Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – President Obama believes in second chances. The president recently called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and, during the conversation, the two discussed Michael Vick and the fresh start the quarterback has received while at the team, according to the White House.
“He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, “but, as he's said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.”
Washington (CNN) - Alvin Greene, the surprise Democratic nominee in the South Carolina Senate race against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, is trying it again.
This time he is running for a State House seat vacated when Democratic Rep. Cathy Harvin died. Greene filed the necessary paperwork and the $165 fee with the Clarendon County Democratic Party on December 24, according to county chairman Cal Land. Greene is expected to be one of at least three candidates running in the February 15 primary. The general election is April 5.
Washington (CNN) - Barbara Mikulski remembers what a man's world the Senate was when she arrived 24 years ago.
"There's this place called the Senate gym. The locker room," Mikulski says, slowly and emphatically for effect.
"They just couldn't accommodate me and I'm not much of a jock anyway, but that's where they networked and that's where they bonded," Mikulski says, speaking of her male Senate colleagues.FULL STORY
TOPICS: Federal deficit, earmarks
Washington (CNN) - How important is the federal deficit?
According to a new national poll, it's very important in the minds of most Americans. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that only one in five believe that deficit reduction should be the main goal of government today.
(CNN)–What is Jon Stewart? A lot was made of the "Daily Show" host after his D.C. rally, which got major national attention and saw hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance. Recently Stewart took up the cause of the 9/11 first responders, called out the Senators holding up the health care bill and held a powerful panel of first responders to talk about the issue. Late last week, it passed.
Today the New York Times (as well as NPR) profiled Stewart and his successful 9/11 first responder efforts, with the NYT saying it had "echoes of Murrow" – referring to legendary news anchor Edward R. Murrow. Stewart is an extremely influential member of the media. But he is not like Murrow – or even a journalist.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie vowed to end the "birther" controversy surrounding President Obama's nationality once and for all.
Abercrombie, a newly-elected Democrat, told CNN that he will do whatever it takes to prove once and for all that Obama was born in Hawaii.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - This 111th Congress will and should be remembered for the messy fights it produced and the sweeping bills it passed, from health care reform to the stimulus bill.
But when it came to some of the day-in, day-out business of governing, this Congress showed a near addiction to procrastination.
In this week's American Sauce, we count how many times the 111th punted on major issues, kicking decisions down the road for a few months and sometimes just a few days and keeping millions of people, who relied on those decisions, in limbo. Click to listen to the podcast here:
Or keep reading to see our extensive list of the 111th's biggest punts.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is the most admired man of 2010, according to a new national poll.
The Gallup survey released Monday indicates Obama leads the pack of former presidents, religious leaders and cultural icons for the third year in a row with 22 percent. He is followed by former President George W. Bush with five percent and former President Bill Clinton with four percent.
(CNN) - Democrat Richard M. Daley is now Chicago's longest-serving mayor, surpassing the previous milestone set by his father, Richard J. Daley.
The younger Daley has now served 7,918 days in office, or 21 years and eight months, which is two more day than the elder Daley served from 1955 until 1976.