Ruling expected Friday in nation's last Senate battle
December 8th, 2010
11:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Ruling expected Friday in nation's last Senate battle

(CNN)- The judge presiding over Alaska's Senate race challenge is expected to issue a ruling Friday.

Arguments began Wednesday in the legal challenge filed by Joe Miller which asserts that Alaska law prohibits misspelled write-in ballots from being counted and bars the state from applying more lenient standards for write-in ballots than other ballots.
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Filed under: Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
Obama phones supporters to defend GOP deal
December 8th, 2010
11:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama phones supporters to defend GOP deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) -With anger mounting from liberals over his compromise on extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts, President Obama joined a phone call with progressive activists Tuesday evening, and said he was "absolutely convinced" he got the best possible deal.

"We put up the best possible fight under the circumstances," the president said on a phone call arranged by 'Organizing for America,' the organization behind his presidential campaign that is now part of the DNC."

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Filed under: President Obama • Tax deal
House approves DREAM Act, but Senate approval uncertain
December 8th, 2010
09:29 PM ET
3 years ago

House approves DREAM Act, but Senate approval uncertain

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A hotly debated measure that offers a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children won approval Wednesday from the U.S. House.

The 216-198 vote, mostly on partisan lines, sends the so-called DREAM Act to the Senate, where it was uncertain if supporters had the votes to overcome a certain Republican filibuster against it.

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Filed under: House of Representatives • Immigration • Senate
Top Obama aides defend tax deal as some Democrats fume
December 8th, 2010
09:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Obama aides defend tax deal as some Democrats fume

WASHINGTON (CNN) –  President Barack Obama's top aides on Wednesday defended the tax plan hammered out with Republican leaders, saying Democrats are coming around to the reality that the agreement contains plenty of good things despite proposals they dislike.

At the same time, senior White House economic adviser Larry Summers warned Congress that failing to approve the agreement could lead to a double-dip recession in 2011.

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Filed under: David Axelrod • Larry Summers • President Obama • Tax deal
December 8th, 2010
09:09 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: House passes DREAM Act

(CNN)– The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a hotly debated measure that would create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Reid pushes online poker legislation but finds the deck stacked
December 8th, 2010
09:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Reid pushes online poker legislation but finds the deck stacked

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, may have to fold his efforts to push a measure legalizing online poker in the
United States into a tax-cut bill, in light of strenuous opposition from Republicans.

Such a provision would greatly benefit some of Reid's biggest campaign backers - those in the gaming industry, which has been lobbying for the change.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Nevada • New Jersey
House passes spending authorization bill
December 8th, 2010
07:33 PM ET
3 years ago

House passes spending authorization bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House on Wednesday passed a measure that authorizes almost $1.1 trillion in government spending for the rest of the fiscal year, which would be the same level as last year.

The 212-206 vote on mostly partisan lines sends the measure to the Senate for consideration.

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Palin's website hit by cyber-attack
December 8th, 2010
07:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin's website hit by cyber-attack

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is blaming supporters of WikiLeaks for a cyber-attack that briefly brought down her her political action committee web site this week.

Beginning Tuesday, an anonymous network of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks launched a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against against companies and political leaders critical of the whistle-blowing website, which has released thousands of previously-classified U.S. government documents.
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Filed under: Sarah Palin • WikiLeaks
Senate Democrats postpone planned vote on 'don't ask, don't tell'
December 8th, 2010
06:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats postpone planned vote on 'don't ask, don't tell'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Unable to secure needed Republican support, Senate Democrats decided Wednesday to postpone a planned make-or-break vote on starting debate on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.

Jim Manley, the spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said the showdown vote was delayed while negotiations continue with Republican senators whose support is necessary to overcome a GOP filibuster. Earlier, Reid said he was talking to one moderate Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, to try to gain her support.

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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Senate • Senate Democrats
December 8th, 2010
05:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Webb faces 'reality' on tax cuts, 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN)- Departing from the most vocal of his base, Democratic Virginia Senator Jim Webb believes the tax deal proposed by President Obama is "a good way for us to reinvigorate the economy" and tells Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that "the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy is a flawed policy."

Appearing on CNN's John King, USA, Wednesday at 7 p.m.ET, Webb calls President Obama's proposal a "true act of leadership" and says the "people are calling for some sort of stimulus to the economy." For Webb, Obama's tax deal is the answer.
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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Jim Webb • Tax deal
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