Dem leader calls for ‘haste’ in Senate appointment
December 22nd, 2012
08:16 PM ET
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Dem leader calls for ‘haste’ in Senate appointment

(CNN) – It’s one of those legislative showdowns where every vote could count and any vote not cast could be decisive.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Saturday for Hawaii’s Democratic governor to appoint “with due haste” a successor to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, then the body’s most senior member, who died Monday at age 88.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii • Neil Abercrombie
Representatives call for action on fiscal cliff
December 22nd, 2012
05:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Representatives call for action on fiscal cliff

(CNN) – Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California, uses an analogy to explain why he supported Plan B, the alternative to a fiscal cliff deal proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, then scrapped because not enough House Republicans supported it.

“If a lifeguard sees 10 swimmers drowning off his beach and can only reach nine of them to save them, it doesn't mean that he's drowned the 10th one,” McClintock said.
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Filed under: California • Fiscal Cliff • Ohio
Photos: A week without a fiscal cliff deal
December 22nd, 2012
04:03 PM ET
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Photos: A week without a fiscal cliff deal

(CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke Friday about the fiscal cliff with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid before the three men - and the rest of Congress - left town for a long weekend. They'll return after Christmas to pick up where they left off.

Here's a look at the progress and the setbacks in the talks this past week.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Harry Reid • John Boehner • President Obama
Obama to attend Hawaii memorial service for Inouye
December 22nd, 2012
02:59 PM ET
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Obama to attend Hawaii memorial service for Inouye

(CNN) - President Obama will attend the final memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii on Sunday, the White House announced.

The service will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Among those buried there are 32 Medal of Honor recipients and at least one former senator.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii • President Obama
Survey says: One spouse will outspend the other on gifts
December 22nd, 2012
12:28 PM ET
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Survey says: One spouse will outspend the other on gifts

(CNN) - In the final shopping weekend before Christmas, who will spend more on gifts: husbands or wives?

A new poll shows men will outspend the ladies, and will do so by a significant margin.
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Filed under: Economy • Poll
December 22nd, 2012
09:18 AM ET
2 years ago

The great divide: Little common ground with pro- and anti-gun forces

Washington (CNN) - For National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre and many other pro-gun Americans, the task is clear: The best way to protect children from becoming victims of a slaughter like the one seen last week in Newtown, Connecticut, is to make sure every school in America has "qualified armed security."

For President Barack Obama, many Democratic leaders and a slight majority of the American public, the solution starts with tougher legislation on assault weapons, universal background checks and limits on high-capacity magazines, the first steps needed to begin to make it harder to get at the kinds of firearms that kill thousands of Americans each year.

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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA
Obamas offer tribute to troops families in weekly address
December 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Obamas offer tribute to troops families in weekly address

(CNN) - President Barack Obama continued on Saturday a four-year Christmas tradition of thanking the U.S. military servicemen and women in his weekly address.

"The war in Iraq is over. The transition in Afghanistan is under way. After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. And all across America, military families are reuniting," he said. "So this week, let's give thanks for our veterans and their families."
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Filed under: President Obama
Before leaving town, Boehner puts fiscal cliff onus on Obama
December 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Before leaving town, Boehner puts fiscal cliff onus on Obama

(CNN) - It was clear from House Speaker John Boehner's weekly address on Saturday that the fiscal cliff negotiations with President Barack Obama weren't going anywhere soon.

Both men left Washington on Friday, leaving the looming spending cuts and tax increases for after Christmas.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff