Barbour nabs straw poll victory in South Carolina
April 15th, 2011
10:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Barbour nabs straw poll victory in South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour won a presidential straw poll in the pivotal early primary state of South Carolina on Friday night.

The straw poll was conducted by the Charleston County Republican Party at its annual convention. Barbour, fresh off a trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, was the only potential 2012 candidate to address the crowd of nearly 200 GOP activists.
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Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • South Carolina
President Obama tries to ease environmentalist fears
April 15th, 2011
09:32 PM ET
4 years ago

President Obama tries to ease environmentalist fears

Washington (CNN)- President Obama surprised a group of young environmental organizers Friday during what they thought was just a meeting with White House staffers about energy policy.

"We went in thinking we were meeting with senior staff and there walked in Barack Obama," said Courtney Hight, co-director of Energy Action Coalition, "We got to share with him what we care about."
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Filed under: Al Gore • Environmental policy • President Obama
Tea Party Express looks ahead to 2012 at Tax Day rally
April 15th, 2011
07:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Express looks ahead to 2012 at Tax Day rally

(CNN)-Hundreds of local Tea Party groups will join the Tea Party Express as co-sponsors in the first-ever Tea Party Presidential Debate, held in partnership with CNN, according to Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express.

Kremer announced Friday that local Tea Party groups from every state will support the group's first presidential candidate debate while speaking at the Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Tampa, Florida.
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Recount possible in Wisconsin Supreme Court election
Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison.
April 15th, 2011
06:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Recount possible in Wisconsin Supreme Court election

(CNN) – More than a week after polls closed in the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, final results from all 72 counties still don't provide a clear picture of a winner, state officials said Friday.

According to the state's Government Accountability Board, Justice David T. Prosser beat JoAnne F. Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes, but with a margin of only 0.488%, Kloppenburg can request a partial or full recount without having to pay a filing fee. She has three business days to do so.

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President Obama signs budget deal
April 15th, 2011
05:18 PM ET
4 years ago

President Obama signs budget deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement covering federal spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year on Friday, an administration official said, bringing an end to any remaining fears of a government shutdown.

The bipartisan deal, which won approval Thursday from both the House and Senate, cuts $38.5 billion in spending while funding the government through September 30.

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Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown • President Obama
Is Romney reaching out to the Tea Party?
April 15th, 2011
04:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Is Romney reaching out to the Tea Party?

Washington (CNN)- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney celebrated traditional Tax Day by penning an opinion piece for the Orlando Sentinel. It's an unlikely coincidence that the commentary appears in a daily newspaper distributed in one of the most influential states in presidential politics.

But are overtures in Romney's column toward the Tea Party movement, which has turned the traditional deadline to submit federal tax filings into a nationwide opportunity to demonstrate, also a well-timed coincidence?
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Rice to appear on '30 Rock'
April 15th, 2011
03:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Rice to appear on '30 Rock'

Washington (CNN)- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will reunite with an old flame…in TV land. Tina Fey announced Thursday, on NPR's "The Leonard Lopate Show," that the Stanford University political science professor will make her star turn in an upcoming episode.

Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) name-dropped Rice as his ex-girlfriend throughout the first season of NBC's "30 Rock" and it appears she will debut in "a couple weeks" as the fictional executive's former flame.
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Huntsman caught calling Obama a 'remarkable leader'
April 15th, 2011
03:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Huntsman caught calling Obama a 'remarkable leader'

Washington (CNN) - A source associated with Jon Huntsman's potential campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is brushing off a newly revealed letter from the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China that praises President Barack Obama as a "remarkable leader."

The letter, acquired by the conservative media website The Daily Caller from an unnamed source, was handwritten by Huntsman on August 16, 2009.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • President Obama
Location, location, location
April 15th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Location, location, location

Washington (CNN) – It shouldn't be any surprise that two of the three states President Barack Obama visits next week are battleground states.

According to a White House release Friday, the president will travel to northern Virginia Tuesday to hold a town hall. Obama won the state in 2008, the first Democrat to carry Virginia in a presidential election since 1964. With an open Senate seat to defend as well, Virginia is a crucial state for Democrats in 2012.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Debunking the birther claim: Obama releases birth certificate
April 15th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Debunking the birther claim: Obama releases birth certificate

Washington (CNN) – Developer and reality show host Donald Trump has been pushing the claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S. - a myth that has dogged the president since he took office. But everything changed on April 27.

Why? Obama released his original birth certificate. At a press conference at the White House, Obama said the controversy surrounding the issue had become a "sideshow" and that "we do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do."

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See the birth certificate

Speaking in New Hampshire on the same day, Trump said that he is "very proud of myself" on getting Obama to release it. But he adds, "I want to look at it but I hope it's true"

CNN has investigated the 'birther claims' and here are the key points:

Certificate of live birth

The Obama team and the state of Hawaii released a certification of live birth, which documents the president’s birth on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu. This is not the original birth certificate. In Hawaii and other states, original birth certificates are not released when requested later.
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Filed under: Birthers • Donald Trump • President Obama
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