Affleck rules out Massachusetts Senate run
December 24th, 2012
09:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Affleck rules out Massachusetts Senate run

(CNN) – Ben Affleck won’t run to be the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts.

The actor and director on Monday put an end to the rumors that he might throw his hat in the ring to replace Sen. John Kerry if he is confirmed as secretary of state, saying he plans to advocate for his causes from outside the upper chamber.
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First lady tracks Santa, too
White House photo
December 24th, 2012
06:45 PM ET
1 year ago

First lady tracks Santa, too

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama joined children nationwide who have their eyes trained on the sky, looking for that sleigh full of toys and eight tiny reindeer.

She spoke Saturday with youngsters who called into the North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa tracking center. Among the thousands of calls on Monday was one from a young girl who was deeply concerned.

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Former President George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital over Christmas
December 24th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Former President George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital over Christmas

(CNN) –Former President George Herbert Walker Bush will remain in a Houston, Texas, hospital over Christmas despite doctors' hopes last week he could be home by the holiday, his spokesman told CNN.

Bush has had a few setbacks in the last week, including a low-grade fever, which have been frustrating to him and his doctors.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Texas
Poll: 'Christmas' tree or 'holiday' tree?
December 24th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: 'Christmas' tree or 'holiday' tree?

(CNN) – They deck offices, lobbies, and living rooms, but what are they called?

A new poll shows Americans are overwhelmingly decided on whether it is a "Christmas" or "holiday" tree.
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Filed under: Polls
December 24th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Down to the fiscal cliff wire, with no solution in sight

(CNN) - Call it a bigger, bolder version of the deadline-driven congressional stalemates over taxes and spending that have come to define Washington dysfunction of the past two years.

The latest edition of political "blinksmanship" pits President Barack Obama and Democrats against Speaker John Boehner and Republicans on how to avoid the fiscal cliff - automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts including the military that will be triggered in the new year without an agreement.

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Kennedy passes on Senate run
December 24th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Kennedy passes on Senate run

Atlanta (CNN) - After giving it serious consideration, Ted Kennedy Jr. has decided not to run for Massachusetts’ soon-to-be open seat in the U.S. Senate.

"Over the last several days, many people have asked that I consider running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts," Kennedy said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I am extremely grateful for all the offers of support that I have received.
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Obama: His year in facial expressions
December 24th, 2012
09:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama is CNN's Most Intriguing Person of 2012

Washington (CNN) – A year ago, President Barack Obama was under fire. Today, he is being feted.

In just 12 months, the 51-year-old lawyer and former U.S. senator raised by a single mother went from a beleaguered candidate for re-election - his record and signature health care law under daily attack by Republican rivals - to being the first Democrat to win more than 50% of a presidential vote twice since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Filed under: President Obama
December 24th, 2012
08:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Video: Christmas with the First Ladies

(CNN) – "Christmas With The First Ladies" Author Coleen Christian Burke says decorating the White House is "an enormous undertaking."


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Clock ticking on mortgage tax break for struggling homeowners
December 24th, 2012
08:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Clock ticking on mortgage tax break for struggling homeowners

(CNNMoney) - A tax break that has saved struggling homeowners from paying thousands of dollars to the IRS is just days away from expiring.

If the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 does not get extended by Congress by the end of the year, homeowners will have to start paying income taxes on the portion of their mortgage that is forgiven in a foreclosure, short sale or principal reduction.

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Filed under: Taxes
December 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: Should U.S. get directly involved in Syrian conflict?

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans are concerned about the bloody civil war raging in Syria, but according to a new national survey a majority of the public opposes direct U.S. involvement in the fighting.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates 34% say they're very concerned about the situation in Syria, with 46% saying they're somewhat concerned. Only 18% say they're not worried about the conflict. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the 21 months of fighting between the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
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Filed under: Polls • Syria
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