Obama loses business voice with Bryson departure
June 21st, 2012
01:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama loses business voice with Bryson departure

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – John Bryson resigned his post as Commerce Secretary on Thursday, less than two weeks after an episode involving a seizure and a series of traffic accidents.

Bryson, a former energy industry CEO, had served in the position since October, and his departure leaves the Obama administration with one fewer private-sector luminary.

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Filed under: President Obama
June 21st, 2012
01:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Contempt vote inflames Fast and Furious debate

Washington (CNN) - A possible U.S. House vote next week on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress in connection with the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting evoked bitter political sniping Thursday between Republicans and Democrats.

Despite statements by all parties favoring a deal to avoid what would be an unprecedented contempt citation against a sitting attorney general, the heated rhetoric indicated congressional leaders and Holder remained committed to deeply rooted stances on the politically charged issue.

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • Justice Department
Romney offers few specifics in speech to Latino leaders
June 21st, 2012
12:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney offers few specifics in speech to Latino leaders

Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN) – In a speech to a skeptical audience of Latino leaders outside Orlando Thursday, Mitt Romney offered few specific on hot-button immigration policies but said he could be a compelling alternative to President Barack Obama.

The presumptive GOP nominee told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials he would streamline the process for family members of legal immigrants to enter the country, and would adjust upward the caps on immigration and temporary visa allocations for some countries.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Mitt Romney
Excerpts from Romney's NALEO speech
June 21st, 2012
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts from Romney's NALEO speech

(CNN) - The Romney campaign released excerpts from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's upcoming speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday.

In his remarks, Romney will outline some of his immigration policies, specifically those in response to President Barack Obama's new ruling against the deportation of certain young illegal immigrants.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Latinos • Mitt Romney
Poll: Mack ahead in Florida GOP Senate primary
June 21st, 2012
11:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Mack ahead in Florida GOP Senate primary

(CNN) – While Rep. Connie Mack has a solid lead in the crowded Florida field of GOP Senate hopefuls, a new poll indicates he falls slightly behind incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, his would-be opponent.

Mack, a four-term congressman, has the backing of 41% of Republican registered voters in the primary race, while his Republican competitors trail far behind in the single digits, according a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Connie Mack • Florida • Senate
Commerce secretary resigns after seizure
June 21st, 2012
11:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Commerce secretary resigns after seizure

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson stepped down Thursday, telling President Barack Obama in a letter of resignation that a recent seizure could be a distraction from doing his job.

"I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as secretary and that our country would be better served by a change of leadership of the department," Bryson's letter said.

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Filed under: White House
Daniels elected top Boilermaker
June 21st, 2012
11:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Daniels elected top Boilermaker

(CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was elected the next president of Purdue University Thursday by the school's board of trustees.

They voted unanimously on a motion to elect the two-term governor the 12th president of the 143-year-old institution, whose sports teams are nicknamed the "Boilermakers," after a year-long search.
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Romney faces skeptical Latino audience
June 21st, 2012
10:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney faces skeptical Latino audience

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney will face a skeptical audience that is opposed to nearly all of his positions on illegal immigration when he addresses a conference of Latino leaders in Orlando on Thursday.

The unofficial GOP nominee is expected to lay out some of his positions on the hot button issue at the gathering of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a Romney campaign policy adviser said Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Latinos • Mitt Romney
Obama ad courts women
June 21st, 2012
09:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama ad courts women

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on Thursday released the first in a series of television ads targeting female voters.

The 30-second spot points to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first law signed by the president that makes it easier for women to receive the same compensation as men doing the same work.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • President Obama
Booming Latino growth could be 2012 tipping point
June 21st, 2012
09:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Booming Latino growth could be 2012 tipping point

(CNN) - President Obama and Mitt Romney are set to make appearances beginning Thursday at a major gathering of Latino officials and activists in Florida, a moment that campaign-weary Democrats have awaited for weeks.

Obama's strategists relish any chance to drive a wedge between Romney and Hispanic voters, and at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, the president is all-but-certain to paint Romney as beholden to anti-immigrant elements of his party's conservative base.

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Filed under: Florida • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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