Perry to address conservative conference in South Carolina
June 20th, 2011
08:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry to address conservative conference in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will address a conference sponsored by the conservative website RedState.com on August 13 in South Carolina, his office confirmed Monday.

The appearance at the 2011 RedState Gathering will place Perry, who is seriously considering a 2012 presidential bid, in a key early primary state just as the Republican nomination fight begins to heat up ahead of Labor Day.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • South Carolina
Obama to give speech on Afghanistan troop withdrawal this week
June 20th, 2011
07:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to give speech on Afghanistan troop withdrawal this week

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will give a speech on the Afghanistan troop drawdown on Wednesday, a senior administration official said Monday.

The news came hours after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama had yet to make a final decision on the size and scope of the troop withdrawal, but would do so "soon."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
White House: Internal legal opinions over war powers decision varied
June 20th, 2011
07:23 PM ET
3 years ago

White House: Internal legal opinions over war powers decision varied

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lawyers within the Obama administration disagreed with the president's decision that U.S. participation in the NATO-led Libyan military mission doesn't come under the War Powers Resolution, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

President Barack Obama is in a stand-off with House Speaker John Boehner over the issue, and Congress might vote on measures to restrict funding for the mission this week to protest what Boehner says is Obama's violation of the war powers law.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama • White House
Democrats want focus on jobs –not just deficit
June 20th, 2011
07:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats want focus on jobs –not just deficit

Washington (CNN)–Senate Democratic leaders are increasingly anxious the persistently high unemployment rate poses a long-term threat to the economy, their constituents' well-being, and, consequently, their own political fortunes.

In a strategic shift beginning this week, designed to show their heightened concerns, Senate Democrats will try to put new focus on job creation, so it is on equal footing with deficit reduction, which Republicans have successfully championed. They are promising to do it through a series of high profile bills this summer – some to cut taxes, others to increase spending – aimed solely at job creation.
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Filed under: Jobs • Senate Democrats
House Republicans plan votes this week to restrict Libya mission
June 20th, 2011
05:49 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republicans plan votes this week to restrict Libya mission

Washington (CNN)– With bipartisan frustration mounting in Congress over the president's handling of military action in Libya, House Republican leaders are planning to hold votes this week to use the power of the purse to limit the mission.

House GOP sources tell CNN that one potential option is a vote to prohibit funding for any ground troops in Libya. Though there are no U.S. ground troops currently committed there, the House GOP sources say this would be one way to prevent the mission from escalating, and at the same time give lawmakers a chance to express their unhappiness.
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Filed under: House Republicans • Libya
White House: Still no decision on size of Afghanistan drawdown
June 20th, 2011
05:42 PM ET
3 years ago

White House: Still no decision on size of Afghanistan drawdown

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The clock is ticking on a decision for how many troops to bring home from Afghanistan next month, but U.S. President Barack Obama is still weighing the options, his spokesman said Monday.

"The president is still in a process of finalizing his decision on the pace and scope of the drawdown that will begin in July of 2011," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "He's finalizing his decision. He's reviewing the options and the assessments and will have an announcement to make soon."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
Utah Dems accuse Huntsman of pandering
June 20th, 2011
05:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Utah Dems accuse Huntsman of pandering

(CNN) - The Utah State Democratic Party accused former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman of pandering to the Republican Party one day before he is expected to announce his bid for the White House.

State Party Chair Wayne Holland said Utah voters are disappointed in Huntsman's flip flopping positions on the recovery act, health insurance and cap and trade.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Utah
Poll: More say 'blame the GOP' if debt ceiling deal isn't reached
June 20th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: More say 'blame the GOP' if debt ceiling deal isn't reached

(CNN) – As Vice President Joe Biden continues to hold discussions around Capitol Hill on the budget, deficit and debt ceiling, a survey released Monday says more Americans would blame his opposing party if a deal isn't reached.

According to a new Pew/Washington Post poll, 42 percent of Americans say Republicans in Congress would be to blame if the debt limit is not raised and the federal government isn't able to borrow more money to fund its operations.
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Filed under: Debt • Democrats • Republicans
Weiner submits resignation letter
June 20th, 2011
04:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Weiner submits resignation letter

(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation from the House of Representatives will be official Tuesday, according to a statement from his office.

Weiner, D-New York, announced his resignation June 16 in a press conference, but his letter of resignation will be read in a meeting of the House on Tuesday.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
Nation's mayors pass resolution to 'bring U.S. war dollars home'
June 20th, 2011
03:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Nation's mayors pass resolution to 'bring U.S. war dollars home'

Baltimore (CNN) - Acknowledging it is out of the ordinary for city mayors to take a stand on American military policy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution Monday calling for an early end to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"This is not a war resolution," said the newly elected president of the group, Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • U.S. Conference of Mayors
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