Advocacy groups eager for White House petition website
September 2nd, 2011
03:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Advocacy groups eager for White House petition website

Washington (CNN) - The White House may have opened Pandora's box on Thursday when it announced it would respond to any petition that over 30 days garners at least 5,000 signatures and is submitted through the upcoming White House website "We the People."

Though the White House said the project is a way for the White House to connect with "individuals," a number of advocacy groups have told CNN they plan to use the website to lobby the White House on issues of all kinds.
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Filed under: President Obama • White House
'Super committee' sets first meeting date
September 2nd, 2011
03:14 PM ET
3 years ago

'Super committee' sets first meeting date

Washington (CNN) - The co-chairs of the Congressional debt-crisis "super committee" announced their long-awaited first meeting and hearing dates in a statement released Friday.

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is holding their first full committee meeting Thursday morning, September 8th, where members will make opening statements and consider committee rules, according to a statement released by co-chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission
Palin will up the ante but not announce run in Iowa speech
September 2nd, 2011
01:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin will up the ante but not announce run in Iowa speech

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin's speech to an Iowa tea party rally on Saturday will come on the three-year anniversary of her memorable address to the Republican National Convention in 2008, when she became GOP vice presidential nominee and an instant conservative darling.

Much has changed since then.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
White House blogs on jobless August
September 2nd, 2011
01:37 PM ET
3 years ago

White House blogs on jobless August

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration painted a stark picture of unemployment Friday both on television and the internet following the Labor Department release of employment numbers reflecting no gain in jobs for the month of August.

"Clearly, faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn," said Katharine Abraham, a member of the president's Council of Economic Advisers.
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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • White House
Perry blasts pro-Bachmann super PAC's ad
September 2nd, 2011
01:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry blasts pro-Bachmann super PAC's ad

(CNN) – Rick Perry's GOP presidential campaign blasted as "blatantly false" a new ad put up in South Carolina by a pro-Michele Bachmann "superPAC," in a press release Thursday.

The Texas governor's campaign said the ad misrepresents the governor's fiscally conservative record in his state. Veteran political operative Bob Harris is behind the 30-second spot through "Keep Conservatives United," the so-called "super PAC" he founded in July in support of (but independent from) Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's run for the GOP nomination.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry • South Carolina
Obama backs off tough clean air regulation
September 2nd, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama backs off tough clean air regulation

New York (CNNMoney) – After weeks of Republican attacks over tightening environmental regulations, President Obama said Friday he would halt a planned increase in clean air standards.

In a statement released just hours after the U.S. Labor Department said the economy created no new jobs in August, Obama said he told Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson to withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

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Filed under: Environmental policy • EPA • Obama administration
FreedomWorks CEO slams Romney event: 'This is a photo op'
September 2nd, 2011
11:29 AM ET
3 years ago

FreedomWorks CEO slams Romney event: 'This is a photo op'

(CNN) – The leader of a large grassroots organization instrumental to the tea party movement isn't happy with Mitt Romney, and he's not afraid to show it.

Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, was adamant that the former Massachusetts governor is "not good with the men and women of the tea party movement" Friday during an interview on CNN.
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GOP primary calendar in doubt as Arizona threatens move
September 2nd, 2011
11:03 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP primary calendar in doubt as Arizona threatens move

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – With the stroke of a pen this weekend, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer could single-handedly blow up the carefully laid-out Republican presidential primary calendar.

Saturday is the deadline for Brewer to decide whether to move Arizona's 2012 primary up to January 31 in an effort to give her state greater influence in the GOP presidential race. The primary is currently slated for Feb. 28.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • GOP • Primary Calendar
Republicans quickly react to August jobs numbers
September 2nd, 2011
08:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Republicans quickly react to August jobs numbers

Washington (CNN) - Republican leadership including House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican National Committee were quick to respond to Friday's release of the August jobs report. And 2012 GOP presidential contenders weren't far behind.

Just minutes after the Labor Department reported that employers added no jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus put out a statement saying, "Today's unemployment numbers are another painful reminder that America still awaits economic leadership from President Obama. He spent his summer fundraising and golfing, promising to lay out a jobs plan only after his Martha's Vineyard vacation-all while nearly 14 million Americans remained jobless."
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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • Mitt Romney • RNC
BREAKING: U.S. economy added no jobs in August
September 2nd, 2011
08:39 AM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: U.S. economy added no jobs in August

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Hiring slammed to a complete halt in August as several fresh challenges put the American economy in turmoil.

Employers added no jobs during the month and the unemployment rate remained at 9.1%, the Labor Department said Friday.

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Filed under: Economy • Jobs
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