Fleischer joins CNN as political contributor
September 20th, 2011
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Fleischer joins CNN as political contributor

(CNN) - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer joins CNN as a political contributor, the network announced today.

Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief spokesman for three years, will offer commentary and analysis across the network as the nation enters the 2012 presidential campaign season.
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New Poll: Perry & Romney remain one-two in nomination hunt
September 20th, 2011
08:24 AM ET
3 years ago

New Poll: Perry & Romney remain one-two in nomination hunt

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination conducted entirely after last week's CNN/Tea Party Republican debate indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry remains at the top of the pack. But according to the USA Today/Gallup survey, Perry doesn't fare as well as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in hypothetical 2012 general election matchups against President Barack Obama.

The poll indicates that 31 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they support Perry for their party's presidential nomination, with 24 percent backing Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • Rick Perry
Some gay service members ready to celebrate 'don't ask' repeal
A member of the Air Force reads a copy of "OutServe," a magazine for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military personnel.
September 20th, 2011
08:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Some gay service members ready to celebrate 'don't ask' repeal

Washington (CNN) - The reactions range from gloom-and-doom predictions to big countdown parties and smaller celebrations to ho-hum business-as-usual as the U.S. military changes its rules Tuesday and allows gay men and lesbians to serve openly.

A minute into the new day, 12:01 a.m., the old "don't ask, don't tell" rule that has been in force since the Clinton administration is gone.

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Just how important is Ohio in 2012? Very!
September 20th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Just how important is Ohio in 2012? Very!

(CNN) - How important is Ohio to the Obama White House? Vice President Joe Biden heads there Tuesday, the fourth visit to the crucial battleground state by President Barack Obama or Biden since Labor Day. And Obama will be there again on Thursday to lobby for his jobs package.

Ohio’s 18 electoral votes could again be pivotal to the 2012 presidential election. George W. Bush sealed his 2004 re-election by narrowly winning the state over Sen. John Kerry.
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
September 20th, 2011
04:32 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Obama outlines $3 trillion debt plan; GOP slams tax component
President Barack Obama released his long-awaited debt reduction plan Monday, outlining a roughly $3 trillion savings blueprint that was immediately criticized by top congressional and other Republicans.
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