November 12th, 2010
02:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Fresh legal challenge, and activist with controversial history, enter Alaska Senate drama

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) – Amid dramatic new twists and turns in the nation's last, undecided Senate race enters a conservative with an activist past that is revered by some and reviled by others.

His political resume includes a current effort to impeach President Obama, the past Bill Clinton & Gennifer Flowers drama - and authoring one of the most notorious political attack ads in modern history, the "Willie Horton" ad.
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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska
November 12th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Supreme Court orders 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy to remain in effect for now

(CNN) - The Supreme Court has turned aside a homosexual rights group's request to temporarily suspend enforcement of the controversial "Don't Ask/Don' Tell" policy on gays in the military.

The justices issued a brief order Friday allowing the policy to remain in effect temporarily, until the full appeals process is completed.
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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Supreme Court
November 12th, 2010
12:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Notebook: A Preview of Candy Crowley's Interview with President Bush

(CNN) – Listen as CNN's Candy Crowley, host of "State of the Union," previews her prime time Sunday interview with former President George W. Bush about his new memoir, "Decision Points."
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November 12th, 2010
12:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin e-mail hacker sentenced to over a year in prison

(CNN) –  The man convicted of hacking into former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in federal prison, along with three years of supervised release, according to a courtroom deputy.

A federal judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, rejected a request from David Kernell's attorney for a sentence of probation only.  Federal prosecutors had pushed for at least 18 months in prison.
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Filed under: Sarah Palin
November 12th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Cindy v. John McCain on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(CNN) – Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona Republican Sen. and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, is again publicly at odds with her famous husband, this time appearing in a web video advocating for the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future," Mrs. McCain says in the video. "They can't serve our country openly."
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Filed under: Cindy McCain • John McCain
November 12th, 2010
09:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Half happy about midterm results

Washington (CNN) – A new poll indicates that just under half of all Americans are happy about the results of last week's midterm elections.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 48 percent of the public says they are happy that the GOP won control of the House of Representatives, with 34 percent saying they are unhappy and 18 percent saying they didn't know or refused to answer.
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Filed under: Congress • Polls
November 12th, 2010
09:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Michigan Republican to challenge Steele

Washington (CNN) – Pledging to focus on the "nuts & bolts," Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis declared his candidacy Friday to head the Republican National Committee, setting up a potential showdown with current Chairman Michael Steele.

Steele has not publicly stated whether he will seek a second term, but is privately taking steps to do so including reaching out to trusted advisors to discuss his campaign team and strategy.
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Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
November 12th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Alaska vote count drama offers potential for family feud

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. But is it thicker than politics?

In Alaska's undecided Senate race, two fierce competitors are battling for every vote: he wants Republican Joe Miller to win. No way, she says - the seat should stay in GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski's hands.
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Filed under: Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
November 12th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama insists he's not caving on tax cuts

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) – President Obama declared Friday that his "number one priority" is preserving tax cuts for the middle class, and sharply denied that comments by his senior adviser David Axelrod suggest that his administration is about to cave in to Republicans who also want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

"That is the wrong interpretation because I haven't had a conversation with Democratic and Republican leaders," Obama said of a Huffington Post article suggesting that in advance of negotiations with lawmakers next week the White House has calculated that giving in on tax cuts for the rich is the only way to get the middle class cuts extended too.
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Filed under: President Obama
November 12th, 2010
04:15 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, November 12, 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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For the latest political news:  www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN: Sources: Compromise could temporarily extend all bush tax cuts
An emerging tax cut compromise could be to temporarily extend Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels, congressional sources in both parties told CNN Thursday. Republican and Democratic sources say in this scenario – a short term extension across the board – both sides would be giving ground. Democrats would compromise on their pledge to let tax cuts for the wealthy expire, and Republicans would give on their promise to make all tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest Americans, permanent.

Washington Post: Liberals plan to push Obama not to compromise with GOP
On the heels of the Democratic Party's huge losses in last week's midterm elections, liberal activists have begun planning to push President Obama on a series of issues, demanding that he not cede any ground to Republicans. Liberal groups have blasted Obama at times over the past two years as not being sufficiently dedicated to their positions – history that factored into their criticism of the White House on Thursday for signaling that it will compromise with the GOP on the issue of extending tax cuts that are scheduled to expire this year.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
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