BLITZER'S BLOG: Why would Iran target Saudi ambassador?
October 12th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Why would Iran target Saudi ambassador?

(CNN) – Even if the Justice Department and the FBI are proven correct about their allegations against "elements" of the Iranian regime, we may still never know why they may have wanted to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, a man I've known for many years.

Back in late 2002 when he was national security adviser to then-Crown Prince (and now King) Abdullah, he was very helpful to CNN and me during our live coverage from the Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh. At the time, the U.S. military had some 5,000 troops and dozens of warplanes based there – as the Bush administration geared up for the invasion of Iraq.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • TV-The Situation Room
Cain: 'There's a theme here, I win!'
October 12th, 2011
03:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain: 'There's a theme here, I win!'

(CNN) – Businessman Herman Cain credits his win at the Florida "Presidency 5" straw poll with giving him enough steam to succeed at subsequent straw polls - and pick up additional financial support along the way.

Listing a string of wins including his victory at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver and Florida's "Presidency 5" during a media avail in New Hampshire Wednesday, Cain exclaimed, "There's a theme here, I win!"
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
Boehner calls alleged Iran terror plot 'serious breach of international behavior'
October 12th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner calls alleged Iran terror plot 'serious breach of international behavior'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday called the alleged Iranian terror plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil "a serious breach of international behavior."

Boehner condemned the plan that U.S. government officials described Tuesday and called on the Obama administration to respond.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • John Boehner • President Obama
Axelrod vs. Romney
October 12th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod vs. Romney

(CNN) – Senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod issued his own rebuttal to Tuesday's Republican presidential debate labeling frontrunner Mitt Romney a political flip flopper who deserves skepticism from the American electorate.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the first of its kind in the 2012 election cycle, Axelrod stopped short of labeling Romney the presumptive nominee, but spent most of his time pointing to what he sees as inconsistencies in the former Massachusetts governor's record.
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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work
October 12th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work

(CNN) - A handful of Republican candidates took aim at Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan at Tuesday night's presidential debate, but only one went so far as to imply it could be the devil's work.

"When you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside won, the devil is in the details," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said during the New Hampshire debate, alluding to the number 666, which is commonly connected to Satan.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Michele Bachmann
Gingrich beefs up South Carolina campaign
October 12th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich beefs up South Carolina campaign

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sensing opportunity in a state with a vibrant tea party movement, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is beefing up his campaign presence in South Carolina.

Gingrich's national Coalitions Director, Adam Waldeck, is re-locating to Columbia to run political operations in the first-in-the-south primary state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
Issa proud of being a 'pain' to Democrats
October 12th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Issa proud of being a 'pain' to Democrats

Washington (CNN) - Since becoming chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa has made waves throughout Washington, at one point calling President Barack Obama's administration "one of most corrupt."

Since taking over the helm on the committee, Issa has made it clear that he wants explanations from the Obama administration - from the BP oil spill to issues regarding the Labor Relations Board to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

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Filed under: Congress • Darrell Issa • Democrats
Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos
October 12th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos

Washington (CNN) – With his $447 billion jobs bill stalled in the Senate , President Obama on Wednesday previewed several of the attack lines he will level in the coming weeks against Senate Republicans who put the brakes on the legislation from moving forward.

“Last night even though a majority of senators voted in favor of the American Jobs Act, a Republican minority got together and blocked this jobs bill from passing the Senate,” Obama told Latino community leaders at an event in Washington. “They said no to more jobs for teachers. No to more jobs for cops and firefighters. No to more jobs construction workers and veterans. No to tax cuts for small business owners and middle class Americans.”

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate • Senate Republicans
Congress tackles trade deals
October 12th, 2011
01:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Congress tackles trade deals

Washington (CNNMoney) - Congress is expected to pass trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama on Wednesday, racing to get them to President Obama before the South Korean president comes to Capitol Hill.

The U.S. agriculture industry has been calling for the deals, which could re-open international markets for high-quality beef, poultry, wheat and soybeans. The U.S. auto industry is also a fan of the deals, which would cut back on South Korean tariffs that have hit Detroit automakers.

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Filed under: Congress • Trade
Jobs bill fight continues after Senate defeat
October 12th, 2011
01:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Jobs bill fight continues after Senate defeat

Washington (CNN) - Partisan bickering over President Barack Obama's failed $447 billion jobs plan intensified Wednesday, with Republicans accusing Democrats of political gamesmanship and Democrats charging Republicans with costly obstructionism.

The measure failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance in the Democratic-controlled Senate Tuesday night. Top Democrats have indicated they will now try to break the measure up into several smaller bills, but it remains unclear what - if anything - is capable of winning approval in a Congress completely divided along partisan and ideological lines.

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Senate
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