Should theology trump policy in presidential politics?
A statue of the founder of the Mormon Church Joseph Smith outside the historic Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
August 4th, 2011
01:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Should theology trump policy in presidential politics?

(CNN) – America is not ready for a Mormon president, according to Christian author Tricia Erickson. On Wednesday she told CNN's Tom Foreman on In the Arena that she believes a practicing Mormon should not be president because of their theological views on the afterlife and governance.

CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi jumped into the fray on the topic with Foreman as well. He said while religious views shape Mormon politicians on a macro level, there is no evidence Mormon politicians have a "bat phone" to Utah and take orders from the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church is formally known.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney
Gas tax may be next tea party target
August 4th, 2011
12:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Gas tax may be next tea party target

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - You may want to consider investing in some good shock absorbers for your car this fall.

Fresh from blocking any new tax increases during the debt ceiling debacle, some lawmakers in Congress may now oppose renewing the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel, which is used to maintain our nations highways.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Energy • Taxes • Tea Party
Michelle Obama fundraises off husband's 'gray hairs'
August 4th, 2011
12:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama fundraises off husband's 'gray hairs'

(CNN) – On President Barack Obama's 50th birthday, first lady Michelle Obama poked fun at her husband's age in a fundraising email.

"Every day, I see Barack make choices he knows will affect every American family," she wrote in Thursday's message. "That's no small task for anyone – and more proof that he's earning every last one of those gray hairs."
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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
Fox News hosts: Palin 'pulled punches' admission a 'joke'
August 4th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Fox News hosts: Palin 'pulled punches' admission a 'joke'

(CNN) - Two Fox News Channel hosts said Thursday they were joking when they previously claimed they felt awkward about commenting on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin because she's a fellow Fox employee.

"The only problem with talking about Sarah Palin is that she works here, and it's like a co-worker," said Greg Gutfeld, co-host of "The Five," the network's show on Wednesday. "And if I say something bad and I see her in the hallway, I feel really awkward and wrong, so I just kind of say, 'good job'."
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Filed under: Fox News • Sarah Palin
Do presidents age faster in office?
August 4th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Do presidents age faster in office?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has had the weight of the free world on his shoulders for 2.5 years, and he might be starting to look like it.

At 50, which he turns Thursday, his hair is a little grayer, and his face and neck are a little more creased, than on the day he took office in January 2009.

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Filed under: President Obama
Florida poll: Obama down, Romney up
August 4th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Florida poll: Obama down, Romney up

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's job approval rating in Florida fell after an agreement was reached between Congress and the White House to raise the debt ceiling, according to a new survey.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, after the deal was announced, showed 44 percent of Sunshine State voters approved of the president and 51 percent disapproved. Between July 27 and July 31, before the deal, 44 percent of voters approved of his performance compared to the 50 percent who did not, a drop from the 51 percent who approved and 43 percent who disapproved of him in May.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
Presidential birthday bash
August 4th, 2011
09:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Presidential birthday bash

Washington (CNN) – President Obama will celebrate his 50th birthday with friends in the White House Rose Garden Thursday, according to a White House official.

The official said the first family will pay for the fete, which will not be financed with public funds.
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Filed under: President Obama • White House
70,000 jobs lost! Really??
August 4th, 2011
09:02 AM ET
3 years ago

70,000 jobs lost! Really??

Washington (CNN) - An oft-repeated statement that the Federal Aviation Administration's partial shutdown has forced the layoff of 70,000 construction workers is, at best, an over-simplification, and at worst, an exaggeration, according to the expert behind the number.

Democratic leaders, and even some Republicans, quoted the 70,000 number frequently this week to emphasize the serious consequences of the shutdown.

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Filed under: FAA • Jobs • unemployment
Unemployment claims at 400,000 level
August 4th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Unemployment claims at 400,000 level

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits fell last week, but remained at a key level signaling that the job market remain sluggish.

There were 400,000 initial unemployment claims filed in the week ended July 30, the Labor Department said Thursday, down 1,000 from an upwardly revised 401,000 the prior week. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting jobless claims to rise to 405,000.

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Filed under: Jobs • unemployment
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, August 4, 2011
August 4th, 2011
04:21 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, August 4, 2011

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CNN: Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute
President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
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