March 2nd, 2010
10:57 PM ET
4 years ago

'Don't tell Michelle,' Obama says

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The president had Southern food in Georgia Tuesday and told reporters "Don't tell Michelle." (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) – After his first presidential physical found an elevated cholesterol level, sweet tea and fried chicken are probably not what the doctor ordered. But that didn't stop President Obama from indulging in a lunch of Southern cuisine Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia, according to a pool report.

The president joked with reporters to keep quiet about his meal at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, a local restaurant whose menu includes macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken and biscuits, among other traditional Southern dishes.

"I don't want any lectures about my cholesterol," he said, according to the pool report. "Don't tell Michelle."

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March 2nd, 2010
10:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Hutchison concedes Texas primary to Perry

Driftwood, Texas (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry won his state's Republican gubernatorial primary outright on Tuesday, avoiding a potentially costly runoff election against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

With returns showing the governor on pace for a resounding victory, Hutchison called Perry to concede the race shortly shortly after 9 p.m. Addressing supporters in Dallas, she asked Republicans to unite behind Perry.

"Now we must unite," she said. "We must win Texas for Republicans."

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Filed under: 2010 • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Rick Perry • Texas
March 2nd, 2010
09:43 PM ET
4 years ago

White wins Texas Democratic gubernatorial primary

(CNN) - Former Houston Mayor Bill White has won the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, according to a CNN projection.

With 7 percent of precincts reporting, White lead the crowded field with a commanding 76 percent of the vote, more than enough to avoid a run-off on April 13.


Filed under: 2010 • Texas
March 2nd, 2010
07:10 PM ET
4 years ago

BREAKING: Agreement reached to end Bunning's filibuster

Washington (CNN) – Senators have reached agreement to end Sen. Jim Bunning's filibuster of $10 billion in benefits for unemployed workers and road projects, Bunning's office and Democratic officials said.

The agreement, officials said, calls for two votes - one on the package itself and another on a measure to pay for it, as Bunning demanded.

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Filed under: Jim Bunning • Senate
March 2nd, 2010
07:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Scenes from Texas: Perry camp prepares to party at the Salt Lick

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters are ready to celebrate a victory in Tuesday's Republican primary against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and GOP activist Debra Medina. And what Texas party would be complete without a few cases of Shiner Bock, which are in ample supply at Perry's election night headquarters - the famed Salt Lick barbecue restaurant in Driftwood. (Photo Credit: Peter Hamby/CNN)

Related: Perry turns the tables in Texas by tying Hutchison to Washington


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Rick Perry • Texas
March 2nd, 2010
06:22 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Is Senator Bunning filibustering?


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– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls Sen. Jim Bunning's one-man opposition to a jobless benefits extension a filibuster. But Bunning, R-Kentucky, says that's not the case since he's merely blocking a bill before it's introduced. A filibuster is when "you talk and talk and talk," Bunning insists. So who's right?

Fact Check: Is Sen. Jim Bunning's effort to block an unemployment benefit extension a filibuster?

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March 2nd, 2010
05:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Bunning's abrasive behavior spans careers

 Baseball Hall of Famers Sen. Jim Bunning, right, and Robin Roberts appear at a 2009 MLB World Series game.
Baseball Hall of Famers Sen. Jim Bunning, right, and Robin Roberts appear at a 2009 MLB World Series game.

Washington (CNN) - GOP Sen. Jim Bunning is standing alone - much like a baseball pitcher on the mound - as he continues to block a measure that would extend cash and health insurance benefits for the unemployed.

The Kentucky Republican, who is retiring at the end of this term, argues that he doesn't oppose extending the programs; he just doesn't want to add to the deficit.

CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger, who spoke with a Republican in the Senate, said members of the GOP feel Bunning "has the right idea" in questioning how the extension would be paid for, but think "it is the wrong fight for them to wage right now."

The fear from many Republicans, Borger noted, is that it plays right into the Democrats' narrative that Republicans are obstructionists.

Bunning's views, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said, "do not represent the majority of the Republican caucus." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Bunning's legislative tactics "terribly inappropriate" and "very out of line."

The tensions have seemingly taken a toll on Bunning, who is the first member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress.

Bunning, observers have noted, has a history of being abrasive.

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March 2nd, 2010
05:31 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Did pay-as-you-go rules pay down the national debt in the 1990s?

(CNN) - Discussing the budget deficit on Capitol Hill on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revived a long-running debate over the effectiveness of so-called "pay-as-you-go" spending rules.

"With pay-go we have some experience," declared Reid, D-Nevada. "We know it works. It worked during the Clinton years. We paid down the national debt as the result of what happened during the Clinton years. Pay-go was dismissed during the Bush years."

President Barack Obama signed legislation last month that requires the government to offset any spending increases with spending cuts or tax increases. A similar law was in effect in the 1990s.

Fact Check: Did "pay-go" pay down the national debt during the 1990s?

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Filed under: CNN fact check • Harry Reid • national debt
March 2nd, 2010
05:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Poizner hits airwaves, attacks Whitman

Steve Poizner's ad paints Meg Whitman as a 'liberal.'
Steve Poizner's ad paints Meg Whitman as a 'liberal.'

(CNN) - California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner is putting heat on Republican primary rival Meg Whitman Tuesday, launching his first statewide television ad painting Whitman as a "liberal" who has engaged in "false negative attacks."

"California's in crisis. What's liberal Meg Whitman's weak response? False, negative attacks on Republican Steve Poizner's conservative solutions," the ad's narrator states. "Who can rescue California from liberal failure? Steve Poizner."

Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner, faces a 28 to 30 point deficit in a head-to-head matchups with Whitman, according to two surveys conducted in January. But the same poll showed nearly 4 in 10 Republican primary voters undecided. The primary is set for June 8.

Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of Ebay has run campaign ads for months introducing herself to voters and positioning herself as a moderate Republican.


Filed under: 2010 • California • Popular Posts • Steve Poizner
March 2nd, 2010
04:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Top House Republican says Bunning's got 'a legitimate argument'

Bunning 'has a right as a senator to express his will and he has,' House Minority Leader Boehner said Tuesday.
Bunning 'has a right as a senator to express his will and he has,' House Minority Leader Boehner said Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the House is defending Kentucky GOP Senator Jim Bunning's decision to hold up legislation that includes an extension of jobless benefits until an agreement can be reached on how to pay for the $10 billion bill.

"I think Senator Bunning has - he's got a legitimate argument that he's making," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. "You know, the Democrats just passed this pay-go legislation and not – not even a week after the President signed it into law they want to exempt the first bill that comes across the Senate floor from the – from the regulations. And so it's - and he has a right as a senator to express his will and he has."

Bunning, who is retiring at the end of this year, said he doesn't oppose extending the jobless benefits program; he just doesn't want to add to the deficit. Democrats argue that, because the legislation is an emergency measure, the bill should not be subject to new rules requiring that legislation not expand the deficit.

Boehner initially dodged a question on Bunning, telling reporters that he has an understanding with his counterpart in the upper chamber, the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
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