Democratic leaders join protests in two states
Protesters gather at Wisconsin's state capitol.
February 19th, 2011
06:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Democratic leaders join protests in two states

(CNN) -Protests in two states have brought familiar Democratic faces back into the fold this week.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland called on Democratic supporters Saturday to join protests at the Ohio statehouse, one day after former Sen. Russ Feingold joined protesters at the Wisconsin capitol in Madison.

What both states have in common are defiant responses to legislative measures that would limit collective bargaining rights for state workers.
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Filed under: Ohio • Russ Feingold • Ted Strickland • Wisconsin
National Christmas Tree toppled behind the White House
February 19th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
4 years ago

National Christmas Tree toppled behind the White House

Washington (CNN)-(CNN) - The nation's most energy-efficient National Christmas Tree
doesn't appear to be the nation's most energy-resistant one. The 42-foot tall Colorado blue spruce snapped at its base during high winds Saturday morning in Washington.

Sustained winds at 25 miles per hour and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour swept through the area and snapped the tree 4 feet above the ground, the National Park Service said in a statement.
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Wu reportedly urged to seek medical help
Rep. David Wu (OR-01) addresses the floor of the House of Representatives early Saturday morning.
February 19th, 2011
01:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Wu reportedly urged to seek medical help

(CNN) - Democratic Oregon Rep. David Wu has admitted to seeking medical help following a tumultuous re-election campaign last fall.

"I freely admit that it was an intense campaign, and I was not always at my best with staff or constituents. For all those moments, I wish I'd been better and I apologize," he said.
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Filed under: David Wu • Oregon
Education meets the budget in Obama and GOP weekly addresses
February 19th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Education meets the budget in Obama and GOP weekly addresses

(CNN)–President Obama turned his attention to education during his weekly address as he discussed another aspect of how he believes the nation can "win the future." Obama acknowledged that "Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school."

He delivered the address from outside Portland, Oregon, while visiting Intel, a company that he said models how "instead of just being a nation that buys what's made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe.
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Filed under: GOP weekly address • President Obama • Tom Price
House passes government spending bill
February 19th, 2011
05:57 AM ET
4 years ago

House passes government spending bill

Washington (CNN) –(CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a government spending bill
after a marathon session Saturday morning that slashes more than $60 billion in federal funding for the seven months remaining in the 2011 fiscal year.

The vote on the GOP measure won by a 235-189 margin, at a vote that occurred right before 5 a.m.. The fight over spending now moves to the Senate.
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Filed under: Budget • House of Representatives