March 29th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
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Philadelphia man arrested for threatening to kill top Republican

A Philadelphia man has been arrested for threatening to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.
A Philadelphia man has been arrested for threatening to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

Washington (CNN) - A 33-year-old Pennsylvania man has been arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the number two Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Norman Leboon, a resident of Philadelphia, was charged in a two-count complaint with threatening to kill Cantor and his family. Leboon made the threat in a YouTube Internet video sent to Google earlier this month, according to a Justice Department news release.

Neither Cantor nor his family were harmed as a result of Leboon's threat, the release noted.

"The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others," U.S. Attorney Michael Levy said. "Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes."

If convicted, Leboon would face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, according to the release.


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March 29th, 2010
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March 29th, 2010
10:18 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Big shift on closing of Guantanamo Bay facility

Attitudes about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have changed dramatically since President Barack Obama took office.
Attitudes about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have changed dramatically since President Barack Obama took office.

Washington (CNN) - Attitudes about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have changed dramatically since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national poll.

Support for closing the facility has dropped 12 points over the past 14 months, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates.

Shortly before Obama's inauguration, 51 percent of Americans said they thought the facility in Cuba should be closed. Now that number is down to 39 percent, and six in ten believe the United States should continue to operate Guantanamo.

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March 29th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Majority of Floridians disapprove of new health care law

A new poll of Florida voters show a majority disapprove of the new health care reform law.
A new poll of Florida voters show a majority disapprove of the new health care reform law.

(CNN) - A new poll of Florida voters indicates that more than half of the state's registered voters are opposed to the newly signed Democratic health care reform law.

According to a Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the Miami Herald and the Tampa Tribune and released Saturday, 54 percent of Floridians are opposed to the new law, with 34 percent in favor of it. Twelve percent are undecided.

The poll suggests that discontent is even stronger among elderly voters and Independents. Sixty-five percent of seniors and 62 percent of Independents questioned say they are opposed to the new law.

The poll of 625 registered voters was conducted last week and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A new CNN poll released Monday indicates 56 percent of Americans oppose the law while 42 percent favor it. That poll was conducted last Thursday through Sunday, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone and had a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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March 29th, 2010
10:03 AM ET
5 years ago

Romney returns to Iowa for first time since 2008

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Mitt Romney is headed back to Iowa for the first time since his 2008 presidential bid came to a close. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - Mitt Romney returns to Iowa Monday for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign.

While the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate may make another bid for the White House, his first trip to Iowa in two years is also partially about selling books.

Romney will give remarks and signs books at an event at the Des Moines Public Library. Later Monday, he speaks at Iowa State University. Romney's book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," was released at the beginning of the month and made the New York Times bestseller list.

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March 29th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
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Lawmakers take health care debate home

The heated debate over health care reform shows no sign of cooling down.
The heated debate over health care reform shows no sign of cooling down.

(CNN) – President Obama is expected to sign the final health care legislation into law this week, but while the action wraps up on Capitol Hill, the heated debate over reform shows no sign of cooling down.

With lawmakers back in their districts for the spring work period, the conversation just moves to a different platform.

For Democrats, the two-week recess is an opportunity to highlight the immediate benefits of a law the public is not yet sold on. Democrats say the health care law provides all Americans with the opportunity to receive health care and prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those who need it most.

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March 29th, 2010
08:38 AM ET
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Obama headed back to U.S. after surprise visit to Afghanistan

Obama is expected to return to the United States on Monday morning after a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
Obama is expected to return to the United States on Monday morning after a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is expected to return to the United States on Monday morning after a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he met with his Afghan counterpart and reiterated the need to wipe out terror networks.

Obama slipped into Bagram Air Base near Kabul under the cover of darkness on Sunday.

He met with about 2,000 troops at the U.S. base and told them their work is significant to security at home.

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March 29th, 2010
08:36 AM ET
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Clinton heading to Canada in preparation for G8 summit

Hillary Clinton will head to Canada on Monday to meet with other G8 leaders.
Hillary Clinton will head to Canada on Monday to meet with other G8 leaders.

(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will head to Canada on Monday to meet with other G8 leaders, to prepare for the Group of Eight summit in Canada in June, officials said.

In addition to meeting with foreign ministers in Ottawa, Clinton will visit with U.S. Embassy staff there, according to the State Department.

She also is expected to hold bilateral talks with Katsuya Okada, the Japanese foreign minister.

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March 29th, 2010
06:39 AM ET
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Republican: We need to respect anger about country's direction

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Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, discussed the need for a more civil political discourse on Sunday's State of the Union. (Photo Credit: CNN)

Washington (CNN) – Commenting on the high-temperature political rhetoric of the last week and some incidents of violence and threats against lawmakers, a leading Senate Republican walked a fine line Sunday.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said “ugliness” ought to be condemned. And, at the same time, the Tennessee Republican said the nation’s leaders needed to “respect” the anger some have about the direction the country is headed in.

“There's no doubt there has been - the anger today is more visible,” Alexander told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “You can go to any Web site and see ugliness. It used to be beneath the surface and it's on top now, and it ought to be condemned.

Related: Anger over health care bill a sign of the times?

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March 29th, 2010
05:12 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: March 29, 2010

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Obama headed back to U.S. after surprise visit to Afghanistan
President Obama is expected to return to the United States on Monday morning after a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he met with his Afghan counterpart and reiterated the need to wipe out terror networks. Obama slipped into Bagram Air Base near Kabul under the cover of darkness on Sunday. He met with about 2,000 troops at the U.S. base and told them their work is significant to security at home.

Afghan corruption: How to follow the money?
The essential question, said an American executive whose company does significant work in Afghanistan, is "whether you'd rather pay $1,000" for Afghans to safely deliver a truck, even if part of the money goes to the insurgents, or pay 10 times that much for security provided by the U.S. military or contractors.

Politico: President Obama plans strong hand with Congress
An emboldened President Barack Obama will take a stronger hand with Congress in coming weeks, planning to push lawmakers to pass new regulations for Wall Street by September, the second anniversary of the meltdown, aides tell POLITICO. The spring offensive, if successful, would allow Obama to claim concrete progress on all of his domestic priorities, despite a "lost year" between the passage of a stimulus package in February 2009 and the signing of health reform last week.

CNN: Democrats, Republicans spar over Obama's recess appointments
A Republican-led effort to block President Obama's nominations for top federal jobs led to the 15 recess appointments announced by the White House, Obama's senior adviser said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Much of the controversy over Obama's decision to use his authority to make recess appointments focused on Craig Becker, a union lawyer nominated to the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans and business groups criticize the Becker appointment as circumventing the Senate and bowing to pressure from labor allies.

New York Times: Obama Team Is Divided on Tactics Against Terrorism
Senior lawyers in the Obama administration are deeply divided over some of the counterterrorism powers they inherited from former President George W. Bush, according to interviews and a review of legal briefs. The rift has been most pronounced between top lawyers in the State Department and the Pentagon, though it has also involved conflicts among career Justice Department lawyers and political appointees throughout the national security agencies.

New York Times: Coverage Now for Sick Children? Check Fine Print
Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law: coverage for certain children with pre-existing conditions. The authors of the law say they meant to ban all forms of discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, birth defects, orthopedic problems, leukemia, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease. The goal, they say, was to provide those youngsters with access to insurance and to a full range of benefits once they are in a health plan. To insurance companies, the language of the law is not so clear.

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