Washington (CNN) - The White House has released President Obama's full remarks of his Wednesday address in the East Room.
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New York (CNN) – New York's Commission on Public Integrity is charging Gov. David Paterson with an ethics violation for accepting free tickets to last year's World Series, a commission spokesman said Wednesday.
Walter Ayres said that the commission found that Paterson violated the state's ban on gifts for public officials in accepting the tickets.
Paterson, who announced last week that he would not run for election to a full term, has faced controversy since news reports emerged charging that his aide was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later allegedly pressured her to keep quiet.
Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a possible contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter.
(CNN) - Jack Conway, a Democrat vying for the seat of retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, took aim at the two-term Senator Wednesday in his first television ad.
"Jim Bunning used to be a great pitcher – now he's throwing high and wild, hitting working families where it hurts, stopping unemployment benefits in a recession," Conway says in the ad. "And Rand Paul and Trey Grayson, they are shamefully cheering him on."
Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, is in a race against Kentucky's Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, are battling for the Republican nomination.
Sen. Jim Bunning, has been the recipient of criticism from both sides of the aisle over his three-day stalling of legislation to extend unemployment benefits. Bunning lifted his block Tuesday night, allowing the legislation to be approved by the Senate.
Washington (CNN) – The founder of the new Coffee Party movement says "we need to wake up and work hard to get our government to represent us."
Angry at what she perceived as media overexposure of the conservative Tea Party movement, Annabel Park, a 41-year-old Washington-area area documentary filmmaker, used her Facebook page to call for a Coffee Party.
Friends started replying, and replying and replying. Park then set up a fan page called "Join the Coffee Party Movement." A flood ensued and now Park has approximately 68,000 fans, most of them coming in the last five days following articles about the Coffee Party in the Washington Post and New York Times.
So what's her goal?
"Just like in the American Revolution, we are looking for real representation right now. We don't feel represented by our government right now and we don't really feel represented well by the media either," Park said Wednesday on CNN's American Morning. "It's kind of a simple call to action for people to wake up and take control over their future and demand representation. And it requires people standing up and speaking up."
Sound familiar? Tea Party activists use much of the same language in describing their year-old anti-big government movement.
(CNN) – Should Ulysses S. Grant, the legendary Union general and 18th president of the United States, be bumped from his 96-year stint on the $50 bill?
Yes, according to one North Carolina Republican.
Rep. Patrick McHenry announced that he will introduce a measure that would replace Grant’s face with Ronald Reagan's, just in time for the 40th president's 100th birthday next February.
"President Reagan was a modern day statesman, whose presidency transformed our nation's political and economic thinking," McHenry said in a statement. "Through both his domestic and international policies he renewed America's self confidence, defeated the Soviets and taught us that each generation must provide opportunity for the next."
McHenry says it's only logical for Reagan to replace Grant on the $50 because several historians have ranked Reagan as a much better president than Grant. McHenry specifically cites a 2005 Wall Street Journal survey of scholars who placed Reagan at No. 6 and Grant at No. 29.
"Every generation needs its own heroes," McHenry also said. "One decade into the 21st century, it's time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy."
Franklin Roosevelt's face currently appears on the dime while John F. Kennedy's image is on the half-dollar.
But not so fast, says Dr. John Marszalek, the executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association.
Washington (CNN) – U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman introduced a bill Wednesday that would officially repeal the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members.
A separate repeal bill was previously introduced in the House of Representatives.
"To exclude one group of Americans from serving in the armed forces is contrary to our fundamental principles as outlined in the Declaration of Independence," Lieberman recently said in a written statement.
It "weakens our defenses by denying our military the service of a large group of Americans who can help our cause."
New York (CNNMoney.com) - Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is saying adios to the Big Apple and selling his Fifth Avenue penthouse for almost $14 million.
Limbaugh bought the 10-room condo at 1049 Fifth Ave. in 1994 under the name of R H Trust, according to city property documents. The pad sprawls across nearly 5,000 square feet and two of its terraces overlook Central Park and its famous reservoir.
The pre-war property features a double living room; a wood-paneled library; four terraces; enormous baths; and a maid's room. But it's not for the faint of heart - or those afraid of a big renovation. The general appearance can be described as, well, ornate, with trompe l'oeil ceilings and mural-covered walls.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will release his final version of a health care reform bill Wednesday, arguing that it is a compromise plan that combines the best ideas of both Democrats and Republicans.
The president, according to excerpts of remarks released by the White House, will claim that the sweeping package "has been debated and changed and I believe improved over the last year."
He will also argue that a failure to pass a health care plan will raise questions about Washington's ability to effectively govern.
"At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem," he says in the excerpts. "The American people want to know if it's still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future. They are waiting for us to act."
He will argue, according to the excerpts, that he doesn't "know how this plays politically," but knows that "it's right."
Washington (CNN) – Jerry Brown described California as "failing" Tuesday evening, and vowed to bring Democrats and Republicans together to help revive the state's economy if he is elected governor in November.
"I think we have to sit down, starting not next year, but right after the election, and get in the Republican leaders and all the members of the legislature," Brown, who served as governor from 1975 to 1983, said in an interview on CNN's 'Larry King Live.' "The way the budget works now is they have four leaders from – two from each party. And they do it. That doesn't work. You've got to get all 120 legislatures in the room, day after day and month after month, keep the focus on solving that budget deficit."
Earlier in the day, Brown declared his bid for the Democratic nomination, a formality, of sorts, as he has been laying the groundwork for some time to run again for governor.
(CNN) – While Sarah Palin was firing off jokes in front of Jay Leno Tuesday night, potential Republican rival Mitt Romney was telling a few of his own during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Romney recounted his widely-publicized skirmish with rapper Sky Blu on a recent flight from Vancouver, during which Sky Blu allegedly accosted Romney after the former presidential candidate asked him to put his seat in the upright position.
"The fellow in the seat in front of my wife put his seat back during the takeoff procedure and as we have all heard 10,000 times, 'Please put your tray table and the seat back in the upright and locked position.'" Romney said. "So I tapped him on the shoulder and reminded him of that direction, and…he didn't like that by the way and he broke my hair."
"He broke his hair, ladies and gentlemen!" Letterman quipped back.