Scorsese set to direct Clinton documentary for HBO
December 17th, 2012
02:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Scorsese set to direct Clinton documentary for HBO

(CNN) – Martin Scorsese, the director behind Travis Bickle from "Taxi Driver" and Billy Costigan from "The Departed," will focus his latest project on a real life character: Former President Bill Clinton.

The iconic filmmaker is partnering with HBO to produce a documentary about the 42nd president, and will have Clinton's full cooperation, according to a release from the cable network. HBO said the picture would "explore [Clinton's] perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world."
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Debt ceiling a big question in fiscal cliff deal
December 17th, 2012
02:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Debt ceiling a big question in fiscal cliff deal

New York (CNNMoney) - With just two weeks to go before the end of the year, the fiscal cliff remains unresolved and the country's debt is just $63 billion shy of the $16.394 trillion legal borrowing limit.

House Speaker John Boehner has offered to extend the debt limit for a year as part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, a source familiar with the talks told CNN on Sunday.

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Filed under: Debt • Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
New polls suggest elementary school shootings may be changing public opinion
December 17th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
2 years ago

New polls suggest elementary school shootings may be changing public opinion

Washington (CNN) - As the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut remain fresh in the minds of Americans, a big question is whether the deaths of 20 young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School will impact public opinion on gun control.

Three polls conducted immediately after Friday's tragedy indicate that the shootings may be changing some minds.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun rights • Polls
Bush 41 gets good news in hospital
December 17th, 2012
12:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Bush 41 gets good news in hospital

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush is making progress, and his doctors expect him to be released from the hospital within the next week so he can be home by Christmas.

"President Bush's doctors are sticking to their timeline that he will be released before Christmas," Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Texas
CNN sources: Fiscal cliff talks centered on GOP $2 trillion proposal
December 17th, 2012
12:54 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN sources: Fiscal cliff talks centered on GOP $2 trillion proposal

Washington (CNN) – President Obama and House Speaker Boehner are discussing a $2 trillion framework on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, that would include roughly a trillion in tax increases and roughly a trillion in savings from entitlement programs, multiple sources familiar with the talks tell CNN.

Boehner and the president met in person on Monday, but sources familiar with the talks indicate that the framework under discussion is what Republicans are pushing to get to agreement, but it's unclear whether the make up of the $2 trillion framework could get support from Democrats.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
Lautenberg to revive gun control bill
December 17th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Lautenberg to revive gun control bill

(CNN) – Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg plans to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress that would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office confirmed Monday.

The senator from New Jersey is another member of the upper chamber with plans to put forth legislation limiting gun rights. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday she'll reintroduce an assault weapons ban when Congress reconvenes in January.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Frank Lautenberg • Gun rights
Haley names Tim Scott as DeMint's successor
December 17th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Haley names Tim Scott as DeMint's successor

(CNN) - Saying she was "convinced…he was the right U.S. senator for our state and for our country," Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced Monday she was appointing GOP Rep. Tim Scott as Sen. Jim DeMint's successor.

Speaking at the South Carolina state house in Columbia, Haley said the conservative Republican had "earned the seat" by virtue of his personality and record. Scott will become the Senate's only African-American member and the GOP's second African-American senator since Reconstruction.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Nikki Haley • Senate • South Carolina
Inouye 'stable' but suffering respiratory complications
December 17th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Inouye 'stable' but suffering respiratory complications

(CNN) – Longtime Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye remained hospitalized Monday at a Washington-area military facility, where he is stable but suffering from "respiratory complications," according to his spokesman.

Peter Boylan said the complications stemmed from procedures initiated last week to regulate Inouye's oxygen intake, and that there was "no time table for his release."
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Obama, Boehner meet at the White House
December 17th, 2012
11:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Boehner meet at the White House

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held a meeting at the White House late Monday morning as the country faces an end-of-the-year deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff, a White House official said.

A spokesman from Boehner's office confirmed the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes. Both sources said the two were continuing "discussions about the fiscal cliff and balanced deficit reduction."

Boehner met Thursday afternoon with Obama at the White House in their second face-to-face talks of the week. The two then spoke by phone Friday, according to news reports.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
Boehner's offer heats up fiscal cliff talks
December 17th, 2012
10:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner's offer heats up fiscal cliff talks

Washington (CNN) - Now we're getting somewhere.

Expected concessions by House Speaker John Boehner have moved negotiations on avoiding the fiscal cliff to a new level as the deadline for Congress to act shrinks to two weeks.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
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