Biden blasts Republicans' strategy as 'blaming the victim'
March 18th, 2011
10:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden blasts Republicans' strategy as 'blaming the victim'

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden blasted Republicans during a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Friday, comparing their approach to the budget battle to the mentality of "blaming the victim" of a rape.

The remarks came as he appeared at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) event with former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, who co-authored the Violence Against Women Act with him. Biden referenced the act in his comparison to Republicans, saying that before it was passed, "there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim."
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Filed under: Budget • DCCC • Joe Biden • NRCC
Obama's potentially awkward Brazilian arrival
United Nations Security Council approves no-fly zone for Libya
March 18th, 2011
07:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's potentially awkward Brazilian arrival

Brasilia, Brazil - Just hours after declaring at the White House that he has helped put together a "strong" coalition to launch military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi if necessary, President Obama is heading here to a country that abstained from voting on the critical United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing force.

Obama arrives here Saturday for a bilateral meeting at the grand Planalto Palace with President Dilma Vana Rousseff, the first female leader of Brazil, which was one of just five nations that voted to abstain on Thursday night's vote before the U.N. Security Council.
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Filed under: Libya • President Obama • United Nations
Obama trying to limit military involvement in Libya
March 18th, 2011
07:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama trying to limit military involvement in Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama is trying to limit the United States' role in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya to support aircraft only and is very reluctant to commit any offensive U.S. firepower, a senior U.S. official familiar with the military planning discussions said Friday.

"We will provide the unique capabilities that we can bring to bear to stop the violence against civilians, including enabling our European allies and Arab partners to effectively enforce a no-fly zone," the president said in a nationally televised statement about U.S. military action.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
Haley Barbour and NAACP at odds over redistricting
March 18th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Haley Barbour and NAACP at odds over redistricting

(CNN) – Gov. Haley Barbour and the state's branch of the NAACP are at odds over how Mississippi's state legislative districts should be redrawn.

The state's two legislative chambers-the House, controlled by Democrats, and the Senate, which has Republican majority–are engaged in a political tug-of-war over how the new state House districts should be drawn.
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Filed under: Haley Barbour • Mississippi
Obama's real deficit problem: His tax cuts
March 18th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's real deficit problem: His tax cuts

New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama takes a lot of heat from Republicans for supposedly being a big spender. But when it comes to future deficits, the president's problem isn't spending. It's the tax cuts.

The president's budget request for next year would add $9.5 trillion to deficits over the next decade, which is $2.7 trillion more than would otherwise be the case, according to a preliminary analysis released Friday from the independent Congressional Budget Office.

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Filed under: Deficit • President Obama
Biden picks another journalist as communications director
March 18th, 2011
02:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden picks another journalist as communications director

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden has tapped another journalist to be his communications director.

Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray will step into her new role "next month" according to a statement from the vice president's office.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Shailagh Murray
Palin heads overseas as she mulls presidential run
March 18th, 2011
02:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin heads overseas as she mulls presidential run

Washington (CNN) – As Sarah Palin continues to ponder a possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, she is embarking this weekend on a major overseas trip visiting two key U.S. allies.

Her first stop is New Delhi, India where she is the keynote speaker at a dinner of a major conference, the India Today Conclave. Her paid speech to the forum, sponsored by an Indian communications company, comes Saturday night.
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Filed under: Israel • Sarah Palin
Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013
March 18th, 2011
12:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich: Health care law will likely be repealed by spring 2013

Washington (CNN) – A week before President Obama's historic health care law sees its one year anniversary, one of his potential presidential rivals predicted its demise.

"I think it will be repealed.  I think it'll be repealed probably by March or April of 2013," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.  That would, of course, be mere months after the next presidential inauguration.
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Filed under: Health care • Newt Gingrich
Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal
March 18th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal

(CNN) – A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday, halting the Wisconsin budget repair bill from becoming law, the Dane County District Attorney's office said. The proposal in part limits collective bargaining rights of union members and has been the subject of fierce protests in the state.


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Granholm's DNC disinterest surprises Democrats
March 18th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Granholm's DNC disinterest surprises Democrats

Washington (CNN) – Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's decision to take her name out of the running to head the Democratic National Committee stunned party leaders and the White House Thursday, a Democratic official with knowledge of the West Wing's thinking tells CNN.

Current Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is seriously considering stepping down from his post to run for the open Senate seat in Virginia and Granholm was one of several high-profile Democrats the White House was said to be looking at for the DNC heading into the 2012 presidential election year.
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Filed under: DNC • Jennifer Granholm
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