United Nations (CNN) - Delegates from the United States and other nations walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a fiery speech that criticized Washington, capitalism and the world body itself.
Though incendiary statements from Ahmadinejad are nothing new, tension in the hall grew as the Iranian leader recounted various conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
"Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack," Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly. He followed with the claim that the attacks were aimed at reversing "the declining American economy and its scripts on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people, as well as most nations and politicians around the world, agree with this view."
Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats will not vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the midterm elections, senior Democratic sources said Thursday.
"The reality is, we will not pass what needs to be passed to change this either in the Senate or the House before the election," Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told reporters.
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President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders have repeatedly expressed their desire to extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts - currently slated to expire at the end of the year - only for families earning less than $250,000 and individuals earning less than $200,000.
Republicans have stood firm on supporting extensions of the tax breaks for all taxpayers, including the wealthiest Americans.
Washington (CNN) - It's been said that this is once again the year of the angry voter, and that Republicans and independents are angrier than Democrats. A new poll makes the case.
According to an Associated Press-GfK Poll released Thursday, 58 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said politics is making them angry, but only 31 percent of Democrats questioned in the survey agree.
Sterling, Virginia (CNN) – House Republican Leader John Boehner suggested Thursday the Republicans' pledge to extend all Bush-era tax cuts is crucial to fixing the economy, even if it adds an estimated $4 trillion dollars to the deficit.
"You can't solve the deficit problem until you get your arms around spending and have a healthy economy. And you can't have a healthy economy if you raise taxes on the American people," the Ohio congressman told CNN in an exclusive interview.
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Sterling, Virginia (CNN) – House Republicans sought to recapture the spirit of their 1994 election landslide Thursday, unveiling a 21-page "Pledge to America" that includes promises to slash taxes, cut government and reverse President Barack Obama's health care reforms.
Among other things, House GOP leaders pledged to permanently extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year - including for individuals making over $250,000.
(CNN) – Two days. Two very different polls in New York State's gubernatorial battle
For those of us old enough to remember the campaign finance hearings of 1997, Haley Barbour's delivery of the line "Senator, I may have been born at night but it wasn't last night" in his classic, southern accent still rings.
Then he was the head of the Republican National Committee and now he's chairman of the Republican Governor's Association...and Governor of Mississippi.
Time's Mark Halperin takes a good look at whether Barbour is now a Kingmaker or a Candidate.
(CNN) – In a wide-ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, President Barack Obama dwelled on the intractable Middle East conflict and urged Israelis and Palestinians to seize the day in talks his administration initiated.
"Now is the time for the parties to help each other overcome this obstacle. Now is the time to build the trust - and provide the time - for substantial progress to be made. Now is the time for this opportunity to be seized, so that it doesn't slip away," Obama said.