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CNN: Defiant Obama challenges Congress on sticky issues
President Barack Obama launches a three-day swing through key election states Wednesday after declaring in what could be his final State of the Union address that the nation was strengthening but must confront the defining issue of preserving the American dream.
CNN: Giffords gets ovation, president's embrace on eve of resignation
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took a few steps into the House chamber and absorbed a 90-second standing ovation before the State of the Union address Tuesday night, the eve of her resignation to focus on recovering from her shooting last year.
CNN: New Freddie Mac contract prohibits ‘lobbying activities’
Newt Gingrich was specifically prevented from lobbying Congress on behalf of the mortgage giant Freddie Mac in 1999 and the early 2000s, according to a contract released Tuesday by the firm he founded.
CNN: GOP candidates criticize Obama, each other
As President Barack Obama was about to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, his prospective Republican challengers were busy laying the groundwork for their efforts to challenge the incumbent.
CNN: Headhurting: Giants boast of targeting punt returner, raise questions about concussions
It’s a reality of sport, and not just football: If your opponents know you have an injury, they’re going to target it.
CNN: Tornado recovery work begins in Alabama
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday toured communities hit by a tornado that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and killed two people.
CNN: Graces misidentified at VA cemeteries
More than 120 graves in military cemeteries across the country are misidentified, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday.
CNN: Hollywood arson suspect pleads not guilty to 100 counts
A German national accused of setting one of the worst arson sprees in the history of Los Angeles entered a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing Tuesday.
CNN: In Syria, many caught 'in the middle'
Just one day of covering pro- and anti-government rallies convinced me of how polarized the country has become. People are metaphorically retreating to their confessional bunkers.
CNN: Thousands gather in Cairo on anniversary of Egyptian revolution
Thousands of people gathered under rainy skies in Cairo's Tahrir Square early Wednesday, exactly one year after the start of the revolution that ousted longtime Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak but, many say, accomplished little else.
CNN: Nigerians arrest Islamist militant suspects, sources say
A joint military task force in Nigeria arrested 158 suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security sources told CNN Tuesday, three days after a spate of bombings and shootings left more than 200 people dead in Nigeria's second-largest city.
CNN: Aid workers kidnapped in Somalia are rescued
Two foreign aid workers kidnapped in Somalia last year were rescued during an operation early Wednesday, a Danish aid group said.
CNN Money: Obama focuses State of the Union on income inequality
President Obama delivered a State of the Union address Tuesday that was deeply saturated with the message of income inequality, a populist idea that the White House hopes will resonate on the campaign trail.
CNN Money: Energy plays key role in Obama's State of the Union
For the third year in a row energy played a central role in President Obama's State of the Union address, with the president leaning hard this year on the twin themes of increased domestic oil and gas production and the need to invest more in renewable sources.
CNN Money: Stocks stumble on Greek debt fears, earnings
U.S. stocks ended mostly in the red Tuesday as investors awaited progress on Greek debt talks and waded through another batch of corporate results.
In Case You Missed It…
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels gave the Republican response to the State of the Union address.
any one who has brain will vote for Obama. Nation is on right track. Romney paid 13.8% taxes is a shame. Bald fact.
On your panel regarding President Obama's State of the Union, Alice Stewart apparently had not listened to the President's speech. She stated that President Obama did not mention unemployment, the stimulis, healthcare, jobs, the economy or the deficit. Unfortunately, I was unable to liisten to all of the President's speech tonight. I only caught the end of his speech and he discussed all of those topics with the exception of the deficit (which he may have discussed earlier).
Its amazing how these repubs like to criticise Obama for being like Europe. I remember when Obama was begging Europe not to take the austerity side too quickly because the global depression wasn't quite over as yet. He was badly criticized by repubs. Now by cutting every thing and robbing their citizen of demand money, Europe have slipped back into a recession. This is the same policies the repubs are heading for. We cannot afford another recession at this time. If big business see that our consumer power has dwindled, they will waste no time packing up and head to boom countries like China.
CNN: New Freddie Mac contract prohibits ‘lobbying activities’
What would they need to put such a clause in the contract? Lobbying isn't illegal. What were they guarding against?
►CNN: Defiant Obama challenges Congress on sticky issues
And the look on BOOehner’s face I bet in his hands he held “boo-hoo” tissues
►CNN: Giffords gets ovation, president's embrace on eve of resignation
She will heal and make a comeback – In time meantime “rest” – you’ve been a great sensation
►CNN: New Freddie Mac contract prohibits ‘lobbying activities’
From “1999 and the early 2000s” is not NEW, and there are still some “missing” and lost in the breeze?
Why it is that only “certain” things are “found” or “released” by the candidates in some kind of disguise
But yet “other” things are always “missing” – NOT “released” – that would “prove” something else otherwise?
►CNN: GOP candidates criticize Obama, each other
But after awhile the candidates “criticism” will be MUTE because each other they will only “smother”
Off to work soon – HAVE A NICE DAY!!
I chose to not listen to the lies that Mr. Daniels had to say. He is just another sound bite of the Reublican party that has helped to decimate the middle working class in this country.