'First Tea Party town hall' sees political unity, few tough questions for lawmakers
February 8th, 2011
11:53 PM ET
3 years ago

'First Tea Party town hall' sees political unity, few tough questions for lawmakers

Washington (CNN) - Six members of Congress faced conservative activists in what organizers called the "first Tea Party town hall" on Tuesday.

Attendees included Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, both of Utah, as well as Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Allen West of Florida and Steve King of Iowa.
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Filed under: Allen West • Michele Bachmann • Mike Lee • Orrin Hatch • Steve King • Tea Party Express
Hatch: 'I'm a tough guy,' says he doesn't fear a GOP re-election challenge
February 8th, 2011
11:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Hatch: 'I'm a tough guy,' says he doesn't fear a GOP re-election challenge

Washington (CNN) - Who's afraid of a big, bad re-election challenge from inside his own party?

Sen. Orrin Hatch says, he's not.

Amid rumblings that the Utah Republican may face intra-party challenges as he readies for re-election to a seventh term, Hatch said, "I've always had convention challenges."
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Filed under: Orrin Hatch • Tea Party movement
House defeats bill extending Patriot Act provisions until December
February 8th, 2011
08:58 PM ET
3 years ago

House defeats bill extending Patriot Act provisions until December

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A bill to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act and Intelligence Reform bill that are due to expire next month failed to win approval Tuesday from the U.S. House of Representatives.

The House voted 277-148 in favor of the bill, which fell short of the 284 votes needed to pass, because it was considered under a House rule that required a two-thirds majority.

In the vote, 26 Republicans joined 122 Democrats in opposing the bill that would have extended the provisions through December 8, 2011.

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Dee Dee Myers talks about helping Aaron Sorkin with the 'West Wing'
February 8th, 2011
08:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Dee Dee Myers talks about helping Aaron Sorkin with the 'West Wing'

Washington (CNN) - As the first female White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers will go into the history books, but she'll also be remembered for inspiring the creation of a female character on the popular TV series, "The West Wing." That character's name was C.J. Cregg, a press secretary for the fictional Bartlett administration during the series' run from 1999 to 2006.

Myers, Bill Clinton's press secretary for his first two years in office, talked about the show and the character of C.J. – portrayed by Allison Janney - on Monday during a roundtable discussion with previous White House press secretaries at George Washington University.
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White House getting 'specific' on Egypt tone
February 8th, 2011
07:27 PM ET
3 years ago

White House getting 'specific' on Egypt tone

Washington (CNN) - A White House official told CNN that Vice President Biden’s tough new language in a conversation with Egypt’s VP Omar Suleiman is part of an effort to be “as specific as possible.”

The two leaders spoke by phone Tuesday about the transition process that will shape Egypt’s future.

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Filed under: Egypt • Joe Biden
GOP knocks Democratic proposal to cut oil company tax breaks
February 8th, 2011
07:18 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP knocks Democratic proposal to cut oil company tax breaks

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats faced criticism Tuesday for urging House Republicans to cut "taxpayer-funded handouts to big oil companies" less than a week after several Democrats joined Republicans to defeat a Senate amendment that would have made similar cuts.

"Errr, this is a little embarrassing," said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in an e-mail blasted to Capitol Hill reporters.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Congress
Harman's departure likely to leave seat empty for months
February 8th, 2011
06:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Harman's departure likely to leave seat empty for months

Washington (CNN) - Democratic California Congresswoman Jane Harman said Tuesday the cost of a special election, forced by her resignation from Congress, will likely be "minimal." But despite her call to fill her seat as "quickly as possible," her abrupt resignation will likely result in her constituents being unrepresented for months.

Harman announced she would resign her seat in Congress in order to accept an appointment as the head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center beginning on February 28 at a news conference on Tuesday. She was sworn in to her ninth term representing the 36th district of California last month.
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Yes he can! Quit smoking that is
February 8th, 2011
06:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Yes he can! Quit smoking that is

Washington (CNN) - It’s the smoke-out heard around the world.

President Obama’s campaign slogan “Yes We Can” has now been replaced with “Yes he has,” well at least when it comes to smoking.

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Filed under: President Obama
Congress considers drug crackdown on 'bath salts'
February 8th, 2011
06:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Congress considers drug crackdown on 'bath salts'

Washington (CNN) - Congress will consider cracking down on a new drug that is similar to cocaine but is marketed as a household product and sold legally at convenience stores across the country.

Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer plans to introduce a bill to put these drugs - which are sold in small paper packets innocuously labeled "bath salts" - onto a list of controlled substances that would allow for government oversight.
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Carney...Is he ready for his close-up?
February 8th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Carney...Is he ready for his close-up?

Washington (CNN) - White House aides have been quietly preparing incoming Press Secretary Jay Carney for his briefing debut next week.

CNN has learned that the process, led by deputy spokesman Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, who had both been in the running for the press secretary job, has been exhaustive.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • White House
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