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On our radar this morning: Sen. DeMint's Labor Day presidential forum, Sarah Palin stops by Iowa, the latest in Libya, and the economy.
Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview today with South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint at 9am/12pm ET.
DeMint, kingmaker for GOP hopefuls?
In an unusual Labor Day forum at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, DeMint will quiz six Republican White House aspirants Monday on their commitment to slashing government spending, diminishing Washington’s place in Americans’ lives and fighting for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget.
“This is not a bachelor forum,” DeMint said. “It’s a forum that will allow them to move beyond talking points and let the people of South Carolina know what they really believe.”
Sarah Palin, in Iowa, attacks Obama and ‘crony capitalism’
Though Obama was the only person she criticized by name, she called for a thorough vetting of those seeking the White House to determine whether they are real reformers. She also said Republican candidates “who raise mammoth amounts of cash” should be asked what their donors “expect in return for their investments.”
“I think she’s a great person to draw people together,” said Mary Ann Nolan, an Iowan. I’m not really sure about her running for president. I think she’d be better behind the scenes pulling us together. . . . I think she’s just a lightning rod for the press, and they’ll just bring her down.”
Republican Candidates Turn Attacks on One Another
President Obama faces headwinds in New Jersey trip
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who was on the tour with Sires and will join the president on Sunday, said even though Irene passed through his state a week ago, Obama will still be able to witness just how badly some communities have been hurt.
“The president is going to have a very firsthand view of one community of many in New Jersey that was very badly hit, and even as the water continues to recede, the consequences will be very, very obvious,” he said. “New Jersey is going through the same challenges as many parts of the country, and there are too many New Jerseyians who are unemployed. When he comes Sunday, the residents will say thanks for coming, but also, ‘We need your help.’”
Aviation warning issued over Al Qaeda, small planes
"Al Qaeda and its affiliates have maintained an interest in obtaining aviation training, particularly on small aircraft, and in recruiting Western individuals for training in Europe or the United States, although we do not have current, credible information or intelligence of an imminent attack," according to the bulletin obtained by the Associated Press.
Libyans Say Closing In on Gaddafi Bastions
Gaddafi's fugitive spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, who telephoned Reuters, said he himself did not know where the ousted 69-year-old leader was but insisted he was in Libya and well defended.
"He's in the country," he said. "And he's in a safe place surrounded by many people who are prepared to protect him."
Documents shed light on CIA, Gadhafi spy ties
Documents seized at the Libyan intelligence headquarters have revealed a surprisingly close relationship between the CIA and their counterparts in the Gadhafi regime.
They highlight the cooperation between Libya and Western intelligence agencies after Libya ended its weapons of mass destruction program in 2004.
More Afghan soldiers deserting the army, NATO statistics show
At least one in seven Afghan soldiers walked off the job during the first six months of this year, according to statistics compiled by NATO that show an increase in desertion.
Between January and June, more than 24,000 soldiers walked off the job, more than twice as many as in the same period last year, according to the NATO statistics. In June alone, more than 5,000 soldiers deserted, nearly 3 percent of the 170,000-strong force.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Lumbering Tropical Storm Lee drenches Gulf states with rain
Dominique Strauss-Kahn lands in France
Bank of America could cut as many as 30,000 jobs
U.S. Appeals to Palestinians to Stall U.N. Vote on Statehood
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President Obama can't take all the blame for this economy. He needs a bill to sign into law and the GOP TEA Party House has produce Zero!! I hope Candy and the other media outlet ask why? Eric Cantor has been Majority Leader for over 240 days and not one jobs bill. But, he gets away screaming about cut on FEMA Relief. Not, only is America falling behind in math and science now add news reporters to the list.
The war on consumer confidence is unprecident by the repugs. They keep yapping about uncertainty with big corporations while the wage an uncertainty war on consumers. Since a lot of factories had left america for cheaper labor a broad, America is now a gigantic sales store, which means spend spend spend to keep alive. Consumers are the biggest and the most centralize component in America. The war the repugs have been waging on consumers, while backing big corporations every step of the way is killing America. When the first bush tarp program gave corporations billions of dollars, the CEO took the money then pocketed it, then say, hey we still don't have any consumers because they have no money to buy our product. That's why the economy tanked in 2008. Obama came in and with the stimulus he focussed on the spenders. This is why the economy switched from a 9 percent retraction to a 5 percent growth a historical event..
Please remind people like Demint, that CNN has a global audience. A lot of people may be offended with talk of American exceptionalism and refuring to the US as the greatest country on earth.
[She also said Republican candidates “who raise mammoth amounts of cash” should be asked what their donors “expect in return for their investments.”]
You know what they want – FAVORS!!! The people DO NOT elect candidates – BIG CORPS do!!! What about YOUR donors Palin??? What have you promised THEM if you run!!! You will NEVER win just from the "people of America!!"
Jim Hoffa was fascinating That was the first rational, albeit non-Tea Party, response to the jobs situation I've heard. Really, what CAN the President do when Banks won't lend, Companies won't hire, and Congress won't do its primary job – tax and spend for the benefit of the Nation. Not sure I agree Apple is unpatriotic, but Hoffa's point is well-taken. Why ARENT Companies like Apple, etc, who live and die by the buying habits of American consumers and investors, taking the lead in improving the economy and job market? If Congress is neutered as a result of its own inability to help American workers get back to work, doesn't American business have to step into the void? Someone has to ....
T'sah from Virginia
To show what dumb azzs the Obama supporters really are. Anyone who knows politics knows you can not spend contributions unless you are a declared canidate for public office. This is against the law and rules of the canidacy for the President of the U.S. I am so sick of Obama the moron and his followers the simpletons. They blame everyone and the kitchen sink for Obama's shortcomings. I BEG YOU PARDON. He is the President and he is responsible so quit trying to blame it on someone else because he can't come up with the answer of jobs, deficits and declining America as one of the world leaders. He and he alone has brought this on. It is as if he planned it. OBAMA, YOU AND GEORGE SOROS DIDN'T PLAN IT THIS WAY DID YOU? YOU FREAK AND LYING FRAUD. PALIN 2012
why do you interview twits like hoffa? apple is unpatriotic? it is now apple duty to fix all the problems our gov. has created? maybe if there were no unions or gov. pensions we could all go back to work!
If the Republicans succeed in winning the WH in 2012 – Corporations will begin to hire. We must remember that people like KOCH and other BIG CORPS are "paying" for the candidates on the RIGHT's campaign. Their NUMBER ONE goal is to make President Obama a "one-term" President.
America should keep in mind that when President Obama wins in 2012 – the BIG CORPS would still have to begin hiring.....PERIOD!!! They cannot continue to be STUBBORN to prove a point because they would have to be STUBBORN until 2016, when President Obama's second term ends. They can NO LONGER argue about making President Obama a "one-term" President because the PEOPLE have spoken – AGAIN!!! And, the American people are NOT going to tolerate NO JOBS; catering to RICH and crushing the middle class. It would also be very obvious as to who the REAL obstructionist are!!!
Vote Democrat all the way down the line in 2012……………………Obama/Biden 2012!!!
@FIELD1stSGT- We lost 8 million jobs in the last three years of the Bush republican experiment. In addition, W added $5.5 trillion to our national debt with his unfunded wars, unfunded drug program, unfunded bank bailout, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy. Yet dumb azzes like you think republicans are blameless, just like Hoover. Shut off Fox you moron!