Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party
December 4th, 2012
12:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Distance between Boehner, Obama continued at holiday party

Washington (CNN) - They were in the same building Monday night, but President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner did not see or speak to each other, according to multiple Democratic and Republican sources.

The president hosted members of Congress for the black tie Congressional Ball at the White House amid the ongoing fiscal cliff standoff and posed with lawmakers in a receiving line, as is typical for these events.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama • White House
Palin apologizes for calling some Republicans 'wusses'
December 4th, 2012
11:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Palin apologizes for calling some Republicans 'wusses'

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Monday night for describing some Congressional Republicans as "wusses" who are being "wobbly" on conservative principles in the fiscal cliff debate.

"Well I guess I shouldn't call politicians names, so I apologize for calling the wobbly ones wusses," Palin said on Fox News.
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
Poll: GOP to get more blame than Obama if fiscal cliff talks fail
December 4th, 2012
10:16 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: GOP to get more blame than Obama if fiscal cliff talks fail

Washington (CNN) - A second national poll indicates more Americans would blame Congressional Republicans than President Barack Obama if negotiations to keep the country from falling off the "fiscal cliff" fail.

A Washington Post/Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday morning also indicates 49% of Americans predict the president and Republicans in Congress will not reach an agreement to prevent the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that would kick in at the end of the year, with four in ten saying a deal will be reached.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
December 4th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
1 year ago

Cory Booker spending week on food stamps

(CNN) – Hoping to break any stigmas of government assistance, Newark Mayor Cory Booker of New Jersey will live on food stamps this week–a challenge that first began as a Twitter conversation.

The Democratic mayor will operate on a food stamp budget of about $30 a week ($4.32 per day), roughly the same amount provided to people in New Jersey who take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey
Romney campaign did not expect Obama's turn-out-the-vote results
December 4th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney campaign did not expect Obama's turn-out-the-vote results

Washington (CNN) – As voters headed to the polls on Election Day, several of Mitt Romney's senior campaign aides said, they truly thought he was going to win the presidency and retake the White House Republicans lost four years earlier.

"I was cautiously optimistic," Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Rubio and Ryan in political spotlight
December 4th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
1 year ago

Rubio and Ryan in political spotlight

Washington (CNN) – Two rising stars in the Republican party, each of whom may run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, give much anticipated speeches Tuesday night at a conservative gathering here in the nation's capital.

Sen. Marco Rubio, the freshman Republican from Florida, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget committee chairman and Mitt Romney's running mate on the GOP ticket in this year's presidential election, both share the stage at the Jack Kemp Foundation's award dinner at the Mayflower Hotel.
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Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Paul Ryan
Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state
December 4th, 2012
07:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state

Washington (CNN) – It's a favorite game in Washington to weigh the odds of each potential nominee to a president's cabinet and that game is in full swing - especially in trying to anticipate President Barack Obama's choice for replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

With speculation mounting that President Obama may soon announce his nominee, two very well-known names - Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice - remain the two top possibilities. Each comes with strengths but with baggage as well.

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Filed under: John Kerry • State Department • Susan Rice
Obama plan has $200 billion in economic boosters
December 4th, 2012
07:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama plan has $200 billion in economic boosters

Washington (CNNMoney) – The White House initial proposal to avert the fiscal cliff includes $200 billion in economic boosters - a stimulus plan Republican critics are railing against when they say the country needs to start reducing debt.

But even deficit hawks say spending more now is fine and even warranted to support a fledgling economic recovery. The key is long-term cuts that take effect down the road.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
December 4th, 2012
04:43 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 04, 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 Security Clearance: Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state
It's a favorite game in Washington to weigh the odds of each potential nominee to a president's cabinet and that game is in full swing – especially in trying to anticipate President Barack Obama's choice for replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

CNN: Justice official cited for oversight failure in 'Fast and Furious' to resign
A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme "Fast and Furious" will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a statement late Monday. Gary Grindler is Holder's chief of staff and has held a number of other positions, including as acting deputy attorney general. His office oversaw the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led the program that allowed hundreds of illegally purchased weapons into the hands of Mexican cartels as a way of tracking their movements.

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