March 16th, 2010
09:41 AM ET
8 years 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: Rielle Hunter
March 16th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
8 years ago

Health care proponents launch massive ad campaign

Health Care for America Now is launching a $1.4 million ad campaign Tuesday.

Health Care for America Now is launching a $1.4 million ad campaign Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Proponents of health care reform Tuesday are launching a sizable television ad campaign in an effort to sway undecided House Democrats to get them to vote in favor of the legislation.

The $1.4 million ad buy was placed by Health Care for America Now (HCAN) in conjunction with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Catholics United.

"We're on the cusp of making history, and now is the time members of Congress must stand strong and side with us, not the insurance companies," HCAN's National Campaign Manager Richard Kirsch said in a statement. "The health insurance companies have unleashed their armies of lobbyists on Washington and have sunk millions into TV ads designed to derail reform, but Congress can and should ignore the corporate fear mongering and side with the American public."

HCAN represents more than 1,000 smaller organizations nationwide in favor of Democratic health care reform proposals and both the SEIU and AFSCME have long supported health care reform.

The ads will target 17 Democrats who have not publicly announced how they will vote and will run Tuesday through Friday– expected to be the final days of debate on the legislation.

Filed under: Health care • House Democrats
March 16th, 2010
08:03 AM ET
8 years ago

Rubio keeps a low profile during South Carolina tour

Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio has kept a low profile on his tour of South Carolina.

Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio has kept a low profile on his tour of South Carolina.

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - A political fundraising trip doesn't typically generate the kind of buzz that Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio stirred up with their "Conservative Comeback" tour of South Carolina on Monday.

The Republican duo – one an outspoken Senator from South Carolina prone to irking members of his own party, the other a Florida Senate candidate and golden boy of the conservative movement – announced their joint three-city tour last month with a sleek Web site,, that sounded suspiciously like a future presidential ticket.

Campaign aides for Rubio's opponent in the GOP Senate primary in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist, accused Rubio of arrogantly harboring national ambitions by traveling to a crucial presidential primary state before he'd even won his first statewide race.

Aware of the potentially uncomfortable imagery of a hotshot Senate candidate glad-handing in a state known as a White House launching pad, aides to Rubio and DeMint were quick to downplay the trip shortly after it was announced, calling it a routine fundraising effort.

That concern was likely a chief reason why Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker who commands a healthy lead against Crist in recent polls, was largely invisible to members of the media during the South Carolina swing, which took the pair to Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.


Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio • South Carolina
March 16th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Health care foes have 200 no votes in House

Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are voicing optimism that the necessary 216 ‘yea’ votes needed for passage will be there.

Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are voicing optimism that the necessary 216 ‘yea’ votes needed for passage will be there.

Washington (CNN) - Even as a top House Democrat expressed confidence in passing legislation to overhaul health care, a new CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House of Representatives to the Senate health care plan has reached 200 members.

That figure is 16 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.

Twenty-two House Democrats, including seven who supported the House plan in November, have indicated they would join a unified House Republican caucus in opposing the Senate plan, which that chamber passed in December with the minimum 60 votes.

See a list of House Democrats who oppose the Senate bill here.


March 16th, 2010
04:54 AM ET
8 years ago



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:

CNNMoney: Dodd: Time to reform Wall Street is now
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 to ensure consumers get a fair shake with mortgages and credit cards. It would also push banks and financial firms to strengthen capital cushions and create a new process for taking down giant failing companies and preventing future Wall Street bailouts.

Investors Business Daily: Health Bill Advances In Complex Process, But Votes Still Iffy
House Democrats pressed ahead with their health care overhaul Monday, getting approval from a key House panel for a companion "fixes" bill. But new concerns over immigration, legislative maneuvering and student loans emerged. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has insisted she expects to win a final House vote, which is likely at the end of the week.

Washington Post: House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate's health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it. Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers "deem" the health-care bill to be passed.

Politico: Democrats: Store closed for health care reform deals
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing hardball with her rank and file in the run-up to an historic health care vote. Instead of the typical wheeling and dealing to pick up much-needed support, Pelosi and her leadership team are warning members that the bill is final, and its language is set, so don’t come seeking major changes or handouts for your district. Asked if she was willing to change the final legislation at the request of Democratic holdouts, the speaker said, “No.”

CNN: Obama slams insurers, demands health care reform
The yearlong fight over health care reached a fever pitch Monday as President Obama took his call for change to the political swing state of Ohio, slamming insurance companies and repeating his call for a final congressional vote on his sweeping reform plan.

Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Vice President Joe Biden visits Cleveland to raise money for Gov. Ted Strickland
How important is Ohio to Democratic politics? How about both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden being in town within hours of each other on Monday. Not long after the president boarded his plane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after an early afternoon stop in Strongsville to push his health-care plan, Biden landed there for a quick ride into downtown Cleveland. His destination: An appearance at a private fund-raiser for Gov. Ted Strickland.

Foreign Policy: Obama's Asia trip itinerary revealed
President Obama will travel to Indonesia and Australia next week in a delayed, but nonetheless important trip to the country with the world's largest Muslim population and a key American ally facing increased pressure by the United States' top regional competitor, China.


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