March 15th, 2010
07:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Hunter upset over GQ photos

Hunter is not happy with GQ's photographs of her.
Hunter is not happy with GQ's photographs of her.

(CNN) – Rielle Hunter is extremely upset with the three photographs of herself featured in the latest issue of GQ magazine.

The woman who was involved in a months-long affair with Democrat John Edwards told ABC's Barbara Walters Monday she found the images - two of which feature her without pants - "repulsive" and, Hunter also told Walters, she cried for two hours because she felt they were so terrible.

"When I asked, 'Well if that was the case, why did you pose the way you did?' She said that she trusted Mark Seliger, who she said is a brilliant photographer, and she quote 'went with the flow,'" Walters said on ABC's The View.

"She said that he took a lot of pictures, and thought there might be one like that, that showed her being sexy," Walter's continued. "When she was shown with her daughter, she was wearing her own t-shirt and sweatpants. The other photos of her with the big shirt are not her clothes, they were given to her by the photographer."

The images accompanied a more than 10,000-word interview with Hunter, who for the first time discusses how her now-infamous affair with Edwards developed.


Filed under: Extra • Popular Posts • Rielle Hunter
March 15th, 2010
07:43 PM ET
3 years ago

MoveOn.org takes turn on health care reform

Washington (CNN) – An influential liberal advocacy group shifted gears and is getting behind President Obama's push for health care reform even though its membership believes it doesn't go far enough.

MoveOn.org is spending "six figures" on television commercials to run on national cable and called on its membership to back primary challengers to Democrats who vote against health care reform legislation.

For the past year, MoveOn.org advocated that a public option be included in the overhaul health care reform. But the leadership of the member driven organization took a poll of its membership last week to see if it wanted to support the president's push. And 83 percent of them did.

"Our members still totally believe that the public option is the best way to lower costs and make health care affordable," said Ilyse Hogue, spokeswoman for MovOn.org. "And at the same time they overwhelmingly believe that the president's plan is the best way to keep health care reform moving forward and this is a necessary step."
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March 15th, 2010
06:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Cindy Sheehan camps out on National Mall

Sheehan, shown here in an October 2009 file photo, said she and her fellow anti-war protestors are demanding that a representative from the peace movement have a seat at the table when war is being considered.
Sheehan, shown here in an October 2009 file photo, said she and her fellow anti-war protestors are demanding that a representative from the peace movement have a seat at the table when war is being considered.

Washington (CNN) - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who became a household name for protesting outside of former President Bush's Texas ranch, is now camping out on the soggy grounds of the Washington Monument in an effort to draw attention to her cause.

Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said she and her fellow anti-war protestors are demanding that a representative from the peace movement have a seat at the table when war is being considered.

"We are committed to doing this until we see activity from the government," said Sheehan, referring to the anti-war protestors resolve to remain on the National Mall.

Sheehan said that each day this week there will be "teach-ins and training for non-violent civil resistance until Monday when the action starts."

The "action" will be blocking intersections in the nation's Capital as well as protesting at offices, she said. But Sheehan noted "we don't want to divulge what we are doing because we don't want law enforcement to be able to organize against us beforehand for our actions."

After a trip to Target to load up on necessary camping supplies as well as tables and chairs it would appear that Sheehan has no plans on leaving.


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March 15th, 2010
06:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Brazile: Dems who oppose health care deserve to be challenged

A well known Democratic strategist said Monday that Democrats who oppose President Obama's health care reform plan deserve to have primary challengers.
A well known Democratic strategist said Monday that Democrats who oppose President Obama's health care reform plan deserve to have primary challengers.

Washington (CNN) – Prominent Democrat Donna Brazile is calling for primary challengers against Democrats who vote against the health care reform legislation.

"If a handful of Democrats decide to defeat this bill, they deserve to get a primary challenge to defend the status quo & insurance industry," Brazile, a member of the Democratic National Committee, posted on her Twitter feed.

The longtime Democratic strategist served as former Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager in his 2000 bid for the White House. Brazile is vice chair of the DNC's Voter Registration and Participation. She also is a CNN political contributor.

Brazile's comment comes the same day that President Obama traveled to Ohio in a final push to increase public support for health care reform.

"We need health insurance reform right now," the president said at a campaign-style rally outside of Cleveland. And "this is like a patients' bill of rights on steroids."

In the end, the president said, "this debate is about far more than politics. ... It comes down to what kind of country we want to be."

Congressional Democrats and Republicans appear headed for showdown later this week when votes on health care reform are expected to occur.

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Filed under: Democrats • Health care
March 15th, 2010
04:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Hayworth: Gay marriage opens doors to bestiality

J.D. Hayworth gave an interview Sunday to Florida radio station WORL, where he made comments about same-sex marriage.
J.D. Hayworth gave an interview Sunday to Florida radio station WORL, where he made comments about same-sex marriage.

Washington (CNN) - The man who wants to oust Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is so worried about states allowing same-sex marriage, he fears it'll lead to bestiality.

At least that is what former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Arizona, intimated Sunday in an interview with Orlando, Florida radio station WORL when discussing the decision in Massachusetts to recognize gay marriage.

"You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage," Hayworth said. "Now get this, it defined marriage as simply, quote, 'the establishment of intimacy.' Now how dangerous is that?"

Hayworth continued, "I mean, I don't mean to be absurd about it. But I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point. I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse."

