Political Circus: Elmo in the (White) House
December 16th, 2010
01:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: Elmo in the (White) House

Washington (CNN) – Politics is serious business - but not all the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.

Tickle me healthy

Sesame Street's Elmo visited the White House this week just as President Obama signed the Hunger-Free Kids Act into law. Elmo's visit took him to the White House kitchen where he helped Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass with food - and a little politicking.
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Filed under: Political Circus • White House
Poll: Casey in OK shape 23 months before election
December 16th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Casey in OK shape 23 months before election

(CNN) - Republicans scored big victories in Pennsylvania in last month's midterm elections, winning back the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and five House seats from the Democrats.

But looking ahead to 2012, a new poll of Keystone state voters indicates there is a plurality of support for re-electing Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Casey • Pennsylvania
BREAKING: House Democratic leaders pull the tax bill from the House floor
December 16th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: House Democratic leaders pull the tax bill from the House floor

Washington (CNN) – As the debate over how the tax cut bill will be brought to the floor and voted on was wrapping up, House Democratic leaders abruptly PULLED the "rule" from the floor because they don't know if they have enough votes to even bring the tax bill to the floor, according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.

Before the debate on the tax bill starts, the House first needs to pass the rule on how the debate and votes will go, with a simple majority vote. Because Republicans will all vote against the rule set by Democratic leaders – Pelosi and Democratic leaders need to pass the rule just with Democratic votes.
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Filed under: Taxes
Poll: Obama vs. Palin in 2012
December 16th, 2010
11:55 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Obama vs. Palin in 2012

Washington (CNN) – It's the most talked about of all the hypothetical 2012 presidential matchups: President Barack Obama vs. former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

And a new poll indicates that Obama leads the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee by 22 points. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday, 55 percent say they would back Obama in a possible 2012 showdown, with 33 percent saying they would support Palin.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Sarah Palin
GOP rips $1.1 trillion spending bill
December 16th, 2010
11:33 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP rips $1.1 trillion spending bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans took aim Thursday at a nearly $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year, complaining about the cost and size of the measure.

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the legislation Wednesday along largely partisan lines.

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Filed under: Congress • Republicans
Santorum says no to tax cut deal; Daniels gives lukewarm approval
December 16th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum says no to tax cut deal; Daniels gives lukewarm approval

Washington (CNN) - Add Rick Santorum to the growing list of possible 2012 GOP presidential candidates who have come out against the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders.

The former Pennsylvania senator says in a statement that "this is clearly a difficult vote where conservatives can honestly end up on either side. I accept Republican assertions that this was the best deal they could get now, and that it would be damaging to this struggling economy to let the biggest tax increase in history go into effect now. However, I think on balance the right vote is a no vote."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • Rick Santorum • Taxes
GOP Rep. blasts tax deal
December 16th, 2010
09:58 AM ET
Biden issues Senate call to action
December 16th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Biden issues Senate call to action

(CNN) - Vice President Biden called on Congress to "get out of the way" to allow for a vote on the New START Treaty and criticized members for complaining about their schedule.

"I hope I don't get in the way of your Christmas shopping, but this is the nation's business," Biden said in an interview Wednesday set to air on NBC.
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Filed under: Congress • Joe Biden • Senate • START treaty
Daniels will decide on presidential bid before May
December 16th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
3 years ago

Daniels will decide on presidential bid before May

Washington (CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is setting a deadline for when he must decide whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Daniels, a favorite among Republican insiders who respect his fiscally conservative record, said Wednesday that he must figure out his plans by the end of April, when Indiana's legislative session is slated to wrap up.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels
Gingrich headlining South Carolina GOP dinner
December 16th, 2010
08:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich headlining South Carolina GOP dinner

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is returning to South Carolina Thursday to headline the Spartanburg Republican Party's Bronze Elephant Dinner.

Gingrich has appeared in the "First-in-the-South" presidential primary state repeatedly in the last year, most recently in October, when he hosted a crowded town hall in Greenville just before Election Day.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
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