Perry may not speak at 'The Response'
July 20th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry may not speak at 'The Response'

(CNN) - Despite taking a lead role in an upcoming national prayer event, Texas governor Rick Perry may not speak at the religious gathering.

Organizers of "The Response," a day of Christian prayer and fasting set for August 6 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, say Perry's role has yet to be determined.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
Conservative group makes parody ad on spending
July 20th, 2011
04:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Conservative group makes parody ad on spending

(CNN) - Is it a political ad, or a commercial from "Saturday Night Live"?

Spending $1.15 million, the conservative group Concerned Women for America took out its largest ad buy ever on "Spenditol," a spoof that looks like an ad for a pharmaceutical product but actually targets spending in Washington.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
First lady takes on 'food deserts'
July 20th, 2011
04:05 PM ET
3 years ago

First lady takes on 'food deserts'

(CNN) – Michelle Obama unveiled the latest push in her healthy-eating campaign Wednesday, announcing several national and regional food retailers have pledged to expand into a string of low-income markets where finding nutritious food options is nearly impossible.

"If a parent wants to pack a piece of fruit in a child's lunch, if a parent wants to add some lettuce to a salad at dinner, they shouldn't have to take three city busses…to go to another community to make that possible," the first lady said at during a White House event marking the new effort.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • White House
July 20th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Leading migraine specialist's take on Bachmann

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Washington (CNN)
– When it comes to GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann's history with migraine headaches, there is a lot to learn.

Migraines are a mysterious affliction. Not unlike most presidential candidates, they often start with a unique aura. They tend to be cerebral and are inevitably one-sided. And also like the range of candidates in a field, they run the spectrum.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • TV-John King U.S.A.
Ryan talks debt ceiling
July 20th, 2011
03:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Ryan talks debt ceiling

Editor's Note: CNN's Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger will have more with Congressman Paul Ryan Wednesday on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer.

Washington (CNN)
- With the debt ceiling negotiations stuck in a circular loop, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan remains steadfastly opposed to the so-called 'Gang of Six' budget plan-despite the fact that it partly resembles his own budget proposal.

"The virtue of their proposal is that they say you need to lower tax rates for economic growth," Ryan told CNN's Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger. "The Gang of 6 [plan] is five pages of talking points, it's not an actual plan, what we're looking at as we get into the numbers is – they're not adding up.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Paul Ryan
Obama continues debt talks with Democrats, then Republicans
July 20th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama continues debt talks with Democrats, then Republicans

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama began holding separate meetings Wednesday with top congressional Democrats and Republicans as part of ongoing talks on a measure that would raise the nation's debt ceiling by August 2 to avoid a government default.

Top Democrats from both chambers began their meeting with the president just before 3 p.m., according to a White House official speaking on condition of not being identified. Later, the top two House Republicans - Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor - will meet with Obama at 5 p.m., White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
Obama to meet with top Republicans Wednesday
July 20th, 2011
02:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to meet with top Republicans Wednesday

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will meet with the top two House Republicans - Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor - at the White House at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Republican aide who spoke on condition of not being identified.


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Republicans
National politics ascend on Wisconsin elections
July 20th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

National politics ascend on Wisconsin elections

(CNN) – The recall elections of state senators in Wisconsin are receiving increased national attention, with both sides of the political aisle capitalizing on the events.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama, a conservative political action committee, used Tuesday's race as a fundraising opportunity while Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy group, and Democracy For America launched an ad in Wisconsin.
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Filed under: PCCC • Wisconsin
Obama to meet with Democratic leaders Wednesday
July 20th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to meet with Democratic leaders Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

President Obama would agree to a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling, something he has steadfastly opposed until now, if there is agreement on a significant deficit reduction plan by Democrats and Republicans that needs more time to be passed by Congress, Carney said.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Democrats • President Obama
President Obama moves closer to supporting same sex marriage
July 20th, 2011
12:29 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama moves closer to supporting same sex marriage

Washington (CNN) – President Obama is now supporting the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the ban on same sex marriage President Clinton signed into law in 1996.

"He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act ... which would take DOMA off the books once and for all," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at yesterday's briefing. "This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples."

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • Same-sex marriage • White House
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