'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in
October 7th, 2011
08:55 AM ET
3 years ago

'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in

New York (CNN) - The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are scheduled to go on Friday as the grassroots movement continues to grow, spread to other cities and grab the attention of the president.

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the demonstrators are giving a voice to those frustrated with the financial system as protests popped up in more than a dozen American cities.

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Filed under: President Obama • Wall Street
Rhode Island governor signs civil union bill into law
July 2nd, 2011
02:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Rhode Island governor signs civil union bill into law

(CNN) - In a move largely seen as a compromise over the rights that can be afforded to gay and lesbian couples, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law a bill that legalizes civil unions, making his state the fifth in the nation to allow them.

The bill - which was signed just over a week after New York legalized same-sex marriage - will take effect later Saturday, according to the governor's spokesman Christian Vareika.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Rhode Island • Same-sex marriage
Gay marriage battle rages as N.Y. senators debate taxes and rent
June 21st, 2011
02:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Gay marriage battle rages as N.Y. senators debate taxes and rent

New York (CNN) - A day after state lawmakers were due to head home, a pair of controversial issues seem to stubbornly postpone their summer recess.

The first is something that many call a quintessential New York battle: Whether to enact the first statewide cap on property taxes. The cap is linked to the extension of rent control laws that apply to roughly 1 million apartments, most of them in New York City.

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Filed under: Gay rights • New York
Obama visits ground zero; honors 9/11 victims
May 5th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama visits ground zero; honors 9/11 victims

New York (CNN) – Six picture frames hang inside a firehouse in Manhattan, each displaying a photograph of a man who died in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

"We always say never forget," said one firefighter from New York's Engine 23.

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Filed under: 9/11 • President Obama
Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divide
April 19th, 2011
06:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divide

(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of her state's so-called "birther bill" could reflect part of a GOP shift away from a fringe but vocal group that claims President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, analysts say.

"It was an untenable political situation," said Darrell West, vice president of government studies at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. "It seems clear that those who question Obama's birthplace represent a fringe element in the Republican Party."

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Filed under: Arizona • Birthers • Republican
As history unfolds in Wisconsin, Smithsonian sends curator
March 8th, 2011
01:54 PM ET
4 years ago

As history unfolds in Wisconsin, Smithsonian sends curator

(CNN) – The posters and placards carried by Wisconsin demonstrators will soon become an official part of the nation's legacy, adorning the walls of the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.

A curator is traveling to the Badger State to document protests over legislation that would curb the collective bargaining rights of most state workers, according to a museum spokeswoman. The bill prompted hundreds to occupy the state Capitol for weeks as demonstrators chanted political slogans and waved banners in opposition.

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Filed under: Wisconsin
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