Poll: Majority of Americans want to delay forced spending cuts
February 21st, 2013
10:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Majority of Americans want to delay forced spending cuts

(CNN) – A new survey shows that a majority of Americans want Congress to stop the looming forced spending cuts from going into effect next week.

Fifty-four percent want Congress to delay the cuts, while 40% say the government should go ahead and allow the cuts to kick in, according to a Bloomberg News poll released Thursday.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Polls
February 21st, 2013
08:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Carter weighs in on Oscar-nominated 'Argo'

(CNN) – Former President Jimmy Carter offered his unique insight and perspective on the motion picture "Argo," an Oscar-nominated film that's based on actual events occurring during his presidency.

While he said the movie was a "great drama," Carter told CNN's Piers Morgan there was one key discrepancy.

"Ninety percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian," Carter said. "The movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie's very good."

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Filed under: Iran • Jimmy Carter • TV-Piers Morgan
Lack of access to Hagel archives another flashpoint
February 21st, 2013
08:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Lack of access to Hagel archives another flashpoint

Washington (CNN) - Official documents, correspondence and other papers from the period of time Chuck Hagel held his U.S. Senate seat are closed to public viewing by the archives entrusted to hold them.

The lack of access has created yet another controversy around the embattled nominee to become the next defense secretary, raising questions among some about whether he might be hiding something in those files.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
February 21st, 2013
08:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers say they'd take pay cut, but they can't

Washington (CNN) – Pain from forced spending cuts is a week away and lawmakers are preparing their aides for the fallout that could hit them like other government workers.

"We've actually budgeted with a 10% cut in mind," Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, told CNN last week.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit
February 21st, 2013
07:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Borger: Spending cuts Groundhog Day

(CNN) - As the nation braces for the required spending cuts set to take effect in next week, CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger talks about how this is Groundhog Day.

The White House and congressional Republicans have continually kicked the can down the road when it comes to trying to deal with the nation’s deficit. As we have seen many times in the past few years, will Washington reach a deal when faced with the immediate deadline?


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2013
February 21st, 2013
05:24 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 21, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: OBAMA CHARGES GOP IS ‘DUG IN’ ON RAISING TAXES… Seeking to rally the Democratic base, President Barack Obama said the ball is now in the GOP’s court. “Whether or not we can move Republicans at this point to do the right thing is what we are still trying to gauge,” Obama said in an interview on Al Sharpton’s radio program.

THEY TALKED: SPEAKER BOEHNER AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TALKED ON THE PHONE TODAY... No readout was given of the phone call.

"ASHAMED" OF HIS COUNTRY: RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW… “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. Seriously man, here we get worked up over $44 billion. That’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year. … We have the media playing along with all of this. The ruling class – both parties play along with all of this. It’s insulting. I don’t know how else to describe it. I’m in my 25th year. Nothing ever changes. We just keep spending more money. We create more dependency. We get more and more irresponsible, one crisis to the next — all of them manufactured, except for the real crisis which nobody ever addresses, which is we can’t afford any of this.

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2013
February 21st, 2013
05:24 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 21, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: OBAMA CHARGES GOP IS ‘DUG IN’ ON RAISING TAXES… Seeking to rally the Democratic base, President Barack Obama said the ball is now in the GOP’s court. “Whether or not we can move Republicans at this point to do the right thing is what we are still trying to gauge,” Obama said in an interview on Al Sharpton’s radio program.

THEY TALKED: SPEAKER BOEHNER AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TALKED ON THE PHONE TODAY... No readout was given of the phone call.

"ASHAMED" OF HIS COUNTRY: RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW… “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. Seriously man, here we get worked up over $44 billion. That’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year. … We have the media playing along with all of this. The ruling class – both parties play along with all of this. It’s insulting. I don’t know how else to describe it. I’m in my 25th year. Nothing ever changes. We just keep spending more money. We create more dependency. We get more and more irresponsible, one crisis to the next — all of them manufactured, except for the real crisis which nobody ever addresses, which is we can’t afford any of this.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
February 21st, 2013
04:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama thanked Carter's grandson, who found '47%' tape

(CNN) - President Barack Obama expressed gratitude last week to former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, who had a role in leaking secretly-recorded video of Mitt Romney's infamous "47%" comments, James Carter said Thursday on CNN.

Obama met James and his cousin, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, last week when the president was in Atlanta for a post-State of the Union visit.

"After (Jason) got his picture taken, he told Obama that I was the one that had found the 47% tape," James Carter said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"Then Obama said, 'Hey, great, get over here.' And then he kind of half-embraced me, I want to say, put his arm around me, and we shook hands. He thanked me for my support, several times," he said.
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Filed under: Jimmy Carter • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Forget about 'political survival' in gun debate, Biden says
February 21st, 2013
03:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Forget about 'political survival' in gun debate, Biden says

(CNN) - Political risk shouldn't matter one bit when it comes to combating gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden argued Thursday at a conference in Danbury, Connecticut–a city just west of Newtown, where a gunman massacred 20 children and seven adults, including his mother, in December.

As the National Rifle Association continues to beef up its campaign and rhetoric against the Obama administration's gun proposals, Biden warned his colleagues on Capitol Hill not to succumb to the group's power and money.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
Group switches ad after Laura Bush’s request
February 21st, 2013
02:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Group switches ad after Laura Bush’s request

(CNN) – A pro-same sex marriage group said Thursday they would begin airing a new television ad after their first spot featuring Laura Bush supporting marriage rights drew backlash from the former first lady.

“We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage,” a spokesperson for the Respect for Marriage Coalition said. “We appreciate Mrs. Bush’s previous comments but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad. The ad launched a public education campaign that will now move to new and different voices that reflect the depth and breadth of our support.”
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Filed under: Laura Bush • Same-sex marriage
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