11 political myths that we still fall for
April 21st, 2011
09:22 AM ET
3 years ago

11 political myths that we still fall for

Washington (CNN) – Sex, lies and murder. Americans seem to love conspiracy theories and too-good-to-be-true rumors - type "George W. Bush IQ" into Google and watch what you get - especially when it comes to politics.

Did you know that George Washington wasn't the nation's first president? The Mob killed JFK. And, oh yeah, President Obama wasn't born in Hawaii.

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Filed under: Politics
Political Circus: Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish'
April 19th, 2011
02:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish'

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

Will there be a next time?

President Barack Obama got into a somewhat tense exchange with a Dallas TV reporter during an interview Monday at the White House.

After the interview was over, Obama advised WFAA-TV's Brad Watson to "let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"
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Filed under: Political Circus • President Obama
Political Circus: Congressman no fan of the iPad
April 18th, 2011
12:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: Congressman no fan of the iPad

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

Wonder what Steve Jobs thinks ...

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking on Apple's popular tablet, the iPad, saying it's "killing jobs."

"A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, ... this new device ... is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs," the Illinois Democrat said Friday on the House floor (here in a video posted on RealClearPolitics).
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Filed under: Jesse Jackson Jr. • Political Circus
Debunking the birther claim: Obama releases birth certificate
April 15th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Debunking the birther claim: Obama releases birth certificate

Washington (CNN) – Developer and reality show host Donald Trump has been pushing the claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S. - a myth that has dogged the president since he took office. But everything changed on April 27.

Why? Obama released his original birth certificate. At a press conference at the White House, Obama said the controversy surrounding the issue had become a "sideshow" and that "we do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do."

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See the birth certificate

Speaking in New Hampshire on the same day, Trump said that he is "very proud of myself" on getting Obama to release it. But he adds, "I want to look at it but I hope it's true"

CNN has investigated the 'birther claims' and here are the key points:

Certificate of live birth

The Obama team and the state of Hawaii released a certification of live birth, which documents the president’s birth on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu. This is not the original birth certificate. In Hawaii and other states, original birth certificates are not released when requested later.
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Filed under: Birthers • Donald Trump • President Obama
Political Circus: Barney Frank in Playboy
April 15th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: Barney Frank in Playboy

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

He's baring it all - in interview

Rep. Barney Frank, the openly gay Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, is featured in the May edition of Playboy.
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Filed under: Barney Frank • Political Circus
Political Circus: SNL and Fox: Not 'Friends'
April 11th, 2011
12:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: SNL and Fox: Not 'Friends'

Washington (CNN) – Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

You knew this was coming ...

"Saturday Night Live" took on Fox's morning show "Fox and Friends" this past weekend for its coverage of the possible government shutdown.

The skit began, "You're watching Fox and Friends. Coffee, smiles, fear and terror."
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Filed under: Budget • Fox News • Political Circus
When is payday for government?
April 8th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
3 years ago

When is payday for government?

Washington (CNN) - In the event of a government shutdown, the paychecks for millions of non-essential federal workers, members of the military and some in Congress will be delayed - or not even come at all.

CNN asked how those affected get paid:
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
Angry military supporters take movement to Facebook
April 8th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Angry military supporters take movement to Facebook

Washington (CNN) - Perhaps one of the most troubling consequences of a government shutdown would be a temporary freeze in pay for members of the military fighting overseas and stationed stateside. It's a consequence that has Americans boiling mad.

So a group of angry Facebook users are doing something about it - starting the event "Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011."

As of 10 a.m. ET, there were over half a million attending the event (described as "On Facebook, Nationwide") taking place through April 17.

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Filed under: Budget
Facebook event: Let's dump trash at Boehner's pad
April 7th, 2011
03:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Facebook event: Let's dump trash at Boehner's pad

Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down come Friday, House Speaker John Boehner may be in for quite a mess at his Washington, D.C. residence if some Facebook users have their way.

A Facebook event, entitled "If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house," has popped up and is gaining steam as the shutdown showdown ramps up on Capitol Hill. If the federal government shuts down, one of the District's services that will stop is trash pickup.
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Filed under: Budget • John Boehner
Political Circus: Young voters in a 'Bad Romance' with Obama?
April 4th, 2011
01:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Political Circus: Young voters in a 'Bad Romance' with Obama?

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

Talking to the young'uns

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, widely believed to be a 2012 Republican presidential contender, is making the rounds in key early voting states like Iowa - and trying his hand at pop culture 101 to win over a growing voting bloc, the Des Moines Register reports.
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Filed under: Political Circus • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
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