Obama makes light of birthplace rumors
March 9th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama makes light of birthplace rumors

(CNN) – President Obama joked about the ongoing "birther" debate surrounding his birthplace at a Democratic fundraiser in Boston Tuesday night.

"I think there's nothing – there's no weakness in us trying to reach out and seeing if we can find common ground. Now, there are going to be times where we can't," Obama said about reaching across the aisle. "I was born in Hawaii, what can I say? I mean, I just… I can't change those facts."

Obama was in fact born in Hawaii, but it has been a topic of conversation since the 2008 election. On Monday the Supreme Court again rejected an appeal from a "birther" proponent questioning the citizenship of the president. At least 10 states have introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to provide proof they are natural-born citizens.


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Obama picks Commerce Secretary Locke as new China envoy
March 9th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama picks Commerce Secretary Locke as new China envoy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China to succeed Jon Huntsman, who will step down April 30.

"We could not have better representation of the United States of America in this critical relationship than the Locke family," Obama said in a brief White House announcement with Locke at his side.

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Filed under: China • Gary Locke • President Obama
Party-crasher crashes rehab?
March 9th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Party-crasher crashes rehab?

(CNN) - Reality show star and White House party-crasher Michaele Salahi has been asked to leave the television show "Celebrity Rehab" because she does not have an addiction, VH1 said in a statement.

Salahi's manager shot back, saying the network knew that all along.

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Filed under: Michaele Salahi
Blagojevich asks judge to cancel second trial, cites money woes
March 9th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Blagojevich asks judge to cancel second trial, cites money woes

Washington (CNN) - The impeached former Illinois governor, who'd previously been accused of trying to sell President Obama's senate seat, filed a motion on Wednesday to dismiss a second trial that was set to begin April 20.

In the motion, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge to instead sentence him on the single conviction from his first trial. The former governor said that doing so will save taxpayer money - and save him money from mounting legal fees.
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Filed under: Robert Blagojevich
National Public Radio CEO resigns
March 9th, 2011
09:24 AM ET
3 years ago

National Public Radio CEO resigns

Washington (CNN) - National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, according to NPR.

Schiller's resignation comes a day after Ron Schiller, NPR's former senior vice president for fundraising, was shown in an undercover video calling the Tea Party "racist" and "scary" and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding. Ron Schiller, no relation to Vivian Schiller, issued an apology Tuesday night and said his already-announced resignation would be effective immediately.

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Filed under: James O'Keefe
Republican group takes aim at unions
March 9th, 2011
08:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Republican group takes aim at unions

Washington (CNN) - An independent Republican group that was a major player in the midterm elections is launching a national ad Wednesday that takes aim at public service unions and their support for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

Crossroads GPS, one of the two groups that makes up American Crossroads, says they are spending $750,000 to run their 60 second commercial on CNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel.
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'Birther' debate alive and well in New Hampshire
March 9th, 2011
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

'Birther' debate alive and well in New Hampshire

(CNN) - A New Hampshire House committee voted unanimously, 18-0, on Wednesday to recommend killing an amendment that would require presidential candidates to present birth certificates when filing their candidacy for the first-in-the-nation primary.

The bill is expected to go to a full House floor vote next week.

The chairman of the state's House Election Law Committee told the New Hampshire Union Leader that if passed, the law would not take effect until January 2013, after the Granite State primary and the presidential general election. The bill, which will be considered in committee Wednesday, was originally scheduled to take effect 60 days after passage.
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Al Qaeda trying to radicalize U.S. Muslims, congressman claims
Protesters rally in New York City Sunday ahead of hearings on radical Islam.
March 9th, 2011
07:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Al Qaeda trying to radicalize U.S. Muslims, congressman claims

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. congressman set to hold hearings this week on "radicalization in the American Muslim community" wants Americans to find out how much al Qaeda is trying to influence U.S. Muslims, he told CNN Wednesday.

"I want to determine the extent to which that radicalization is taking place, the extent to which Muslim leaders are cooperating (with authorities) in trying to stop that radicalization," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said on CNN's "American Morning."

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Filed under: Peter King
Reid's cowboy poetry event stirs budget angst
March 9th, 2011
07:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Reid's cowboy poetry event stirs budget angst

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to decry what he called a "mean-spirited" Republican plan to drastically cut government spending, arguing the bill would eliminate important programs such as job training, health clinics and ... an annual cowboy poetry festival in his home state of Nevada.

"These programs create jobs," Reid said. "The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist."
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
Peter King - What makes him tick?
March 9th, 2011
07:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Peter King - What makes him tick?

Washington (CNN) - Walk into Rep. Peter King's Capitol Hill office, and you are overwhelmed with how much the September 11, 2001, attacks consume the New York Republican. There are photos on the walls of funerals he attended, images of a smoky Brooklyn bridge, and baseball caps with sayings including "USS New York, Never Forget."

King says he doesn't have a monopoly on grief - but it is what drives him.

"If you ask me what I think of about going to work every day, its 9/11 and preventing another 9/11. There were too many people I knew," he told CNN in an interview in his office.
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