Poll: Emanuel front-runner in Chicago mayoral race
December 15th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Emanuel front-runner in Chicago mayoral race

(CNN) - As Rahm Emanuel attempts to prove that he's a Chicago resident, a new poll indicates that the former White House chief of staff is far ahead of his rivals in the battle to be the city's next mayor.

According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 32 percent of Chicago voters support Emanuel, with former Chicago City Colleges Board Chairman Gery Chico and Rep. Danny Davis each at nine percent, state Sen. James Meeks at six percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at six percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at three percent, former Sen. Roland Burris at two percent and 30 percent undecided.
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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Polls • Rahm Emanuel
Senate passes controversial tax cut deal
December 15th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate passes controversial tax cut deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate approved a controversial $858 billion tax cut package Wednesday, overwhelmingly voting to extend the Bush-era tax reductions despite a series of objections from both the left and the right.

The measure, which passed 81 to 19, now advances to the House of Representatives.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
Democrats rip GOP Senator over treaty
December 15th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats rip GOP Senator over treaty

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top Democrats blasted their GOP counterparts Wednesday for intentionally delaying consideration of the new nuclear arms treaty with Russia - a top presidential priority in the current lame duck session of Congress.

The Senate is set to begin debate on ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known as New START - Wednesday afternoon after passage of the recently negotiated tax deal.

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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Republicans • START treaty
One day after CNN, WMUR & Union Leader announce first 2012 N.H. presidential primary debate, Fox News follows suit
December 15th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
4 years ago

One day after CNN, WMUR & Union Leader announce first 2012 N.H. presidential primary debate, Fox News follows suit

Washington (CNN) - One day after CNN announced it is co-producing the first 2012 Republican Presidential Primary debate in New Hampshire, Fox News followed a similar plan.

On Tuesday, CNN announced it will partner with the Granite State's WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union leader for a debate scheduled for June 7, 2011.
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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • South Carolina
Huge gap in how Democrats, Republicans define 'compromise'
December 15th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Huge gap in how Democrats, Republicans define 'compromise'

(CNN) - Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether big men should cry, given Speaker-elect John Boehner's soggy "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Just for the record: fine by me, no big deal, even a good thing.

Now that that's out of the way, there is one exchange that actually matters way more than a few tears: Boehner's refusal to let the word "compromise" pass between his lips.

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Filed under: Democrats • Republicans
Tax-cut package: Is it worth the cost?
December 15th, 2010
11:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Tax-cut package: Is it worth the cost?

New York (CNNMoney.com) – The tax-cut compromise before the Senate Wednesday is expected to pass Congress largely intact even though everybody dislikes at least some piece of it.

Politically, of course, the compromise may work because everybody got at least something they wanted.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
Congress to be schooled
December 15th, 2010
11:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Congress to be schooled

(CNN) - Constitutional 101 is coming to Congress by way of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when he leads the first constitutional conservative seminar for members of Congress in late January.

Justice Scalia will lead the first session of the series created by Republican Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben.
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Filed under: Antonin Scalia • Congress • Michele Bachmann
Tax cut compromise becoming first debate of GOP presidential campaign?
December 15th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Tax cut compromise becoming first debate of GOP presidential campaign?

Washington (CNN) - Add Rep. Mike Pence to the list of possible 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls who are coming out against the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders.

Pence took to the floor of the House Wednesday morning to spell out his opposition:
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Filed under: 2012 • Mike Pence • Taxes
Obama brainstorming with 20 CEOs
December 15th, 2010
10:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama brainstorming with 20 CEOs

New York (CNNMoney.com) – President Obama said Wednesday that a meeting with 20 CEOs will help "find new ways to spur hiring, put Americans back to work and move our economy forward."

Obama plans to meet with some of the most prominent U.S. corporate leaders for a discussion covering such issues as trade, clean energy, the deficit and tax code reform.

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Filed under: President Obama
Poll: New low for Congress approval
December 15th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: New low for Congress approval

Washington (CNN) – Americans' approval of Congress has hit a new low, according to a new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates that only 13 percent of the public gives Congress a thumbs up on the way its handling its job, with 83 percent saying they disapprove. The 13 percent approval rating is the worst Gallup has measured in the more than three decades it has been tracking public opinion of Congress, with the 83 percent an all time high for a disapproval rating.
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