December 9th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate cancels DREAM vote

(CNN) - Senate Democrats canceled a scheduled vote on the DREAM Act on Thursday, a move that means the measure is likely dead for this year.

The hotly debated measure that offers a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children narrowly won approval Wednesday from the U.S. House.
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Huckabee builds fancy digs
December 9th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee builds fancy digs

(CNN) - As he considers a second run for president, Mike Huckabee is building some fancy new digs in Florida.

According to the Arkansas Times, the 2008 presidential candidate is constructing a $2.2 million home on a lot in Blue Mountain Beach he acquired earlier in the year for $800,000. The beach is located near Destin Florida, on the state's panhandle.
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Filed under: Mike Huckabee
House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill
December 9th, 2010
11:32 AM ET
3 years ago

House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill

(CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

"This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It's as simple as that," said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
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Filed under: House Democrats • President Obama • Taxes
Reid may press ahead with 'don't ask, don't tell' vote
December 9th, 2010
10:37 AM ET
3 years ago

Reid may press ahead with 'don't ask, don't tell' vote

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be pressing ahead with a Senate vote Thursday that could doom the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members.

The vote may come despite progress in talks Wednesday night on a deal to get GOP Maine Sen. Susan Collins' vote. Collins, a supporter of the repeal, had been demanding ample debate time and amendments in exchange for her vote to start debate on the defense bill, which includes the repeal.
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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Harry Reid
Orioles distance themselves from player's Obama comments
December 9th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Orioles distance themselves from player's Obama comments

(CNN) - It could be an interesting Opening Day come April when Orioles Designated Hitter Luke Scott steps to the plate.

The baseball organization is now putting distance between themselves and comments from Scott, who in a recent interview doubted President Obama was born in the United States.
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Filed under: President Obama
December 9th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: 51 percent say they're worse off now than 2 years ago

Washington (CNN) - A new survey suggests that just over half of Americans say they're worse off now than they were two years ago.

And a Bloomberg National Poll released Thursday also indicates that two-thirds of the public thinks the country's headed on the wrong track, slightly higher than in other recent surveys by other organizations.
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Filed under: Polls
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral
December 9th, 2010
09:20 AM ET
3 years ago

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral

(CNN) - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday's funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Kansas-based Church - monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center - is known for its extremist opposition to homosexuals, Jews and other groups.
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Filed under: Elizabeth Edwards
December 9th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
Trump 'really thinking' about prez bid
December 9th, 2010
08:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Trump 'really thinking' about prez bid

(CNN) – Let’s get one thing straight: Donald Trump doesn’t want to run for president. Honestly, he doesn’t. Not interested.

But because the country is in such dire straits, he says, the business tycoon and perennial publicity hound just might have no choice. The country needs him.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 9, 2010
December 9th, 2010
05:10 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, December 9, 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: House approves DREAM Act, but Senate approval uncertain
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. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - or DREAM - would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children under the age of 16 and have lived in America for at least five years, obtained a high school or General Education Development diploma and demonstrated "good moral character," according to a White House fact sheet.

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