Erickson won't challenge Chambliss after all
November 30th, 2012
10:35 AM ET
5 months ago

Erickson won't challenge Chambliss after all

(CNN) – Conservative activist and CNN contributor Erick Erickson wrote Friday a primary challenge against Sen. Saxby Chambliss won't be in the offing after all, pointing to the ramifications an intra-party fight would have on his family.

Earlier this week, Erickson floated the idea of challenging Chambliss after the second-term Republican senator said he would consider reneging on a pledge not to raise taxes.
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Filed under: Erick Erickson • Saxby Chambliss
Huntsman says GOP primary hopefuls too focused on 'fringe issues'
November 30th, 2012
09:57 AM ET
5 months ago

Huntsman says GOP primary hopefuls too focused on 'fringe issues'

(CNN) – One of the more moderate 2012 Republican primary contenders said Friday his party's presidential hopefuls should focus less on so-called "fringe issues" if they hope to garner support from a wide swath of Americans in general elections.

Jon Huntsman, speaking on CNN's "Starting Point," said too many of this cycle's GOP candidates were running for all the wrong reasons – meaning serious issues gave way to attention-grabbing position statements.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman
GOP uses campaign tactics of its own ahead of Obama trip
November 30th, 2012
08:55 AM ET
5 months ago

GOP uses campaign tactics of its own ahead of Obama trip

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's trip Friday to a toy factory outside Philadelphia was getting negative reviews from Republicans before he even left town – House Speaker John Boehner accused Obama on Thursday of taking a "victory lap" instead of getting serious about budget negotiations.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the number three House Republican, released a video Friday profiling another small business owner in Pennsylvania who says Obama's pledge to raise taxes on families making more than $250,000 per year would harm entrepreneurs.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Kevin McCarthy
Fiscal stalemate: A new proposal and more accusations
November 30th, 2012
08:09 AM ET
5 months ago

Fiscal stalemate: A new proposal and more accusations

Washington (CNN) - The White House and Congressional Republicans are squaring off in negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff, with each side accusing the other of blocking a deal.

For the first time we're getting a look at what the White House is offering to break the stalemate. Republicans consider it an overreach. Democrats make clear it's a first offer, to get specific on the numbers.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
After gay marriage successes, activists look to build on new faith outreach techniques
November 30th, 2012
07:28 AM ET
5 months ago

After gay marriage successes, activists look to build on new faith outreach techniques

(CNN) – It may not sound very powerful, but gay rights activist Debra Peevey said that a two-inch green button played a major role in convincing voters to legalize gay marriage this month in her home state of Washington.

“Another Person of Faith Approves R. 74,” said the button, which refers to the ballot initiative that wound up legalizing gay marriage in Washington.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage
Medicare patients at risk without doctors' fiscal cliff fix
November 30th, 2012
07:05 AM ET
5 months ago

Medicare patients at risk without doctors' fiscal cliff fix

Washington (CNNMoney) - As lawmakers head into talks to avoid the fiscal cliff, doctors are watching closely.

Thanks to bad timing, the Medicare fees that doctors are paid for treating seniors has gotten tangled up in the same high-stakes deal-making to avert the fiscal cliff - across the board tax hikes and spending cuts that kick in January.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Medicare
How to raise taxes on the rich
November 30th, 2012
07:02 AM ET
5 months ago

How to raise taxes on the rich

New York (CNNMoney) - The line in the sand in the fiscal cliff talks is clear: Democrats will only agree to a deal that raises the tax burden on high-income households.

Democrats want to accomplish that goal largely through higher tax rates. Republicans hate that idea and say any new revenue should be raised by curbing tax breaks.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Taxes
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, November 30, 2012
November 30th, 2012
04:46 AM ET
5 months ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, November 30, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: U.S. Supreme Court looks at whether to take up same-sex marriage
U.S. Supreme Court justices will meet privately Friday for a closed-door conference to decide if they will accept any of 10 pending appeals, essentially over whether a fundamental constitutional right for gays and lesbians to marry exists. If they agree to hear the issue, oral arguments would be likely be held in March with a ruling by late June.

CNN: Sanders assails Wall Street CEOs for entitlement cuts
Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, derided Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, along with other Wall Street leaders, for pushing for cuts to entitlement programs as a part of the nation's budget negotiations.

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Cruz lays out pathway for more inclusive GOP
November 29th, 2012
11:08 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz lays out pathway for more inclusive GOP

Washington (CNN) - Ted Cruz, the Republican senator-elect from Texas who's replacing retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, knows he doesn’t quite fit certain molds found in Washington.

“I’m something that’s not supposed to exist: An Hispanic Republican,” he said Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ted Cruz • Texas
Sanders assails Wall Street CEOs for entitlement cuts
November 29th, 2012
08:48 PM ET
5 months ago

Sanders assails Wall Street CEOs for entitlement cuts

(CNN) – Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, derided Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, along with other Wall Street leaders, for pushing for cuts to entitlement programs as a part of the nation's budget negotiations.

"I do have a problem with wealthy CEOs from Wall Street who caused the recession now coming to Washington and saying, if you're old, if you're sick, or if you're poor, we're going to cut your benefits," the outspoken senator said Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Filed under: 2012 • Bernie Sanders • Wall Street
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