FIRST ON CNN: Sen. Mikulski to chair Appropriations Committee, becoming first woman to hold the post
December 19th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Sen. Mikulski to chair Appropriations Committee, becoming first woman to hold the post

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, will step up to the helm of the Senate Appropriations committee, three Democratic sources told CNN, and one source said she would be the first woman to chair that powerful panel.

Her assignment to that committee comes after Sen. Patrick Leahy said earlier Wednesday he would not take the post. He chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and became the most senior Democrat in the Senate after the death this week of Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, who previously chaired the Appropriations committee.
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Patrick Leahy • Senate
December 19th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
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Video: Boehner's 52-second response to Obama

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner did not mince words at a brief statement to reporters on Wednesday: following the House vote on his Plan B tax proposal, "the president will have a decision to make. He can call on Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • TV-CNN Newsroom
Transcript: Obama tasks Biden, team with gun violence recommendations
December 19th, 2012
01:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Transcript: Obama tasks Biden, team with gun violence recommendations

Washington (CNN) – The nation will have a set of recommendations to address widespread gun violence within weeks, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday at a White House news conference.

A transcript of his full remarks, including comments on the fiscal cliff and Republicans' Plan B proposal, are below.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Gun rights
December 19th, 2012
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

State Department resignations follow Benghazi report

Washington (CNN) – Assistant Secretary of Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell and two other officials resigned in the wake of a review of security failures in Benghazi, Libya, two senior State Department officials told CNN Wednesday.

The independent review of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi released Tuesday cites "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department.

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Filed under: Libya • State Department
Obama, Boehner remain at odds on verge of fiscal cliff
December 19th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Boehner remain at odds on verge of fiscal cliff

Washington (CNN) - After progress earlier this week in fiscal cliff negotiations, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner firmly butted heads Wednesday to set up a showdown in the final days left to reach an agreement.

The incremental negotiations had focused on a roughly $2 trillion package of new revenue, spending cuts and entitlement reforms the two sides have shaped into a broad deficit reduction plan.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
December 19th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Biden to lead effort against gun violence

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an administration effort to develop recommendations no later than January for preventing another tragedy like last week's school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 young children and six adults dead.

The vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible, but the more than 10,000 Americans killed every year by guns was "violence we cannot accept as routine."

"We won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse" not to try, the president added.

As for the National Rifle Association, Obama said the pro-gun lobby in the United States, "has members who are mothers and fathers" likely impacted by the shooting.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
CNN Poll: Majority dissatisfied but don't think administration misled on Benghazi attack
December 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority dissatisfied but don't think administration misled on Benghazi attack

Washington (CNN) - A slight majority of Americans are giving the White House low marks for how it has handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to a new national survey.

But a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday also indicates that a more solid majority of the public doesn't believe the Obama administration intentionally tried to mislead Americans on the September attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.
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Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll
December 19th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll – December 17-18 – Benghazi

TOPICS: Benghazi consulate attack

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Filed under: CNN Poll Archive • Extra
December 19th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner's tax gamble roils fiscal cliff talks

Washington (CNN) – In the high-stakes poker of the fiscal cliff negotiations, House Speaker John Boehner is playing a game that could be called "Taxes Hold 'Em."

The chief Republican negotiator is navigating a perilous political path by agreeing to some kind of increase in tax rates for wealthy Americans - a fiscal sin in the eyes of conservatives - while pushing for more spending cuts and entitlement reforms desired by his party's base.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85
December 19th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85

Washington (CNN) – Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died early Wednesday at his Virginia home, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 85.

Perhaps best known for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork was rejected for the post after a contentious confirmation battle led by left-leaning groups that opposed his conservative judicial philosophies.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Supreme Court
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