Obama budget: Tax plans aim at rich
February 12th, 2012
07:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama budget: Tax plans aim at rich

New York (CNNMoney) – Raise taxes on those making more than $250,000. Limit deductions for the wealthy. Make an expanded college tax credit permanent.

Sound familiar?

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Filed under: Budget • CNNMoney.com • President Obama
More questions than answers in GOP race
February 12th, 2012
03:02 PM ET
2 years ago

More questions than answers in GOP race

Washington (CNN) - It's "lull week" in the Republican presidential campaign, an 11-day stretch with no primaries or caucuses and no debates, but lots of questions about who will eventually win the nomination to face President Barack Obama in November.

The topsy-turvy race has seen leaders come and go, with presumptive frontrunner Mitt Romney receiving steady but so far somewhat stagnant support in his second bid for the GOP nod.

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Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Maine • Mitt Romney • Republicans
Soros undecided on pro-Obama super PAC
February 12th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Soros undecided on pro-Obama super PAC

(CNN) – Billionaire financier George Soros said Sunday he has not decided on whether he will create a super PAC to help President Barack Obama win re-election.

"But I think it's a big, big issue that the 'Citizens United' has really unleashed private money for political purposes that can be used anonymously," Soros said on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."
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February 12th, 2012
12:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney wins mask lingering questions about his candidacy

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's twin victories Saturday in Maine and in a conservative straw poll were badly needed bright spots for his campaign at the end of what was perhaps the most humbling week of his presidential candidacy, a five-day stretch that exposed the former Massachusetts governor's frail relationship with conservatives.

One day after dubbing himself a "severely conservative Republican" in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Romney won a presidential straw poll of conference-goers with 38% of the vote to Santorum's 31%.

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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Mitt Romney
February 12th, 2012
12:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Lieberman: It's time to take action in Syria

(CNN) – Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut called Sunday for the United States to provide direct assistance to the Syrian people in their struggle to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

"It's time to try to help the brave Syrian freedom fighters to carry out a fair fight," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Joe Lieberman • Syria • TV-State of the Union
February 12th, 2012
12:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: ‘This is a two-person race’

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday declared himself Mitt Romney’s main competitor, essentially dismissing Newt Gingrich as a frontrunner.

“We think this is a two-person race right now,” Santorum said, referring to Romney, on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re focused on making sure that folks know that we’re the best alternative to Barack Obama.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • TV-State of the Union
Political clashes coming over budget, payroll tax cut
February 12th, 2012
09:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Political clashes coming over budget, payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's new chief of staff on Sunday stopped short of predicting Congress would agree to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of 2012.

The issue, a top priority of the Obama administration and the focus of congressional negotiations in recent weeks, reflects the sharp partisan divide permeating Washington as Obama prepares to unveil his 2013 budget proposal on Monday.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • President Obama • Taxes
Lew defends new contraception policy
February 12th, 2012
08:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Lew defends new contraception policy

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew stood by the administration’s recent policy change on contraception coverage Sunday, arguing the new plan ensures women can keep their “right to preventive care” while religious institutions can respect their principles.

“This was a challenge to reconcile two important principles, and the president found a way to reconcile those,” Lew said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There are others who don’t have the same objective, and they have to speak for themselves.”
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Filed under: Faith • Health care • Jacob Lew • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
State of the Union Early Bird for February 12, 2012
February 12th, 2012
04:42 AM ET
2 years ago

State of the Union Early Bird for February 12, 2012

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar this morning:  The firestorm over the W.H.'s contraception policy, Mitt Romney's Maine win, and the untimely death of Whitney Houston.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview with W.H. Chief of Staff Jacob Lew and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum at 9am/12pm ET.

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