September 23rd, 2010
07:34 PM ET
4 years ago

White House objects to 'don't ask, don't tell' injunction

(CNN) - Obama administration objects to federal judge issuing injunction to stop implementation of "don't ask, don't tell" policy after her ruling that it was unconstitutional. The government argues the proposed injunction is "untenable," too wide in scope and would cause harm to the military.

September 23rd, 2010
07:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Dems: GOP pledges more of the same

(CNN) - Democrats unveiled their "Make it in America" agenda Thursday to counter the Republican "Pledge for America," which they say is more of the same.

"Americans deserve to hear a real plan," said Democratic National Committee vice chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Filed under: Democrats
September 23rd, 2010
06:57 PM ET
4 years ago

4 senators want Afghanistan contract watchdog removed

Washington (CNN) – Four U.S. senators are calling on President Barack Obama to fire the man watching over tens of billions of dollars allocated for reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The one Democrat and three Republicans say in a letter to the president that they want Arnold Fields dismissed as special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, or SIGAR.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • issues • Senate
September 23rd, 2010
06:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Woodward's lure to get defense secretary to talk: ask nothing new

The yet-to-be published Bob Woodward book, Obama's Wars, has lots of insider details about the rancorous debate among administration officials as they tried to decide on a new strategy for Afghanistan.

One question that comes up with every Woodward book is why administration officials talk to him since his books do not always show White House officials in a flattering light. Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered his defense – Woodward was not asking anything new.

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Filed under: Bob Woodward • Robert Gates
September 23rd, 2010
06:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Special interest groups take to airwaves

(CNN) – The Senate Democratic leadership failed Thursday to muster up enough support for a bill that would have put new restrictions on political television advertising by special interest groups.

The attempt by Senate Democrats to break the Republican filibuster on the "DISCLOSE Act" means that organizations and groups running political TV commercials do not have to disclose who is funding the ads.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that such disclosure was not needed. Even if the Senate approved the measure, it likely would not have affected the midterm elections – and it would have only been enforceable in federal races.

So, how much is being spent by outside groups on TV ads in this election cycle, federal and state combined? Here are the staggering statistics:

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Filed under: Ads
September 23rd, 2010
04:38 PM ET
4 years ago

NRSC launches updated iPhone app to capture the 2010 cycle's 'Macaca moment'

Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Senatorial Committee updated its iPhone application to include a "Take Action" section, allowing users to capture every moment on the campaign trail and increase their chances of going viral.

During the 2006 midterm election season, then-Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen was captured on camera using the derogative term "Macaca" to describe the cameraperson. The video was placed on YouTube and quickly went viral, being viewed by millions. Allen did not win re-election and many blame that viral video.

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Filed under: 2010 • NRSC
September 23rd, 2010
04:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Group applauds inclusion of abortion in 'Pledge'

Washington (CNN) – They're not prominent, but social issues are addressed in the House Republicans' "Pledge to America," which GOP lawmakers in the House formally unveiled Thursday. And a social conservative group is applauding the move and says their efforts may have helped push the language into the document.

The 21-page document does include a "pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values."

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Filed under: House Republicans
September 23rd, 2010
04:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Another Obama admin departure, this one with date uncertain

Washington (CNN) – He wants to leave next year. That much he has said. But the former spy chief and current Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been coy about the when.

But Thursday, a few clues to and lines to read between.

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September 23rd, 2010
04:25 PM ET
4 years ago

House OKs small biz jobs bill

New York (CNNMoney.com) - One week after the Senate passed a $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses, the House voted Thursday to send the bill to President Obama's desk.

The measure, which passed the House in a 237 to 187 vote, is aimed at creating 500,000 jobs, according to a Senate summary of the bill. The Small Business Jobs Act also is intended to make credit more available for Main Street and enacts about $12 billion in tax breaks.

The president will sign the bill into law on Monday.

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Filed under: Economy • House of Representatives • issues • Jobs
September 23rd, 2010
04:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama's CEO problem

Washington (CNNMoney.com) – With the departure of top economic adviser Larry Summers, President Obama has a chance to deflect a big criticism often lobbed against his inner circle by the private sector: Lack of CEO chops.

Senior administration officials have said they'd like their pool of candidates to include CEOs and business executives.

The business community thinks that is a great idea.

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Filed under: Economy • issues • President Obama • White House
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