September 13th, 2010
05:54 PM ET
9 years ago

Moore: 'Separate the emotion' from Islamic center reaction

 Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.

Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.

(CNN) - Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said Monday that Americans ought to form objective opinions about the planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero because they risk coming out on the wrong side of history if they don't.

"We have to separate the emotion from it because sometimes if we just let emotion take over and run things, the wrong decisions get made," Moore told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.

"We always seem to get it wrong at first, whether that was with slavery, killing Indians, women not voting," Moore added. "We're not very good at the beginning of these things, we're really great though as we move along. "

The full interview will air Monday in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room.

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Filed under: issues • Michael Moore • Religion • The Situation Room
September 13th, 2010
05:27 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP leaders seek distance from Boehner on tax issue

Washington (CNN) - GOP colleagues of House Minority Leader John Boehner are distancing themselves from the Ohio Republican's recent remarks that he would support President Barack Obama's proposal to renew the expiring Bush tax cuts only for those making less than $250,000 if it were his only option.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Monday he will introduce legislation that would ensure that no one pays higher income taxes next year.

"We can't let the people who've been hit hardest by this recession and who we need to create the jobs that will get us out of it foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Early Monday, the number two House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, released a statement emphasizing his focus on an across-the-board extension of all tax rates.

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Filed under: GOP • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
September 13th, 2010
05:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Major conservative group stays out of Delaware GOP battle

FreedomWorks declined to endorse Delware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell Monday.

FreedomWorks declined to endorse Delware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell Monday.

Lewes, Delaware (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell says "it's a shame" that a major conservative grassroots organization is deciding not to endorse her conservative bid for Delaware's Republican Senate nomination.

Monday two of the top members of FreedomWorks declined to endorse O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who is facing off against moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle for their party's nomination in Tuesday's primary.

At a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington DC, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said "we've stayed out of that race because we're not convinced that Christine O'Donnell can win."

And when asked by reporters at the breakfast whether "it's better for Republicans to lose with a Tea Party-backed candidate than to win with a mainstream Republican candidate," FreedomWorks Chairman and former House Minority Leader Dick Armey said "no."

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • FreedomWorks
September 13th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Threat against Delaware Republican chair

Washington (CNN) – The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party received a death threat recently over his support for Republican Congressman Mike Castle in Tuesday's Senate primary, according to an official in the Delaware GOP office.

The official tells CNN, state GOP Chair Tom Ross received the threat via e-mail last week, and Ross and his family have since had to move out of their house. Ross is backing Castle against Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell in Tuesday's Republican primary, which has become an increasingly contentious race with incendiary rhetoric from both sides.

The state GOP official directed CNN to a left-leaning Delaware website, Delawareliberal.net, which this official says, posted the text of the e-mail on Monday. According to that posting, the e-mail reads: "It is one thing to have your country screwed over by socialists, it is far worse to be backstabbed by people pretending to be your friends. Political ass-kissing RINO's [Republicans In Name Only] like you deserve a bullet in the head. We will either rid the GOP of pieces of ____ like you, or we will start a new 'Common Sense Conservative' party and render you all useless."

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Filed under: 2010 • Delaware • Mike Castle
September 13th, 2010
04:44 PM ET
9 years ago

LEWES, DELAWARE: O'Donnell wants Hillary Clinton endorsement, Palin inspires

Editor's note: Look for regular Trail Running field updates from CNN's anchors, correspondents and producers spread out across the country covering politics on the campaign trail. As always, the CNN Political Ticker is your source for up-to-the-minute political news– now even more so.

4:15 p.m. – Just interviewed Delaware Senate candidate Christine ODonnell. She tells me that she'd love to land Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's endorsement saying "I admire Hillary Clinton" and adds "When I saw her Presidential ads I said: 'You go girl.'" She also says former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has inspired her because she "can relate to the politics of personal destruction and she survived them and they didn't get her down". She believes some of the attacks on Palin are the kind of "backlash" that happens "whenever a strong pioneering woman emerges onto the scene."

