Key players in the IRS scandal
May 22nd, 2013
07:15 AM ET
2 years ago

By the Numbers: Internal Revenue Service

(CNN) - The controversy over the extra scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service imposed on some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status could take a new turn Wednesday when IRS official Lois Lerner is expected to assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a House Oversight Committee hearing.

Lerner's decision essentially not to testify will follow a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday where former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and ousted Acting Commissioner Eric Miller both testified.

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By the Numbers: Automatic spending cuts
February 16th, 2013
05:44 AM ET
2 years ago

By the Numbers: Automatic spending cuts

(CNN) - While a growing chorus in Washington, including President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, multiple Cabinet secretaries, and some political pundits, criticize deep, automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1, the White House and Congress have yet to come up with an alternative to avoid them.

With the imposition of at least some of them appearing more and more likely, here's a look, by the numbers, at Washington's self-imposed budget austerity (aka "sequestration" or the "sequester").

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Filed under: Budget • Economy
December 6th, 2012
02:28 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Retiring politicians

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, who announced on Thursday that he is leaving the Senate next month, will be joined by 35 other members of Congress who are retiring after the end of the 112th Congress. Here's a look, by the numbers at what the members will get and what they will leave behind as they leave the Hill:

36: Members of Congress who are retiring after the 2011-12 session ends.

25: House members who are retiring.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Jim DeMint
October 3rd, 2012
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Presidential and vice presidential debates

(CNN) – The first of four debates - three presidential and one vice presidential - in the final month of the election takes place October 3 in Denver. While we would love to tell you what will happen, the CNN Crystal Ball is out of order. Instead, our best guess of what to expect comes from debates past. Here's a look back, by the numbers, of the trends and surprises of past debates.

61: Percent of households that watched the third debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon on October 13, 1960.

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Filed under: 2012 • By The Numbers • Presidential Debate
By the numbers: Republican convention
August 29th, 2012
07:13 AM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Republican convention

(CNN) - This is the second-straight Republican National Convention disrupted by storms. Four years ago, Republicans gathering in Minneapolis delayed the political revelry to focus on disaster relief from Hurricane Gustav, which hit Louisiana.

This year, the event was closer to the weather action also targeting Gulf Coast states. Tropical Storm Isaac skirted western Florida on Monday but was expected to strengthen into a hurricane. Headliners at the Tampa convention were pushed back a day to Tuesday with the nomination of Mitt Romney still on schedule for Thursday.

Other facts about the Republican National Convention:

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
By the numbers: Tampa, Florida
August 27th, 2012
11:18 AM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Tampa, Florida

(CNN) – Tampa, Florida, was set to assume center stage in American politics as the GOP gathers there to nominate Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee. But now the city and Republicans are sharing the national spotlight with Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast late Tuesday or Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane.

By the numbers, here's a look at Tampa, host city to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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By the numbers: Paul Ryan
August 11th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Paul Ryan

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used an event at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday to announce Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as his vice presidential pick. Romney's choice of Ryan is considered by political observers to be a bold, risky move that could potentially change the dynamic of the Oval Office race.

By the numbers, here's a look at Paul Ryan:

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
By the numbers: Wisconsin recall
Thousands of demonstrators protest outside the Wisconsin State Capitol March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.
June 9th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Wisconsin recall

(CNN) - In a political battle where fiscal conservatives faced off against the labor movement, Wisconsin held a closely watched gubernatorial recall election this week.

By the numbers, here's a look at the Wisconsin recall.

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By the numbers: Latino voters
June 4th, 2012
05:27 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Latino voters

(CNN) - Because of their growing numbers and presence in some of the key battleground states, Latinos are expected to play a prominent role in this year's battle for the White House between President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

By the numbers, here's a look at Latino voters:

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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos
February 24th, 2010
05:07 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Sen. Joseph Lieberman - Gay advocate?

The CNN Fact Check Desk takes a look at Sen. Lieberman's record on gay rights legislation.
The CNN Fact Check Desk takes a look at Sen. Lieberman's record on gay rights legislation.

CNN – Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut, announced Monday that he will be the main sponsor of a bill calling for the repeal of the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The policy requires gay and lesbian service members to stay quiet about their sexual orientation or risk expulsion. Commanding officers are also prohibited from asking subordinates about their orientation. Since the law was passed in 1993, more than 13,000 otherwise qualified service men and women have been discharged.

In a statement on his Web site, Lieberman writes that he would "be proud" to sponsor a bill to allow "patriotic gay Americans to defend our national security." The senator also writes that he has opposed the current policy since its inception in 1993. Lieberman has said the legislation will be introduced next week.

The CNN Fact Check Desk wondered whether Lieberman really has opposed the current policy since its inception. We also wanted to take a look at Lieberman's record on gay rights legislation.

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