December 29th, 2012
07:44 PM ET
10 months ago

Video: The wild ride to Election Day

(CNN) - CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta counts down the top 10 moments on what was a wild ride to the Election Day this year.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Oak Ridge Boys serenade former President Bush in hospital
December 29th, 2012
07:25 PM ET
10 months ago

Oak Ridge Boys serenade former President Bush in hospital

(CNN) - The Oak Ridge Boys, the gospel-turned-country crooners who had their heyday in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, gave the hospitalized former President George H.W. Bush "a real shot in the arm" on Friday.

"That is great," Bush can be heard saying in a recording provided by the group after their rendition of "Amazing Grace."
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Texas
December 29th, 2012
05:37 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate leaders to try to work out fiscal cliff deal over weekend

Washington (CNN) - The Senate's top Democrat and Republican are working this weekend to forge a compromise to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff, the combination of sweeping spending cuts and widespread tax increases that will otherwise take effect in days.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, on late Friday afternoon called the next 24 hours "very important" in the grueling effort to avert a crisis that has been two years in the making. House Speaker John Boehner has called on the Senate to go first, and then his chamber - which reconvenes Sunday - will act.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Progress towards a fiscal cliff deal?
December 29th, 2012
04:56 PM ET
10 months ago

Progress towards a fiscal cliff deal?

Washington (CNN) - Is progress on a fiscal cliff deal in the cards?

If it is, it may be on a sheet of paper seen making the rounds on Capitol Hill Saturday.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell
Former President George H.W. Bush no longer in intensive care
December 29th, 2012
03:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Former President George H.W. Bush no longer in intensive care

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush was moved Saturday out of the intensive care unit of the Houston hospital where he has been for more than a month.

"President Bush's condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery," his office said in a statement distributed by spokesman Jim McGrath.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Texas
Illinois House candidate withdraws after gun charges
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is stepping down from his seat in the U.S. House.
December 29th, 2012
02:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Illinois House candidate withdraws after gun charges

(CNN) - Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter, who was considered by some the frontrunner in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., dropped out Saturday, almost three weeks after prosecutors say he attempted to bring a gun through an airport security checkpoint.

"Today, I formally announce my intention to end my candidacy for that position," the Chicago Democrat told local elected officials, constituents and reporters Saturday in Chicago.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
On Capitol Hill, lights are on and cliff negotiations continue
December 29th, 2012
01:13 PM ET
1 year ago

On Capitol Hill, lights are on and cliff negotiations continue

Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and staffers were on Capitol Hill on Saturday as negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff continued.

There were no major developments at midday, Senate aides from both parties said.
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Filed under: Congress • Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
Idaho senator will not contest Virginia DUI charge
December 29th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Idaho senator will not contest Virginia DUI charge

(CNN) - Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, will not contest the charge that he was driving under the influence early last Sunday at his January court appearance, his spokesman said.

Spokesman Lindsay Nothern acknowledged that the results of a blood alcohol test conducted at a detention center differed from those at the time of his roadside arrest, but he was not certain why the levels differed.
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Stocks brace for fiscal cliff reckoning
December 29th, 2012
09:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Stocks brace for fiscal cliff reckoning

New York (CNNMoney) - Can the stock market shake off yet another punt by Congress? It just might.

For weeks, many have worried that no resolution to the fiscal cliff would lead to the kind of brutal sell-off that followed the voting down of the TARP bailout and the downgrade of America's credit rating.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Fiscal Cliff
Rhetoric flows at the brink of the cliff
December 29th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Rhetoric flows at the brink of the cliff

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri ratcheted up the pressure on the other over the fiscal cliff negotiations in their weekly addresses on Saturday.

They sounded optimistic tones about a deal, spoke of the dire consequences of failure, but offered no suggestion the talks had progressed since Friday, when the rhetoric was the same.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama • Roy Blunt