June 22nd, 2010
05:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: McChrystal showed 'poor judgment'

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President Obama said Tuesday that he will wait until meeting in person with Gen. McChrystal before making a decision about the general's future. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal showed "poor judgment" in a controversial magazine article, but he added that he would wait until meeting in person with his top commander in Afghanistan before making a decision on McChrystal's future.

McChrystal was summoned to Washington to meet with Obama on Wednesday about the article to appear in Rolling Stone magazine in which the general and some of his top aides are reported to have criticized top administration officials.

"I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgment, but I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make that final decision," Obama told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.

Updated: 7:07 p.m.

June 22nd, 2010
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Utah court says e-signatures acceptable for ballot petitions

Washington (CNN) - Voters in Utah can now go online and sign a petition to qualify candidates for public office, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday.

The unanimous decision ordered state officials to accept e-signatures on otherwise valid applications for a place on a ballot.

"We are persuaded that a signature under (state law) does not require a signor to physically handle a piece of paper and sign her name with a pen," wrote Chief Justice Christine Durham for her colleagues on the state Supreme Court. "An electronic signature is sufficient to satisfy the election code."

The ruling came as voters went to the polls for primary elections in Utah.

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June 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Leading Senate Dem suggests McChrystal should resign

Sen. Byron Dorgan suggested Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.
Sen. Byron Dorgan suggested Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, is the first member of the Democratic leadership to suggest that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

When asked by CNN if McChrystal’s comments in Rolling Stone magazine warrant resignation, Dorgan replied “if he said what it was reported that he said, the answer is yes.”

Dorgan, who chairs the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, was visibly annoyed about McChrystal’s comments, just as many of his colleagues have been all day.

But Dorgan went further than his fellow Democratic senators, most of whom have called McChrystal’s reported comments about the president’s national security team inappropriate and troubling, but have also said it is up to President Obama to decide if McChrystal should be fired from his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

“We can’t have a general calling the national security adviser a clown, or whatever had been attributed to him with respect to Vice President Biden, the national security adviser, and others. It’s just unbelievably inappropriate and just can’t be allowed to stand,” Dorgan told CNN.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Byron Dorgan • Carl Levin • Stanley McChrystal
June 22nd, 2010
04:07 PM ET
4 years ago

A general's life: From clandestine missions to controversy

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Stanley McChrystal has been recalled to Washington following the release of a controversial Rolling Stone profile. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Shortly after President Obama tapped Stanley McChrystal in June 2009 to be the top commander in Afghanistan, CNN reported that McChrystal would never let a reporter in the room during classified morning meetings he led among senior military officers.

McChrystal was known in Washington for his discretion. He kept a low profile, briefly interrupted by two major news events.

The general was criticized for the way he handled the circumstances of U.S. soldier Pat Tillman's friendly fire death in Afghanistan in 2004. In 2006, McChrystal was lauded for the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

The media spotlight on McChrystal this week, however, may be the hottest in the general's storied military career.

On Tuesday, McChrystal flew from Afghanistan to Washington. His boss, President Obama, has asked the general to explain in person the derisive comments he and his aides made to a Rolling Stone reporter.

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June 22nd, 2010
02:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton pledges to defend gay rights at home and abroad

Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday, as the Obama administration moves to extend further benefits to gays working in the federal government.

"We are moving together in the right direction," said Clinton. "We reaffirm our commitment to protect the rights of all human beings."

Clinton drew several standing ovations from the standing-room-only crowd of several hundred during her address at an event co-hosted by the State Department's Office of Civil Rights and GLIFAA, the organization for Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies. June has been recognized as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

Speaking about the linkages between gay rights and U.S. foreign policy, Clinton said she is asking embassies in Africa and elsewhere to report on rights of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The State Department is also placing more attention on ensuring gays around the world have access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and providing protection for LBGT refugees.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Same-sex marriage
June 22nd, 2010
02:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama touts health care reform successes

(CNN) – Health care reform was "a long overdue victory for America's consumers and patients" and Americans are "already seeing a wave of change," President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he touted the success of his signature domestic policy initiative.






But health insurers must not use health care reform as an excuse to raise rates, and the government will make sure they don't, Obama said.

He was speaking 90 days after the passage of the Affordable Care Act and patients' bill of rights.

