, we are going to run the House differently, different from the current majority and from past Republican ones," he promised, answering a question from a YouTube user who demanded that legislators read lengthy bills before voting on them.

"And if I become Speaker there will be a 72 hour reading period before any bill is brought to the floor," the Ohio Republican added, repeating a pledge he made at CPAC.


Filed under: 2010 • John Boehner • Popular Posts
February 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Biden's open mic moment

(CNN) - The burdens of the presidency have been well documented, but perhaps it's not so hard being the No. 2.

At least that's what Vice President Joe Biden suggested to Republican Rep. Eric Cantor at Thursday's bipartisan health care summit.

Cameras picked up an impromptu discussion between Biden and the House minority whip shortly before the afternoon session began:

Biden: How you doing Eric?
Cantor: Not bad Mr. Vice President
Biden: Good, doing alright. It's easy being Vice President believe me.
Cantor: It's like being a grandparent and not the parent.
Biden: Yeah that's it.

Jay Carney, Biden's communications director, said the vice president was "obviously joking, as any review of his schedule and responsibilities would make abundantly clear."

Politico first reported the exchange.

Filed under: Joe Biden
February 26th, 2010
09:33 AM ET
8 years ago

Greer denies involvement in Rubio story

Marco Rubio has accused Jim Greer of leaking documents to the Crist campaign.

Marco Rubio has accused Jim Greer of leaking documents to the Crist campaign.

(CNN) - Former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer is denying allegations he was involved with leaking Senate candidate Marco Rubio's credit card statements to the media.

The vigorous denial comes a day after Rubio charged Greer likely played a key role in supplying statements to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign showing Rubio charged personal expenses on a party credit card while he was Florida's House speaker.

Greer, the longtime ally of Crist, resigned his post as head of the state Party in January amid criticisms over his management of party money and his involvement in contested primaries. Several of Rubio's backers had called for Greer's resignation for months.

"While some continue to disrupt and try to destroy the Republican Party, I wish to be clear, I did not release or leak Marco Rubio's Amex statements to the media," Greer said in a statement to the St. Petersburg Times. "It is my hope that those individuals who seem committed to attacking fellow Republicans and our Party will stop before we lose it all. '

The credit card records, obtained by the St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald, indicate Rubio made several personal purchases with the state party's corporate credit card when he was Florida's House speaker between the years of 2005 to 2008. Rubio immediately defended his actions and charged Greer and the Crist campaign were behind the media report.

A spokesman for Crist did not address Rubio's allegation that their campaign was behind the leaked documents, but said the credit card bills show "a clear pattern is emerging in Speaker Rubio's unfortunate behavior."


Filed under: Charlie Crist • Marco Rubio
February 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
8 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens' rights

Fifty-six percent of Americans say the government poses an immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms.

Fifty-six percent of Americans say the government poses an immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms.

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken - though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN Polls • Popular Posts
February 26th, 2010
08:59 AM ET
8 years ago

Health care summit wrap up

After the jump, check out reaction to the health care summit from former governor Howard Dean and former senator Bill Frist, as well as reports from CNN's Ed Henry and Tom Foreman.


Filed under: Health care
February 26th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
8 years ago

Redrawing the lines

Filed under: Census • Congress
February 26th, 2010
08:10 AM ET
8 years ago

Rep. Charles Rangel to be admonished Friday

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, will be formally admonished Friday by the House Ethics Committee, he told reporters Thursday.

The issue concerns who paid for travel he and several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008.

The powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee told CNN that the ethics committee had approved the travel.

- CNN's Brianna Keilar contributed to this story.

Filed under: Charlie Rangel • New York
February 26th, 2010
05:31 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain, Obama face off

(CNN) - Things got a little testy Thursday between President Obama and Sen John McCain, the two former campaign rivals.

McCain slamed the special deals inserted in the Senate health care bill, saying those should be removed so that the American people will know "that geography does not dictate what kind of health care they will receive."

Obama shot back, "Let me just make this point, John, because we're not campaigning anymore. The election is over."

"I'm reminded of that every day," McCain quickly interjected.

Filed under: John McCcain • President Obama
February 26th, 2010
04:45 AM ET
8 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: February 26, 2010


The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN: Health care summit ends without apparent movement forward
President Obama and Republican and Democratic leaders engaged in a spirited but civil debate at a health care summit Thursday, finding agreement on some issues but appearing to find little common ground on how to move forward in a bipartisan way.

CNN: Democrats looking hard at 51-vote shortcut for health reform
Several senior congressional Democratic sources told CNN after Thursday's bipartisan summit that Democrats' plans on health care are not likely to differ much Friday from what they were Wednesday. Although their public stance will be to let the dust from the summit settle, Democrats are actively looking into using the parliamentary shortcut known as reconciliation to get a health care bill to the president's desk, the sources said.

Bloomberg: Obama May Prohibit Home-Loan Foreclosures Without HAMP Review
The Obama administration may expand efforts to ease the housing crisis by banning all foreclosures on home loans unless they have been screened and rejected by the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program.

Financial Times: US senator warns of ‘financial meltdown’ risk
The US is heading for a debt-driven “financial meltdown” within five to seven years, according to Judd Gregg, the outgoing Republican senator for New Hampshire.

The Hill: Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision
A controversial bill that would have levied criminal punishments on intelligence officers for harsh interrogations was pulled Thursday evening. House Republicans charged Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” during interrogations.

CNN: Rep. Charles Rangel to be admonished Friday by ethics committee
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, will be formally admonished Friday by the House's ethics committee for violating rules on receiving gifts, the committee announced Thursday. The issue centers on who paid for his and several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus' 2007 and 2008 travel to the Caribbean.

CNN: Paterson: 'Open mind' about suspending campaign
In his first press conference since a bombshell New York Times story reported that he may have intervened in a domestic assault case involving a top aide, New York Gov. David Paterson said late Thursday that he will forge ahead with his troubled election bid, despite calls from fellow state Democrats to suspend his campaign. But Paterson did not completely rule out ending his campaign, which was facing difficult odds even before the New York Times story was published. He said he would spend the "next few days" soliciting the opinions of other party leaders.


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