Palin canceled on Fox?
August 29th, 2012
06:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin canceled on Fox?

(CNN) - Sarah Palin posted a cryptic message on Facebook Wednesday night, saying the Fox News Channel had cut her appearances for the evening.

"I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain's positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight," she wrote.
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
Yahoo News' fired DC chief apologizes for 'inappropriate' Romney joke
August 29th, 2012
05:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Yahoo News' fired DC chief apologizes for 'inappropriate' Romney joke

(CNN) - Yahoo News' said Wednesday the company had fired its Washington bureau chief after he made a statement they called "inappropriate" in a webcast.

A conservative media-watching website posted audio of the ABC News-Yahoo News webcast. In the background, the bureau chief, David Chalian, could be heard saying to laughter, "They're not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
August 29th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush's criticism of 'self-deportation'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and popular surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Wednesday that Romney's past endorsement of a system he termed "self-deportation" was a poor way to characterize border security efforts.

"It gets to the question of tone, again," Bush said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I think there's a better way of saying we need to control the border. Great countries need to secure the border for national security purposes, for economic purposes and for rule of law purposes. And you can say that in a respectful way so you're not turning people off. And that's my basic message."
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Obama vows to release his beer recipe
August 29th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama vows to release his beer recipe

(CNN) – Move over Anheuser Busch, President Barack Obama is releasing his own beer recipe.

The president himself confirmed the news Wednesday during an online chat on the user-generated website Reddit.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Dems: Ryan's budget plan a 'hard-right U-turn'
Pictured: Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter
August 29th, 2012
05:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems: Ryan's budget plan a 'hard-right U-turn'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – On the day of Rep. Paul Ryan's big primetime speech at the Republican National Convention, Democrats sought to portray Ryan's trademark budget blueprint as bad policy and to link the Ryan plan to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"What it is, is a U-turn," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Wednesday at news conference, "a hard right, U-turn back to the failed Bush, trickle-down economic policies."
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Ryan to 'deconstruct' Obama agenda
August 29th, 2012
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan to 'deconstruct' Obama agenda

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan will "deconstruct" President Barack Obama's campaign agenda in a tough, direct manner during his speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, according to a Republican source familiar with Ryan's speech.

The congressman will spend most of the policy section of his remarks on the economic issues that are in his wheel house. About a third of that will be on the stimulus program enacted in 2009 and a third will about the federal debt.
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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention
CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012
August 29th, 2012
04:13 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 29, 2012 | 4 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: RYAN TO ‘DECONSTRUCT’ THE OBAMA AGENDA IN SPEECH… A Republican source familiar with the speech that Rep. Paul Ryan will deliver tonight tells CNN’s Dana Bash that the vice presidential candidate will spend most of the policy section of his speech on “economic issues in his wheel house.” Ryan, says the source, will split his speech into thirds and discuss his Medicare plan (including Obamacare), the stimulus program and the national debt.

Another source breaks down the week’s Republican messaging plan for CNN’s Candy Crowley: "Ann Romney describes Mitt as the man for the job. Christie talks about need to tell the truth to the American people about the problems we face. Ryan introduces himself and Romney as the ticket of big ideas... all pointing toward Mitt Romney tomorrow night."

SOCIAL WATCH: One of the coolest views of Ann Romney’s speech last night was right on our own website, where the CNN Facebook Election Insights showed how discussion among women turned to Romney coast to coast as Ann Romney’s speech progressed. Read and see the time lapse graphics and watch tonight to see how the different demographics on the main page react in real time to Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech.

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Filed under: 2012 • CNN's Gut Check
CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012
August 29th, 2012
04:13 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for August 29, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 29, 2012 | 4 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: RYAN TO ‘DECONSTRUCT’ THE OBAMA AGENDA IN SPEECH… A Republican source familiar with the speech that Rep. Paul Ryan will deliver tonight tells CNN’s Dana Bash that the vice presidential candidate will spend most of the policy section of his speech on “economic issues in his wheel house.” Ryan, says the source, will split his speech into thirds and discuss his Medicare plan (including Obamacare), the stimulus program and the national debt.

Another source breaks down the week’s Republican messaging plan for CNN’s Candy Crowley: "Ann Romney describes Mitt as the man for the job. Christie talks about need to tell the truth to the American people about the problems we face. Ryan introduces himself and Romney as the ticket of big ideas... all pointing toward Mitt Romney tomorrow night."

SOCIAL WATCH: One of the coolest views of Ann Romney’s speech last night was right on our own website, where the CNN Facebook Election Insights showed how discussion among women turned to Romney coast to coast as Ann Romney’s speech progressed. Read and see the time lapse graphics and watch tonight to see how the different demographics on the main page react in real time to Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech.

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Ryan on his love for the hunt
August 29th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan on his love for the hunt

(CNN) – Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he remains passionate about hunting despite not getting much practice during the legislative session and not finding venison on many menus in Washington, DC.

Ryan talked about his love for hunting in an interview to be published in October's issue of Deer and Deer Hunting magazine. His start in the sport came in high school, after his father died when he was in the 10th grade, when his dad's friend took him hunting in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
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August 29th, 2012
03:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Popping the question at the convention

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - What better place to propose than onstage at the Republican National Convention?

That was Bradley Thompson's reasoning Wednesday when he dropped to one knee and asked Laura Bowman, a fellow convention worker, to marry him.
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