Obama touts bin Laden killing
May 10th, 2011
08:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama touts bin Laden killing

(CNN) - On his first campaign stop since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama told some 750 supporters at a fundraiser in Austin, Texas, that bin Laden is no longer a threat.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America," he said.
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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • President Obama • Texas
Daniels signs controversial Planned Parenthood bill into law
May 10th, 2011
07:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Daniels signs controversial Planned Parenthood bill into law

(CNN) - Republican Indiana governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate Mitch Daniels signed a bill Tuesday that will cut off significant amounts of federal funds given to his state’s chapter of Planned Parenthood, a move the group fought by filing for a temporary restraining order and injunction with the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature by large margins, imposes some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortions, cutting off about $3 million in public funds received for female preventive health services, including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other tests in the Hoosier state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitch Daniels • Planned Parenthood
McConnell dismisses importance of Gang of Six
May 10th, 2011
07:06 PM ET
3 years ago

McConnell dismisses importance of Gang of Six

Washington (CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the importance of the so-called "Gang of Six" bipartisan talks, saying he does not believe the group of senators will come up with a deficit reduction plan to pair with increasing the debt ceiling.

"With all due respect to the Gang of Six, or any other bipartisan discussions going on this issue, the discussions that can lead to a result between now and August are the talks being led by Vice President Biden," said McConnell, of Kentucky.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Joe Biden • Mitch McConnell
Bin Laden death photos to be shown to some members of Congress
May 10th, 2011
06:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Bin Laden death photos to be shown to some members of Congress

Washington (CNN) – Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.

The viewings will take place at CIA headquarters in northern Virginia at a time to be decided, the official said.

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Filed under: Congress • Osama bin Laden
GOP demands trillions in cuts as budget talks resume
May 10th, 2011
06:20 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP demands trillions in cuts as budget talks resume

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden held another round of high-stakes budget talks with top congressional negotiators Tuesday - one day after House Republicans demanded trillions of dollars in new spending cuts as their price for agreeing to raise the federal debt ceiling and avoid a potential economic catastrophe.

Biden and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with, among others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia; Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana; and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, a top member of the Finance Committee.

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Filed under: Budget • Joe Biden • Republicans
Both parties wary of debt ceiling politics
May 10th, 2011
06:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Both parties wary of debt ceiling politics

Washington (CNN) - The GOP senator in charge of electing Republicans to the Senate in 2012 tells CNN he is advising fellow Republicans to vote against raising the debt ceiling without major entitlement reforms, in addition to spending cuts.

"My advice to any of my colleagues who will listen is that we should vote against it and let those people who vote for it explain why it was they couldn't stop the spending spree and raise the limit on our maxed out credit card," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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Filed under: Debt • Democrats • Republicans
A candid answer from Biden
May 10th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

A candid answer from Biden

Washington (CNN) - After another round of budget talks with Hill leaders Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden had this exchange with a reporter (picture above):

Question: "Bin Laden's sons say the killing was illegal, what do you say?"

Biden sarcastically: "You're kidding?"


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Senate Democrats set to attack big oil tax subsidies
May 10th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Democrats set to attack big oil tax subsidies

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats will open debate Wednesday on a controversial bill to eliminate several tax subsidies for the five largest oil companies and use the savings to reduce the deficit. While the measure is unlikely to make it through the divided Congress to become law, Democrats hope to score politically with voters frustrated by a confluence of deep budget cuts in Washington, sky-high prices at the gas pumps, and staggering profits on the oil giants' bottom lines.

The debate starts a day before chief executive officers from those five largest companies – ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP and Chevron – are to testify on the merits of those tax breaks.
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Filed under: Democrats • Senate
May 10th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
Obama calls immigration reform critical, blasts GOP opponents
May 10th, 2011
04:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls immigration reform critical, blasts GOP opponents

(CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his call for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, citing America's legacy as a nation of immigrants and calling for the need to find a solution for the millions of undocumented workers critical to the country's common future.

"We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants - a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America's precepts," Obama said during a visit to El Paso, Texas.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Texas
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