House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts
February 11th, 2011
11:25 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republicans unveil dramatic spending cuts

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans unveiled a sweeping spending bill Friday evening that slashes hundreds of programs and agencies across the government – from education, to the environment to cops on the beat – setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats.

“The legislation includes the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation – over five times larger than any other discretionary cut package ever considered by the House,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-KY, in a statement.

Read the full list of proposed cuts here.
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Filed under: Budget • House Republicans
Palin hires chief-of-staff
February 11th, 2011
09:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin hires chief-of-staff

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin has added a veteran Republican strategist to serve as chief-of-staff for her political action committee, Sarah PAC, CNN has learned.

Michael Glassner, an attorney and longtime adviser to former Kansas senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, has signed on to steer the former Alaska governor's political operation as she considers a possible 2012 presidential bid.
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
Tea Party activist calls Sen. Snowe 'almost as bad' as Obama, announces primary challenge
February 11th, 2011
09:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea Party activist calls Sen. Snowe 'almost as bad' as Obama, announces primary challenge

Washington (CNN) - A Tea Party activist, well known in Maine, announced that he will try to oust his state's senior Republican senator.

And now Andrew Ian Dodge is repeating a favorite line of conservatives: "I consider her almost as bad for the country as President Obama."

On Friday, the Tea Party Patriots' Maine state coordinator announced he'd challenge Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. And yet his words beg the question: Could the same kind of Republican political warfare that burst open in Alaska and Delaware also happen – in Maine?
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Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2011 • Olympia Snowe • Tea Party movement
Birthday present for Palin
February 11th, 2011
07:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Birthday present for Palin

Washington (CNN) - If members of the media are wondering what to get Sarah Palin on her birthday, they should look no further than the former Alaska governor's Twitter account.

Palin, who turns 47 today, wrote tonight "Media: ask "Will Obama Admin exert as much 'constructive' pressure on Iranian govt to change & allow freedom ~ as they just did for Egypt?"
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Filed under: Egypt • Sarah Palin
Pawlenty demands explanation from Obama's DNI
February 11th, 2011
06:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty demands explanation from Obama's DNI

Washington (CNN) - "If he doesn't have a good explanation he should go," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said of President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, in an exclusive interview with CNN Friday.

Pawlenty, a possible Republican presidential contender, was reacting to Director James Clapper's testimony before a House panel Thursday. Clapper described the Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood as "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."
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Filed under: James Clapper • Tim Pawlenty
Ron Paul not a fan of foreign aid
February 11th, 2011
06:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Ron Paul not a fan of foreign aid

Washington (CNN) - Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul said U.S. investment in Egypt was a "big mistake," partly because he's "not a believer in foreign aid" in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room" Friday.

Speaking from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Paul compared U.S. investment in Egypt's military and economic assistance to the country with "propping up the Shah of Iran."
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Ron Paul
Cain: 'Stupid people are ruining America"
February 11th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain: 'Stupid people are ruining America"

Washington (CNN) – Herman Cain, the first Republican to open a presidential exploratory committee, addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Monday in a speech laden with criticisms of the Obama administration's fiscal policies.

"Stupid people are ruining America," Cain said to applause and laughter. "We have to become teachers and educators of the stupid."
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Herman Cain
February 11th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet
February 11th, 2011
04:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet

Washington (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, repeating the mantra of limited government that has rocketed him to stardom among a certain segment of conservative activists.

Easily garnering the most enthusiastic applause of the day, Paul advocated for a complete governmental retreat in every realm of society.
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Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Ron Paul
Senate Democrats again warn of government shutdown
February 11th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats again warn of government shutdown

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democratic leaders organized a conference call with reporters Friday to pound away at one of their central political messages - Republicans are risking a government shutdown over spending differences.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, cited comments from House Republican Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, quoted in a CNN.COM story, saying it is a "possibility" that the fight over spending cuts could lead to a government shutdown.
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Filed under: Congress • Senate Democrats
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