March 1st, 2013
01:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Shame and blame: Why Washington needs couples therapy

Washington (CNN) – Just two months after the brinksmanship of the "fiscal cliff," Washington is staring at yet another deadline to avoid yet another fiscal calamity of its own making.

But this time, something is different.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
FreedomWorks to launch African-American outreach tour
Supporters attend a 2010 rally in Washington, D.C. organized by FreedomWorks.
September 26th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

FreedomWorks to launch African-American outreach tour

Washington (CNN) – Sometimes in politics, things are black and white – like the historically wide gulf between the black community and the conservative movement.
But a new effort by FreedomWorks, a conservative organization associated with the tea party movement, aims to change that. And a prominent African-African progressive activist says he thinks the outreach effort is premature, misguided and, therefore, not likely to be successful.

With an event Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh, FreedomWorks is launching its national "Black and White Tour," an explicit, unapologetic effort to lobby African-Americans on economic policy issues at the core of the agenda of many fiscal conservatives involved in tea party activism.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Colorado • Florida • FreedomWorks • Illinois • Indiana • Louisiana • Ohio • Pennsylvania • Utah • Virginia • Wisconsin
Dems: Ryan's budget plan a 'hard-right U-turn'
Pictured: Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter
August 29th, 2012
05:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems: Ryan's budget plan a 'hard-right U-turn'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – On the day of Rep. Paul Ryan's big primetime speech at the Republican National Convention, Democrats sought to portray Ryan's trademark budget blueprint as bad policy and to link the Ryan plan to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"What it is, is a U-turn," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Wednesday at news conference, "a hard right, U-turn back to the failed Bush, trickle-down economic policies."
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Democrats in Tampa: What did Romney build?
August 28th, 2012
09:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats in Tampa: What did Romney build?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Democrats wasted no time on Tuesday trying to undercut Republicans as they began their convention, attacking a key GOP message before party luminaries took the spotlight in Tampa.

Republicans aggressively pushed their convention theme, "We Built It," while Democrats sought to turn it back on Mitt Romney, who was affirmed as the nominee by a roll call of delegates in the first significant moments of the event.

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Paul to supporters: 2012 the start of a new era
August 26th, 2012
08:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul to supporters: 2012 the start of a new era

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - As Rep. Ron Paul's third presidential bid is set to come to its formal end at the Republican National Convention, Paul sought to rally his loyal supporters with talk of a new era in American history.

"I'm convinced that we're living at the end of an era," Paul told the crowd at a rally in honor of him and his libertarian political movement. "The end of an era provides an opportunity," Paul added before laying out his view that an era in American government, foreign policy, and monetary policy that began in 1913 is coming to an end roughly a century later.
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Filed under: 2012 • Republican National Convention • Ron Paul
Rand Paul to father's supporters: Don't give up on the GOP
July 19th, 2012
09:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul to father's supporters: Don't give up on the GOP

Washington (CNN) - As Republicans prepare to gather for their convention and formally nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul, has some optimistic advice for his father's ardent supporters.

Asked about the libertarian political movement that has grown up around his father in the 2008 and 2012 presidential election cycles, the Kentucky senator told CNN Thursday that his father has had "an enormous effect." The younger Paul noted that there are now congressional candidates running around the country that were inspired by his father "and some of them are winning [in some GOP primaries]."
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Filed under: 2012 • Kentucky • Rand Paul • Ron Paul • Senate
Tea party group aims for 'winning by building, building by winning'
FreedomWorks' Russ Walker shows activists a map of the "tea party belt," states where the movement has had success.
June 19th, 2012
07:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Tea party group aims for 'winning by building, building by winning'

Washington (CNN) - As it continues to ramp up its efforts for the 2012 election cycle, a national umbrella organization for the tea party movement readily admits its grassroots organizing strategy is borrowed from the left's political playbook.

"Whether they win or lose a campaign, an election, a fight of some kind - did they come out stronger than they went in?" is how Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks' director of state and federal campaigns, described the grassroots approach utilized by liberals.

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Filed under: 2012 • FreedomWorks • Tea Party
Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'
February 16th, 2012
04:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'

Washington (CNN) - A pair of female Democratic lawmakers had a simple question Thursday about a controversial hearing on Capitol Hill.

"What I want to know is: Where are the women?" Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, said as she began her remarks at the top of hearing titled "Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?"

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Filed under: Congress • Health care
Protesters briefly disrupt Palin speech
February 11th, 2012
07:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Protesters briefly disrupt Palin speech

Washington (CNN) - Protesters chanting “mic check, mic check,” a calling card of the Occupy Wall Street movement, momentarily disrupted former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as she spoke to conservative activists gathered Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Yelling, “Get out of here (expletive),” Christopher Renner, a 30 year old accountant from Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, leapt from his seat inside the main ballroom and ran in the general direction of the commotion.
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Filed under: 2012 • CPAC 2012 • Sarah Palin