Final debate in NYC mayoral race is last chance for Republican candidate
October 31st, 2013
12:09 AM ET
9 months ago

Final debate in NYC mayoral race is last chance for Republican candidate

(CNN) – The New York City showdown for mayor Wednesday night was Republican Joe Lhota’s last chance to turn the tide against his Democrat opponent Bill de Blasio.

The final debate before the Nov. 5 mayoral election covered a range of topics – from tax reform, to racial profiling, to how much each candidate spent on groceries per month.

A Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday shows de Blasio with a strong lead of 65% to 26% over Lhota, with a majority of New York City voters saying the latter’s message is too negative.
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Filed under: Bill de Blasio • New York • New York mayoral race
Republican senator says she has plan to end shutdown
October 5th, 2013
08:33 PM ET
10 months ago

Republican senator says she has plan to end shutdown

(CNN) – "The list of harm goes on and on. It is time for this shutdown to end," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaking on the Senate floor Saturday.

Collins called for compromise from Republicans, Democrats and President Barack Obama as she put forth a proposal she said would end the government shutdown.

As the shutdown effect’s spread, members of Congress have expounded on leadership and compromise as they search for a solution. But it seems that little progress has been made as the shutdown drags on late into its fifth day.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Healthcare • Susan Collins
Obama might change Redskins name if he were owner
October 5th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama might change Redskins name if he were owner

(CNN) – One of the more controversial fights in Washington, D.C. isn't over the budget or Obamacare. It's about a football team's name.

And now President Barack Obama is weighing in.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Obama said if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins, and he knew the name was "offending a sizable group of people," then he would "think about changing it."
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Filed under: President Obama • Washington D.C.
Obama holds firm on budget, calls on House Republicans to "stop this farce"
October 5th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama holds firm on budget, calls on House Republicans to "stop this farce"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In his weekly address President Obama criticized Republicans for holding the U.S. democracy and economy "hostage." The President had strong words for House Republicans, who he is calling on to pass a budget to stop the government shutdown.

"Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now," Obama said.

Obama also highlighted letters from constituents describing how the government shutdown is affecting the day-to-day lives of American citizens.
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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Healthcare • House • Obama address
Elections in Boston and Alabama's 1st Congressional District
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
September 24th, 2013
08:51 AM ET
10 months ago

Elections in Boston and Alabama's 1st Congressional District

(CNN) - Two positions long held by elected officials in Boston and Alabama are up for grabs and the competition is fierce.

Voters in Boston are heading to the polls Tuesday and for the first time in 20 years they won't see Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino's name.
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Filed under: Alabama • Massachusetts
September 23rd, 2013
10:00 AM ET
10 months ago

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins second Emmy for 'Veep'

(CNN) - Not many politicians go to the Emmy's but this year at least one politician, although fictional, took the stage to accept an award.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for her role on HBO's "Veep."
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Filed under: Vice President
Behind the scenes: Producing the 2012 RNC
August 31st, 2012
08:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Behind the scenes: Producing the 2012 RNC

(CNN) - After more than 30 years covering politics for NBC News, Phil Alongi left the network and quickly found himself on the other side of the game. Speaking with CNN Friday, Alongi was wrapping up in Tampa, Florida, having just produced the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Alongi says his role as executive producer of the RNC was in the works for a long time. He was first approached for the position shortly after he left NBC in February of 2009.

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January 9th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
5 years ago

N.J. to vote on bill to let illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition

Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office.
Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office.

(CNN) - Both houses of the New Jersey legislature plan to vote Monday on a controversial bill backed by Democrats that would qualify illegal immigrants for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office. Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie, a Republican who takes office January 19, has said he opposes the bill.

On Thursday, a Senate vote on the legislation was postponed.

After hours of heated debate January 4, the bill passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee, 7-4, and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, 8-6. Both votes were along party lines.

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Filed under: Immigration • New Jersey
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