August 8th, 2010
01:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Govs spar over state aid, same-sex marriage, health care

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Michigan's Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, left, and Virginia's Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, disagreed Sunday on a number of potential hot-button issues in this November's elections. (Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) – In a preview of Democratic and Republican talking points on what are likely to be major issues in this fall’s midterm elections, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sparred Sunday in an interview that aired on CNN’s State of the Union.

As the House prepares to return early from recess in order to vote on a $26-billion state aid bill passed by the Senate last week, McDonnell, a Republican, slammed the measure as an example of excessive federal spending.

“Well, I think it has to end soon, because the federal government is running out of money,” McDonnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “I mean 14 trillion [dollars in total federal debt], which is $42,000 for every American. Candy, it's an unsustainable level of spending. We cannot continue to be a debtor nation.”

The Virginia governor added, “Spending is out of control at a lot of levels of government. We have to live within our means.”

McDonnell also told Crowley that some of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan had helped his state “in the short run . . . in some of the areas, although we've turned some of it down and made the decisions to make the cuts that are necessary. But we cannot continue to have all the states rely on the federal government.”

Gov. Granholm, by contrast, defended the latest state aid bill along with earlier efforts by Capitol Hill to help out cash-strapped state and local governments“There is no doubt that this has been critically important money for us, as we make our way through this recession,“ Granholm, a Democrat, said of the federal aid her state has received in the recent tough economic times.
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August 8th, 2010
12:50 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Economy center stage in hard-hit Indiana 2nd

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Indiana 2nd – Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) is seeking a 3rd term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: North-central Indiana
Days until Election Day: 86

Washington (CNN) - Voters in Indiana's 2nd district will likely have one thing on their minds as they cast ballots this fall: the economy. The district has been hit especially hard by the economic turmoil of the last two years. Although unemployment is down from its 2009 highs for most of the 12 counties that make up the district, all but two counties still face unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher. The district's economic struggles have not been lost on President Obama. He campaigned here in 2008 and returned on multiple occasions while in office.
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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Indiana • Popular Posts
August 7th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: As Albuquerque goes, so goes New Mexico 1st

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

New Mexico 1st – Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: June 1, 2010
Location: Central New Mexico
Days until Election Day: 87

Republicans see an opportunity to knock off a freshman Democrat in New Mexico's 1st district and reclaim a seat they had held for 40 years.

Rep. Martin Heinrich was elected to the House in 2008, one of 33 Democratic freshmen sent to Congress that year. He was a member of the Albuquerque City Council when he announced he would challenge incumbent GOP Rep. Heather Wilson, who had held the seat since 1998. Wilson narrowly won her 2006 re-election bid with 50 percent of the vote and eventually opted to run to replace retiring GOP Sen. Pete Domenici in the U.S. Senate rather than seek a sixth full term. Heinrich went on to win the House seat with 56 percent over Republican Darren White.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • New Mexico • Popular Posts
August 7th, 2010
09:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Facts about Supreme Court oath ceremonies

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Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to become the 112th justice on the Supreme Court. Here is a look at what happens next:

Q: With the Senate vote, is Kagan now officially a justice?

CNN: No, the final step in the confirmation process involves President Obama issuing a written commission to his nominee, who then must take two oaths of office before assuming her official duties.

Q: What is the wording of the oaths?

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Filed under: Elena Kagan • Popular Posts • Supreme Court
August 6th, 2010
05:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin helping RNC raise money

Sarah Palin is helping the RNC raise funds.
Sarah Palin is helping the RNC raise funds.

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – In a surprising move given her reputation as a political outsider, Sarah Palin is helping the Republican National Committee raise money ahead of November's elections.

Palin has attached her name to a letter and survey being mailed to RNC donors soliciting contributions for the committee's Victory 2010 program, a nationwide get-out-the-vote effort.

"Millions of Americans are expressing their frustration with the state of our government. I join them and seek to return our country to greatness," reads the letter, obtained by CNN Friday.

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Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Popular Posts • RNC • Sarah Palin
August 6th, 2010
03:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Retailer Target now the target of a boycott by MoveOn.org, gays

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 Retail giant Target is under fire for a campaign contribution. (PHOTO CREDIT: CNN)


Washington (CNN) – A liberal political group and some gays and lesbians have put a bulls-eye on one of the nation's largest retail giants, targeting the Target Corporation with a massive sales boycott despite an apology from the store Thursday night.

MoveOn.org is angry with Target over a political contribution the company made. MoveOn.org sees the contribution as Target's attempt to "buy elections."

Pro gay rights groups are angry with Target because the political contribution went to a group that has endorsed a candidate who is staunchly against same-sex marriage.

On Friday, MoveOn.org delivered a petition to the retailer's Minneapolis headquarters. The political activist group told CNN the petition was signed by over 250,000 people who have pledged not to shop at Target. The group also told CNN that MoveOn.org members went out to protest at over 1,000 of the retailer's stores across the nation on Friday, dropping off letters to Target store managers.

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August 6th, 2010
11:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama has access to nuke launch codes, longs to drive

President Obama drove a Chevy Volt last week.
President Obama drove a Chevy Volt last week.

(CNN) - There is plenty of power that comes with being president – being commander in chief, being able to veto laws passed by Congress, and the power to make important appointments –but doing something as simple as driving a car is a real rarity.

"I can't do it. The Secret Service doesn't allow it," President Obama said in an interview taped Thursday in Chicago with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

"I miss nothing more than just driving right along Lake Shore Drive [along Lake Michigan in Chicago]. I would love to hop in a convertible right now on a nice day like today and drive all the way up along the lake," Obama said. "But I can't do it. So my driving is either at the Secret Service testing site, the training site there where you can do some J-turns and do some pretty spiffy moves, or the golf cart. Those are the two opportunities I get to drive, and I miss it tremendously."

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August 6th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Dems pin hopes on Marshall plan in Georgia 8th

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Georgia 8th – Rep. Jim Marshall (D) is seeking a 5th term
Primary: July 20, 2010; Runoff: August 10, 2010
Location: Central Georgia
Days until Election Day: 88

As a Democrat representing a heavily Republican district in the heart of Georgia, Rep. Jim Marshall makes for a tempting target, especially in a midterm year when sizable GOP gains are expected. But this isn't Marshall's first time in the line of fire, and he has answered previous challenges by either narrowly edging out his opponent or winning with decisive, double-digit margins.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Georgia • Jim Marshall • Popular Posts
August 5th, 2010
08:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Romer resigns White House post

(CNN) - Christina Romer has resigned as head of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers to return to her teaching post at the University of California, the White House announced Thursday night.

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August 5th, 2010
06:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama starts mentioning Bush by name

President Obama has twice mentioned former President Bush in speeches this week.
President Obama has twice mentioned former President Bush in speeches this week.

(CNN) – President Obama, moving into campaign mode ahead of the midterm elections, has added new, sharper language to his stump speech – twice this week invoking the name of his predecessor.

Obama frequently criticizes Republican policies on the economy – that is certainly nothing new. But the latest wrinkle in Obama's rhetoric is that until now, he has avoided referring to former President Bush by name. That changed this week.

Thursday marked the second time in a week that Obama has mentioned Bush. During a fundraiser in Chicago for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Obama said Republicans are "betting on amnesia" as trying to make the economy an issue in fall races around the country.

"They haven't come out with a single solitary idea that is different from policies that held sway for eight years before Democrats took over, not a single policy difference that's discernible from George W. Bush. Not one," he told the crowd at the Palmer House Hilton on Chicago.

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Filed under: 2010 • George W. Bush • Popular Posts • President Obama
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