March 30th, 2010
02:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Fired RNC staffer was director of young donor program

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is dealing with yet another controvery.
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is dealing with yet another controvery.

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee staffer fired Monday for getting the committee to finance for an outing at a risqué Hollywood nightclub was Young Eagles director Allison Meyers, CNN has learned from multiple GOP sources.

Several young donors attended Voyeur, the Los Angeles nightclub at the center of the latest RNC controversy, after a Young Eagles event in February. Erik Brown, a GOP consultant from Orange County who picked up the tab, was able to have the nearly $2,000 charge reimbursed by the committee in February.

As director of the Young Eagles program since early 2009, Meyers was tasked with cultivating younger Republican donors in their 30s and 40s.

She was dismissed from her position on Monday after news of the outing became the latest in a series of headaches for the RNC and its chairman, Michael Steele.

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Filed under: Michael Steele • Popular Posts • RNC
March 30th, 2010
02:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Karl Rove heckled, called 'war criminal' at book event

Los Angeles (CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was heckled and branded a 'war criminal' at a book signing in Beverly Hills, California, Monday night.

Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, was at the Saban Theater to discuss his new book, "Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," to an audience of about 100 people who paid up to $40 to hear him.

But the audience members were unable to get their copies of the book signed after Rove was shouted down and forced to leave the stage, reported CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.

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Filed under: Karl Rove
March 30th, 2010
01:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Pro-life group endorses Sue Lowden for Senate

(CNN) - The Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion rights organization, announced Tuesday it will endorse Republican front-runner Sue Lowden for U.S. Senate in Nevada.

"Right now there is a crying need for a pro-life woman's voice in the Senate and Sue Lowden is committed to being that voice," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the group's candidate fund. "[She] combines everything we are looking for: an articulate female spokesman with the courage to back it up with advocacy for the unborn and their mothers."

Lowden, the former Nevada Republican Party chairwoman, will face Danny Tarkanian and Sharron Angle in a June 8 primary for a chance to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll shows Lowden leading Tarkanian by nearly 20 points in the primary and the Senate's top Democrat by 13 points.


Filed under: 2010 • Nevada
March 30th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama signs health care 'fixes' bill


Washington (CNN) - President Obama sealed a final victory on his signature domestic priority Tuesday, signing a sweeping package of changes to the newly enacted health care reform law.

The so-called "fixes" bill - approved over unanimous Republican opposition in both chambers of Congress - significantly expands health insurance subsidies for lower- and middle-income families while watering down a tax on expensive health policies.

The measure also overhauls the national college student loan system by shifting government funding for loans away from commercial banks to new education initiatives. Until now, commercial banks have received federal subsidies to provide student loans.

The bill increases the overall cost of the health care reform legislation to $940 billion over the next 10 years, $65 billion more than the original health care bill Obama signed into law last week.

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Filed under: Education • Health care • President Obama
March 30th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – March 25-28 – Midterm Elections

TOPICS: 2010 congressional elections

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN Poll Archive • Congress • Extra
March 30th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin endorses military veterans running for Congress

Sarah Palin is backing three Republicans seeking House seats in November.
Sarah Palin is backing three Republicans seeking House seats in November.

Washington (CNN) – After a weekend of campaigning for Sen. John McCain's re-election bid in Arizona, Sarah Palin expanded her 2010 efforts on Monday by endorsing three military veterans running for Congress, calling them "a new generation of heroes who are heeding their country's call for leadership in Washington."

All three are Republican House candidates hoping unseat vulnerable Democrats in November.

The candidates: Vaughn Ward, a former CIA officer and Marine running in Idaho's 1st District; Allen West, a retired Lt. Colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, running in Florida's 22nd District; and Adam Kinzinger, a pilot who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, running in Illinois' 11th District.

Ward has already picked up McCain's endorsement.

"I believe that these great veterans will fight for us in D.C. to uphold and defend our constitution as courageously in the halls of Congress as they did on the field of battle," Palin wrote on her Facebook page Monday. "I'm so honored to offer my support to these American heroes, and I hope you'll join me in helping them so that they can serve us all in Washington."

