June 14th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
4 years ago

FBI files on Ted Kennedy show constant threats

The FBI released more than 2,000 pages that show Sen. Ted Kennedy was the subject of seemingly endless threats throughout his political career.
The FBI released more than 2,000 pages that show Sen. Ted Kennedy was the subject of seemingly endless threats throughout his political career.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He buried two older brothers killed by assassins' bullets, and FBI files released Monday showed that Sen. Edward Kennedy was the subject of seemingly endless threats throughout his political career.

The more than 2,000 pages made public included threats that ranged from the obscene ramblings of troubled people to angry warnings of death and violence against Kennedy, who was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1963 until his death in 2009. Many of the documents, including poor-quality mimeographs of news articles and official government memos, have handwritten notations on them, presumably by FBI officials who looked them over.

A particular focus of the threats, profane messages, defaced photos and other items was the 1969 auto accident in which a car driven by Kennedy ran off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island - part of Martha's Vineyard - resulting in the drowning death of the lone passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
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Filed under: FBI • Ted Kennedy
June 14th, 2010
03:47 PM ET
4 years ago

BP boss facing 'nightmare well' Hill grill

Rep. Henry Waxman warned BP CEO Tony Hayward to be prepared for tough questioning when he testifies before Congress this week.
Rep. Henry Waxman warned BP CEO Tony Hayward to be prepared for tough questioning when he testifies before Congress this week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - BP chief Tony Hayward should be prepared to face tough questioning about the cause of the Gulf oil disaster when he appears before a key House committee this week, according to a letter released Monday by the committee's chairman.

The letter to Hayward from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-California, says a congressional investigation alleges that the besieged oil company took a low-cost, speedy approach to drilling the broken deepwater well responsible for the growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Our "investigation is raising serious questions about the decisions made by BP in the days and hours before the explosion" that created the spill, Waxman noted. "On April 15, five days before the explosion, BP's drilling engineer called (the facility in the Gulf) a 'nightmare well.' "

The letter - co-signed by Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Michigan - asserts that BP saved $10 million in part by skimping on a process to properly cement the well. It also asserts that BP ignored advice from Halliburton, its cementing subcontractor.
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Filed under: BP • Congress • Energy • Henry Waxman
June 14th, 2010
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

White House dispatch: Obama highlights optimism in Gulf

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Obama poses with a local resident during his trip to the Gulfport, Mississippi. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Theodore, Alabama (CNN) - President Barack Obama used a lemon-lime snow cone to show that parts of the Gulf Coast remain unaffected by the oil spill –and that he's fully engaged in the ongoing crisis on a day and a half visit to the region.

At his first stop in Gulfport, Mississippi, the president was briefed by Admiral Thad Allen and other officials on the latest effort to cap and contain the oil. And the president said that many locations are still open for tourism and unaffected by the spill.

"We just want to make sure that people who have travel plans down to the Gulf area remain mindful of that, because if people want to know what can they do to help folks down here, one of the best ways to help is to come down here and enjoy the outstanding hospitality," the president said.

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Filed under: Alabama • Mississippi • Popular Posts • President Obama • Thad Allen
June 14th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney endorses McCollum

(CNN) – Former Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney has made his choice in Florida's GOP gubernatorial primary.

Romney is backing Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum who is in a primary fight with former health care executive Rick Scott.

"Bill McCollum has a record as a principled conservative leader who has always fought for lower taxes, less government and traditional values, and I'm proud to support him as Florida's next governor," Romney said in a written statement Monday.

Romney's Free and Strong America PAC also announced Monday that it is contributing $5,000 to the Florida Republican Party.

Romney's endorsement comes as Scott has surged past McCollum in recent polling.
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Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Mitt Romney
June 14th, 2010
03:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Etheridge: Confrontation occurred at end of 'long day'

Rep. Bob Etheridge is shown in a video, posted online, getting into a physical confrontation with two young men.
Rep. Bob Etheridge is shown in a video, posted online, getting into a physical confrontation with two young men.

(CNN) – North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge reiterated his apology Monday after an online video surfaced showing he was involved in a physical altercation with two young men who approached him on a Washington, DC street and asked the Democrat whether he supported President Barack Obama's agenda.

"The truth is I had a long day, it was the end of the day, almost sunset," he told reporters on Capitol Hill. "But that's not the issue. The issue is I apologize for my actions and the people of North Carolina know me well and I apologize to these young men as well."

