(CNN) – Actor, director and environmentalist Robert Redford is offering his view on Sarah Palin's quick rise to political stardom, saying the former Alaska governor benefits by "how limited she is."
Speaking to the AOL blog PopEater, the legendary actor says the country's electorate is largely divided into three separate groups: "traditionalists, cultural creative people and the moderns."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to his hometown Thursday evening to begin fund raising for his re-election bid for the White House.
The president is the main attraction at three events in Chicago. The first two are smaller gatherings at Nine and MK, restaurants in the city. The third and largest event is being held at Navy Pier, along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on about $40 billion in budget cuts for fiscal year 2011. Then within 24 hours, the package must pass the Senate and be signed by President Obama.
Representatives are expected begin making speeches on the budget package Thursday morning, with a final vote likely by early evening, according to the website for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
Washington (CNN) – Proving once again that Donald Trump knows a bit about publicity, the business man and real estate mogul will make an announcement on the season finale of "Celebrity Apprentice" about his intentions on running for the White House.
On the final episode of the popular TV reality show, Trump "plans to give an announcement date" for his decision on whether he'll make a formal bid for the Republican presidential nomination, senior Trump adviser Michael Cohen confirms to CNN.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19.6 million in the first three months of 2011, a sizable amount as they try to regain the House majority in the 2012 elections.
The DCCC used the contributions to help slice $11.5 million off its debt, which stood at $19.5 million at the beginning of the year. As of March, the close of the first quarter fundraising period, the DCCC's debt was $8 million.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – He may have taken his time to join the brewing debate about how to reduce long-term U.S. debt. But President Obama got some kudos from deficit hawks for the broad debt reduction framework he laid out on Wednesday.
They gave him some incompletes, too. And they found plenty in his ideas that in their eyes needs improvement.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A small majority polled in a new national survey favor the country's military involvement in Libya and only 14 percent would like to see the U.S. take a lead role in the military efforts in the African country.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll showed Americans have backed away from the idea that the United States can be the "world's policeman," amid a growing belief that it is no longer important for the U.S. to be the number-one military power in the world.
TOPICS: Libya, U.S. as "world policeman"
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CNN: House to vote on budget deal Thursday
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on a nearly $40 billion budget deal for fiscal year 2011. Representatives are expected begin making speeches on the budget package Thursday morning, with a final vote likely by early evening, according to the website for House Majority leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia. The vote was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Senate also must pass the budget resolution before it can take effect.
CNN: Obama seeks $4 trillion in cuts; GOP assails call for tax hikes
President Barack Obama unveiled his long-awaited deficit reduction plan Wednesday, calling for a mix of spending reductions and tax hikes that the White House claims would cut federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years without gutting popular programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Obama's plan includes a repeal of the Bush-era tax cuts on families making more than $250,000 annually - something sought by Democrats but strongly opposed by Republicans. The president also called for the creation of a "debt fail-safe" trigger that would impose automatic across-the-board spending cuts and tax changes in coming years if annual deficits are on track to exceed 2.8% of the nation's gross domestic product.