April 23rd, 2012
04:16 PM ET
8 years ago

Cheney offers advice on picking a running mate

(CNN) – It may be months before Mitt Romney announces who will join him on the GOP presidential ticket, but speculation surrounding the likely nominee's choice of running mate is already well beyond fever pitch.

Joining the discussion Monday: former Vice President Dick Cheney, the last Republican to act as the country's second-in-command. Making some of his first public remarks following a successful heart transplant in late March, Cheney drew on his own experience selecting running mates in advising Romney.
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April 23rd, 2012
03:54 PM ET
8 years ago

Prosecution: John Edwards 'made a choice to break the law'

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) - John Edwards "made a choice to break the law" by accepting illegal campaign contributions to hide his pregnant mistress from the public as he campaigned in 2007 to be the Democratic presidential nominee, prosecutors said Monday in the opening day of the former U.S. senator's criminal trial.

"This affair was a gamble with exceedingly high stakes," prosecutor David Harbach said in his opening statement, referring to the affair between Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. "If the affair went public it would have destroyed any chance to become president and he knew it.

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Romney backs extending lowered student loan rates
April 23rd, 2012
03:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney backs extending lowered student loan rates

(CNN) - A day before President Obama is set to make a series of appearances on federal student loan rates, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that he supports extending lowered rates on a popular federal student loan program for low- and middle-income undergraduates.

"With the number of college graduates who can't find work or who can only find work well beneath their skill level, I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans," Romney said before a campaign event in Astor, Pennsylvania. Asked late last year about the rising cost of higher education, Romney suggested then that market forces would lead some colleges to lower the price of receiving an education in order to compete in attracting cost-conscious students.

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Filed under: 2012 • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama orders intelligence community to fight genocide
April 23rd, 2012
03:20 PM ET
8 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama orders intelligence community to fight genocide

(CNN) – President Obama took a very important step today when he ordered the U.S. intelligence community for the first time to routinely prepare National Intelligence Estimates "on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide."

It's a significant development. The intelligence community is always charged with preparing estimates on global national security issues. How close is Iran to building a nuclear bomb? Where are the most serious al Qaeda threats? What's going on in North Korea? How secure is Pakistan's nuclear arsenal? How vulnerable is the U.S. to cyberwarfare attack?

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Filed under: President Obama
April 23rd, 2012
02:44 PM ET
8 years ago

In rare press conference, Romney offers few specifics

Aston, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Mitt Romney took questions from the press for the first time in over a month Monday – but he avoided giving specific answers to almost every query.

Standing alongside a man some believe could become his running mate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Romney employed the politician's art of speaking while saying very little.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
Paul says he'll push through to convention
April 23rd, 2012
01:41 PM ET
8 years ago

Paul says he'll push through to convention

(CNN) – Rep. Ron Paul will not step aside even if Mitt Romney soon clinches the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination, the candidate said Monday.

"If tomorrow, Romney had the absolute number, I would probably continue in a modified way to maximize the number of delegates to go to the convention," Paul said on CNBC's "Squawk Box," adding that his supporters insist he stay in the running.
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Romney, Obama see eye-to-eye on student loans
April 23rd, 2012
01:37 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney, Obama see eye-to-eye on student loans

Washington (CNN) - Call it the battle for the youth vote.

As President Barack Obama heads to three battleground states this week to push for an extension of a law that cuts interest rates on a popular federal student loan program for low and middle income undergraduates, Mitt Romney agreed with him on the issue.
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Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Holocaust resistance figure
Jan Karski (pictured in 2000)
April 23rd, 2012
11:16 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Holocaust resistance figure

(CNN) - Speaking at the United States Holocaust Museum, President Obama announced on Monday he will award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and provided first-hand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities he witnessed in Warsaw.

“We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen-because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts; because so many others stood silent. But let us also tell our children about the Righteous Among the Nations. Among them was Jan Karski–a young Polish Catholic-who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself,” Obama said in remarks observing Holocaust Remembrance day.

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Filed under: President Obama • Washington D.C.
April 23rd, 2012
11:05 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama targets technology in human rights abuses

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has signed an executive order allowing new sanctions against companies that enable Syria and Iran to use technology such as cell phone monitoring to carry out human rights abuses.

The order is part of a broader strategy intended to strengthen the administration's ability to prevent atrocities, including creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board, Obama said in somber remarks at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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With clock ticking, Indiana GOP Senate race heats up
In his re-election bid, Republican Sen. Dick Lugar (pictured) faces a major challenge from the right by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
April 23rd, 2012
11:01 AM ET
8 years ago

With clock ticking, Indiana GOP Senate race heats up

(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's campaign released a new radio ad Monday, hammering six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana and adding to the thickening tension between the two candidates in the final two weeks of the primary race.

The 60-second spot directly takes on recent Lugar attacks ads that target Mourdock as a tax fraud, highlighting the ads as "misleading," "an exaggeration" and " straining the facts."
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Indiana • Richard Lugar • Senate
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