Maine governor says NAACP can 'kiss my butt'
January 14th, 2011
01:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Maine governor says NAACP can 'kiss my butt'

(CNN) – Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is keeping up his reputation for blunt language, telling an unhappy NAACP chapter that they can "kiss my butt."

The governor made the comments to CNN affiliate WCSH after being asked about criticism he received from the organization for refusing to attend an event it is sponsoring on behalf of Martin Luther King Day.
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White House shuffles press staff
January 14th, 2011
01:34 PM ET
3 years ago

White House shuffles press staff

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced a shuffling of the press staff on Friday, with Mike Hammer moving over to the State Department and Tommy Vietor getting a promotion.

Gibbs revealed that Hammer, spokesman for the National Security Council, is moving over to the State Department to be principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs.
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This Sunday on 'State of the Union'
January 14th, 2011
01:25 PM ET
3 years ago

This Sunday on 'State of the Union'

Out of last week’s mass shooting in Tucson have emerged endless questions.

This Sunday, on a special edition of State of the Union, we’ll spend the hour searching for answers as we look at the state of mental health.

Full guest rundown, after the jump:
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Republican leader backs SOTU seat mix up
January 14th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
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Republican leader backs SOTU seat mix up

Baltimore (CNN) – The No. 3 House Republican endorsed the suggestion Friday that Democrats and Republicans sit side-by-side at the president's State of the Union address later this month.

"I like the idea," House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy told reporters.  McCarthy did not say he or other GOP leaders were instructing Republican rank and file to seek out seats on the House floor next to Democrats.
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'I'll run for president or open a margarita bar' becomes the Pawlenty mantra
January 14th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
3 years ago

'I'll run for president or open a margarita bar' becomes the Pawlenty mantra

Coral Gables, Florida (CNN) - For one potential presidential candidate, it's a tempting choice: should he try to become the most powerful leader of the free world? Or should he just open a bar, instead?

That's what Republican Tim Pawlenty has repeatedly said now about his considerations of a presidential bid – albeit the former Minnesota governor says it jokingly. Call it a talking point - with salt.
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Filed under: 2012 • Hispanic Leadership Network • Tim Pawlenty
Biden picks centrist as new top aide
January 14th, 2011
11:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Biden picks centrist as new top aide

(CNN) – Washington (CNN) - In the latest sign that President Obama's administration is taking on a more centrist and Clintonian bent, Vice President Biden announced Friday that Bruce Reed will be his new chief of staff.

Reed will succeed Ron Klain as the Vice President's chief of staff, a move that will instantly give liberals more heartburn that the White House is moving sharply to the middle to deal with the new closely-divided Congress, especially in the wake of other top Clinton officials being tapped for key posts, including Bill Daley as White House Chief of Staff and Gene Sperling as chair of the National Economic Council.
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Palin to break media silence to Sean Hannity
January 14th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin to break media silence to Sean Hannity

(CNN) – After a tough week for Sarah Palin during which she was sharply criticized for her reaction to the Arizona shootings, the former Alaska governor will sit down with Fox New’s Sean Hannity on Monday – her first television interview since the uproar.

That Palin is breaking her media silence on Fox is of course not surprising – she is a paid contributor to the network and Hannity is likely to provide a sympathetic audience for the former vice presidential candidate after a week of criticisms from the left and right about her eight-minute video response to the events in Arizona.
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Romney in Israel
January 14th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney in Israel

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's week-long trip in the Middle East has taken the all-but-declared presidential candidate to Israel, where he scored a sit down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the former Massachusetts governor is the first of many likely 2012 presidential candidates to venture to Israel ahead of the race for the White House in a demonstration of solidarity with the longtime U.S. ally.
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Filed under: Israel • Mitt Romney
Palin back on the speaking circuit, to appear at hunting convention
January 14th, 2011
09:33 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin back on the speaking circuit, to appear at hunting convention

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is venturing back on the speaking circuit, scheduled to appear at the Safari Club International's annual hunter's convention at the end of the month in Reno, Nevada.

The convention is the largest fundraising event of the year for the group, which calls itself the "leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide."
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Memorial service set for famed U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke
January 14th, 2011
08:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Memorial service set for famed U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke

Washington (CNN) - The Kennedy Center will host a memorial service Friday for Richard Holbrooke, the veteran U.S. diplomat who died last month after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta.

The service will be attended by various dignitaries, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Pakistani President Asif Zardari will also attend.

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