Blitzer's Blog: Tough contests ahead for Romney
March 8th, 2012
04:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Blitzer's Blog: Tough contests ahead for Romney

(CNN) - The next few Republican presidential contests probably won't bring very much good news for front-runner Mitt Romney.

Rick Santorum is expected to do well in the Kansas caucuses on Saturday. Santorum and Newt Gingrich probably get a lot of votes in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries next Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Republicans
Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline
March 8th, 2012
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline

Washington (CNN) - The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately.

Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the amendment - four short of the 60 required for approval.

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Filed under: Congress • Energy • House
Hoyer predicts Democrats win back House if economic upswing continues
March 8th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Hoyer predicts Democrats win back House if economic upswing continues

Washington (CNN) – The No. 2 House Democrat predicted Thursday that, if the economy continues to improve, Democrats will win control of the House of Representatives in November.

"I think our chances are reasonably good that we can take back the House, and if the economy continues to perform as it's been performing, I think we will take back the House," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters in his Capitol Hill office.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Democrats • House • Steny Hoyer
BREAKING: Key Senate vote on pipeline fails
March 8th, 2012
04:22 PM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Key Senate vote on pipeline fails

(CNN) - The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to begin immediately.


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GOP spotlight turns to Mississippi, Alabama
March 8th, 2012
01:32 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP spotlight turns to Mississippi, Alabama

(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates turned their focus to the heart of Dixie Thursday, scheduling a series of events in the strongly conservative states of Mississippi and Alabama.

The two states are holding their presidential primaries next Tuesday, along with caucuses to be held in Hawaii and American Samoa. Voters in Kansas and the Virgin Islands weigh in on Saturday.

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Filed under: Alabama • Mississippi • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
Snowe backs Brown in Massachusetts Senate battle
March 8th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Snowe backs Brown in Massachusetts Senate battle

(CNN) – Outgoing Sen. Olympia Snowe gave her endorsement to another centrist Republican senator Thursday–one who's fighting to keep his seat.

Snowe endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in his effort to hold onto the seat he wrested from Democrats in a 2010 special election.
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Filed under: Congress • Olympia Snowe • Scott Brown
Senate Keystone vote expected to be close; Obama lobbying Democrats
March 8th, 2012
12:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate Keystone vote expected to be close; Obama lobbying Democrats

Washington (CNN) - A razor close vote is expected in the Senate Thursday on a Republican amendment to bypass the Obama administration's objections and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Senate aides from both parties told CNN. Democratic aides, however, expressed some optimism the provision would be defeated.

President Obama lobbied wavering Democrats by phone to shore up Democratic support for his position, a senior Democratic source told CNN. It could be embarrassing for the White House if a large number of Democrats voted to overturn the administration's Keystone policy, which has been hotly debated as gas prices continue to rise during this election year. Several Democrats, including moderates up for re-election and those from oil producing states, support the Keystone pipeline but are torn whether to split with the president.
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Filed under: Congress • Energy • President Obama
House to pass bipartisan bill aimed at start-ups
March 8th, 2012
12:01 PM ET
2 years ago

House to pass bipartisan bill aimed at start-ups

Washington (CNNMoney) - In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House was expected to overwhelmingly pass a bill Thursday aimed at making it easier for small companies to grow and go public.

The bill would ease certain rules that the Securities and Exchange Commission enforces on small companies going through the process of becoming a publicly traded company. The Senate is working on a similar version of the bill, and President Obama has indicated he supports it.

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As GOP fight continues, turnout numbers lag
March 8th, 2012
11:44 AM ET
2 years ago

As GOP fight continues, turnout numbers lag

(CNN) – Republicans headed into a contentious general election fight with President Barack Obama may be facing an enthusiasm deficit: according to a new analysis, fewer Republicans have turned out for primaries in 2012 than in 2000 and 2008.

The report, released Thursday by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank, compiled turnout numbers from thirteen states – six that voted before this week, and seven that voted on Super Tuesday. Of all the states, eight saw turnout numbers fall from 2008. The five states with higher turnouts all held primaries allowing either independents or independents and Democrats to vote in the GOP contest.
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First on CNN: Santorum super PAC hits Alabama and Mississippi airwaves
March 8th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Santorum super PAC hits Alabama and Mississippi airwaves

(CNN) - The pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund is buying between $500,000 and $600,000 worth of ads in Alabama and Mississippi.

The ad buy begins Thursday afternoon and will feature a commercial criticizing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on health care reform.
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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Mississippi • Rick Santorum
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