House Democrat compares Republican 'lies' to Nazi propagandist
January 19th, 2011
04:11 PM ET
4 years ago

House Democrat compares Republican 'lies' to Nazi propagandist

Washington (CNN) - A House Democrat compared Republicans to one of the most reviled Nazis during World War ll– ignoring efforts on both sides of the aisle to tone down the political rhetoric.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, used a late night House floor speech Tuesday to hit Republicans for what he called "lies" about a government takeover of the health care system, and evoked Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
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Filed under: Congress • Republicans
Obama jokes about 2012 race
January 19th, 2011
04:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama jokes about 2012 race

(CNN) - President Barack Obama weighed into the 2012 race Wednesday, albeit jokingly.

At a White House press availability with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama downplayed the possibility of Jon Huntsman, his ambassador to China, challenging him in the next presidential election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • President Obama
Another serious New Hampshire hire for Santorum
January 19th, 2011
02:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Another serious New Hampshire hire for Santorum

Washington (CNN) - More signals from Rick Santorum that he's getting ready to officially run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Wednesday the former senator from Pennsylvania said that a longtime GOP activist will serve as chairwoman of his political action committee, America's Foundation, in New Hampshire, a state that plays a crucial role in the race for the White House.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Santorum
Political Circus: Ben & Jerry's founders take on the high court
January 19th, 2011
02:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Political Circus: Ben & Jerry's founders take on the high court

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of 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.

No 'Chunky Monkey' for Supreme Court

The founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream have a new target - and it isn't Haagen-Dazs. It's the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Filed under: Political Circus • Supreme Court
Beck's message: Fix your 'self'
January 19th, 2011
02:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Beck's message: Fix your 'self'

(CNN) - Fox News anchor Glenn Beck knows how you can fix yourself, and he's written a book about it. In his new self-help book, "The Seven: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life," he extols the virtues of looking inward to fix the country. In Beck's words "We fix our country by fixing our self. It's not going to be fixed in Washington."

Appearing on NBC's "Today" Wednesday to promote "The Seven," Beck adamantly denied that he has ever contributed to a politically charged climate with statements made in jest, including when he said he wanted to poison Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi or beat Congressman Charlie Rangel with a shovel.
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Filed under: Glenn Beck
Lieberman announces retirement
January 19th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Lieberman announces retirement

(CNN) – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, telling reporters at a midday press conference "I have decided that it's time to turn the page to a new chapter."

"I've loved serving in the Senate and I feel good about what I've accomplished. But I know that it is the right decision, and I must say, having made it, I am excited to begin a new chapter of life with new opportunities," said Lieberman Wednesday.
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Filed under: Joe Lieberman
Daley gets down to business
January 19th, 2011
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Daley gets down to business

Washington (CNN) - As he drove to a Dunkin' Donuts in Nashville early on Election Day 2000, Bill Daley's reputation for being the calmest guy in the middle of a crisis was being severely put to the test.

It was 6:30 a.m., and Daley had just picked up Don Baer, a last-minute addition to Vice President Al Gore's campaign to help with communications strategy, at his hotel. They decided to get a cup of coffee on their way to Gore's campaign office to begin fueling up for what could be a long night of waiting for election returns.

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Filed under: President Obama • William Daley
McCain: Hopes Obama considers Lieberman for defense secretary
January 19th, 2011
12:33 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain: Hopes Obama considers Lieberman for defense secretary

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, tells CNN he believes his good friend Joe Lieberman would make a good defense secretary for President Obama, calling him "one of the most informed members of the Senate on national security issues and homeland security issues."

McCain was answering a question from CNN in a telephone interview about whether the president should consider picking Lieberman for the post, since Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he wants to leave this year.
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Filed under: Joe Lieberman • John McCain • President Obama
CNN Poll: Obama vs. GOP in Congress
January 19th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama vs. GOP in Congress

Washington (CNN) – Although the public thinks that GOP control of the U.S. House of Representatives will be good for the country, a new national poll indicates most Americans appear to prefer President Barack Obama's approach to the issues.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also suggests that new House Speaker John Boehner's star is on the rise.

Full results (pdf)
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Filed under: CNN Poll Archive • Extra • Hillary Clinton • John Boehner • John McCain • Polls • President Obama
Speaker Boehner: 'No artificial deadlines' for replacing health care law
January 19th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Speaker Boehner: 'No artificial deadlines' for replacing health care law

Washington (CNN) - As the House of Representatives moved forward with a vote on Wednesday to repeal the health care law, House Speaker John Boehner said there is no set timeline for a vote on an alternative to replace it.

"I don't know that we need artificial deadlines set up for the committees to act," Boehner told reporters after the weekly Republican conference meeting, adding that the House will vote to instruct the committees to begin working on a replacement on Thursday. "We expect them to act in an efficient way, allowing all of their members on their committees to be heard, both Democrats and Republicans."
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Health care • John Boehner
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