The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued new regulations Tuesday "that will put an end to some of the worst practices in the insurance industry," Obama said.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
June 22nd, 2010
02:05 PM ET
4 years ago

McMahon named in WWE lawsuit

 McMahon is named in a new lawsuit by the widow of a former WWE wrestler.
McMahon is named in a new lawsuit by the widow of a former WWE wrestler.

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(CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, the former Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment CEO, is facing a lawsuit over her former company's alleged promotional use of a wrestler who died more than a decade ago.

In a lawsuit reportedly filed in the U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, the widow of deceased WWE wrestler Owen Hart says the company is continuing to use Hart's image in promotional materials even though it agreed not to do so after Hart's 1999 death.

Hart, among the most successful professional wrestlers in the 1990's, died after an equipment malfunction during a wrestling event led him to fall more than 80 feet from ceiling rafters. Hart's widow was later awarded $18 million in a wrongful death suit against the WWE (then called the WWF).

Hart's widow is now alleging WWE, and the McMahons specifically, violated the terms of the settlement by using Hart in promotional videos.

"In the 11 years since Owen's tragic and avoidable death, I have worked tirelessly to disassociate Owen's name and likeness from anything related to WWE in order to protect our children from any reminder of the circumstances surrounding their father's death, and to avoid any misplaced perception that I endorse WWE," Mary Hart said in a statement.

News of the lawsuit could be a setback for McMahon's campaign, which has downplayed the candidate's association to the more controversial aspects of the lucrative business she and her husband ran for close to three decades.

Ed Patru, McMahon's communications director, told CNN he "assume[s] the company will be responding at some point today."

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Filed under: Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Popular Posts
June 22nd, 2010
02:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Haley casts vote and calls ethics criticism 'comical'

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley defended herself against charges of hypocrisy Tuesday.
South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley defended herself against charges of hypocrisy Tuesday.

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – On the same day Republican voters in South Carolina head to the polls to tap their nominee for governor, frontrunner Nikki Haley defended herself against charges of hypocrisy after her campaign revealed that she earned more than $40,000 doing consulting work for one of the state's largest engineering firms while also serving in the state legislature.

"Everything I have done has been on board," Haley told reporters after casting her ballot in Lexington County. "I have been in compliance with all of the rules. The ethics committee has said there will be no conflicts of interest. I don't see what the problem is."

Though Haley is expected to cruise to comfortable win in Tuesday's runoff election, the campaign of her opponent, Rep. Gresham Barrett, has launched a late offensive to highlight the consulting work, which Haley failed to disclose on state ethics filings.

Barrett's team accused Haley of hiding the income until the Monday evening before election day, when reporters were shown her tax records from 2007 and 2008, to avoid public scrutiny. They also say Haley's work "raises a strong appearance of impropriety" because the engineering firm, Wilbur Smith Associates, has sought government contracts. The firm said Haley was hired because of her "connections" and "access" to influential people.

Haley called the Barrett claims "comical" and said she recused herself from budget votes involving the company. She stressed that her time in the legislature, which began in 2005, has been a learning experience and said she came to realize the importance of government transparency over time.

"I see a wrong, and that is that I think that legislators should start to disclose their income, and I am going to make it right," she said.

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Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
June 22nd, 2010
01:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Judge blocks moratorium on deepwater drilling

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 A federal judge in New Orleans, Louisiana, has blocked a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. The federal government will appeal the ruling, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)


(CNN) - A federal judge in New Orleans, Louisiana, has blocked a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf.

Several dozen plaintiffs had sued President Barack Obama's administration, arguing the ban would create long-term economic harm to their businesses. Obama ordered the moratorium after the April 20 explosion of an oil rig off Louisiana that killed 11 people and triggered an underwater oil gusher.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the government will immediately appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.


Filed under: BP • Energy • Obama administration
June 22nd, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: President Obama was 'angry' after seeing McChrystal article

(CNN) - President Barack Obama was "angry" after seeing the upcoming controversial magazine article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. "I gave him the article last night," Gibbs said at the daily White House news briefing. "He was angry."

Earlier, Gibbs described the "magnitude and graveness" of mistakes by McChrystal in the article as "profound."

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Filed under: President Obama • Stanley McChrystal
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