The former Alaska governor will campaign for all three Republicans at a later date, along with donating to their campaigns.


Filed under: 2010 • Sarah Palin
March 30th, 2010
11:33 AM ET
4 years ago

Law enforcement group pushes air marshal chief for TSA

Washington (CNN) - A key association of law enforcement officers urged the White House Tuesday to tap the country's federal air marshal director to head the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, does not have a permanent director. Two Obama administration nominees have withdrawn from consideration for the post. The second nominee withdrew his name from consideration last week after acknowledging that his security company overbilled the government for work performed in Iraq in 2004.

"TSA cannot continue to operate on auto-pilot," said Jon Adler, head of the 25,000-member Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. "The leadership void needs to be filled now by an experienced nominee."

Adler recommended Robert Bray, who has been head of the Federal Air Marshal Service since June 2008. Bray had a 20-year career with the Secret Service in which he was assigned to offices in Denver, Colorado; Palm Springs, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Washington D.C.

Bray "has the requisite aviation security skill set that the position of TSA administrator demands," Adler said.

Maj. Gen. Robert Harding, the White House's second nominee for the post, withdrew from consideration Friday shortly after acknowledging that he made "mistakes" when a company he formed overbilled the government in 2004.
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March 30th, 2010
11:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Jill Biden to host White House community college summit

Jill Biden will convene a White House summit on community colleges later this year.
Jill Biden will convene a White House summit on community colleges later this year.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama believes the Vice President's wife has a thing or two to teach others about higher education in today's economy. Mr. Obama has asked Jill Biden to convene a White House summit on community colleges later this year.

Courtney O'Donnell, Biden's communications director, told CNN the summit "will be an opportunity for community college leaders, students, education experts, business leaders, and others to share with the administration and with one another the innovative ways they are educating our way to a better economy." O'Donnell said the White House will release additional information on the summit in the coming weeks.

Mrs. Biden will introduce the president on Tuesday as he makes the announcement, and signs the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. The legislation, which made changes to the original health care bill passed by the House, also overhauls the student loan system and makes investments in the community colleges. The announcement will take place at Northern Virginia Community College – the same school where Mrs. Biden teaches English.

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Filed under: Education • Jill Biden • President Obama
March 30th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
4 years ago

Republican candidates told to talk health care

Atlanta (CNN) – Republican Senate candidates are being instructed Tuesday to promote the party's health care policy proposals as they continue to push the "repeal and replace" theme following passage of President Obama's health care reform legislation.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who oversees Senate Republican campaign efforts, outlines the key health care talking points in a new memo, "Moving Forward," that was also conveniently sent to some media outlets including CNN.

"On the trail, it's critical that we remind people of the fact that it was Republicans who fought to force insurance companies to compete with one another over state lines for Americans' business," Cornyn writes in the memo. "It was Republicans who fought to reform the junk lawsuits that raise medical costs and lower quality by forcing doctors to practice 'medicine.' It was Republicans who fought for policies that protected Americans with preexisting conditions and it was Republicans who proposed health care reforms that didn't cut Medicare by $500 billion and raise Americans' taxes by $400 million."

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Filed under: Health care
March 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
4 years ago

RNC staffer fired after nightclub controversy

A Republican National Committee staffer who went to a risque Hollywood nightclub with party donors and then expensed the tab has been fired.
A Republican National Committee staffer who went to a risque Hollywood nightclub with party donors and then expensed the tab has been fired.

Washington (CNN) - A Republican National Committee staffer who went to a risque Hollywood nightclub with party donors and then expensed the tab has been fired, RNC Chief-of-Staff Ken McKay said in an internal memo sent to committee members late Monday and obtained by CNN.

McKay said an investigation into how the RNC ended up financing a nearly $2,000 outing at Voyeur - a trendy Los Angeles club where topless dancers can be seen mimicking sex acts - determined that a group of young donors went to the club after attending a Young Eagles event in Los Angeles in February.

The Young Eagles program is an RNC effort to cultivate up-and-coming donors in their 30s and 40s. One of the donors in the group that night was Erik Brown, a GOP consultant from Orange County, who ultimately picked up the tab at the club.

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