August 12th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Huckabee against changing 14th Amendment

Mike Huckabee says he's against repealing parts of the 14th Amendment.
Mike Huckabee says he's against repealing parts of the 14th Amendment.

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee says he's against changing portions of the Constitution that automatically grant citizenship to children of immigrants born in the United States - a position that puts the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate at odds some of his party's most prominent figures.

In an interview that aired on NPR Wednesday, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 White House hopeful said the section of the 14th Amendment currently in question has long been held valid.

"The Supreme Court has decided that, I think, in three different centuries, said Huckabeee. "In every single instance, they have affirmed that if you are born in this country, you are considered to be a citizen. The only option there is to change the constitution."

Asked specifically if he would favor such an effort to change the constitution, Huckabee said flatly, "No."

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Filed under: issues • Mike Huckabee
August 12th, 2010
08:52 AM ET
4 years ago

A surprise tax cut for the (almost) rich

New York (CNNMoney.com) – Worried about your taxes going up next year? They might for some high earners. But some not-quite-rich taxpayers could end up with a surprise tax cut.

If the Bush tax cuts expire for the nation's top earners, people making a pinch less than the wealthiest Americans, who don't quite qualify for the new top two tax brackets, could find themselves in an even lower bracket next year.

"We should end up with a sweet spot in the middle of the higher income brackets," said Robert Kerr, senior director of government relations at the National Association of Enrolled Agents. "This is an unintended benefit of the new plan that many people don't realize."

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Filed under: Bush administration • issues • Obama administration • Taxes
August 12th, 2010
08:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Decision on stay expected in California same-sex marriages case

ALT TEXT Prop. 8 opponents celebrate the ruling to overturn the same-sex marriage ban on August 4 in California.

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A federal court in California will rule Thursday on whether to keep a temporary stay in place in the case that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California will announce its decision between 9 a.m. and noon (12 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET).

If the stay is lifted, same-sex marriages will be legal in California.

Last week, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Filed under: Proposition 8
August 12th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Davis vies to keep conservative Tennessee 4th blue

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Tennessee 4th – Rep. Lincoln Davis is seeking a 5th term
Primary: August 5, 2010
Location: Central Tennessee
Days until Election Day: 82

Tennessee's 4th congressional district is one of the most Republican seats in the country to be represented by a Democrat, which most likely explains why its congressman is one of the chamber's most conservative Democrats.

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Filed under: CNN 100
August 12th, 2010
07:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Who showed at Rangel's birthday?

New York (CNN) – Embattled lawmaker Charlie Rangel, who is embroiled in an ethics investigation, celebrated his 80th birthday Wednesday with a lavish party at New York's Plaza Hotel.

"This sure ain't no funeral, is it?" Rangel boasted, as a parade of high-profile politicians turned up for the gala.

Among the attendees were New York City Mayor Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. David Paterson, and singers Harry Belafonte and Dionne Warwick.

Guests were treated to a performance by Warwick, who appropriately sang, "That's What Friends Are For."

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Filed under: Charlie Rangel
August 12th, 2010
04:23 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: August 12, 2010

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CNN: Obama, top advisors review Iraq drawdown
President Barack Obama met behind closed doors with his national security team Wednesday to review the ongoing U.S. engagement in Iraq, according to the White House. Plans to reduce the total number of American troops in Iraq to 50,000 by the end of this month are on schedule, Obama announced last week. At that point, the U.S. military mission will shift to training and supporting Iraqi security forces, as well as support for U.S. diplomats.

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