New York (CNN) - President Obama's address to the United Nations covered a lot of ground, but the Mideast peace process dominated his remarks.
Obama delivered 1,082 words on the subject, as he issued an urgent appeal for all nations to help push the peace process across the finish line.
According to Mideast expert Aaron David Miller, this heavy focus demonstrates the Obama administration's deep desire to see a breakthrough on its watch.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - President Obama says the country can't afford the $700 billion it would cost to permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for high-income households.
He said it would be "irresponsible" to borrow that much money just to hand out $100,000 tax cuts to millionaires.
Fair enough. The United States is staring at a serious medium- and long-term debt situation, so the less it's aggravated the better.
But why then is it OK to borrow $3 trillion to permanently extend the tax cuts for the majority of Americans - something the president and both parties support doing?
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's chief of staff may be departing as early as next month, but Obama's top political adviser says he will be in the West Wing until spring 2011, or so.
In an email exchange Thursday, David Axelrod said he would remain at the White House past the midterm elections and into 2011, with a target departure date sometime in the spring.
"Take a break. Plunge into re-elect."
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(CNN) - A new poll suggests that the race for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's old Senate seat is getting interesting.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning indicates that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds a 48-42 percent advantage over Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi among likely New York State voters, with nine percent undecided. Gillibrand's lead is within the survey's sampling error.
According to the survey Gillibrand leads overwhelmingly among Democrats, DioGuardi leads overwhelmingly among Republicans, with 42 percent of independents supporting DioGuardi and 41 percent backing Gillibrand.
(CNN) - Count Jon Stewart among the legion of frustrated supporters of President Obama.
Appearing on Fox News' The Bill O'Reilly show Wednesday, the liberal comedian said he thought Obama would do a better job when he voted for him in the 2008 presidential election.
"I think people feel a disappointment in that there was a sense that Jesus will walk on water and now you are looking at it like, 'Oh look at that, he's just treading water' … I thought he'd do a better job," said Stewart.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden teams up Thursday morning with fellow Democrat Barbara Mikulski.
A source with knowledge of the event says Biden is the main attraction at fundraiser for the four-term senator from Maryland, who is up for re-election this year. The event is scheduled to be held in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside of the nation's capital. Recent polls suggest that Mikulski holds a large lead over Queen Anne County Commissioner Eric Wargotz.
On Wednesday, the vice president traveled to Boston to help raise campaign cash for Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a Democratic senator who faces a much tougher bid for re-election.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - It is the fall of the Democrats' discontent or, more accurately, the voters' discontent.
They're anxious, they're angry and, as one Obama defender put it directly to the man himself this week, they're exhausted - both from defending him and keeping track of all that he has done. In other words: It's too much, too fast, with not much to show for it.
Sure, it's hard for a president who considers himself transformational to admit he needs to play some retail politics. After all, there are election cycles other than his own.
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:
CORRECTION: In Thursday's original post, Rep. Scott Murphy was mistakenly identified as Rep. Scott Brown. We have corrected the error throughout the story.
New York 20: Rep. Scott Murphy defends his seat.Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: Hudson valley including Albany
Days until the election: 40
This is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's old seat, which remained in Democratic hands when Rep. Scott Murphy won the special election held last year. The GOP has mounted a pretty strong effort to win this district over to their column, with a ticket that unified even before the state's primary, when Republican candidate Pat Ziegler dropped out of the race and endorsed retired Army Colonel and Iraq vet Chris Gibson. Still, heading into the final stretch of the general election, prominent political handicappers Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook agree that this seat will likely stay blue.
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CNN: GOP's 'Pledge to America' lays out a governing agenda
House Republican leaders will unveil a 21-page "Pledge to America" on Thursday that presents a "governing agenda" for what Republicans would do if they win control of Congress in November. CNN obtained a copy of the document Wednesday. The plan focuses primarily on jobs and the economy, with a short reference in the "preamble" to the party's position on social issues.