Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter
March 15th, 2012
09:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter

(CNN) – Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host who launched a firestorm earlier this month by calling a law student derogatory terms, joined Twitter Thursday.

Tweeting at the handle @Limbaugh, the host began his foray into the social networking site by sending out links to articles criticizing the liberal group Media Matters.
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Obama campaign releases 17-minute ad: "The Road We've Traveled"
March 15th, 2012
09:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama campaign releases 17-minute ad: "The Road We've Traveled"

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's reelection campaign unveiled Thursday a 17-minute long video painting a glowing portrait of the president's first three years in office.

The theme: President Obama inherited one of the worst financial meltdowns in history and, despite the odds, improved the economic picture while racking up accomplishments that should make key Democratic constituencies happy.

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Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman to retire
March 15th, 2012
08:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman to retire

(CNN) - Democratic New York Rep. Gary Ackerman announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I’ve been truly privileged to have had the opportunity to fight for the beliefs of my neighbors in both the State Capitol and in the halls of Congress,” the 15-term congressman said in a statement. “During my years in Congress, it has been my pleasure to address the needs of thousands of individual constituents and to influence domestic and global policy while serving on the Financial and Foreign Affairs Committees in the House.”
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George Clooney meets with Obama on Sudan
March 15th, 2012
06:50 PM ET
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George Clooney meets with Obama on Sudan

(CNN) - Movie star George Clooney took his message about the ongoing crisis in South Sudan to the Oval Office on Thursday, sharing his concerns during a private meeting with President Obama.

As part of his effort, Clooney testified before Congress on Wednesday and was invited to sit next to First Lady Michelle Obama at the State Dinner for Prime Minister David Cameron.

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March 15th, 2012
06:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Video: Gingrich says Obama is 'for Saudi oil'

(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama is "for Saudi oil and against American oil."


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Accusations fly in Senate over Violence Against Women Act
March 15th, 2012
06:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Accusations fly in Senate over Violence Against Women Act

Washington (CNN) – In a series of floor speeches Thursday, a group of mostly Democratic women senators made a high-profile and at times emotional appeal to Republicans to support an expanded Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In doing so, they suggested Republicans were blocking the bill because it would extend its protections to illegal immigrants as well as gays and lesbians.

Many Republicans were furious at that suggestion and accused Democrats of election-year politics by trying to paint Republicans as anti-women.

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John Edwards' ex-mistress expected to be prosecution witness in his trial
March 15th, 2012
05:47 PM ET
3 years ago

John Edwards' ex-mistress expected to be prosecution witness in his trial

(CNN) - The former mistress of 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is expected to be a prosecution witness in his federal criminal trial next month, a federal judge said in court Thursday.

At issue in the approaching North Carolina trial is whether money given to support Edward's mistress, Rielle Hunter, by the then-candidate's benefactors should have been considered donations toward his presidential campaign.

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March 15th, 2012
05:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod: Limbaugh, Maher sexist comments different

(CNN) – In an interview to air on CNN's "Out Front with Erin Burnett" Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, David Axelrod – a senior adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign – argues that sexist comments made by radio host Rush Limbaugh and comedian Bill Maher are both distasteful but should be understood differently.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Maher • David Axelrod • President Obama • Rush Limbaugh
CNN’s GUT CHECK for March 15, 2012
March 15th, 2012
05:21 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for March 15, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: Democratic pressure on the President from ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHARIMAN SEN. CARL LEVIN, D-Michigan, ON “JOHN KING, USA” TONIGHT: “I hope the president sticks with what he said some months ago, that the reductions will continue at a steady pace after this summer and that he will not feel that he should stop the reductions as some of our key uniform military would have him do at the end of this summer.” (Full interview at 6 p.m. ET on CNN).

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March 15th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama beats back GOP over gas prices

Washington (CNN) – Confronted with recent polling suggesting rising gas prices may already be damaging President Obama's political standing ahead of the summer driving season, the president on Thursday reiterated the case that neither he, nor any other politician, has the power to bring down prices in the short term.

"We are starting to see a lot of politicians talking a lot and not doing much," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland. "We've seen this movie before."

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