August 20th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
4 years ago

DSCC out-raises NRSC for fifth time in six months

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-raised its GOP counterpart for the fifth time in six months, according to fundraising numbers released Friday by both campaign committees.

The DSCC raised $4.4 million in July, eking out a fundraising victory over the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raised just over $4.1 million in the same period.

The DSCC has about $22.4 million cash on hand – $1.3 million more than the Republican committee.

The NRSC has been out-raised by the DSCC to the tune of nearly $6 million this election cycle. The Democrats have raised almost $78.4 million, while the Republicans have raised $72.5 million.

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Filed under: 2010 • DSCC • NRSC
August 20th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Karzai pledges non-interference in anti-corruption units

President Karzai's announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials.
President Karzai's announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - For the first time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is committed to allowing two key government anti-corruption units to operate without political interference.

The announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials - talks that both Kerry and Karzai described as a "candid and productive" conversation.

In separate statements after the meeting, both said that Kerry and Karzai agreed on the importance of strengthening the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit.

Both units have been criticized by the Afghan president for allegedly abusing the rights of a top government official arrested on corruption charges. In a visit to Kabul Wednesday, Kerry told Karzai that the issue of corruption is undermining U.S. support for the war.

"The president and I agree that the work of these entities must be allowed to continue free from outside interference or political influence, including with respect to ongoing cases," Kerry said.

In an exclusive interview with CNN after the meetings, Kerry said, "For the first time, the president has publicly committed to proceeding forward with the Major Crimes unit investigations and done so with a guarantee that it will be free from political influence. I think that's important."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Hamid Karzai • issues • John Kerry
August 20th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC deploys George W. Bush in new ad

The DNC is out with a new ad Friday.
The DNC is out with a new ad Friday.

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is out Friday with a new television ad that looks forward to the November elections and closes with a cameo from former President George W. Bush.

Entitled "Big Choices," the ad frames the midterm elections as a choice between the policies of President Obama and national Democrats and the policies of Bush and the GOP. It captures a view of idealistic Americana –rolling fields of wheat, windmills, a teacher in a classroom, a welder in a factory–before Bush makes a surprise appearance with a verbal gaffe.

"You fool me, you can't get fooled again," Obama's Oval Office predecessor says in footage used in the ad.

The new 30-second spot is running on national cable stations.


Filed under: DNC • George W. Bush • Popular Posts • President Obama
August 20th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Republicans making health care bill a midterm wedge issue

Washington (CNN) – For years, the Democratic Party's pledge to overhaul the nation's health care system was a main political talking point, a promise that was fulfilled earlier this year.

But the legislative win in March has not translated into political capital for Democrats as a majority of Americans, 56 percent, oppose the health care bill, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Friday morning.

And while Democratic strategists are counseling their candidates to talk about issues other than health care on the campaign trail, Republicans have been sharpening their focus on that very subject.

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Filed under: GOP • Health care • issues • Popular Posts
August 20th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Can Ike Skelton buck the trends yet again?

 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:

State: Missouri 4th – Rep. Ike Skelton (D) is seeking an 18th term.
Date of primary: August 3, 2010
Location: West central Missouri
Days until Election Day: 74

Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is seeking his 18th term in office. The 78-year-old congressman has held the seat for decades despite national trends, but can he win in a year when anti-incumbency fervor is high and a president he has supported is increasingly unpopular?

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Filed under: CNN 100 • Missouri • Popular Posts
August 20th, 2010
08:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Clinton to announce direct Mideast talks to resume

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks.

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks to address core issues, diplomatic sources and a senior U.S. official said.

The sources said President Barack Obama is expected to invite the parties to talks in Washington in early September. But they cautioned the final details were still being worked out.

If the talks resume, it would be the first time since peace talks broke down in December 2008 over Israel's three-week military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Israel • Middle East • Palestinian Authority
August 20th, 2010
08:29 AM ET
August 20th, 2010
08:14 AM ET
4 years ago

Obamas begin 10-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard

During his time in Martha's Vineyard last year, the president enjoyed some golfing.
During his time in Martha's Vineyard last year, the president enjoyed some golfing.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and his family begin a week-long vacation in Martha's Vineyard on Friday - the president's second time on the island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Related video: No vacation from crisis

In 2009, Obama spent time there golfing and hanging out with family and friends.

"It's a beautiful part of the country. It has really nice beaches and the folks are really great," Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters Thursday. "The food is terrific. And it's some place that the president went before he was president and likes to go back because it's a comfortable place where he can rest and recharge the batteries a little bit."

Some have questioned why the Obamas have chosen to go to an elite holiday spot in Massachusetts instead of the Gulf Coast, as Obama had encouraged Americans to help bolster tourism there. The first family - minus eldest daughter Malia - did visit Panama City, Florida, August 14-15, however. There, the Obamas swam in the Gulf of Mexico and played miniature golf, and the president met with business leaders about the BP oil spill and its effect on the region.

Related: Criticism likely to follow Obama on vacation

Burton said this vacation, which will last 10 days, will also include some work.

Updated: 9:18 a.m.

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Filed under: Obama family • Popular Posts • President Obama
August 20th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care legislation remains unpopular, poll says

President Obama’s health care bill remains unpopular, according to a new CNN poll.
President Obama’s health care bill remains unpopular, according to a new CNN poll.

(CNN) - A majority of Americans favor President Obama's proposal on tax cuts, but his health care bill remains unpopular, a new CNN/Opinion Research Survey suggests.

On taxes, three in ten believe that the Bush-era tax cuts should be continued for all Americans, according to the new poll released Friday. Just over 50 percent say those tax cuts should be continued only for families who make less than $250,000 a year, as Obama has proposed. Nearly 1 in 5 meanwhile say the tax cuts should expire for all Americans.

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Not surprisingly, Republicans tend to favor tax cuts for all, while Democrats prefer Obama's proposal. Half of all Republicans surveyed want tax cuts on all income brackets to be extended while only 13 percent of Democrats feel that way. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Democrats are in favor of rolling back tax cuts for wealthier Americans while only 40 percent of Republicans are.

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Filed under: CNN Polls • Health care • issues • Obama administration • Popular Posts
August 20th, 2010
06:00 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN/Opinion Research Poll – August 6-10 – Health Care, Tax Cuts

TOPICS: Health care bill, mandatory health insurance, tax cuts

Full results (pdf)


Filed under: CNN Poll Archive • Extra • issues
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