July 19th, 2010
01:13 PM ET
4 years ago

State secret: Chelsea Clinton's nuptials

Chelsea Clinton's wedding plans have sparked intense speculation.
Chelsea Clinton's wedding plans have sparked intense speculation.

(CNN) – With less than two weeks before 30 year-old Chelsea Clinton's wedding to longtime friend and beau Marc Mezvinsky, 32, on July 31, speculation over the details of the big event has reached a frenzy.

Asked by NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not disclose even a hint at the guest list saying, "It is hers, and it's a family wedding. The people coming are her friends and people that have been meaningful in her life, as it should be."

Media reports have Clinton and Mezvinsky tying the knot at the former estate of John Jacob Astor, Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, NY. Local businesses have fueled the speculation, with one local florist, Lynn Lobotsky, telling CNN that "about a month ago, they started working around the clock on the stone wall along River Road," the road that leads to Astor Courts. "They even worked on Sunday," she said.

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July 19th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
4 years ago

How effective is U.S. intel with 1,300 govt. orgs & 2,000 private companies?

 Join the conversation on Jack's blog.
Join the conversation on Jack's blog.

In the nine years since the September 11 terror attacks, the U.S. intelligence community has become so large that it's unmanageable, redundant and inefficient. Not unlike the rest of the federal government.

The Washington Post reports on a stunning two-year investigation of a so-called top secret America that's hidden from the public and lacking in real oversight.

Examples:

  • There are nearly 1,300 government organizations and 2,000 private companies working in 10,000 locations across the country.
  • There are 854,000 people who have top-secret security clearances.
  • There are 33 building complexes for top-secret work that are under construction or have been built just in Washington, DC since 9/11... totaling 17 million square feet of space.
  • Analysts turn out 50,000 intelligence reports every year... you can bet many of them never get read.
  • And, at least 263 organizations have been created or reorganized as a response to 9/11... that of course means hiring lots and lots of people. But don't ask where Osama bin Laden is… nobody knows.

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Filed under: Cafferty File
July 19th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Nation: Movement 'is not racist'

(CNN) – A national Tea Party group responsible for the conservative movement's first national convention is out with a statement Monday responding to the weeklong controversy about claims of racism within the movement's ranks.

"As most of you are aware, one of the leaders in the tea party movement posted a controversial blog many took to be racist,' the statement says in an apparent reference to a blog post by Mark Williams which Williams published but then later removed from his personal blog.

"The Tea Party Movement is not racist," the statement says. "Tea Party Nation and many other groups have repudiated racism and racists."
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July 19th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden back on trail after upbeat election prediction

Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the campaign trail on Monday.
Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the campaign trail on Monday.

Washington (CNN) - One day after delivering an upbeat view of his party's chances this November, Vice President Joe Biden is back on the campaign trail Monday, helping two fellow Democrats facing tough contests the midterm elections.

Monday afternoon, Biden attends a political event in Philadelphia for Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's seventh congressional district, in the southeast part of the state. Lentz, a representative in the Pennsylvania State House and a former U.S. Army officer who served in Iraq, is facing off against former U.S Attorney and former Delaware County District Attorney Pat Meehan. The candidates are vying to succeed Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who is the state's Democratic nominee for the Senate. Sestak, a former Navy admiral, defeated incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in a May 18 primary.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Biden • Maryland • Pennsylvania
July 19th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
4 years ago

What's the Tea Party Express?

The Tea Party Express has become a major player in Republican politics.
The Tea Party Express has become a major player in Republican politics.

Washington (CNN) - The National Tea Party Federation, which seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled the Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post its leader, Mark Williams, wrote last week responding to criticism from the NAACP.

Williams' blog post satirized a fictional letter from what he called "Colored People" to President Abraham Lincoln.

Even before this current controversy, the group was criticized by some within the Tea Party movement for being run by Republican consultants and for trying to influence GOP primaries far from its base in Sacramento, California.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser sums up the Tea Party Express and its place in the larger Tea Party movement:
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July 19th, 2010
11:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Officials: National Guard troops headed to border next month

(CNN) - The United States will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to assist with border protection starting August 1, the Obama administration announced Monday.

In addition, approximately 300 additional Customs and Border Protection agents will be added and will be complemented by an increase in technology and six aircraft, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin said Monday at a joint press conference with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

Officials had previously announced the troop deployment, but a date for it had not been given.


Filed under: Immigration • National Guard • President Obama
July 19th, 2010
11:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Senators request meeting with British PM over Lockerbie case

Washington (CNN) - Four U.S. senators have requested a formal meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the United States this week to discuss the 2009 release of a man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The 1988 bombing killed 270 people, most of them Americans.

The Scottish government released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last August after doctors said he had terminal prostate cancer and just three months to live. But al-Megrahi is still alive, and news reports in recent days have questioned whether he was as sick as depicted. Questions also have been raised about whether a deal was cut to release him to protect British business interests in Libya.

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July 19th, 2010
11:21 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Express responds to Tea Party Federation

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The Tea Party Express has issued a hard hitting statement responding to the Tea Party Federation. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Joe Wierzbicki, coordinator for the Tea Party Express, issued the following statement Monday in response to the Tea Party Federation's announcement Sunday about the Federation's relationship with the Tea Party Express:

(read the full statement after the jump)

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July 19th, 2010
11:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Palin backed candidate on top in Georgia GOP gubernatorial race

After a key endorsement from Sarah Palin, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel holds a lead in Georgia’s GOP primary race, according to a new poll.
After a key endorsement from Sarah Palin, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel holds a lead in Georgia’s GOP primary race, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - One day before primaries in Georgia, a new poll indicates that a candidate backed last week by Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has surged to the forefront in the battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

According to a Mason-Dixon survey released Sunday, 29 percent of likely GOP primary voters support former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who Palin endorsed in an internet posting last Monday.

The survey indicates 22 percent of those voters are backing former state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, 20 percent supporting former Rep. Nathan Deal, 13 percent supporting former State Sen. Eric Johnson, and 13 percent undecided. Handel's six-point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.

Handel's support is also up six points from a Mason-Dixon poll conducted just a few days earlier, when Oxendine stood at 31 percent and Handel at 23 percent support. The earlier survey was conducted just before and during Palin's endorsement of Handel a week ago. On her Facebook page, the former 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee called Handel a reformer who will "strengthen…families, businesses, state and, ultimately, our United States."

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Filed under: 2010 • Georgia • Karen Handel • Polls • Sarah Palin
July 19th, 2010
11:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama rips GOP for blocking jobless benefits extension

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 President Obama spoke in the Rose Garden on Monday alongside three unemployed American workers. (PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Schultze/CNN)


Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama tore into congressional Republicans on Monday for blocking an extension of unemployment benefits, arguing that a "partisan minority" had allowed short-term political calculations to trump genuine economic need.

The Senate is set to consider a bill Tuesday that would extend the deadline to file for unemployment benefits through the end of November. The bill would cost $33 billion in additional deficit spending, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Watch: President Obama urges Senate to act on jobs

Senate GOP leaders have blocked a vote several times, highlighting deficit concerns by arguing that any benefits extension should be offset by spending cuts. Democrats are counting on the seating Tuesday of the replacement for Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia to break the logjam.

The Republicans are guided by a "misguided notion" that a new relief bill would discourage people from looking for work, the president said at the White House. "That attitude reflects a lack of faith in the American people," he said. The unemployed "aren't looking for a handout. They desperately want to work."

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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama • unemployment
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