White House criticizes visitors flipping off Reagan portrait
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June 24th, 2012
05:17 PM ET
2 years ago

White House criticizes visitors flipping off Reagan portrait

(CNN) - The White House chided two visitors who posed for photographs in the White House while giving the middle finger to a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan.

The guests visited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as part of a reception marking gay pride month and the pictures were later included in a Philadelphia Magazine article.
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Filed under: Ronald Reagan • White House
Congress faces Saturday deadline on highway bill
June 24th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Congress faces Saturday deadline on highway bill

Washington (CNN) - Congressional negotiators facing a June 30 deadline before federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country have the choice of punting a 10th consecutive time with a short-term extension or compromising on a multi-year bill.

Party leaders insist that letting the surface transportation funding bill expire is not an option, and President Barack Obama has called repeatedly for passing the measure to ensure continued funding for the hard-hit construction industry amid sluggish economic recovery.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama
Issa: Fast and Furious executive privilege 'simply wrong'
June 24th, 2012
12:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Issa: Fast and Furious executive privilege 'simply wrong'

Washington (CNN) - A letter sent to President Barack Obama will outline why his invocation of executive privilege over documents sought by lawmakers investigating the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting is either "overbroad, or simply wrong," House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday.

The letter will be sent later Sunday or Monday, Issa, R-California, told ABC's "This Week." The oversight committee voted Wednesday to refer a potential contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder to the full House, which is set to vote this week.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • President Obama
Pawlenty: I'm best as a volunteer
June 24th, 2012
12:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Pawlenty: I'm best as a volunteer

(CNN) – Tim Pawlenty on Sunday said he told Team Romney he could best serve the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as a volunteer or surrogate, not as his running mate - but he didn't rule out accepting the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

“I indicated that I think I can best serve Gov. Romney in other ways, in particular as a volunteer and surrogate speaker in places where he can't go,” the former Minnesota governor said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” "I've encouraged people who've asked this question to, in the campaign, to look at other prospects.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'
June 24th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday labeled President Barack Obama's claim of executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious as "Nixonian," suggesting the scandal is worse than Watergate.

"You have a president who is using his executive privilege to keep that information from Congress. If that's not Nixonian, then I don't know what is," Perry said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
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Filed under: President Obama • Rick Perry
Romney adviser: Obama immigration measure subject to repeal
June 24th, 2012
10:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney adviser: Obama immigration measure subject to repeal

Washington (CNN) - Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, would not say on Sunday whether a President Romney would leave President Barack Obama’s recent immigration directive in place, but said all executive actions will be subject to “review and repeal.”

Gillespie, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Obama's immigration announcement was a political move. He also predicted more such actions in the lead-up to the November election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Latinos • Mitt Romney • President Obama • TV-State of the Union