Senators misled by likely fake bin Laden photos
May 4th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Senators misled by likely fake bin Laden photos

Washington (CNN) – Several senators said Wednesday they had seen a photograph of Osama bin Laden after he was shot, describing it to reporters and using it to help form their opinion on whether or not President Obama should release pictures of the dead terrorist.

Now, on a day when fake photographs of a dead bin Laden are flying around the internet, those senators say they cannot be sure whether what they saw and talked to reporters about was real.
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Filed under: Kelly Ayotte • Osama bin Laden • Saxby Chambliss • Scott Brown
New DNC chair gives her charge
May 4th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
4 years ago

New DNC chair gives her charge

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz received the gavel Wednesday to lead the Democratic National Committee, vowing to the 440 serving members that Democrats will "not be outworked" in the 2012 election.

The newly elected chair asked the DNC members to educate America so that each voter knows "what Democrats have done for them and what Republicans have done against them."
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Filed under: 2012 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC
House approves bill that would permanently restrict abortion funding
May 4th, 2011
06:11 PM ET
4 years ago

House approves bill that would permanently restrict abortion funding

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to pass a bill permanently prohibiting federal funding of abortion, addressing one of their chief social objectives.

"Forcing taxpayers to pay for the indiscriminate killing of helpless little baby Americans is not good government and it should be ended once and for all," said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona.
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Filed under: Abortion • Congress • House Republicans
Mr. Daniels comes to Washington
May 4th, 2011
06:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Mr. Daniels comes to Washington

Washington (CNN) - As he decides whether to enter the Republican presidential nomination battle, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels came to Washington on Wednesday touting his education reform and fiscal records but giving no further hints on which way he may be leaning.

During an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute, he talked about how the reforms just passed by the state legislature, including requiring annual evaluations of teachers and more charter schools in the state, will dramatically improve the education standards in the state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Education • Indiana • Mitch Daniels
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's request denied
May 4th, 2011
05:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's request denied

(CNN)- Gov. Rick Perry continued his tirade against President Obama late Tuesday, when the administration's decision to deny his request for a disaster declaration for the state of Texas was finalized.

Perry requested a declaration from the president in mid-April to clear the way for federal funding and assist in state efforts to fight wildfires that have burned over 2.2 million acres of land.
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Filed under: President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
Opinions divided over Bush's no-show at ground zero
May 4th, 2011
04:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Opinions divided over Bush's no-show at ground zero

Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, he had hoped to be joined by former President George W. Bush. But in declining this invitation, Bush has left some observers puzzled, while others were supportive of his decision.

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin says it's odd that Bush, who made it his mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden, will not appear alongside Obama. The trip to New York comes just days after the president announced bin Laden's death by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

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Wasserman Schultz elected chair of DNC
May 4th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Wasserman Schultz elected chair of DNC

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee by its members in an uncontested election Wednesday after President Barack Obama nominated her in April.

The president called into the gathering to congratulate Schultz.
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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC
U.S. officials combing data from bin Laden compound, Holder says
May 4th, 2011
03:10 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S. officials combing data from bin Laden compound, Holder says

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder predicted Wednesday more names will be added to U.S. terrorist watch lists as law enforcement agencies review the evidence gathered in Pakistan after the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound on Monday.

"The material that was seized from that residence is being reviewed by an inter-agency team: CIA, Justice, other intelligence agencies, other law enforcement agencies are contributing people and machines to go through that material. As we glean information from that material, we will make appropriate decisions with regard to who might we add to the terrorist watch list, the No Fly list, all those things," Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Filed under: Eric Holder • Osama bin Laden • Uncategorized
Borger: Debate rages about role of torture
May 4th, 2011
02:26 PM ET
4 years ago

Borger: Debate rages about role of torture

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - Osama bin Laden is dead, but the debate about torture lives on.

And the reason the controversy rages is obvious: The question of whether torture led, in one way or another, to bin Laden, according to intelligence and administration sources, is not clearly provable. Most of us don't know the entirety of the information given by the detainees who were waterboarded and those who were not. We don't know the exact sequence of events. And we don't know what information less high-value detainees provided (post-waterboarding) that could have given the CIA clues about how to get to bin Laden.

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama
Obama won't release bin Laden photos: Reaction
May 4th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama won't release bin Laden photos: Reaction

(CNN) - President Obama's decision Wednesday not to release photos of Osama bin Laden after he was killed by U.S. forces is eliciting both support and opposition:

Sarah Palin, on Twitter:

@SarahPalinUSA Show photo as warning to others seeking America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama;it's part of the mission
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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama
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