(CNN) – When it comes to race relations, says Attorney General Eric Holder, America is a “nation of cowards.” In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN Democratic Strategist Jamal Simmons and conservative commentator Terry Jeffrey weigh in on Holder’s strong words in Wednesday’s Strategy Session.
Also: Just days after his swearing in, President Obama began making cabinet announcements at a record pace. But after a month in office - and a string of recent nominee withdrawals - his cabinet remains incomplete. CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on the holdup.
Plus: “Roland Burris must resign,” says the Chicago Tribune. CNN’s Susan Roesgen reports on the controversy that still surrounds former Illinoi Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Senate pick, as new information brings calls for the resignation of Sen. Roland Burris.
Meanwhile: Hillary Clinton retraces President Obama’s steps. The Secretary of State visited the president’s childhood school in Indonesia during her first foreign trip to Asia. CNN’s Jill Dougherty brings us the story from Jakarta.
Finally: As many Americans face the prospect of losing their homes, President Obama releases a new plan to help them fight off foreclosure. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the latest.
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(CNN) – President Obama signs the economic stimulus bill into law. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux looks at how the president marked a victory in Denver.
Plus: President Obama approves the concept of significant troop increase in Afghanistan to meet “urgent security needs.” CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr has the latest information on the deployment that could potentially double US forces in the region.
Finally: In his last weeks of office, Vice President Cheney was reportedly fuming over a decision by President Bush. CNN’s Brian Todd looks at the strained ties between the two leaders in their final days.
(CNN) – Bill Clinton dishes on being a “house husband.” In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, the former president weighs in on presidential comparisons and opens up about the advice he gave to his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, before her foreign trip to Asia. CNN’s John Roberts interviews.
Plus: President Obama is caught in a helicopter dilemma. Should the commander-in-chief move forward with a plan to spend billions to update the Marine One fleet with an economic crisis at hand? CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence has the story.
Meanwhile: What happened to bipartisanship? With the battle over the economic stimulus plan highlighting a massive partisan divide, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on the great divide in Washington.
Finally: President Obama is set to head out West to lay out his plan to offer homeowners some mortgage relief. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian looks at the president’s bid to cure America's epidemic of home foreclosures and fix the housing crisis.
(CNN) - As his stimulus package faced a major Senate test, President Obama traveled to the heartland to sell the plan to ordinary Americans. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the story from Elkhart, Indiana.
Who stands to benefit most from the stimulus if it passes? Wolf Blitzer talks with Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House Economic Council, about the potential impact of the president’s plan.
Plus: President Bush may be gone, but a key congressional Democrat hasn’t forgotten: the committee chairman is calling for an investigation of the Bush Justice Department. CNN’s Elaine Quijano has the latest.
Also: Israelis are looking for their own Obama. Just a day before Israel heads to the polls to pick their next prime minister, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider gauges the nation’s pre-election mood.
Finally: A big Capitol Hill win for President Obama just before his first White House press conference. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.
(CNN) – In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama blasts the delay of his economic recovery plan, calling the setback “inexcusable” and “irresponsible.” CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the latest from the Oval Office.
And: David Axelrod helped Obama win the White House, but can he help him win passage of his economic stimulus plan? Watch Wolf Blitzer’s exclusive interview with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod.
Finally: Main Street America seeks help. Americans continue to hear about the massive recovery plan, but many are wondering how it will help them — or if they’ll be left out. CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar takes a look at what ordinary Americans are looking for in the stimulus.
(CNN) - The new Faith-Based Initiative. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, President Obama gives his personal account of his religious transformation. And CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin takes a look at the 26-year-old responsible for revamping the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
And: CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's hospitalization for treatment for pancreatic cancer. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin looks at how this development might affect the Court.
Meanwhile: Another Obama cabinet pick is in trouble for tax problems, forcing the postponement of a key committee vote on the appointee's nomination. CNN's Ed Henry reports on the developing story.
Finally: An iconic image of Barack Obama created by artist Shepard Fairey hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Now, the Associated Press is accusing the artist of copyright infringement: The news agency says he based his work on one of their images, without first securing permission. CNN Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton takes a look.
(CNN) - Dick Cheney is raising some eyebrows by issuing a chilling warning. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Brian Todd takes a look at what the former VP said about the possibility of a catastrophic terrorist attack — and about the Obama administration.
Plus: President Obama cracks down on corporate bigwigs. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian reports.
The President signs a bill bringing a basic service to millions of children. Watch the signing ceremony that will expand children’s health coverage.
And: Sarah Palin versus Ashley Judd. CNN Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton looks at the battle over aerial wolf hunting in an environmental ad campaign that pits the actress against the governor.
Finally: Democrats and Republicans continue the stimulus battle. CNN’s Dana Bash has the latest on the stimulus bill as Senators spar over what should and shouldn’t be in the economic recovery plan.
(CNN) – Drama for the Obama administration. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian takes a look at the stunning setback to President Obama’s plans to reform healthcare. Can the White House recover?
Plus: Politics often makes for strange bedfellows, but there’s something especially odd about President Obama’s pick for Commerce Secretary. CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on what’s unusual about Sen. Judd Gregg being tapped to head the Commerce Department.
Also: Hillary Clinton bucks tradition. The former New York senator is breaking the mold by not heading to Europe or the Middle East for her initial trip as Secretary of State. So where will Clinton travel first? CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty has the story.
Finally: What do senators say now that their former leader, Tom Daschle, has withdrawn his nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary? CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.
(CNN) – Palin parties in DC. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin often says she's a Washington outsider, but last weekend she partied with Washington insiders in the nation's capital. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at Palin's Washington itinerary.
Plus: President Obama continues to push for GOP support. The president brought Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas to help woo his fellow Republicans in the Senate to get onboard with his stimulus plan. Watch President Obama make remarks from the Oval Office.
And: CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin takes a look at the broad themes of the stimulus package that GOP Senators agree on, and what they want to see changed.
Finally: CNN's Wolf Blitzer sits down for a one-on-one with newly-elected RNC chair Michael Steele. Watch what the first African-American GOP party leader had to say about lining up against Pres. Barack Obama.
(CNN) --The nation elected its first African-American to lead the country - now the Republican National Committee has elected its first African-American to lead the GOP. What does the new RNC chairman have to say? “This is awesome.” In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, we’ll show you Michael Steele’s acceptance speech. CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider is reporting on the scene.
Plus: President Obama’s debut on the world stage. CNN’s top international correspondents discuss the president’s first international moves, and his message to the global community. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Michael Ware weigh in.
And: CNN’s Don Lemon looks at how the president is picking his battles and setting a global tone.
Finally: The Obama team has issued its first marching orders to the army of campaign backers who've pledged to push for the new president's agenda: Host a stimulus party. The Democratic Party is calling on millions of Obama supporters to help make the case for the president’s economic recovery plan. CNN Internet reporter Abbi Tatton takes a look at exactly what the DNC is asking the campaign’s most dedicated supporters to do.