Bachmann reveals 'devastating' miscarriage
June 29th, 2011
09:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann reveals 'devastating' miscarriage

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed to a town hall audience Wednesday that she once suffered a “devastating” miscarriage.

Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, told the story in the course of answering a question about her position on abortion.
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Bachmann won't commit to 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge
June 29th, 2011
08:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann won't commit to 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Nearly every Republican presidential candidate has pledged to sign the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge to slash government spending, but U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is not ready to commit.

Her reason? It doesn't go far enough.
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Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Michele Bachmann
Sen. Paul: No vacation for Congress until debt crisis is solved
June 29th, 2011
08:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Paul: No vacation for Congress until debt crisis is solved

(CNN)–Sen. Rand Paul wants the debt crisis solved quickly, even if it requires canceling his vacation until a deal is reached on the debt ceiling.

The Kentucky Republican is among lawmakers joining President Barack Obama’s calls for Congress to stay in session over the upcoming vacation week and confront America’s debt crisis.
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Filed under: Content Partner • Debt • Rand Paul • TV-The Situation Room
Republicans reject president's call to include tax revenues in debt deal
June 29th, 2011
07:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans reject president's call to include tax revenues in debt deal

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(CNN)–Republican congressional leaders Wednesday rejected President Barack Obama's call to include tax revenues as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Obama said at a White House press conference Wednesday that he's already made concessions to significantly cut spending for government programs. In return, he said, Republicans should now accept proposals to end corporate tax subsidies, such as those given to oil and gas companies or tax breaks for hedge fund managers.
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Filed under: Debt • John Boehner • Orrin Hatch • Taxes
Democratic senators release video for 'It Gets Better' campaign
June 29th, 2011
06:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Democratic senators release video for 'It Gets Better' campaign

Washington (CNN) - Thirteen Democratic senators released a YouTube video Wednesday as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign, intended to offer hope to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens across the country.

The nearly five minute, highly produced, black and white video features the 13 senators who are all co-sponsors of a bill that would repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. The video is part of a larger project aimed at LGBT youth who may be having a difficult time in school. The simple message is life does get better.
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Gergen: Will Obama's barbs help or hurt debt talks?
June 29th, 2011
05:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Gergen: Will Obama's barbs help or hurt debt talks?

Editor's note:David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents. He is professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Follow him on Twitter.

(CNN) - "When they won't see the light," goes the old saying, "make 'em feel the heat." That was the strategy President Obama employed today in his press conference as he skewered Republicans over deficit negotiations. But where will it lead?

The president likely scored political points with two arguments. First, he skillfully made the case that in refusing to end tax breaks for oil companies, millionaires, and CEOs on corporate jets, Republicans are taking money away from hard-pressed Americans who need help. Who would want to do that?

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Filed under: Budget • Debt • President Obama
Borger: Who are the adults in Washington?
June 29th, 2011
05:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Borger: Who are the adults in Washington?

Washington (CNN) – Call me old-fashioned, but when the president and congressional leaders get into a tussle over who should be "leading" the country in matters of real national consequence, I feel like sending them to their rooms.

"Call me naive," President Obama said at his news conference today. "But my expectation is that leaders are going to lead."

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Emanuel hopes Illinois will follow New York in same-sex marriage legislation
June 29th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Emanuel hopes Illinois will follow New York in same-sex marriage legislation

(CNN)- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed his support for the recently passed New York same-sex marriage law telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday he would support similar legislation in Illinois.

"I would hope that the state would move in that direction" Emanuel said. "Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement and I think that's very important."
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In week one, Bachmann hits the ground running
June 29th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
3 years ago

In week one, Bachmann hits the ground running

Lexington, South Carolina (CNN) – No one can accuse Michele Bachmann of being lazy.

The third day of Bachmann's presidential rollout, which began on Monday in Iowa, has been her busiest so far, with rallies planned in four of South Carolina's biggest media markets.

And that's with temperatures hovering above the 90-degree mark.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
Mormon church reminds its leadership to steer clear of politics
June 29th, 2011
04:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Mormon church reminds its leadership to steer clear of politics

(CNN)- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is reminding its leaders to stay away from endorsing political candidates or offering political statements.

In a letter dated June 16. LDS President Thomas S. Monson provided LDS members with "further clarification of the church's position on political neutrality."

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog
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