October 12th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
4 years ago

Oil moratorium could be lifted soon

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Washington (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just wrapped up his morning gaggle with reporters on Tuesday where he announced that the administration is close to lifting the moratorium on off shore oil drilling.
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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • issues • White House Dispatch
October 12th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Mayor to Sharron Angle: Come to Dearborn

(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle will soon receive a personal invitation to visit Dearborn, Michigan – and a bit of the history lesson in the process.

Last week at a rally of Tea Party movement supporters, Angle said Dearborn and Frankford, Texas are subject to Sharia, or Islamic law.

“We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it,” Angle said according to audio of the rally obtained by the Washington Post. “My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States.”

Read the mayor's letter to Angle and more at the AC360 blog:
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Filed under: Sharron Angle
October 12th, 2010
10:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Clinton to team up with Reid in Las Vegas

(CNN) - Some big names are headed to Nevada to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he fights for his political life.

Former President Bill Clinton teams up with the top Senate Democrat Tuesday night. The former president joins Reid at what's being called a "pre-early vote" campaign rally at a high school in Las Vegas. Early voting for the midterm elections begins in Nevada on Saturday.

The four-term senator is being challenged by former Nevada state lawmaker and Republican nominee Sharron Angle, who enjoys the backing of many in the Tea Party movement.
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October 12th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama a hypocrite, Rove says

(CNN) – The ongoing battle between the White House and Karl Rove continued Tuesday morning, with the former Bush aide accusing President Obama of outright hypocrisy when it comes to campaign finance transparency.

"For the president to say a legal and lawful action by private groups, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, when he himself is relying on political groups….the president is being hypocritical about this," Rove said on ABC's Good Morning America in response to recent attacks from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that a group Rove has raised money for – Crossroads GPS – does not disclose its donors.
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Filed under: 2010 • Karl Rove • President Obama
October 12th, 2010
08:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama hosts townhall to try and energize Democrats

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will host a webcast townhall Tuesday night, in the latest bid by party leaders to motivate Democrats to vote in the midterm elections.

The president will travel a few blocks from the White House to George Washington University, to headline a "Moving America Forward" town hall sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

DNC spokeswoman Lynda Tran says the president will take questions from the estimated 125 people in attendance, as well as through Facebook, Twitter and what the party touts as the first time ever use of Skype in such a setting. The event will be live-streamed on http://www.barackobama.com/live.
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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • DNC • President Obama
October 12th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
4 years ago

Wild swings in Florida gov. race

(CNN) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink has pulled to within one point of her GOP opponent and has taken a massive lead among independent voters in the Sunshine State, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that former health care executive Rick Scott, the Republican nominee, holds a 45 to 44 percent lead among likely voters over Sink, the state's chief financial officer. A Quinnipiac poll conducted at the end of September put Scott's lead at six points.

Independent voters, who in the previous Quinnipiac poll backed Scott by a 46 to 40 percent margin, now support Sink by a whopping 17 points, 51 to 34 percent.
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Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Rick Scott
October 12th, 2010
08:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Condoleezza Rice's civil rights era memoir goes on sale

(CNN) – Condoleezza Rice's personal memoir of her family history hits the book stands Tuesday. In "Extraordinary, Ordinary People," the former U.S. Secretary of State recalls much of her family's time during the Civil Rights era in Birmingham.

Rice has said that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House but felt she could not do so until people understood the "personal and implausible journey" she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being named the first female African-American to lead the State Department.
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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice
October 12th, 2010
07:54 AM ET
4 years ago

Congressional candidate defends wearing Nazi outfit for re-enactment

(CNN) - A Republican candidate running for U.S. Congress says his past donning of a Nazi outfit was part of a historical lesson - and defended his background in military re-enactments.

Rich Iott, a Tea Party favorite running for election in Ohio's 9th Congressional District, explained his position during an interview on CNN's "AC 360" Monday night.
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Filed under: 2010 • Rich Iott
October 12th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Grayson's bombastic rhetoric may cost him his seat

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:

FL-08: Rep. Alan Grayson is in danger of losing his seat.
Primary: August 24, 2010
Location: The middle of the state/a piece of Orlando
Days until the election: 21

This race is nothing if not interesting. First off, you have outspoken and controversial incumbent, Rep. Alan Grayson who has served one term in the House of Representatives, and earned far more than his share of bombastic headlines, famously referring to a woman lobbyist as a "K-Street Whore," and summarizing the Republican position on health care as "If you get sick, die quickly," much to the dismay of his party.
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Filed under: 2010 • Alan Grayson • CNN 100 • Florida
October 12th, 2010
04:39 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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

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For the latest political news:  www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN Poll: Most disapprove of both GOP and Democrats in Congress
Most Americans disapprove of how both the Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are handling their jobs, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that the public does not seem optimistic about the economy if either the GOP or the Democrats control Congress next year.

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