The Helen Thomas I've known
July 20th, 2013
03:57 PM ET
9 months ago

The Helen Thomas I've known

Note: This post was originally published in June 2010.

(CNN) - It was the spilled lamb juice that endeared Helen Thomas to me.

We had a mutual friend, Fran Lewine, who I knew as an assignment editor and field producer in our Washington bureau. For many years before joining CNN Fran was a White House correspondent for the Associated Press. Her chief competition often was Thomas, who reported for United Press International. They traveled the world together and were two of the women who broke down barriers that discriminated against women journalists in the nation’s capitol.

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Candidates say embattled Virginia governor should consider resigning
July 20th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Candidates say embattled Virginia governor should consider resigning

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET on 7/20

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should consider resigning in the face of federal and state investigations into lavish gifts he and his family received from a wealthy executive, the two men running to succeed McDonnell said during a debate Saturday.

Neither of the candidates, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, issued an outright call for McDonnell to leave office when asked about the controversy by the debate’s moderator. But both said he should at least contemplate stepping down.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Ken Cuccinelli • Virginia
Why Obama won't bail out Detroit
July 20th, 2013
02:28 PM ET
9 months ago

Why Obama won't bail out Detroit

(CNNMoney) - Four years ago, the Obama administration rode to the rescue of two Detroit automakers, pouring $80 billion into General Motors and Chrysler Group to see them through their bankruptcies.

But their hometown won't get a similar bailout, even as Detroit becomes the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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Filed under: Michigan • President Obama
Spitzer opponent says rival ‘sounds like a Republican’
July 20th, 2013
11:01 AM ET
9 months ago

Spitzer opponent says rival ‘sounds like a Republican’

(CNN) – Scott Stringer, the man who until two weeks ago was running unopposed in the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller, said Saturday his new opponent Eliot Spitzer sounded like a Republican when he talked about campaign finance and financial disclosures.

The Manhattan borough president, speaking on CNN, alleged Spitzer was operating by his own set of rules in his campaign for the city’s top financial post.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York • Scott Stringer
July 20th, 2013
10:14 AM ET
9 months ago

Longtime journalist Helen Thomas dead at 92

(CNN) - Longtime White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at age 92, sources told CNN Saturday.

Thomas covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century, and became a legend in the industry.

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Filed under: Helen Thomas • White House
Republicans argue for extending Obamacare delay
July 20th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Republicans argue for extending Obamacare delay

(CNN) – A one-year delay of the Obamacare employer mandate should be extended to the individual requirement that Americans obtain health insurance, two Republican lawmakers argued in their party's weekly address on Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced the postponement of a requirement that businesses with more than 50 workers provide employees with health insurance. The mandate was pushed back until 2015.
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Filed under: Health care
Obama hails Cordray nomination in address
July 20th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama hails Cordray nomination in address

(CNN) – The Senate's vote this week to confirm Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was heralded by President Barack Obama in Saturday's weekly address.

The chamber confirmed Cordray on Tuesday in a 66-34 vote that capped a bitter fight over presidential nominations.
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Filed under: President Obama