May 17th, 2010
03:44 PM ET
4 years ago

White House: Iran nuclear offer doesn't stop U.S. sanction push

Tehran has announced it will send thousands of pounds of low-enriched uranium it produced to Turkey in exchange for more highly enriched fuel to power its reactor that makes isotopes for medical use.
Tehran has announced it will send thousands of pounds of low-enriched uranium it produced to Turkey in exchange for more highly enriched fuel to power its reactor that makes isotopes for medical use.

Washington (CNN) - A nuclear agreement announced by Iran and Turkey will not halt the U.S. push for stronger sanctions against Iran, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

"It does not change the steps that we are taking to hold Iran responsible for its obligations, including sanctions," Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing.

Under the agreement announced after talks Sunday involving the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Brazil, Tehran said it would send thousands of pounds of low-enriched uranium it produced to Turkey in exchange for more highly enriched fuel to power its reactor that makes isotopes for medical use.

However, Iran later said it intended to continue enriching uranium to the level that can sustain nuclear reactions, a move opposed by the United States and its allies.

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Filed under: Iran • Obama administration • Robert Gibbs
May 17th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Lincoln courts black vote as an NAACP leader gives her an 'F'

Sen. Blanche Lincoln is actively courting African-Americans, a group that has supported her in the past.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln is actively courting African-Americans, a group that has supported her in the past.

Little Rock, Arkansas (CNN) - Sen. Blanche Lincoln is campaigning across Arkansas Monday, one day ahead of a potentially pivotal Democratic primary.

But as the Democrat looks for votes, she faces grumblings from one key constituency that has overwhelmingly supported her in the past: African-Americans.

Lincoln is locked in a tight race with Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter. A third candidate, Arkansas businessman DC Morrison, has very little name recognition in the state and is registering low in the polls.

But support for Morrison could pull away votes from Lincoln and force a run-off between the top two vote getters. A candidate would have to receive at least 50-percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary to avoid a run-off.

Among the groups Lincoln is courting are African-Americans, a group that gave her 96-percent of its vote in the 2004 election. President Obama has endorsed Lincoln, and an ad featuring him is playing on black radio stations.
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Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Bill Halter • Blanche Lincoln • Extra • Popular Posts
May 17th, 2010
01:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Civil rights groups file challenge to Arizona immigration law

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A barbed wire fence delineates the U.S.-Mexico border in Montezuma Pass, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - (CNN) - A broad coalition of civil rights groups filed a class-action lawsuit Monday challenging Arizona's controversial new immigration law, saying, among other things, that the measure violates the U.S. Constitution and will lead to racial profiling.

The coalition includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

"Arizona's law is quintessentially un-American: we are not a 'show me your papers' country, nor one that believes in subjecting people to harassment, investigation and arrest simply because others may perceive them as foreign," ACLU attorney Omar Jadwat said in a written statement.

"This law violates the Constitution and interferes with federal law, and we are confident that we will prevent it from ever taking effect."
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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Popular Posts
May 17th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama's aunt can stay in U.S.

President Obama has stayed out of the immigration case involving his aunt, the White House has said.
President Obama has stayed out of the immigration case involving his aunt, the White House has said.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt can stay in the United States, a U.S. immigration judge has ruled, ending a more than six-year legal battle over her status.

Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision Friday, court officials told CNN.

Two government sources confirmed Monday that the ruling will give legal status to Zeituni Onyango, 57, allowing her to remain in the country.

Onyango's attorneys held an afternoon news conference on the matter in Ohio.

Onyango, who is the half-sister of the president's late father, applied for political asylum in 2002 due to violence in her native Kenya. She was a legal resident of the United States at the time and had received a Social Security card a year earlier.

Onyango's asylum request was turned down in 2004. She appealed the rejection of her request twice, but was denied each time and ordered to leave the country. Onyango remained in the country illegally until April of 2009, when Judge Shapiro gave her permission to stay in the United States while he considered her case.
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Filed under: Popular Posts • President Obama
May 17th, 2010
12:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama doesn't take questions at Freedom of Press Act signing

Obama declined to answer questions at bill signing for the Freedom of Press Act.
Obama declined to answer questions at bill signing for the Freedom of Press Act.

