Poll: Romney maintains top spot in California
September 15th, 2011
03:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Romney maintains top spot in California

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is still the favorite 2012 GOP presidential candidate among California Republicans, although his popularity has dropped, according to a new survey.

The Field Poll released Thursday showed the former Massachusetts governor leading Texas Gov. Rick Perry 28 percent to 20 percent, with no other Republican candidate cracking 8 percent.
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Filed under: 2012 • California • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Perry • TV-The Situation Room
Marine receives Medal of Honor at White House
September 15th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Marine receives Medal of Honor at White House

Washington (CNN) - A Marine who ran through enemy fire to recover wounded fellow American and Afghan troops during a firefight in Afghanistan received the Medal of Honor Thursday from President Barack Obama.

"You did your duty above and beyond and you kept the faith," Obama told Dakota Meyer, who became the first living Marine to be recognized with the nation's highest military honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
TIME interviews Rick Perry
September 15th, 2011
01:57 PM ET
3 years ago

TIME interviews Rick Perry

In the new issue of TIME Magazine, on newsstands Friday, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry offers insights into his run for president and his tenure as Texas governor.

Read excerpts from the interview HERE.


Filed under: Rick Perry • Time.com
Will Hispanics be the swing voting bloc of 2012?
September 15th, 2011
01:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Will Hispanics be the swing voting bloc of 2012?

(CNN) - In the middle of the massive effort to protect New Yorkers from the effects of Hurricane Irene last month, a colorful moment gave people an amusing opportunity to laugh and joke. It was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to communicate with Spanish-speaking New Yorkers in their own language.

"My Spanish skills, may continue poco a poco (little by little)," said the mayor in not-so-fluent Spanish on Aug. 30 when asked by reporters about his repeated attempts to communicate in Spanish. Bloomberg never explained whether his speaking Spanish was out of a genuine concern to effectively communicate with people or a way to score political points with New York's Hispanic voters – or both.

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Filed under: 2012
Boehner: No tax hikes for super committee
September 15th, 2011
01:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: No tax hikes for super committee

Washington (CNNMoney) - House Speaker John Boehner drew a line in the sand on Thursday, saying that a special debt committee tasked with cutting at least $1.2 trillion from federal deficits shouldn't consider tax hikes.

"Tax increases ... are not a viable option for the Joint Committee," Boehner said in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. "It's a very simple equation. Tax increases destroy jobs. And the Joint Committee is a jobs committee. Its mission is to reduce the deficit that is threatening job creation in our country."

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Filed under: Congress • Deficit commission • John Boehner
New book on Palin blasted as 'lies'
September 15th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
3 years ago

New book on Palin blasted as 'lies'

Washington (CNN) - Todd Palin released a scathing statement late Wednesday about author Joe McGinniss, whose new book about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has grabbed internet and tabloid headlines, as well as received harsh criticism from The New York Times.

In a statement distributed to members of the media, Palin's husband said the book "is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears."
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Filed under: Sarah Palin • Todd Palin
Pelosi: Democratic plans still on track despite 'mogul'
September 15th, 2011
12:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi: Democratic plans still on track despite 'mogul'

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday brushed off the two special election losses Democrats suffered on Tuesday, saying the party was still on track with plans to regain control of the House of Representatives next fall.

"It does not alter our plan for taking back the House," Pelosi said, when asked about the GOP upset in a traditionally Democratic district in New York, and the wide margin the Republican received over the Democratic candidate in Nevada.
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New Hampshire gov. will not run in 2012
September 15th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
3 years ago

New Hampshire gov. will not run in 2012

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Popular New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch announced Thursday he will not seek a historic fifth term in office, putting another state race in play for Republicans in 2012.

Lynch, an immensely well-liked Democrat, has headed the state for eight years and was considered all-but-unbeatable had he chosen to run again. He announced at a press conference Thursday he would not run for a fifth two-year term.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire
Michelle Obama and Olive Garden team up for healthier kids meals
September 15th, 2011
12:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama and Olive Garden team up for healthier kids meals

Hyattsville, Md. (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama scored a big win Thursday in her campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. Mrs. Obama announced that the biggest full service restaurant company in the world, Darden Restaurants which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse among others, has agreed to cut sodium and calories on its menus across the board as well as offering healthier menu choices targeted to kids.

"This is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry," Mrs. Obama told reporters and guests invited by Darden and the White House to an Olive Garden Restaurant in suburban Hyattsville, Maryland. The first lady, who called on restaurants to rethink their menus when she spoke at the National Restaurant Association more than a year ago, praised Darden for what she called its vision and commitment.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
New CNN Poll: GOP divided over tea party movement
September 15th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

New CNN Poll: GOP divided over tea party movement

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party is split right down the middle between tea party movement supporters and those who do not support the two-and-a-half-year-old movement, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday also highlights the differences in demographics, ideology, and temperament between the two camps. According to the survey, on some issues, the two wings of the GOP are in accord, but tea party activists and supporters do not speak for the entire Republican Party on issues such as the deficit, global warming, evolution, abortion, gay marriage, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Education, or Social Security.
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Filed under: Republicans • Tea Party movement
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