Etheridge declined to say whether more words or actions were exchanged beyond those that were shown in the edited video posted anonymously online Monday.

"I've been spat at, pushed on and threatened before and that's no excuse for my not walking on by," Etheridge said while declining to disclose if more words were exchanged. "Just no excuse."

The six-term congressman also said he still does not know who the young men – who identified themselves as students in the video – are.

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Filed under: Bob Etheridge • Popular Posts
June 14th, 2010
02:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene opponent challenges S.C. primary results

The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene (above) in the South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election, citing 'strange circumstances' surrounding the vote.
The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene (above) in the South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election, citing 'strange circumstances' surrounding the vote.

(CNN) – The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene in last Tuesday's South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election.

His fate now rests with the state Democratic Party's 92-member executive committee, which will meet on Thursday to hear evidence of the challenge and decide whether to throw out the primary results - an unlikely prospect, Democrats say, without precedent in South Carolina politics.

Charleston City Councilman Vic Rawl said Monday he is filing the protest with the state party because there is "a cloud over Tuesday's election," which Greene won by a 59-41 margin over Rawl.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
June 14th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Lawmakers to BP: Put up $20 billion

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – BP: Kick up $20 billion to pay for the recent oil spill in the Gulf region. And make it snappy.

That's the message Senate majority leader Harry Reid and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus sent to BP CEO Tony Hayward in a letter on Monday.

"Establishment of this account would serve as an act of good faith and as a first step towards ensuring that there will be no delay in payments or attempt to evade responsibility for damages," the letter said.

But it maybe hard for BP to comply: The London-based company only had about $7 billion in cash as of March 31, according to its most recent financial statement. And the oil giant is scheduled to pay out dividends on June 21 - although it is holding a board meeting Monday to discuss the matter.

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Filed under: BP • Senate Democrats
June 14th, 2010
01:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Republican senators targeted in $400,000 ad campaign

A liberal advocacy group will air ads this week targeting Sens. Chuck Grassley and Richard Burr.
A liberal advocacy group will air ads this week targeting Sens. Chuck Grassley and Richard Burr.

Washington (CNN) – Three Republican senators are being targeted by a liberal advocacy organization for supporting a resolution sponsored by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would have diminished the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory authority over greenhouse gas emissions. The resolution was narrowly defeated.

Americans United for Changes announced Monday that it will spend $400,000 "making examples of" Sens. Scott Brown, R-Massachussetts, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina "for backing the Murkowski Big Oil Bailout."

The 30-second ad targeting Brown aired this weekend in Boston and ads targeting Grassley and Burr will air June 15-21, according to Lauren Weiner, the group's deputy communications director.

"Even with disaster on our coast and Iran using oil money against us, Richard Burr voted to let big oil off the hook," the narrator in the ad set to air in North Carolina will say. "Sen. Burr, next time, look out for America's clean energy future – not big oil profits."

The ads will air in tandem with six ads paid for by Clean Energy Works that thank some of the senators who voted against Murkowski's resolution.


Filed under: Charles Grassley • Richard Burr • Scott Brown
June 14th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Etheridge apologizes for confrontation

(CNN) – Rep. Bob Etheridge apologized Monday for his physical confrontation with two young men who identified themselves as students and asked if the North Carolina Democrat "fully supports the Obama agenda."

"I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina , I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

Earlier: Congressman involved in on-camera confrontation


Filed under: Bob Etheridge
June 14th, 2010
12:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Angle coming to Washington

GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle will meet with top Republican insiders in Washington on Tuesday.
GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle will meet with top Republican insiders in Washington on Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - She ran as an outsider, but Tuesday, Sharron Angle, the Republican Senate nominee from Nevada, will meet with some top GOP insiders in Washington.

Angle will meet with Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign, and with other senior NRSC officials.

The former state lawmaker, once considered a long shot for the Nevada Republican Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in last Tuesday's primary, thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express (a national Tea Party organization) and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group. The NRSC didn't take sides in the primary. Angle now faces off in the general election against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is battling for a fifth term in office.

"Sharron Angle ran a terrific grassroots primary campaign and we are committed to doing whatever we can to help her win," says NRSC communications director Brian Walsh. "Nevada voters deserve accountability in Washington and we're confident they will elect Sharron Angle in November."

Appearing in New York City on Fox News Monday morning, Angle said Reid "has pretty much waterboarded our economy for the last year and a half."

Angle also defended her strong connection to the Tea Party movement, saying that "we're the mainstream in America."

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
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