Florida GOP chairman stepping down
August 31st, 2011
03:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Florida GOP chairman stepping down

Washington (CNN) – Citing health reasons, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner will step down from his high profile post in late September, a party official confirms to CNN.

An election for the new chairman will take place September 23, as Florida Republicans gather in Orlando for a multi-day political event anchored by a presidential debate and straw poll.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republicans
BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama's 'make or break' jobs speech
August 31st, 2011
03:08 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama's 'make or break' jobs speech

(CNN) – Now we know that President Obama wants to deliver his major speech on jobs next Wednesday night before a joint session of the Senate and House. I've been calling it a "make or break" speech because jobs remains issue number one in his bid for re-election and there are still so many millions of Americans out of a job. There are millions more looking for a better job. Unless the president can turn things around between now and November 2012, his re-election will be in very deep trouble irrespective of his Republican challenger.

For the millions who are unemployed, the nation is not only in a recession, it's in a depression. That's certainly what it feels like for them.

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • TV-The Situation Room
Democratic 'super committee' members meet
August 31st, 2011
01:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Democratic 'super committee' members meet

Washington (CNN) - The six Democrats on the so called "super committee" were scheduled to meet via conference call on Wednesday afternoon, according to two Democratic Congressional sources.

The Democrats participating in the call include the panel's co-chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-California, and Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission
Major tea party group to protest Romney tea party debut
August 31st, 2011
12:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Major tea party group to protest Romney tea party debut

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – National tea party sponsor FreedomWorks announced Wednesday it will protest Mitt Romney's debut at a major tea party event in New Hampshire this Sunday.

The group accused the Republican presidential candidate of suddenly "pandering" to conservative activists "because he's getting challenged from [Minnesota Rep. Michele] Bachmann and [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry and even [Texas Rep.] Ron Paul."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party movement
POTUS requests joint session, White House brushes aside conflict with GOP debate
August 31st, 2011
12:06 PM ET
3 years ago

POTUS requests joint session, White House brushes aside conflict with GOP debate

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama Wednesday requested time to deliver an economic address to a joint session of Congress on the evening of September 7 - a prime-time platform to unveil his long-awaited jobs proposal.

The speech is set to be delivered at 8 p.m. ET.

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Filed under: Congress • Jobs • President Obama
Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast
August 31st, 2011
11:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast

(CNN) - A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made previously, when he said members of the tea party movement on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans "hanging on a tree."

Jason Tomsci, Carson's aide, confirmed the comments and reaffirmed the sentiment.
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Filed under: Congress • Tea Party movement
Mayor Alec Baldwin?
August 31st, 2011
11:37 AM ET
3 years ago

Mayor Alec Baldwin?

(CNN) - New York City may not have a Mayor Baldwin anytime soon.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who has flirted with a bid for Big Apple mayor, said Tuesday he would rather spend time with his new girlfriend.
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Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt
August 31st, 2011
11:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin appearance at Iowa tea party event now in doubt

(CNN) - Sources close to Sarah Palin told CNN Wednesday that the former Alaska governor is no longer likely to attend a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, an event that's been plagued by logistical issues.

Palin will still make a separate appearance in Des Moines on Friday to meet with her supporters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
Obama urges Congress to pass infrastructure bill
August 31st, 2011
11:04 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama urges Congress to pass infrastructure bill

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to quickly renew legislation critical to maintenance and improvement of the nation's highway system, warning that failure to do so could have disastrous economic consequences.

The current Surface Transportation Bill is set to expire at the end of September.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama
Huntsman plan would restructure tax code
August 31st, 2011
10:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Huntsman plan would restructure tax code

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will portray himself as the responsible fiscal conservative running for the White House as he announces a jobs plan that includes restructuring the tax-code to remove all loopholes, deductions and tax expenditures and eliminating the home mortgage deduction, in a speech Wednesday, according to a campaign official.

The plan – which the former governor of Utah will release a week before former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama announce their jobs plans – is called "Time to Compete" and focuses on four areas: tax reform, regulatory reform, energy independence and free trade.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman
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