911 caller on Bryson: 'He's drunk'
July 9th, 2012
11:14 PM ET
2 years ago

911 caller on Bryson: 'He's drunk'

(CNN) - The passenger of a car hit last month by Commerce Secretary John Bryson thought Bryson was driving drunk, according to 911 recordings released Monday by the San Gabriel, California, Police Department. Police said a breathalyzer test proved otherwise.

"We have a drunk driver that just hit us and fled," the caller said, apparently unaware that the driver was a high-ranking member of the Obama administration. "He hit us twice. We're actually pursuing him right now."
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Filed under: California • White House
CNN, Facebook announce 'America's Choice 2012' partnership
July 9th, 2012
10:42 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN, Facebook announce 'America's Choice 2012' partnership

(CNN) – CNN and Facebook on Monday announced “America's Choice 2012,” an election-year partnership that offers viewers opportunities to "share their thoughts and feelings on candidates and critical issues facing the country ahead of Election Day," the organizations said.

"This partnership doubles down on CNN's mission to provide the most engaging coverage of the 2012 election season," said CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist. "CNN's unparalleled political reporting combined with Facebook's social connectivity will empower more American voters in this critical election season."
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Filed under: 2012
Obama calls for greater transparency from Romney
July 9th, 2012
10:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama calls for greater transparency from Romney

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday called for greater transparency from his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, as others within the Obama campaign have pressured the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to disclose further financial records.

"What's important is, if you are running for president, is that the American people know who you are and what you've done and that you're an open book," Obama said in an interview with CNN affiliate WMUR.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Indiana abortion law ruled illegal
July 9th, 2012
09:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Indiana abortion law ruled illegal

(CNN) - A controversial Indiana law that would keep low-income women from using federal Medicaid benefits to receive any kind of reproductive medical care from Planned Parenthood is unacceptable because it denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers, according to a federal hearing officer.

In June 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services ruled the state law, which would alter the way Medicaid is run in Indiana, violates federal laws, making it unacceptable.
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Filed under: Health care • Indiana
House ethics committee launches inquiry of Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley
July 9th, 2012
09:29 PM ET
2 years ago

House ethics committee launches inquiry of Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley

Washington (CNN) - The House Ethics committee announced Monday that it is launching a formal investigation of Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, a seven term House member who is running for a U.S. Senate seat.

Berkley is facing questions about whether her efforts to block a federal agency from closing a kidney transplant center at a Las Vegas hospital conflicted with congressional ethics rules. Her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner, is a nephrologist and had a contract with the University Medical Center.

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Filed under: Congress
Barbour: If in Romney’s position, I would release tax docs
July 9th, 2012
09:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Barbour: If in Romney’s position, I would release tax docs

(CNN) - Were he in presidential candidate Mitt Romney's shoes, former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour said he would release more than two years’ tax documents, something Democrats have repeatedly called on Romney to do.

"I would," Barbour said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don't think it amounts to diddly."
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Filed under: 2012 • Haley Barbour • Terry McAuliffe
Santorum: Romney hasn't called me for VP vetting
July 9th, 2012
08:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum: Romney hasn't called me for VP vetting

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said in a Monday interview with an Iowa radio station that his party's presumptive nominee hasn't been in touch with his one-time rival as part of the vice presidential vetting process.

"You'd have to ask (former Massachusetts) Governor Romney who he's considering," Santorum said, but "I haven't been in touch with the Romney campaign, so I suspect that we're not under active consideration at this point."
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
July 9th, 2012
06:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush not being vetted for VP, son says

(CNN) - Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is not being vetted for the job of vice president by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his son said in a Monday interview.

"He's not being vetted right now," George P. Bush said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "He's one of the few politicians that does what he says in the sense that he's not actively pursuing a higher office."
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Filed under: 2012 • Jeb Bush • TV-The Situation Room
Candidate withdraws from congressional race after military history is questioned
July 9th, 2012
05:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidate withdraws from congressional race after military history is questioned

(CNN) - A Democratic congressional candidate in Arkansas ended his campaign Monday after facing questions over his military record.

Ken Aden, the challenger against incumbent Rep. Steve Womack in a heavily Republican district, made the announcement in a statement posted to his website.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arkansas
Bridges unburned: Biden praises McCaskill
July 9th, 2012
05:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Bridges unburned: Biden praises McCaskill

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden closely aligned himself Monday with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, saying he's a "strong, strong ally" of the first-term senator.

"She knows who she is and what she believes in, and she's willing to take risks to fight for what she believes in," Biden said at a private fund-raising event in Kansas City, according to a pool reporter in the room.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Joe Biden • Missouri
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