Washington (CNN) - Two big-city mayors have come together to issue a message: Arizona's immigration law is wrong and should be repealed. But the mayors disagree on the issue of boycotting Arizona in response to the law.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa, both Democrats, spoke with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Thursday evening.
Both men oppose Arizona's immigration law that requires law enforcement agents to "determine the immigration status" of anyone under "reasonable suspicion" of being an illegal alien. Essentially, the law provides police with the power and responsibility that is normally accorded only to federal immigration authorities.
"This law is wrong," Gordon said in the interview that aired on CNN's John King USA. "It doesn't do anything for security. It doesn't do anything but really lead to racial profiling and it should be overturned and the [federal] government should do its job."
Villaraigosa calls the law unpatriotic and agreed that the federal government should do more to enforce the nation's immigration laws. The two mayors also urged the federal government to come up with a new immigration policy.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin will be in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday to endorse state Rep. Nikki Haley for governor.
This will mark the former Alaska governor's first political visit to the early primary state. Jenny Sanford, ex-wife of current Republican Gov. Mark Sanford, will also campaign with Haley on Friday.
Gov. Sanford is term-limited and will leave office in January.
Haley is locked in a four-way Republican primary against Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, state Attorney General Henry McMaster and U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.
"It is a tremendous honor to receive Governor Palin's endorsement," Haley said Thursday in a statement. "Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation."
Palin's endorsement of Haley puts her at odds with her running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.
McCain has backed McMaster in the primary. McMaster chaired McCain's South Carolina campaign in 2008.
Washington (CNN) - Hawaii would like for so-called "birthers" to stop asking to see President Obama's birth certificate.
The state passed a law on Wednesday that allows state agencies to ignore repeated requests to view government records, including the president's birth document. Hawaii's Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed the legislation into law.
This will impact requests from a fringe movement dubbed the "birthers." Adherents question President Obama's constitutional eligibility to be commander-in-chief, suggesting he was not born in the United States despite proof that he was born in Hawaii in 1961. CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors about the president's birthplace.
Hawaii has released a copy of the president’s birth certificate – officially called a “certificate of live birth” – and the hospital took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers announcing the 1961 birth.
But adherents to the “birther” theories persist. Army surgeon Lt. Col. Terry Lakin subscribes to the “birther” theory and faces a court martial for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan unless the president shows his birth certificate. He disputes that the Hawaii birth certificate is real.
“I believe we need truth on this matter,” he said in an interview earlier this week on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Washington (CNN) - Who says the Supreme Court does not have a sense of humor? The normally sober-minded justices, and those who argue before them, usually have their game faces on, but occasionally some light-hearted moments liven up the proceedings.
Solicitor General Elena Kagan, nominated to the high court this week by President Barack Obama, has argued six cases before the high court since September, and has both zinged and been zinged by her potential future colleagues. She has shown an easy and conversational manner with the court, which might not have been expected since she had never previously argued a case before any court.
Kagan and Justice Antonin Scalia in particular have had their comedic duo moments.
Here are some excerpts of the justices and Kagan engaging in funny - and some not-so-funny– moments. Don't worry about the technical, legalese aspects of what they are discussing, just appreciate their (often strained) efforts at levity.
Buffalo, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that economic growth will continue next year, but he warned the nation will face hard choices as it tackles the federal deficit.
In a town hall appearance at a manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York, Obama prompted applause when he declared: "We can say beyond a shadow of a doubt today we are headed in the right direction."
"Next year's going to be better than this year," Obama said.
At the same time, Obama warned of tough choices ahead as the nation faces its unsustainable deficit.
"The truth of the matter is that we're going to have to spend the next couple of years making some very hard decisions getting our deficit and spending under control," he said in response to a question about tax reform. "It's not going to be fun."
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, acknowledged Thursday that there is an anti-Washington sentiment in the country, but downplayed any impact the public's mood would have on Democrats in this November's midterm elections.
"There's no question, there's, at this point, an anti-incumbent mood," the leading House Democrat said during her weekly news conference. "But I have confidence that my members know how to speak, communicate with their districts, and I wouldn't tell them to do anything less than work as hard as they possibly can, assume nothing, but don't be dragged down by assumptions that may or may not apply to them."
But House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, pointed to the House Democrats' lack of progress on an annual budget as evidence that they are ignoring the public's frustration with those in charge of Congress.
"The American people are deeply concerned about Washington Democrats' out-of-control spending spree. And quite frankly, it's just scaring the hell out of them," Boehner said during his weekly press appearance.
Buffalo, New York (CNN) –- President Obama will visit the Youngstown, Ohio area on Tuesday to continue his tour of main street America.
In recent weeks, the President has visited Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and New York to tout the improving economy and more recently, positive jobs numbers. The government's latest monthly jobs report, released Friday, showed employers added 290,000 jobs in April, the best gain in four years.
Youngstown is considered a "Rust Belt" city where steel manufacturing once thrived. But the city has long suffered from a declining economy and a shrinking population. The area has seen some success in recent years by creating high tech jobs.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will send the recently signed nuclear arms reduction deal to the Senate for ratification Thursday, according to a summary of a phone conversation between Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev released by the White House.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed by Obama and Medvedev on April 8, would cut the total number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about a third. Specifically, it fixes a ceiling for each country of 1,550 nuclear warheads and 700 deployed nuclear delivery vehicles.
Obama has called the treaty the "the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades." It builds on an agreement that expired in December.
Some top Senate Republicans, however, have expressed skepticism about the accord.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama and several members of Congress are drafting legislation for a new, $30 billion fund that would infuse community banks with capital specifically earmarked for small-business lending.
The plan is the latest spin on a proposal Obama first unveiled in October and touted in his State of the Union address. The idea went nowhere, thanks in part to the unpopularity of Obama's plan to fund the program with money from the Trouble Asset Relief Program. Congress didn't want TARP treated like a piggy bank, and community bankers didn't want the stigma of taking funds from a program known for Wall Street bailouts.
But small business lending remains a glaring trouble spot - a critical problem because small companies are traditionally the country's main generator of new jobs. Banks have slashed billions from credit lines, and small firms weakened by the recession are struggling to meet tighter underwriting standards.
Buffalo, New York (CNN) –What's one way to get the president's attention? Flattery.
"You're a hottie with a smokin' little body," Luann Haley told President Obama as he walked around Duff's Famous Wings near Buffalo.
According to pool reports, Obama responded by giving a big hug to Haley, a 45-year-old Department of Education contractor. But the president warned her that first lady Michelle Obama would be watching.
"That's alright," Haley told Obama and then said "Hi, Michelle. Eat your heart out."
The president made a surprise visit to the local restaurant on his way to an event in Buffalo, New York.
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