August 17th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Moving the mosque debate into the political vacuum

President Obama's mixed message about the efforts to create an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York has political Washington, and CNN's John King and Bob Costantini talking.

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August 17th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Paterson seeking to relocate mosque

 New York Gov. David Paterson plans to meet with leaders planning the Islamic center and mosque which has become a storm of political controversy.
New York Gov. David Paterson plans to meet with leaders planning the Islamic center and mosque which has become a storm of political controversy.

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson called Rep. Peter King Tuesday to inform the New York Republican of his plans to meet with leaders of a controversial Islamic center and mosque "to discuss plans to move to an alternate site" later this week, a spokesman for King tells CNN.

King's spokesman did not have any more details on the meeting, and did not know whether these leaders would be interested in relocating.

Paterson called King after the governor heard him on the John Gambling radio show Tuesday morning discussing a proposal that Paterson suggested last week for possibly finding another site. According to King's spokesman, the congressman said on the radio show that he thought Paterson's plans "made the most sense."

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


Filed under: David Paterson • issues • New York
August 17th, 2010
11:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Boehner to raise money for Republican who backed mosque

 House Minority Leader John Boehner is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for a New York Republican candidate who backed plans to construct an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site.
House Minority Leader John Boehner is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for a New York Republican candidate who backed plans to construct an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site.

Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner came out forcefully against President Obama's decision to back the construction of an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, calling the endorsement "deeply troubling."

But Boehner is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in upstate New York on Friday for a Republican House candidate who recently took a position quite similar to Obama's.

The candidate, Chris Gibson, is challenging Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy in New York's 20th congressional district. On his Facebook page last Wednesday, Gibson responded to a voter who wanted to know his position on the controversial project.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Gibson • issues • John Boehner • New York • Scott Murphy
August 17th, 2010
11:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to attend European Union summit in November

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to Portugal in November for a summit with the leaders of the European Union, the White House announced Tuesday.

The meeting on November 20 in Lisbon will include European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, according to a news release.

"The president looks forward to this opportunity to meet again with EU partners, to reaffirm our transatlantic agenda, and to advance our cooperation on issues of mutual concern," said the release, which called the U.S.-EU economic relationship "vital to global prosperity."

August 17th, 2010
10:18 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Opposition to Iraq, Afghanistan wars reach all time high

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 A new CNN poll reveals Americans' opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is at an all time high. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)


(CNN) - Two-thirds of Americans favor President Obama's plan to remove combat troops from Iraq by the end of the month as opposition to the war in that country, as well as the one in Afghanistan, has climbed to new highs.

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, Obama's withdrawal plan wins support not because Americans think the U.S. has achieved its goals in Iraq - only three in 10 feel that way - but because a majority believe that the U.S. will never achieve its goals in that country no matter how long troops remain there.

That's one reason why 69 percent oppose the war in Iraq - the highest amount of opposition in any CNN poll.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • CNN Polls • Iraq • issues • President Obama
August 17th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
August 17th, 2010
09:07 AM ET
August 17th, 2010
08:27 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Adler looks to hold onto his seat in New Jersey

 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:

New Jersey 3rd: Rep. John Adler (D) is seeking a second term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: South-central New Jersey
Days until Election Day: 77

(CNN) – Republicans recruited a true franchise player to reclaim their title in the New Jersey 3rd Congressional District.

Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan, a political newcomer, is starting strong to beat incumbent John Adler. The historically Republican seat, formerly held by Jim Saxton for over 20 years, is perhaps the party's best chance of adding to their New Jersey lineup.

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Filed under: CNN 100
August 17th, 2010
08:12 AM ET
4 years ago

Public viewing for Stevens Tuesday

The public will have a chance to pay their respects to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens Tuesday.
The public will have a chance to pay their respects to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens Tuesday.

(CNN) – The public will have a chance to pay their respects to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens Tuesday - ahead of his funeral the following day. Stevens will lie in repose at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Anchorage, with a viewing scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (2 p.m. to midnight ET).

Following the viewing, a motorcade procession will carry Stevens body to Anchorage Baptist Temple, where his funeral will take place Wednesday. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the funeral.
Stevens - who served in the U.S. Senate for 40 years - and four others died last week when the plane they were in flew into the side of a mountain in remote southern Alaska on August 9.

Brutal terrain and bad weather kept survivors waiting 12 hours for rescue after the crash, officials and witnesses said. The crash left four others injured.

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Filed under: Ted Stevens
August 17th, 2010
08:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to champion economic program on West Coast

President Barack Obama heads to Seattle, Washington, Tuesday where he'll take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners.
President Barack Obama heads to Seattle, Washington, Tuesday where he'll take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Seattle, Washington, Tuesday where he'll take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners.

The White House says the discussion will center on "strengthening the economy and creating jobs." Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray also will take part in the roundtable.

The small business owners include an innkeeper, a baker and a pizza pie maker:

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Filed under: issues • President Obama • Wisconsin
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