Washington (CNN) - After the signing of the Freedom of Press Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press.

During a pooled press event in the Oval Office, President Obama was asked if he would take a couple questions.

"You're certainly free to ask the question," Obama told the reporters in the room. "I won't be answering, I'm not doing a press conference today, but we'll be seeing you in the course of the week."

President Obama was referring to the press availability he will likely hold following his meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Traditionally, these events are known as "two and two's" referring to the number of questions each country's group of reporters will be allowed to ask.


Filed under: Popular Posts • President Obama
May 17th, 2010
12:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama signs Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act

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President Obama signs the Daniel Pearl Freedom of Press Act while widow Mariane Pearl (L) and son Adam Daniel Pearl (2nd-L), stand nearby. (Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed legislation Monday expanding the federal government's role in monitoring global freedom of the press.

Obama signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, which requires a greater examination of the status of press freedoms in different countries in the State Department's Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Among other things, the State Department will now be required to "identify countries in which there were violations of press freedom; determine whether the government authorities of those countries participate in ... or condone the violations; and report the actions such governments have taken to preserve the safety and independence of the media," according to a statement from Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, one of the bill's primary sponsors.

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Filed under: President Obama
May 17th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Primaries put incumbents on the line

Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.
Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.

(CNN) - Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.

The races come in the wake of some tough blows to sitting lawmakers: Sen. Bob Bennett, a three-term senator, failed to advance at the Utah GOP convention, and Rep. Alan Mollohan didn't win over fellow Democrats in last week's West Virginia primary.

Leaders of both parties agree - it's a tough year for experienced politicians.

"There is no question. There is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. And House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned, "It's 'politicians beware.' "

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Filed under: Congress • Senate Primaries
May 17th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

Court: Sentencing juveniles to life without parole 'cruel and unusual'

Sentencing some juvenile criminals to life in prison without parole is 'cruel and unusual' punishment, the Court ruled Monday.
Sentencing some juvenile criminals to life in prison without parole is 'cruel and unusual' punishment, the Court ruled Monday.

(CNN) – Sentencing some juvenile criminals to life in prison without parole is "cruel and unusual" punishment, especially when their crime is not murder, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The justices by a 6-3 vote found such a sentence for a 16-year-old armed robber from Florida was unconstitutional. The court concluded life without parole is not justified for those offenders who may lack full "culpability" for their actions, because of their ages.

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Monday's other Supreme Court rulings:

Supreme Court: Sex offenders can be held indefinitely

High court rules for father in international child custody case


Filed under: Supreme Court
May 17th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
4 years ago

In defeat, Sestak would fall in line to try to beat Toomey in Senate contest

Sestak says he will do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.
Sestak says he will do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak expressed confidence Sunday that he would win the Senate Democratic nomination, but vowed to do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.

Sestak would not say he would endorse Specter, but rather noted he would "do anything to make sure we beat Pat Toomey," in the November general election. Toomey is the former GOP congressman, whose nomination for his party's candidacy is all but a formality.

"As I said, I come from a background in the military where the prospect of winning is the only, only option you have," Sestak told CNN in an interview

after addressing the congregation at the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church. "But I'll do anything to make sure that Pat Toomey doesn't win. But we're gonna win. Pat Toomey is gonna lose."

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Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
May 17th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
4 years ago

Supreme Court: Sex offenders can be held indefinitely

The Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has the power to indefinitely keep some sex offenders behind bars.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has the power to indefinitely keep some sex offenders behind bars.

(CNN) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday the federal government has the power to indefinitely keep some sex offenders behind bars after they have served their sentences, if officials determine those inmates may prove "sexually dangerous" in the future.

"The federal government, as custodian of its prisoners, has the constitutional power to act in order to protect nearby (and other) communities from the danger such prisoners may pose," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the 7-2 majority.


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