April 23rd, 2010
09:22 PM ET
4 years ago

McConnell on health care report: 'hard not to say, I told you so'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law.

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law. The report said that millions more Americans will obtain health care, but predicted that health costs will rise and questioned whether Medicare cuts would cause doctors and hospitals to drop Medicare patients.

Regarding the report's concerns, the Republican leader told CNN, "It is hard not to say, 'I told you so."'

McConnell talked about the report in a telephone interview on Friday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary – part of the Health and Human Services Department - released the report on Thursday. Congressional Republicans requested the analysis.

The report said that 34 million more Americans will have health insurance by 2019. It also said that Medicare will now be solvent, for a longer time, than it would have been without the law.

But the analysis projected that health care spending would rise more than expected. The report also predicted that Medicare cuts could cause doctors and hospitals to drop Medicare patients.

McConnell told King that those items in the report bolster Republican claims that the new health care law is too expensive.

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Filed under: Health care • JKUSA • John King USA • Mitch McConnell • Popular Posts
April 23rd, 2010
04:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Arizona governor signs immigration bill

PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a state bill Friday that requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, which critics say will foster racial profiling and discrimination but supporters say will crack down on illegal immigration.

The Republican governor also issued an executive order that would require additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling.

"This training will include what does and does not constitute reasonable suspicion that a person is not legally present in the United States," Brewer said after signing the bill.

Previously, officers could check someone's immigration status only if that person was suspected in another crime.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer
April 23rd, 2010
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Climate change legislation unlikely this year, say sources

 Two Democratic sources tell CNN that climate change legislation is unlikely to make it to the Senate floor this year.
Two Democratic sources tell CNN that climate change legislation is unlikely to make it to the Senate floor this year.

(CNN) - Despite a new bipartisan push on climate change, legislation on the issue is unlikely to make it to the Senate floor this year, two Senate Democratic sources tell CNN.

That would be a blow to three senior senators set to unveil a much anticipated bipartisan measure dealing with climate change Monday morning.

The main reason sources say the prospects for the legislation are dim is because Senate Democratic leaders have decided to try to put immigration reform first on the agenda, and after that there likely won't be an appetite for another politically divisive issue before November's election – especially with a Supreme Court nomination ahead and a desire to stay focused on the politically potent issue of jobs.

The Democratic sources said the feeling in the Senate Democratic leadership is that immigration has more of a political upside for Democrats for several reasons.

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Filed under: Environmental policy
April 23rd, 2010
03:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin: E-mail hack was an 'illegal action'

A Tennessee man is accused of hacking into then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s person e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.
A Tennessee man is accused of hacking into then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s person e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin, speaking to reporters Friday after testifying against a Tennessee man accused of breaking in to her personal e-mail account, dismissed the defense's argument that the incident was nothing more than "silly prank."

"I don't think an illegal action like this is a prank," Palin said after the courtroom appearance in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Not when you consider how impacting it was on a presidential election. It went beyond a prank."

Palin compared the e-mail hack to an office break-in, with "documents stolen and disclosed to the rest of the world."

Federal prosecutors are presenting their case against University of Tennessee student David Kernell, 22, who is charged with felony identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account in September 2008 without authorization, and obstructing an FBI investigation.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
April 23rd, 2010
03:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Death threats close congressman's offices

 Two threatening phone calls forced the closure of both of Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s district offices Friday.
Two threatening phone calls forced the closure of both of Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s district offices Friday.

(CNN) - An unidentified person made two phone calls in which he threatened to blow up Rep. Raul Grijalva's Tucson, Arizona office and kill the congressman and his staff members, prompting the Democratic lawmaker to close his two district offices late Friday morning local time.

"It was the same guy," Grijalva's communications director Adam Sarvana told CNN. "He threatened to blow everyone's brains out in the Tucson office."

Grijalva arrived in his district from Washington Thursday night and was in the office at the time the second call came through.

The caller also said he was going to be "exercising my civil liberties and I'm shooting Mexicans at the border," according to Ruben Reyes, Grijalva's district director, who fielded one of the calls.

Reyes said tensions are running high in the state as a Saturday deadline nears for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to decide to either sign or veto a controversial immigration bill that would require police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. Grijalva urged Brewer to veto the legislation.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Raul Grijalva
April 23rd, 2010
02:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney reflects on 'f**k' yourself comment

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Dennis Miller Thursday that telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to ‘f**k’ himself was ‘sort of the best thing I ever did.’
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Dennis Miller Thursday that telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to ‘f**k’ himself was ‘sort of the best thing I ever did.’

