Is Rendell the new Rahm?
October 4th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Is Rendell the new Rahm?

(CNN) - Ed Rendell isn't being bashful: he wants the top staff job in the White House.

The outgoing and always outspoken governor of Pennsylvania has told Bloomberg News that being chief of staff to President Obama is the "only" administration post he'd be interested in.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Ed Rendell • Rahm Emanuel
October 4th, 2010
08:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Steele rallies GOP in Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – GOP Chairman Michael Steele told a small crowd of Nevada Republican Party activists and candidates that the GOP and the Tea Party are "locked hand in hand"–particularly when it comes to defeating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"What has captured the nation's attention is this little thing called the Senate race," Steele began. "And I'm here to tell you, the people of Nevada, a Senate seat is an awful thing to waste. Do not waste it by re-electing [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid. Let's elect Sharron Angle the next senator from this state."

Steele's comments came along his "Fire [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi" bus tour as it rolled into Las Vegas Sunday afternoon.

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Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele
October 4th, 2010
07:59 AM ET
4 years ago

New Supreme Court term begins; Kagan to recuse from dozens of cases

Washington (CNN) – Noisy protests at military funerals, immigration reform and violent video games are among the issues on the Supreme Court's docket as the high court begins its new term Monday.

The term also marks the debut of Justice Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court and the first time three women will serve on the nine-justice panel.

Roughly 52 appeals are currently on the high court's schedule. About another two dozen are expected to be added in coming months.

But Kagan, 50, will recuse herself from at least 24 cases already on the docket. That means she will not sit in oral arguments or vote on the outcomes.

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Filed under: Elena Kagan • Supreme Court
Emanuel to begin tour of Chicago neighborhoods
October 4th, 2010
07:49 AM ET
4 years ago

Emanuel to begin tour of Chicago neighborhoods

Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - Rahm Emanuel is kicking off his "Tell It Like It Is" tour of Chicago communities and neighborhoods Monday morning, his campaign announced.

A downtown Chicago bus stop will host the event at 8 a.m. (9 a.m. ET), according to Aimee Jasculca with the campaign.

Emanuel officially announced the tour over the weekend in his first web video since he left the White House Friday to begin the process of running for mayor of Chicago.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Rahm Emanuel
October 4th, 2010
07:37 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Toss up in Pennsylvania 07

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:

PA 07: OPEN SEAT- Rep. Joe Sestak is running for Senate
Primary: May 18 2010
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
Days until the election: 30

This district seems to be shaping up as a great bellwether for the outcome of November's midterm election, and may even be a good predictor for the political dynamic in 2012.

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Filed under: CNN 100 • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania
October 4th, 2010
06:05 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC raises $16 million in September

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee will report raising $16 million in September, the committee's biggest cash haul so far in the 2010 election cycle.

The DNC is not required to report its fundraising totals until later this month, but Democrats are eager to promote this bit of good news as political discussion has centered on whether Republicans will wrest back control of the U.S. House and perhaps the Senate from Democrats in the November midterms.

The DNC's previous high-water mark for fundraising in the 2010 election cycle was $13.3 million in March. In August, the DNC took in about $11 million.

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Filed under: 2010 • DNC
October 4th, 2010
04:23 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, October 4, 2010

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Angle urges Nevada candidate to pull out, criticizes Republicans
Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle urged third party candidate Scott Ashjia to pull out of the race at a meeting last week, saying his campaign could result in re-election for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to an audio tape of the meeting recorded by Ashjia. During the session, she offered Ashjian access to several Republican Senators and "whatever juice I have" to help persuade him.

Wall Street Journal: Obama Likely to Scale Back Legislative Plans
President Barack Obama, facing at best narrower Democratic majorities in Congress next year, is likely to break up his remaining legislative priorities into smaller bites in hope of securing at least some piecemeal proposals on energy, climate change, immigration and terrorism policy, White House officials say.In a series of recent campaign appearances, Mr. Obama has talked up the stakes in the November election as he seeks to energize supporters and retain Democratic control of Congress. At the same time, White House officials have begun revamping their legislative strategies.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
October 4th, 2010
12:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Angle urges Nevada candidate to pull out, criticizes Republicans

Washington (CNN) - Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle urged third party candidate Scott Ashjian to pull out of the race at a meeting last week, saying his campaign could result in re-election for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to an audio tape of the meeting recorded by Ashjia.

During the session, she offered Ashjian access to several Republican Senators and "whatever juice I have" to help persuade him.

"Anything I can deliver personally I am glad to," Angle told Ashjian,who is running as a Tea Party candidate, during the Wednesday night meeting.

Angle said she and Ashjian share the same views of why the current political system is broken, but told him the best way for her to achieve her goals was to run as a Republican.

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Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
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