TRENDING: Huckabee takes Michelle Obama's side over Palin
December 22nd, 2010
09:02 AM ET
4 years ago

TRENDING: Huckabee takes Michelle Obama's side over Palin

(CNN) – Mike Huckabee is weighing in on the Sarah Palin v. Michelle Obama face-off when it comes to suggesting nutritional guidelines for Americans – and he's taking the First Lady's side.

"With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she's misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do," Huckabee, who has long documented his own battle with weight said Tuesday on the "Curtis Sliwa Show."
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Was Gibbs right?
December 22nd, 2010
08:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Was Gibbs right?

Washington (CNN) - Remember this exchange from November 30th between White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper:

TAPPER: So just to put a period on this, the president thinks that funding the government, passing unemployment-insurance extensions "don't ask, don't tell" repeal, the DREAM Act, tax cuts and START all can be done?

GIBBS: Yes.

TAPPER: In the next 18 days?

GIBBS: Yes.

TAPPER: Good luck.

GIBBS: Yes. Well, thank you. (Laughter.) Yeah, you'll have a lot to cover.

Well, it's been 22 days, but as the lame duck nears conclusion, lets bring you up to date.
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9/11 health bill vote may come Wednesday
December 22nd, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

9/11 health bill vote may come Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - A health care bill meant to provide free medical treatment to those suffering from the health effects of working in and near ground zero following the 2001 attacks may come up for a Senate vote on Wednesday.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said it appeared the bill will come up for a Senate vote once lawmakers vote on START, a nuclear arms control pact with Russia and a top foreign policy priority of President Obama.
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Obama to sign repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'
December 22nd, 2010
08:03 AM ET
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Obama to sign repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

(CNN) - President Obama will sign the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law Wednesday, ending a policy enacted in 1993 that banned openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.

The changes won't be immediate, possibly taking several months to implement, the White House has said.
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
December 22nd, 2010
04:18 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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CNN: Nuclear arms treaty clears key Senate hurdle
The new nuclear arms control pact with Russia cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday as the Senate voted to cut off debate on the measure. The 67-28 vote indicated a near-certain win for President Barack Obama on one of his top foreign policy priorities as Democrats continued to push through a series of measures before the end of the lame-duck session of Congress. Obama signed the treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April, and he made its ratification a major priority for current congressional session that ends in early January.

CNN: Obama to sign repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'
President Obama will sign the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law Wednesday, ending a policy enacted in 1993 that banned openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service. The changes won't be immediate, possibly taking several months to implement, the White House has said. The Pentagon has an 87-page implementation plan for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." Over the next several weeks, military officials need to examine and rewrite a series of policies, regulations and directives related to the current law. Once that potentially lengthy process is complete, Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will each have to certify that the repeal can move ahead without negatively affecting unit cohesion and military readiness. After the certification, another 60 days will need to pass before the repeal is officially enacted.

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