Hilton explains Justice Department's '$16 muffins'
September 23rd, 2011
08:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Hilton explains Justice Department's '$16 muffins'

Washington (CNN) - Stung by an audit report this week that highlighted "$16 muffins" at a conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, the hotel chain is fighting back, insisting the pricey pastries were not that expensive.

Hilton Worldwide responded to the much-publicized cost of the muffins, disputing the $16 per muffin charge cited by the Justice Inspector General in an audit of costs incurred at Justice Department conferences in 2008 and 2009.

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Filed under: Justice Department
Santorum: ‘I condemn’ booing of gay soldier, didn’t hear it
September 23rd, 2011
08:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: ‘I condemn’ booing of gay soldier, didn’t hear it

(CNN) - White House hopeful Rick Santorum said he didn't hear boos from the audience when a gay soldier asked a question via YouTube at Thursday night's GOP presidential debate.

"I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier," Santorum said on Fox News Friday. "Certainly had I heard them, I would have said, 'Don't do that. This man is serving our country and we are to thank him for his service’."
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Filed under: 2012 • Don't Ask Don't Tell • Rick Santorum
Did Perry's HPV vaccination claim ring true?
September 23rd, 2011
07:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Did Perry's HPV vaccination claim ring true?

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded to Rep. Michele Bachmann's criticism of his short-lived 2007 executive order requiring girls to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus, during Thursday night's Republican presidential candidates' debate in Orlando. Bachmann said a drug company that produced the vaccination hired his former chief of staff to lobby him.

Perry's response: "I got lobbied on this issue. I got lobbied by a 31-year-old young lady who had Stage 4 cervical cancer. I spent a lot of time with her. She came by my office, talked to me about the program."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry • Texas
Addressing conservatives, Huntsman calls for big tent GOP
September 23rd, 2011
03:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Addressing conservatives, Huntsman calls for big tent GOP

Orlando (CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman made a pitch for big tent Republicanism in a convention hall packed with hardcore Florida conservatives on Friday.

And the crowd applauded. Politely, at least.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman
Perry seeks to put shaky debate performance behind him
September 23rd, 2011
02:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry seeks to put shaky debate performance behind him

Orlando (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry moved to put an underwhelming debate performance behind him during an address to a convention of Florida Republicans on Friday.

"As conservatives, we know that values and visions matter," Perry told nearly 2,000 Republican activists at the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. "It's not who is the slickest candidate or who is the smoothest debater that we need to elect. We need to elect the candidate with the best record and the best vision for our country."
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
Perry faces scathing reviews day after debate
September 23rd, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry faces scathing reviews day after debate

Orlando (CNN) - Rick Perry may be a little saddle sore after the rough ride he had at Thursday's GOP presidential debate, but the real question is whether the front-runner in this horse race did more than just throw a shoe.

Republicans looking for reviews of Rick Perry's performance can go right to the search engine that sponsored the debate, Google.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
Senate rejects House spending bill
September 23rd, 2011
12:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate rejects House spending bill

(CNN) – The Democratic-controlled Senate effectively rejected the House GOP's temporary spending bill in a procedural test vote Friday.

Both chambers of Congress must agree on new spending legislation - which would include disaster relief funding - to avoid a government shutdown after the close of the current fiscal year on September 30.


Filed under: Congress • Democrats • House • Republicans • Senate
Rep. Ryan to head key 2012 RNC fundraising trust
September 23rd, 2011
12:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Ryan to head key 2012 RNC fundraising trust

Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, seen by many as a rising star among Republicans, was tapped Friday to head up a key fundraising group for his party ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of my good friend Paul Ryan to chair the RNC Presidential Trust," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said. "Paul is a visionary leader for our Party and it is fitting that he play a crucial role in the upcoming election where our nation's future hangs in the balance."
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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • RNC
Romney tweaks Perry over illegal immigration
September 23rd, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney tweaks Perry over illegal immigration

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued attacking rival Rick Perry over illegal immigration Friday.

The former Massachusetts governor responded to Perry's assertion during Thursday's GOP presidential debate that those who disagree with providing in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants lack a heart.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
Obama allowing states to opt out of education reform requirements
September 23rd, 2011
10:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama allowing states to opt out of education reform requirements

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Friday that states will be allowed to opt out of certain requirements imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, the landmark education reform initiative passed with broad bipartisan support a decade ago.

The administration will immediately begin reviewing state applications to waive various demands imposed by the law in return for credible commitments to close lingering achievement gaps.

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Filed under: Education • President Obama
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