White House official: 'No other path' on debt crisis
July 6th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
3 years ago

White House official: 'No other path' on debt crisis

(CNN) - America will face economic calamity if Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and the government defaults on its obligations, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Thursday to discuss a deficit reduction deal that Republicans are linking to their support for increasing how much money the government can borrow.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • President Obama • TV-The Situation Room
DeMint, Tea Party activists to attend 'Tele-TownHall' on nation's budget, debt
July 6th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
3 years ago

DeMint, Tea Party activists to attend 'Tele-TownHall' on nation's budget, debt

(CNN) – South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint – a major booster of the Tea Party movement – is expected to speak with activists about the U.S. budget and the nation's debt ceiling in a "Tele-TownHall" phone conference Wednesday evening.

An email to conservative activists obtained by CNN says DeMint will also discuss the "Cut, Cap & Balance Pledge," a contract that opposes raising the nation's debt ceiling without major spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Tea Party movement
2012 battles fought in 140 characters or less
July 6th, 2011
07:02 PM ET
3 years ago

2012 battles fought in 140 characters or less

(CNN) – Might future presidential debates feature candidates that voters can't see, can't hear and who answer questions in 140 characters or less?

While televised presidential debates are far from political extinction, what's certain is that more and more presidential-type forums are making significant use of social media or wholly being broadcast online.
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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Twitter
Bill Clinton compares new voting laws to Jim Crow
July 6th, 2011
06:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Bill Clinton compares new voting laws to Jim Crow

Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton compared efforts by Republicans to change voting laws across the country to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes that historically disenfranchised African American voters.

Speaking before a group of liberal youth activists Wednesday, Clinton said laws in states like Florida and New Hampshire are aimed at limiting voter turnout and keeping young people from the ballot box.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton
Cantor opens the door to possible compromise in debt-limit talks
July 6th, 2011
06:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Cantor opens the door to possible compromise in debt-limit talks

(CNN)-A day before congressional leaders meet with President Barack Obama to discuss how to raise the debt limit, the number-two House Republican opened the door to possible compromise, saying Wednesday he is open to closing some of the tax "loopholes" that Democrats have been pushing, but only if those items are offset by reducing taxes in other areas.

"If the president wants to talk loopholes, we'll be glad to talk loopholes," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: Debt • Eric Cantor • Taxes
Obama and social media
July 6th, 2011
05:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama and social media

(CNN) – Whether President Barack Obama's first ever Twitter town hall is considered a #success or #fail, it's surely another example of the White House's embrace of social media and technology.

Here's a look back at some of the key uses of social media since Obama was elected:

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Filed under: President Obama • Social Media • Twitter
Debt Talks – Dems want a BIG deal
July 6th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Debt Talks – Dems want a BIG deal

(CNN) – Democratic officials familiar with the deficit negotiations are now saying that the White House is talking about doing a deal larger than the roughly $2 trillion deal we’ve heard discussed in recent weeks. “The president doesn’t want a small deal that kicks the can down the field,” says an official. One official said he thinks there are leaders in both houses of Congress who want to reach “a significant deficit reduction deal…something big and meaningful.”

Officials on both sides of the aisle say this could be in the range of a $3-4 trillion deal.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • President Obama
Romney holds London fundraiser, meets British officials
July 6th, 2011
04:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney holds London fundraiser, meets British officials

Washington (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held a major fundraiser Wednesday night at the prestigious Dartmouth House in London, England, where he became the first presidential candidate this political cycle to campaign abroad.

Romney met with British Secretary of State for Defense Liam Fox and former Prime Minister Tony Blair before the fundraiser, said a source familiar with the meetings.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
Obama talks jobs via Twitter
July 6th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama talks jobs via Twitter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President Obama answered questions about the still-sluggish job market and broader economy in his first-ever Twitter town hall Wednesday.

Sitting at the White House with Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey, Obama took questions from Twitter users, or so-called tweeps, and responded via a live webcast online.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • President Obama • Twitter
Appeals court suspends enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2010.
July 6th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Appeals court suspends enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal appeals court has issued an order blocking the U.S. military from enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military. U.S. officials have been moving ahead with dismantling the policy but had objected to having the courts force the government to officially repeal it at this time.

At issue in the complex legal fight is whether "don't ask, don't tell" can remain in effect - even in name only - while the legal fight over its constitutionality is being fought in the federal courts. Judges have been at odds over the enforcement issue for months.

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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Gay rights
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