Pawlenty's Bachmann barb
July 20th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty's Bachmann barb

(CNN) - On the day Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann released a doctor's letter detailing her treatment for migraines, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took a not-so-veiled swipe at his 2012 presidential campaign rival.

Although he declined to comment directly on the implications of Bachmann's headaches when questioned, choosing to "defer to the judgment of the medical professionals," Pawlenty did tack on an aside assessment of the qualifications needed to serve as president.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
Criticism from the left for 'Gang of Six'
Congressional caucuses discuss debt ceiling and news conference.
July 20th, 2011
08:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Criticism from the left for 'Gang of Six'

Washington (CNN) – A day after the so-called "Gang of Six" released its deficit reduction plan, criticism from the left began to grow.

"We are an anti-gang group," quipped Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, at a news conference on Wednesday. "We are trying to suppress the growth of gangs. We think that it is not healthy for Washington."
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Filed under: Congressional Black Caucus • Debt • Deficit • Medicare • Social Security
President calls debt crisis 'self-created'
July 20th, 2011
08:08 PM ET
3 years ago

President calls debt crisis 'self-created'

Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama sat down with television stations from three key political states, he said he is still hopeful the White House and congressional leadership will come to an agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling but said politics is interfering.

"This is actually a self-created crisis in some ways. It has to do with folks who are digging into set positions rather than saying how do we solve a problem," the president told KMBC, a CNN affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
Congress curbs enthusiasm for 'Gang of Six' plan
July 20th, 2011
07:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Congress curbs enthusiasm for 'Gang of Six' plan

(CNN)–The burst of enthusiasm Tuesday for the "Gang of Six" debt reduction plan as a possible way out of the debt ceiling crisis appeared to fade Wednesday as Democratic and Republican lawmakers studied and found fault with the details of the proposal.

Most notably, both sides highlighted well-worn party-line divisions: conservatives complained the plan would raise taxes while liberals warned it would cut entitlement benefits.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Debt • Deficit
The 'vile' saga continues
July 20th, 2011
07:01 PM ET
3 years ago

The 'vile' saga continues

(CNN) – Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted Wednesday that fellow Florida Rep. Allen West's e-mail rant was the kind of attack she's never experienced before.

In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Schultz added, "And I was surprised that he sent that to my personal e-mail, an e-mail that he didn't previously have."
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Perry's Rumsfeld connection
July 20th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry's Rumsfeld connection

Washington (CNN) – Sometimes politics is conducted a bit at arms length and it appears that's exactly how former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans to keep it.

A source very close to Rumsfeld confirms that last week several former top Pentagon officials from Rumsfeld's tenure traveled to Austin, Texas to meet with Governor Rick Perry on national security and foreign policy issues. The source doesn't want his name used because he says Rumsfeld is not re-entering the political fray and that the arrangements were all conducted by "Perry's office" contacting "Rumsfeld's office" for ideas about whom to speak with.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Rumsfeld • Rick Perry
Candidates engage in first Twitter debate
July 20th, 2011
06:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Candidates engage in first Twitter debate

(CNN) – In the first-ever presidential Twitter debate, six Republican White House hopefuls took to tweeting Wednesday about the debt ceiling, jobs and national security.

The debate required candidates to answer questions in 140 characters or less, the maximum amount of space allowed on Twitter for a single tweet. The candidates were allowed to use additional tweets for the same subject, but brevity was encouraged.
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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans
Michelle Obama: I'm in better shape than the president
July 20th, 2011
05:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama: I'm in better shape than the president

(CNN) - Take a look at next month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and flowers won't be the only thing in season- first lady Michelle Obama is in full bloom and so are her efforts to fight childhood obesity.

The article, featuring several colorful photos and recipe suggestions, illustrates Mrs. Obama's picnic with the fifth grade class from Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who joined her on the White House lawn back in May.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama heads to reality TV
July 20th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama heads to reality TV

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will tape an appearance on network reality television Thursday.

The ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" confirms Mrs. Obama will appear as a guest star working on behalf of military families.
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Congressional doctor explains Bachmann migraines
July 20th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressional doctor explains Bachmann migraines

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann released a letter from her physician Wednesday to further explain her migraine headaches. It was first revealed she suffers from migraines Tuesday.

The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, said the Minnesota Congresswoman is in "overall in good general health."
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
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