Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption
December 7th, 2011
01:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption

CHICAGO (CNN) - A federal judge sentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison for corruption convictions Wednesday.

The sentence followed a dramatic apology by Blogojevich to his state, his family and the judge, in which he said he is "unbelievably sorry."

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Impasse over payroll tax cut continues
December 7th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Impasse over payroll tax cut continues

Washington (CNN) - All kinds of ideas are flying around Capitol Hill about how to extend the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year, but a longstanding battle over tax increases and divisions among congressional Republicans have prevented any from gaining traction so far.

Once again, a clock is ticking. Failure to pass a measure maintaining the lower tax rate assessed on workers would mean a larger tax burden for Americans next year - $1,000 on a family earning $50,000.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
Romney ad highlights candidate's marriage
December 7th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney ad highlights candidate's marriage

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's latest television ad emphasizes his commitment to his faith and family – but includes a blunder he made at a debate when lauding his decades-long marriage.

The 30-second spot, which the Romney campaign said would run in Iowa and New Hampshire, is called "Leader," and utilizes Romney's answer to a question at a debate in early November.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Political ads
BORGER: Is GOP race turning into a circus?
December 7th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
3 years ago

BORGER: Is GOP race turning into a circus?

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - No doubt about it, the Republican presidential candidates are reaching a critical point: It's less than one month before the Iowa caucuses. A majority of GOP voters - and Iowa caucus-goers - say they could still change their minds. The president has thrown down the gauntlet on tax cuts for the middle class, and the GOP needs to speak with one voice in response. It's decision time, and there are real questions that need to be answered with clarity.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republicans
Gingrich to hit DC fundraising circuit
December 7th, 2011
12:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich to hit DC fundraising circuit

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hoping to mine his frontrunner status to help fill his cash-strapped campaign coffers with a major fundraiser Wednesday night in Washington.

Organizers of the event include former congressmen Robert Walker and Bob Livingston as well as several other Washington supporters. Livingston tells CNN several current members of Congress are expected to attend the event as well as backers not just from the Washington area but from other parts of the country.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Newt Gingrich
New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'
December 7th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
3 years ago

New Perry ad derides Obama's 'war on religion'

(CNN) – Rick Perry says that if he's elected president, he'll end what he calls President Barack Obama's "war on religion."

Perry makes the comments in a new TV commercial that's sure to create controversy.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • President Obama • Rick Perry
Congress takes on insider trading ... by Congress
December 7th, 2011
10:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Congress takes on insider trading ... by Congress

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Is insider trading by members of Congress legal? How common is it? What's being done about it?

Congress itself is tackling those questions right now following an explosive report on 60 Minutes last month.

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Romney: Why I'd be better for Israel than Obama
December 7th, 2011
08:36 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney: Why I'd be better for Israel than Obama

Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reaffirmed his commitment to Israel as America's partner in the Middle East while accusing President Barack Obama of hindering peace in the region, during his speech Wednesday before the Republican Jewish Coalition.

The former Massachusetts governor took the president to task for criticizing Israel, not saying enough about the thousands of Hamas rockets fired into the country and his support for Israel to adopt "indefensible borders."
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Filed under: 2012 • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Billionaires with 1% tax rates
December 7th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Billionaires with 1% tax rates

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In case you haven't heard, President Obama wants the wealthiest to pay more in taxes.

Noting the rise in income inequality in recent years and the need to reform the U.S. tax system, the president on Tuesday said that some of the wealthiest in America pay far less in federal taxes as a percentage of their income than many lower down the income scale.

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Filed under: President Obama • Taxes
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
December 7th, 2011
04:19 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 7, 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 channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism'
More than a century after Teddy Roosevelt's famous "New Nationalism" address, President Barack Obama sounded similar themes Tuesday in the same town in the Republican heartland of Kansas, delivering a populist speech that called for extending the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of the year.

CNN: Gingrich tops 4th straight poll in Iowa
Newt Gingrich leads the pack of GOP presidential candidates in a fourth straight poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus goers.

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