The Al Gore you never knew
September 5th, 2012
01:14 PM ET
3 weeks ago

The Al Gore you never knew

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - He has one of the most recognizable names in American politics, but there's a lot you don't know about Albert Gore, Jr.

For instance, he was a Green Beret and master parachutist in the Army with 91 jumps under his belt and the rank of colonel. He has a fondness for cigars and pipes, lit or unlit. And in 1998, he retired from a 51-year career as a Methodist minister.
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California delegate steps aside after police incident
September 2nd, 2012
06:20 PM ET
3 weeks ago

California delegate steps aside after police incident

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – A California man has agreed to step down from his position as a voting delegate at this week's Democratic National Convention after an incident with police at a local hotel early Sunday morning.

"Earlier this morning, we received reports that indicated two members of the delegation were intoxicated when they arrived at their hotel. Hotel staff noticed that one of the men appeared to be unconscious and immediately called paramedics for assistance. The delegate was taken to a local hospital. He has since recovered and been released," said California Democratic Party spokesman Tenoch Flores in a statement. "Additionally, the other delegate according to several reports, became disruptive with hotel staff and emergency technicians, prompting the hotel to call police. The delegate was not arrested."
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America one step closer to President Roseanne
August 5th, 2012
08:27 AM ET
3 weeks ago

America one step closer to President Roseanne

(CNN) – Exactly one year after announcing her White House bid on "The Tonight Show," actress and comedian Roseanne Barr won the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party Saturday in Los Angeles.

Barr's vice presidential running-mate is Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and anti-war activist best known for her protest outside of then-President George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch.
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Filed under: 2012 • Cindy Sheehan
Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama
July 24th, 2012
01:29 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama

(CNN) – Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman made headlines recently for his sizable $1 million contribution to a pro-Obama super PAC, but he's hardly the only celebrity who cut a check in support of a presidential hopeful.

Members of the entertainment industry have a long history of sending money to their preferred presidential candidates, usually but not exclusively to Democrats. Below is a non-comprehensive list of some of the celebrities past and present who made a donation in May or June to the major political committees involved in the 2012 race for the White House.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Bill Clinton has most lucrative year on speech circuit
July 3rd, 2012
01:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill Clinton has most lucrative year on speech circuit

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton commanded the largest speaking fees of his career in 2011, earning $13.4 million and exceeding his previous record by 25%.

Clinton's fees were detailed in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's annual financial disclosure report, released Monday. A CNN analysis of those records shows that the former commander-in-chief has earned $89 million from paid speeches since leaving the White House in January 2001.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton
California golden for President Obama
June 6th, 2012
11:42 AM ET
2 years ago

California golden for President Obama

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(CNN) - Is California President Barack Obama's ATM?

The president heads to California Wednesday for four fund-raisers. It's his third fund-raising swing through the Golden State over the past month.
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Filed under: 2012 • California • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Could Wisconsin end in a recount?
June 5th, 2012
08:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Could Wisconsin end in a recount?

(CNN) - In the final days before Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election, polls showed incumbent Gov. Scott Walker with a thin edge over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, which begs the question: Could there be a recount?

While recounts are permitted in the Badger State, there is no mandatory recount triggered by a close vote margin, as they have in Florida and other states.

Candidates running for any office may request a recount of their contest. The state will pay for the recount if the margin is less than 0.5% of the total vote. If the margin is greater than that, the candidate may still request the recount but is then responsible to pay for it.


Filed under: 2012 • Wisconsin
The nuts and bolts for Tuesday's primaries
April 24th, 2012
07:44 AM ET
2 years ago

The nuts and bolts for Tuesday's primaries

(CNN) - Voters in five states will head to the polls on Tuesday after a three-week lull in the Republican presidential primary season, a time in which Mitt Romney essentially secured his party's nomination.

Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will hold primaries, with a total of 204 delegates at stake.

Here's a glimpse of the nuts and bolts for Tuesday's contests.
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Filed under: 2012 • Connecticut • Delaware • Mitt Romney • New York • Newt Gingrich • Pennsylvania • Republicans • Rhode Island • Ron Paul
What does 'suspending' mean?
April 10th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
3 years ago

What does 'suspending' mean?

(CNN) – Rick Santorum announced Tuesday he was suspending his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination. Below is a primer on what candidates mean when they say they're 'suspending' their campaigns.

"Suspending" vs. Dropping Out – What's the Difference?
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Filed under: 2012
Leading presidential candidate to clinch nomination Tuesday
April 3rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Leading presidential candidate to clinch nomination Tuesday

Washington (CNN) – As the four remaining Republican presidential candidates battle for delegates in Tuesday night's primaries, the man they hope to unseat in November – President Barack Obama – will quietly clinch his party's nomination for a second term as the polls close in Maryland and the District of Columbia at 8:00 p.m.

Like his Republican counterparts, President Obama has been competing in primaries and caucuses this year and picking up delegates along the way. Unlike the Republicans, Obama faces no serious opposition in his quest for renomination.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
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