O'Donnell worries about "cannibalism in the Republican party" and accuses "the party" of trying to hold onto power, at the expense of principle. And what about the fact the conservative, non-profit organization FreedomWorks won't endorse her? She says they're "choosing to take the easy way out" and calls it a "shame" insisting "no one even thought we could get this far."


Filed under: 2010 • Delaware • Trail Running
September 13th, 2010
04:11 PM ET
9 years ago

It's just old carpet

Washington (CNN) - The lights and platforms have to sit on something during events inside the White House and, just like at home, carpet remnants come in handy. The Obama Administration is using some old stuff from the Bush administration.

But they're not cutting THAT old rug– the one from the Old Office. That one, according to White House assistant press secretary Josh Earnest, is intact and in the hands of the White House curator. Earnest was reacting to an aside in an emailed pool report Monday from Roll Call newspaper's Jen Bendery, which pointed out the re-use of old Bush-era carpet, just making sure no one got the wrong impression.

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Filed under: White House
September 13th, 2010
04:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Former DEA heads unite against California plan to legalize marijuana

Washington (CNN) - California's proposal to legalize marijuana has provoked every former director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to join in urging the White House to block the proposition if it is approved on the November ballot.

Proposition 19 is billed as a measure to raise revenue and cut the costs of enforcement. An analysis by the California attorney general's office cites "additional revenues from taxes, assessments, and fees from marijuana-related activities allowed under this measure."

But former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger disputed the premise, telling reporters Monday it will not increase revenue since "anybody that sells marijuana and then pays tax is going to declare themselves a violator of federal law" and subject to prosecution.

Bensinger and the eight other people who have led the DEA since its founding in 1973 wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to use the federal "supremacy clause" to pre-empt such lawmaking by state and local jurisdictions.

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Filed under: California • Eric Holder
September 13th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

LEWES, DELAWARE: BBQ and a bitter campaign

Editor's note: Look for regular Trail Running field updates from CNN's anchors, correspondents and producers spread out across the country covering politics on the campaign trail. As always, the CNN Political Ticker is your source for up-to-the-minute political news– now even more so.

3 p.m. ET - On the road to Rehoboth beach Delaware for an interview with Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. Stopped for BBQ at Belly's Deli – pulled pork on salad. A measure of how bitter this GOP primary has become? Sarah Palin recorded a robocall for her new endorsee, tea-party favorite Christine O'Donnell, in which she accuses the "Republican establishment" of making "vicious personal attacks on Christine." She calls it "desperation."

And the state Republican party says one of their officers got a death threat via email, subject line: "You deserve a bullet in the head!" The email accuses this person of being a "political ass-kissing RINO".

Mean.

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Filed under: 2010 • Delaware • Trail Running
September 13th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama featured in Georgia man's obituary

 President Obama is featured in a Georgia man’s obituary.

President Obama is featured in a Georgia man’s obituary.

(CNN) - If you are a friend of Don Unsworth, a Georgia businessman who recently passed away, don't send flowers to the family. Just vote against President Obama in 2012.

That was the message conveyed in Unsworth's obituary, according to CNN affiliate station WIS.

"In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012," said the obituary, which ran in the local newspaper.

Donna Barnes said Unsworth was "not really a big Obama fan," taking issue with the stimulus bill and high unemployment rate.

"We just felt like it was the best tribute we could give to him," said Barnes.

A similar plea appeared in the obituary pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in July, only the family of Charlotte McCourt asked readers not to vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


Filed under: President Obama
September 13th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin robocall for Christine O'Donnell

Sarah Palin has taped a last-minute robo-call for Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

Sarah Palin has taped a last-minute robo-call for Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

Lewes, Delaware (CNN) - Sarah Palin is taking on the GOP establishment again.

"I can relate to the vicious personal attacks on Christine and can tell you it's sad to see the establishment's desperation in this," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee says in a new robocall and radio ad taped for Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell who she endorsed last week.

O'Donnell is the insurgent tea-party backed candidate who is now giving the state's best known Republican, Representative Mike Castle, a run for his money in the primary. O'Donnell won the endorsement of the Tea Party Express this summer and both Palin and Senator Jim DeMint threw their support behind her campaign in the last few days.

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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Sarah Palin
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