Giffords recovering from surgery
May 18th, 2011
08:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Giffords recovering from surgery

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "recovering well" after skull surgery Wednesday, officials at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston said.

The Arizona Democrat had a cranioplasty procedure, officials said.

Doctors will discuss the procedure and Giffords' next step in rehabilitation at a Thursday morning press briefing.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords
The Sweep: Obama's do-over on the Middle East
May 18th, 2011
07:17 PM ET
3 years ago

The Sweep: Obama's do-over on the Middle East

Washington (CNN) - In many ways, the promises President Obama made in his 2009 speech to the Arab and Muslim world was doomed from the start. Obama might have sounded like an idealist, but he was thinking like a realist.

The White House billed the Cairo speech as "A New Beginning," and the president made tantalizing promises not only to show progress in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but on encouraging democratic reform, and engaging authoritarian leaders hostile to the United States.

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Filed under: Middle East • President Obama
Republican senators press president on War Powers deadline
May 18th, 2011
06:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Republican senators press president on War Powers deadline

Washington (CNN) – As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days.

"Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response," wrote the GOP senators Wednesday.
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Filed under: John Kerry • John McCain • Libya • Rand Paul • Senate Republicans
Smaller gang says it's still working toward a deal on debt
May 18th, 2011
06:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Smaller gang says it's still working toward a deal on debt

Washington (CNN)-One day after Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dramatically dropped out of the bipartisan Gang of Six debt talks, the remaining five members of the group huddled late Wednesday to discuss their next steps in trying to reach a deal to cut the nation's debt by $4 trillion over the next decade.

After an hour-long meeting in the office of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, the senators emerged jointly before cameras for the first time to announce they would continue working towards a deal, even if Coburn had left the group.
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Filed under: Debt • Kent Conrad • Saxby Chambliss • Senate • Tom Coburn
Candidates open their wallets in NY-26 House race
May 18th, 2011
06:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidates open their wallets in NY-26 House race

Washington (CNN) - Six days before the special election in New York's 26th district takes place, two candidates in the three-way race have opened their personal wallets to boost last-minute campaign efforts.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Republican candidate Jane Corwin loaned her campaign $300,000 and third-party candidate Jack Davis loaned $550,000 of his own money to aid his election efforts.
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Filed under: New York • NY-26
Secret Service apologizes for Twitter gaffe
May 18th, 2011
05:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Secret Service apologizes for Twitter gaffe

(CNN) – The Secret Service is apologizing Wednesday after an employee's personal dislike for Fox News landed in an official tweet.

The message, posted Wednesday on the @SecretService Twitter account read, "Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering."
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Filed under: Twitter
May 18th, 2011
04:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Federal workers lash out at benefits cut

New York (CNNMoney) – Federal workers have a message for the White House: Keep your hands off my retirement benefits.

Already enduring a two-year pay freeze in the name of deficit reduction, federal employees are now facing cuts to their generous retirement packages - a possible outcome of bipartisan debt talks led by Vice president Joe Biden.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Deficit • White House
Romney signs new adviser
May 18th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney signs new adviser

(CNN) – The campaign of all-but-declared presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced a new unpaid senior adviser to his presidential exploratory committee Wednesday.

Mark DeMoss, a public relations consultant and prominent figure in the Southern Evangelical community, backed then-candidate Romney in 2008 and said he is "proud to serve on Governor Romney's team and look forward to helping him win in 2012."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
White House: No plan B on debt ceiling
May 18th, 2011
04:42 PM ET
3 years ago

White House: No plan B on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - Obama administration officials declared Wednesday that there is no fallback plan if Congress fails to lift the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit by August 2, and they warned that inaction could spark a series of catastrophic events.

"There really is no alternative to raising the debt limit," one senior administration official said at a briefing with reporters. "There is no plan that can preserve our credit worthiness."
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Filed under: Debt • Obama administration
Rep. King: 'I'm not going to say no' to presidential suggestions
May 18th, 2011
03:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. King: 'I'm not going to say no' to presidential suggestions

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Peter King's name has not previously come up as a possible presidential candidate. But could he soon enter the race?

"I'm not going to say no," the New York congressman told CNN in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Peter King
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