March 5th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

First lady donates dress to Smithsonian

 The first lady will donate her dress to the Smithsonian.
The first lady will donate her dress to the Smithsonian.

Washington (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday will donate her 2009 inaugural gown to the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian and the White House announced.

The gown, designed by New York designer Jason Wu, is the one-shoulder, white-chiffon dress that the first lady wore to all 10 inaugural balls the evening of President Obama's inauguration.

Wu plans to attend the presentation on Tuesday.

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March 5th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama ramps up push for energy-efficiency program

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President Obama has previously touted wind power as a significant source of clean energy. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - President Obama ratcheted up his administration's push for a clean energy agenda Friday, emphasizing the prospects for an economic recovery fueled by so-called green jobs.

"The jobs of tomorrow will be jobs in the clean energy sector," Obama said during a visit to a small business in Arlington, Virginia.

"That's why my administration's taking steps to support a thriving clean energy industry across this country."

Obama highlighted his proposed Home Star program, which was first outlined in the State of the Union address. The program would provide rebates to homeowners of up to $3,000 for making energy-efficient improvements to their houses. Customers would be eligible for direct rebates at the point of sale, according to the White House.

Among other things, the program would provide 50 percent rebates of up to $1,500 for simpler upgrades such the installation of better insulation, duct sealing, water heaters, windows, doors and roofing.

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Filed under: Energy • President Obama
March 5th, 2010
12:03 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN's newest show: 'John King, USA'

Washington (CNN) – Traversing the country over the past year helped John King make a difficult decision a lot easier. What to name his new weeknight political program?

King, CNN's chief national correspondent, announced Friday morning on Twitter that it would simply be called "John King, USA." It debuts on March 22.

"One of the things they do tell you in this business is having your name associated with a show is important." King said in a video posted on CNN.com. "That is actually a little bit uncomfortable for me."

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Filed under: CNN • JKUSA • John King USA • Popular Posts
March 5th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Massachusetts Democratic congressman to retire

 Congressman Delahunt is announcing his retirement.
Congressman Delahunt is announcing his retirement.

Washington (CNN) Massachusetts Rep. William Delahunt will announce Friday that he will not seek an eighth term, the 18th Democrat who has decided to leave the House at the close of the 111th Congress.

Delahunt's long-rumored decision to retire was first reported late Thursday evening by The Boston Globe , and subsequently confirmed by the senior senator from Massachusetts and the congressman's spokesman.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, released a statement praising his colleague shortly after the Globe story was posted on its Web site.

"This departure leaves a void because Bill Delahunt is an incredibly strong voice for Massachusetts in Washington," Kerry said in the statement.

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March 5th, 2010
11:06 AM ET
4 years ago

White House considers military trial for KSM

The U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay houses high value terror detainees.
The U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay houses high value terror detainees.

Washington (CNN) - White House advisers are considering recommending alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be tried in a military court, not a civilian one in New York, a senior administration official confirmed Friday.

This would be an about face for the Obama administration which has consistently insisted trying Mohammed in civilian court would be a powerful symbol of U.S. rule of law.

In November 2009 Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to do just that. But a firestorm of criticism erupted from New York officials who did not want the trial held in Manhattan, and from Republican lawmakers who did not want a civilian trial.

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Filed under: Khalid Sheik Mohammed
March 5th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Black leaders voice support for embattled N.Y. governor

New York (CNN) – Some prominent African-American leaders are opting to stand behind embattled New York Gov. David Paterson until the state attorney general completes a probe into charges that Paterson misused the power of his office.

Black leaders held an emergency summit Thursday night at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem to discuss the media firestorm and flailing public support that has ensnared Paterson.

Organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and off-limits to reporters, the meeting was an attempt to gauge the temperature of participants. Comments from attendees outside the restaurant indicated the dominant emotions inside were sympathy and restraint.

State Sen. Eric Adams pointed to Paterson's 22 years of public service in New York and said unproven allegations should not lead to the governor's demise.

"We have a competent attorney general, and he's doing an investigation," Adams said on his way into the meeting. "Let him do his job. It's our job to make sure the budget gets done."

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Filed under: David Paterson • New York
March 5th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Jobless rate holds steady

New York (CNNMoney.com) - While the unemployment rate held steady in February, the U.S. economy is still shedding jobs, according to a government report released Friday.

The Labor Department said the economy lost 36,000 jobs in the month, fewer than the 68,000 jobs economists were expecting, according to a survey conducted by Briefing.com.

The results were still worse than the previous month, as just 26,000 jobs were lost in January, according to a revised estimate.

But there was no significant change in the number of unemployed workers, and the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7%. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting an increase to 9.8%.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • unemployment
March 5th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
4 years ago

'Most Wanted' locks up Obama exclusive

America's Most Wanted host John Walsh taped a 15 minute interview with President Obama.
America's Most Wanted host John Walsh taped a 15 minute interview with President Obama.

(CNN) – President Obama will appear on "America's Most Wanted" with the show's host John Walsh this Saturday to commemorate its 1000th episode.

According to Deputy White House Spokesman Bill Burton, the president taped a 15 minute interview in the White House's Map Room with Walsh on Wednesday morning before delivering remarks in the East Room.

The president used the interview to congratulate Walsh on his show's success, but also to tout his administration's own anti-crime initiatives.
In clips released by "America's Most Wanted," Mr. Obama tells Walsh that last year's "huge economic crisis" raised great concern about the possibility for lawlessness to follow.

"One of the things we were most worried about was how this would this affect law enforcement. Because you started seeing state and local budgets hemorrhaging and there were the prospects of tens of thousands of cops on the streets being laid off." Mr. Obama said, crediting the White House for preventing that from happening.

"What we did was working with state and local governments, got four billion dollars in additional funding so that we kept those law enforcement officials doing the great work that they do each and every day," Mr. Obama said.

For John Walsh, "America's Most Wanted" is a personal crusade. He began hosting the show 22 years ago after his 6 year-old son Adam was abducted and killed in 1981.

Mr. Obama told Walsh, "I know Adam is looking down on us, and saying you know, my Dad has really done something incredible."

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Filed under: President Obama
March 5th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
4 years ago

U.S. unemployment rate unchanged in February

Washington (CNN) - The unemployment rate in the United States remained unchanged at 9.7 percent in February, the Labor Department said Friday.

The unemployment rate was 10 percent in December and November.

The 10.2 percent unemployment rate for October was the highest in the United States since 1983.


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March 5th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party changes tone, but not outcome of Texas primary

U.S. House lawmakers in Texas sailed through the state primary.
U.S. House lawmakers in Texas sailed through the state primary.

(CNN) - If this week's primary election in Texas is any indicator, incumbent Republicans can breathe a little easier.

Despite a handful of Tea Party challengers, all 11 of the incumbent House Republicans facing challengers came out on top.

In the lead-up to the election, James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, said he heard legislators asking each other, "You got a Tea Party challenger? I do."

Jerry Ray Hall, who challenged Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of the House, actually added "Tea" to his name to emphasize his support for the ideas of the Tea Party.

But as an organized movement, Henson said, "there was a lot more flash than bang."

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Filed under: 2010 • Tea Party movement • Texas
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