2012ers hit the road
May 8th, 2011
04:27 PM ET
3 years ago

2012ers hit the road

(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week, mostly in presidential contest states.

WEDNESDAY:
– Real estate mogul Donald Trump: Nashua, New Hampshire: Addresses the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce “Expo Nashua”
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Bush-era leaders greet OBL raid with mixed Obama reviews
May 8th, 2011
02:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush-era leaders greet OBL raid with mixed Obama reviews

Washington (CNN) – Three of the biggest names in the administration of former President George W. Bush congratulated President Obama on Sunday for the capture of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, while coming to the careful defense of their former boss.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said bin Laden's capture was the culmination of work by Bush and Obama.
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‘Shut up and move on,’ Kerry says
May 8th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
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‘Shut up and move on,’ Kerry says

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Sen. John Kerry said it is time to stop questioning the exact occurrences in Osama bin Laden’s house before his death in Abbottabad, Pakistan, at the hand of U.S. Navy SEALs.

“I thinks those SEALs did exactly what they should have done,” the senator from Massachusetts and 2004 presidential nominee said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And we need to shut up and move on about, you know, the realities of what happened in that building.”
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Filed under: John Kerry • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
Obama says bin Laden had 'support network' in Pakistan
May 8th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama says bin Laden had 'support network' in Pakistan

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden had a group of supporters within Pakistan helping to keep the al Qaeda leader secure for years, despite an American-led international manhunt that extended for nearly a decade with Islamabad's ostensible support.

Top U.S. officials insist Pakistan remains a critical U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism, but are demanding answers to troubling about questions bin Laden's presence in that country over the course of the last six years.

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Filed under: Pakistan • Tom Donilon • TV-State of the Union
Lugar questions what Pakistan knew about OBL
May 8th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Lugar questions what Pakistan knew about OBL

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Richard Lugar continued on Sunday to question what Pakistan knew in the lead-up to Osama bin Laden's capture, saying it seems "logical" that people in the country were aware of his location.

"It appears to me very logical that if Osama bin Laden was in that home for six years of time, in a group of people that were connected with the military, then a lot of people in Pakistan knew about his whereabouts," the Indiana senator said on CNN's "State of the Union."'
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Lugar questions Afghanistan withdrawal plan
May 8th, 2011
10:02 AM ET
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Lugar questions Afghanistan withdrawal plan

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, on Sunday outlined his own plan for the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, saying the removal of 10,000 to 25,000 troops after about 18 months would “satisfy our ability to fight terror.”

The Indiana senator said he would like to see more carefully defined objectives from the administration regarding U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A target date of 2014 was set by the Obama administration for ending U.S. and NATO combat in the country.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Richard Lugar • State of the Union
Official: Obama OK'd raid based on '50-50' chance bin Laden was there
May 8th, 2011
09:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Official: Obama OK'd raid based on '50-50' chance bin Laden was there

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for U.S. forces to raid a northern Pakistan housing compound based on "what was probably a 50-50 case that Osama bin Laden was there," his national security adviser said.

On April 28, Obama attended the last of several National Security Council meetings focused on finding and going after the al Qaeda leader. During that meeting, some advocated for the commando raid while others advised against it, according to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, given there had been no clear-cut sightings of bin Laden by that point.

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State of the Union Early Bird for May 8, 2011
May 8th, 2011
05:13 AM ET
3 years ago

State of the Union Early Bird for May 8, 2011

Washington (CNN) – It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar:  The aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, tense relations with Pakistan, turmoil in Libya and 2012 politics.

Be sure to check out what we're reading and watch the show today at 9am/12pm ET with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.
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Filed under: TV-State of the Union