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Filed under: 2010 • J.D. Hayworth • Popular Posts
March 15th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Dodd: Time to reform Wall Street is now

Washington (CNNMoney.com) - The head of a key banking panel on Monday released a draft bill of sweeping regulatory changes aimed at warding off future collapses in the financial system.

The bill put forth by Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., would create a new consumer regulator housed inside the Federal Reserve aimed at ensuring consumers get a fair shake with mortgages and credit cards. It will also push banks and financial firms to strengthen capital cushions and create a new process to take down giant failing companies and prevent future Wall Street bailouts.

The bill would also includes a version of the controversial rule proposed by former Fed chairman Paul Volcker and heralded by President Obama aimed at prohibiting financial firms from owning hedge funds or from proprietary trading on their own accounts.

"We must plug the gaps and elliminate the inefficiences that allowed this crisis to happen in the first place," Dodd said in a news conference.

Dodd wants to push the bill through his committee next week, to ensure it gets to the Senate floor before the summer, because midterm elections could complicate getting a final agreement. The House passed a version of regulatory reform in December.

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Filed under: Chris Dodd • Senate
March 15th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Edwards' mistress details affair to GQ

(CNN) – John Edwards' mistress tells GQ that she slept with the former Democratic vice presidential nominee only hours after first meeting him in 2006, and that she still loves the father of their child.

"You're so hot," Rielle Hunter tells the magazine she said to the former North Carolina senator when she met him at a New York hotel.

Hunter said Edwards promptly provided her with his hotel room telephone number imploring that she call him immediately. When Hunter called a short time later, Edwards asked that she come to his room. Hunter tells the magazine that she "terrified" and told herself she would not sleep with him.

"I had never experienced anything like what was flowing between us," Hunter said in the interview. "I sat on the other side of the room. I wouldn't go near him. "And he kept saying 'What are you doin' over there? Come over here. I can't even see you. Come closer. I won't bite you."

"I was just-there was sooo much attraction and sooo much… I want to say love, but it wasn't love at that point. You know, it was just this, this magnetic force field like I had never experienced. It terrified me," Hunter said. "Absolutely terrified me. And, um, I eventually walked over to his side of the room. He was pretty relentless. And that's all I'm gonna say on that! Now fade to black!"

But Hunter said Edwards quickly realized the potential ramifications of the tryst, telling her that "Falling in love with you could really f- up my plans for becoming president."

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Filed under: John Edwards • Popular Posts • Rielle Hunter
March 15th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Reid thanks Senate colleagues for support

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly thanked his Senate colleagues on Monday for their well wishes and prayers during his wife and daughter's hospitalization.

"The tremendous outpouring of support for my wife and daughter from people across Nevada, and the nation, and from my Senate family has deeply touched all of us," Reid said.

Reid's wife and daughter were injured last week in a Washington, D.C. area car accident. Both required hospitalization, and Landra, Reid's wife, was released from the hospital Sunday after sustaining injuries to her neck that required surgery.

"Landra and I have been married for fifty years," Reid said. "She is the strongest most selfless person I know. If anyone can recover, it is she."

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Popular Posts
March 15th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate considers overnight session on jobs bill

Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill.
Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill.

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democratic leaders are threatening to keep the Senate in session overnight Monday in an effort to both highlight Republican opposition to and speed passage of a $15 billion jobs bill, leadership aides from both parties said.

The all-night session might be needed because Republicans are denying a Democratic request to pass the bill immediately following an expected successful cloture vote Monday evening. If Republicans don't relent, Democrats say they may keep the Senate in session overnight to burn the 30 hours of post-cloture debate allowed by Senate rules.

The jobs measure, which includes tax breaks for businesses that hire unemployed workers, Build America Bonds, and other measures targeting job growth, has been passed back and forth between the House to the Senate in recent weeks. The Senate last approved it 70-28 at the end of February but when the House took it up again just over a week ago, it approved a minor change to the bill forcing today's action in the Senate.

Post-cloture debate time is often counted even if the Senate is not in session. But consent of all senators is required for that to happen.


Filed under: Jobs • Senate
March 15th, 2010
02:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Sanford invokes 'Ides of March' in health care fight

Gov. Sanford said Monday that the 'Ides of March' is remembered as 'a day of reckoning and foreboding.'
Gov. Sanford said Monday that the 'Ides of March' is remembered as 'a day of reckoning and foreboding.'

(CNN) - As Capitol Hill Democrats make a final push to try to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation this week, South Carolina's Republican governor is out with a warning for taxpayers in his state.

"It's worth noting that today, the Fifteenth of March, is remembered as the 'Ides of March'- a day of reckoning and foreboding," Gov. Mark Sanford says in a written statement that criticizes the Democratic health care reform plan. "In the same way, today represents a time of foreboding for our nation given the historic nature of what is taking place in Washington."

Sanford's statement draws from the common expression "Beware the Ides of March," which refers to March 15, the date Roman emperor Julius Caesar was murdered by associates. The phrase has since been used to warn of ominous events thought to be in the near future.

With Monday's statement, Sanford seems to be doing what he can to try to murder the Democratic bill that has been one of President Obama's top domestic priorities in the past year.

"I believe it is a mistake both financially and medically, and that forcing this enormous healthcare plan on South Carolinians and Americans in general amounts to nothing less than Congressional malpractice."
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