(CNN) – Democrats were gleeful in 2004 when former Vice President Dick Cheney on the Senate floor told a senior lawmaker to "f**k" himself – a gesture, they thought, that was emblematic of Cheney's hard-heartedness.

Six years later, Cheney is looking back on that moment with pride.

"You'd be surprised how many people liked that," Cheney told conservative comedian and radio host Dennis Miller Thursday. "That's sort of the best thing I ever did."

Audio of the comments were posted on the liberal Web site Think Progress.

Cheney aimed the choice words at Sen. Patrick Leahy, now the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in June 2004. Cheney was upset with Leahy's criticism of Iraq contracting deals that the Bush administration had awarded to Halliburton, the company Cheney used to head.

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Patrick Leahy
April 23rd, 2010
02:27 PM ET
5 years ago

Poizner attacks Whitman in new TV ad

(CNN) – The war for California's Republican gubernatorial nomination keeps getting hotter.

With less than two months to go until the primary, State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has put out a tough new television commercial critical of his opponent, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

The ad's narrator says that Whitman "supports taxpayer funding for abortion. Do you? Whitman campaigned and contributed to Barbara Boxer. Did you? Whitman campaigned for the disastrous bailout that saved Goldman Sachs. Did you? Whitman supports the Obama amnesty plan for illegal immigrants. Did you?"

Tucker Bounds, the Whitman campaign's spokesman, responded to the ad in comments to CNN.

"The question we all know the answer to is: Why did he? Why did Steve Poizner work to undermine Proposition 13, supporting $40 billion in higher taxes? Why did Steve Poizner contribute $21,000 to elect Al Gore and overturn the legal election of George W. Bush? Why is Steve Poizner the only candidate in the race to have ever supported partial birth abortion? Why did Steve Poizner spend over $2,000,000 on new cars at the Department of Insurance during an economic downturn? Because Steve Poizner is a liberal you can't trust," Bounds said.

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Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman • Steve Poizner
April 23rd, 2010
02:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin testifies in hacking case

Sarah Palin took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.
Sarah Palin took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin testified that she did not realize anyone had hacked her Yahoo e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign until it was reported in the news media, CNN affiliate WATE reported Friday.

The GOP's 2008 vice-presidential nominee took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.

The prosecution is presenting its case against David Kernell, 22, who is charged with felony identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization and obstructing an FBI investigation.

Kernell, who was a University of Tennessee student, has pleaded not guilty. He is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, a Democrat who has served in the Tennessee House for more than 30 years.

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Filed under: Sarah Palin
April 23rd, 2010
12:42 PM ET
5 years ago

CBO report: 4 million will pay health care penalty

New York (CNNMoney.com) - About 21 million Americans will be uninsured in 2016, when health care reform laws are fully implemented, with 4 million of them subject to a penalty for failing to buy insurance.

Those projections were released Thursday in a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO said that collections from the penalty will total $4 billion a year over the 2017-2019 period.

High-income families making at least $96,000 will pay two-thirds of those fines, while families making between $24,000 and $96,000 will contribute nearly one-third of the funds collected.

Under the health care overhaul, which legislators passed in March, most U.S. residents will be required to purchase health care or pay a fine. By 2016, the penalty will be either a flat $695, or 2.5% of household income - which ever is higher. The fines are capped based on income.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Health care
April 23rd, 2010
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty backs six more for 2010

Tim Pawlenty endorsed six more 2010 candidates on Friday.
Tim Pawlenty endorsed six more 2010 candidates on Friday.

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed two Republican Senate hopefuls and four House candidates on Friday, the latest in a series of 2010 endorsements from the potential 2012 candidate.

The newly endorsed House candidates are Joe Heck of Nevada, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Steve Chabot of Ohio and Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina.

Pawlenty is also backing Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate in Illinois hoping to capture President Obama's old Senate seat.

The lone incumbent to receive an endorsement is Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma – a leading Republican voice against the health care reform legislation.

"These candidates share my common-sense approach, and will work to stop the out-of-control spending in Washington," Pawlenty said in a statement. "Americans have had enough of Washington thinking that more government is the answer to every problem."

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Filed under: 2010 • Tim Pawlenty
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