April 28th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama admin. approves controversial Cape Cod wind farm

 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce his approval for a massive wind turbine project off the coast of Cape Cod on Wednesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce his approval for a massive wind turbine project off the coast of Cape Cod on Wednesday.

(CNN) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce his approval for a massive wind turbine project off the coast of Cape Cod on Wednesday, three administration sources tell CNN.

The project has been the subject of resistance for years from some local organizations concerned it will threaten the wildlife and aesthetics of Nantucket Sound. Some local residents and environmental groups also fear it will decrease property values and significantly disrupt the habitats of several local animal species.

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy M. Kennedy opposed the project.

Supporters of the project say the wind farm will significantly reduce oil consumption with clean energy and provide a substantial supply of electricity to New England.

The massive project is to be built by a private developer, Cape Wind Associates. It is expected to cost over $800 million, according to the Cape Cod Times.

–CNN's Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


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April 28th, 2010
10:12 AM ET
4 years ago

New poll in Buckeye Senate battle

Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher holds a 41-24 lead over his nearest Senate Democratic primary competitor, according to a new poll.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher holds a 41-24 lead over his nearest Senate Democratic primary competitor, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - With less than a week to go until the primary, a new poll indicates that Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher holds a large lead over Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in the race for their state's Democratic senate nomination.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 41 percent of likely Democratic primary voters back Fisher, with 24 percent supporting Brunner. But just over a third of the Democratic voters questioned in the poll say they remain undecided and half of those who said they are backing one candidate or another indicate they might change their mind by next Tuesday's primary.

A Quinnipiac survey conducted last month indicated Fisher held a seven point advantage over Brunner.

"Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher has moved into the driver's seat for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. For the last year he had held a small lead over Ms. Brunner, but as the primary approaches he has more than doubled his margin. Fisher clearly has momentum on his side," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Although anything can happen in politics, at this point the race appears to be his to lose. The obvious reason for Fisher opening up the race is that in the last weeks he has overwhelmed Ms. Brunner in television and radio advertising."

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Filed under: 2010 • Ohio
April 28th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
4 years ago

High Court rules on cross in Mojave

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court has ruled a white cross, erected as a war memorial and placed on national parkland in the California desert, does not violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

The 5-4 majority concluded Congress acted properly when it tried to transfer land around the Mojave Memorial Cross to veterans groups, an effort to eliminate any Establishment Clause violation. A federal appeals panel had blocked that property swap.

At issue before the justices was whether the display fundamentally violates the first ten words of the Bill of Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."


Filed under: Supreme Court
April 28th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Candidates at Obama events in Missouri, Illinois

 Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democrat’s Senate candidate, will appear with President Obama in Missouri on Wednesday.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democrat’s Senate candidate, will appear with President Obama in Missouri on Wednesday.

(CNN) - This time the candidate will appear at the president's event.

Last month Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who's also the Democrat's senate candidate, didn't team up with Obama when the president was in her state for a speech on health care reform and a political fundraiser. Instead, Carnahan was in the nation's capitol.

Republicans pounced on Carnahan. Their claim: Carnahan was trying to keep her distance from the White House in what's shaping up to be a tough election year for Democrats.

Democrats dismissed that charge and said it was a scheduling conflict. Her campaign said she was attending to official state business as part of her job as secretary of state.

Wednesday Carnahan is scheduled to be with Obama when the president tours an ethanol plan in Macon, Missouri, as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alexi Giannoulias • Illinois • Missouri • Robin Carnahan
April 28th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Hutchison says GOP must have role in financial reform bill

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, told CNN’s John King Tuesday that her party should play a larger role in drafting financial reform legislation.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, told CNN’s John King Tuesday that her party should play a larger role in drafting financial reform legislation.

(CNN) – Days after Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison stood firm against the Democrat-backed financial reform bill in the weekly GOP radio and internet address, the Texas Republican is demanding her party be allowed to play a larger role in drafting the reform legislation.

"Well the reason that we are not ready for this bill to go to the floor is that we have just had an experience with health care reform in which not one Republican amendment was passed, not one Republican vote was a part of this process," Hutchison told CNN's John King Tuesday evening on John King USA. "Now we are trying to have a part in this process and we have been promised negotiations before the bill would go to the floor."

Her comments came the same day Senate Democrats failed – for the second time in two days – to muster the 60 votes needed to start debating a financial reform measure that has so far failed to attract any Republican support. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, also voted against starting debate on the legislation.

In response to the blanket GOP opposition, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has accused Republicans of preferring to work "behind closed doors, instead of on the floor of the Senate in full view of the public."

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April 28th, 2010
08:57 AM ET
4 years ago

House Dems to decry Arizona law

Demonstrators in Tuscon, Arizona, attend a rally organized by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, to denounce Arizona's new immigration law.
Demonstrators in Tuscon, Arizona, attend a rally organized by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, to denounce Arizona's new immigration law.

Washington (CNN) - Democratic House members will hold a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill to denounce Arizona's new immigration law, arguably the toughest in the nation, and renew the push for federal reform legislation.

The new law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, requires police officers in the state to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren't.

Slated to go into effect 90 days after the close of Arizona's legislative session, the law would require immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times. Before that, officers could check someone's immigration status only if that person was suspected in another crime.

Members scheduled to speak include Reps. Xavier Becerra, D-California; Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois; Mike Honda, D-California; Nydia Velazquez, D-New York; Joseph Crowley, D-New York; and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, among others.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration
April 28th, 2010
08:12 AM ET
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New DNC ad accuses GOP of siding with Wall Street

A new DNC ad hits national cable television airwaves Wednesday.
A new DNC ad hits national cable television airwaves Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - One day after Senate Democrats' second attempt to open debate of a financial reform bill failed, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new ad slamming Republicans for not supporting the measure.

The 30-second spot launching Wednesday and airing on national cable comes as both parties seek to prove that their allegiance is to everyday Americans and not big financial institutions. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, 65 percent of the public supports stricter federal regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business, with 31 percent opposed. A majority of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last month also favored greater government regulation of banks and other financial institutions.

"Tell republicans: If they side with Wall Street over Main Street, you won't be siding with them," the DNC's ad says.

On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele argued that it's Democrats who are siding with Wall Street.

"Senate Democrats stood with Wall Street by attempting to move forward with a bill that creates a permanent bailout for irresponsible financial firms, institutionalizes 'too-big-to-fail,' and does nothing to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, organizations that were at the heart of the financial crisis," Steele said in a statement.

"So instead of working with Republicans to responsibly reform financial regulations, Harry Reid decided that it's better to have no bill at all, creating a partisan side show instead of holding Wall Street accountable," he added.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: DNC • Financial Reform • RNC
April 28th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama meets real-life inspiration for M.A.S.H character

President Obama on Tueday met Don Shaffer, the inspiration for the M.A.S.H character Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly.
President Obama on Tueday met Don Shaffer, the inspiration for the M.A.S.H character Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (CNN) – This city was in the political spotlight Tuesday as it hosted President Barack Obama, but for fans of the TV show M.A.S.H, Ottumwa is also known as the hometown of Don Shaffer - the real-life inspiration for the character Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly.

Shaffer, who said he supports and prays for the president, said he came to Tuesday's town hall at Indian Hills Community College out of a sense of civic duty, with the president visiting his hometown. Following the town hall, the same man who met President Truman as a boy in Ottumwa was escorted back stage to shake the hand of today's commander-in-chief.

Just as much of a character in person as Radar was on the screen, Shaffer, a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, was not shy about sharing the wisdom of his 80 years in an interview with CNN, and engaging in the rough-and-tumble of present-day Washington politics.

On the recent battle over health care legislation, Shaffer said he would have charted a different course and recommended the president should have taken "Hillary Clinton's health plan and pushed it from the White House, rather than let Congress get involved. It would've been less headaches."

Shaffer was an initial supporter of Clinton's campaign for the presidency, but said he voted for Obama in the general election.

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Filed under: President Obama
April 28th, 2010
06:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Countdown on to Crist decision

Charlie Crist will announce on Thursday whether he will remain in the Republican Senate primary in Florida.
Charlie Crist will announce on Thursday whether he will remain in the Republican Senate primary in Florida.

Miami, Florida (CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he will make a final decision about his political future by Thursday.

The governor is considering whether to abandon the Republican Senate primary, in which he trails Marco Rubio by more than 20 points, to seek the office as an independent.

Candidates for office must file their paperwork by noon on Friday. Rubio signed his qualifying papers as a Republican on Tuesday.

Crist revealed the deadline while speaking to reporters in the state capital of Tallahassee, according to The Palm Beach Post.

"I'd like to go ahead and get that concluded then look forward to the last day of session," Crist said, according to the paper.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida
April 28th, 2010
05:06 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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CNNMoney: Goldman execs: We didn't do anything wrong
Top Goldman Sachs representatives - including CEO Lloyd Blankfein - attempted to deflect criticism Tuesday as they faced a blistering cross-examination from lawmakers about the firm's role in the financial crisis. For more than ten hours, members of a Senate panel skewered current and former executives at Wall Street's top firm with pointed questions and criticisms in an effort to understand how Goldman had positioned itself just as the nation's housing market started to come unraveled in 2007.

CNN: Obama calls out Republicans over Wall Street reform
Saying Republican senators are preventing a legislative debate the American people deserve, President Obama called out the GOP at an Iowa rally Tuesday. For the second time in as many days, Senate Republics blocked efforts Tuesday to move the debate forward on a financial reform bill because, in the GOP's view, there needs to be more focus on making sure there are no loopholes for banks to be "bailed out" in the future.

CNN: Senate Republican may switch vote and back debate on bill
After Senate Democrats' second consecutive failed attempt Tuesday to take up a financial regulatory reform bill, a moderate Republican from Ohio indicated for the first time that he is planning to switch his vote and support opening debate on the bill if a deal isn't reached soon between the top negotiators for each party.

New York Post: Suddenly, Bloomberg is a big Schumer booster
Making nice with Sen. Schumer is now Job 1 at City Hall. At Mayor Bloomberg's press conference today, a reporter began a question about Israel by asking, "Do you agree with Sen. Schumer..." Before the reporter could complete the sentence, the mayor interjected, " Yes. Next question." It was a light-heartened response that got some laughs, but it also conveyed a message: Bloomberg is eager to make-up with Schumer after publicly berating the city's congressional delegation for not doing enough to shield the financial industry from onerous regulations.

New York Times: For 2 Parties, Immigration Poses Complex Test
The immigration flare-up that has engulfed Washington has emerged as a political challenge for Republicans and Democrats alike as they struggle to deal with the complexities and emotions of an issue that is scrambling party and geographic lines. On Tuesday, two prominent Republicans in Florida, another state with a big immigrant population — Jeb Bush, the former governor, and Marco Rubio, a candidate for the Senate — expressed reservations about the Arizona law, even as other Republican lawmakers supported it.

CNN: Arizona law 'poorly conceived,' says Obama
President Obama spoke more extensively on the Arizona immigration bill on Tuesday, taking a question during a rally at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa Iowa. Obama criticized the recently passed Arizona immigration bill, calling it "poorly conceived."

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