May 20th, 2009
05:46 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: May 20, 2009

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CNN: Sources: Senate Dems refuse Obama funds to shut down Gitmo
Senate Democrats will pull money to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison from a war funding bill instead of face an onslaught of criticism from Republicans, CNN has learned.

CNN: GOP chairman says era of apologizing is over
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele declared Tuesday that Republicans will no longer talk about their mistakes; instead they will focus on the future and serve as the loyal opposition party to President Obama and the congressional Democratic majority.

CNN: RNC showdown over 'socialist' resolution may be avoided
Members of the Republican National Committee appear to have reached a compromise that would let GOP leaders avoid a possible dispute over a controversial resolution that calls on Democrats to re-name their party the "Democrat Socialist party."

CNN: Poll shows trouble for Reid
As the GOP struggles to find a candidate to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a new poll out Tuesday suggests the Nevada Democrat is extremely vulnerable 18 months before Election Day.

CNN: FEC dismisses complaint over Palin wardrobe
The Federal Election Commission dismissed a complaint on Tuesday against the Republican Party for funding a $150,000 designer wardrobe for then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

CNN: Lone Bush holdover reflects on gravity of his 'painful' job
With two wars weighing on him and troops on the line, Defense Secretary Robert Gates recognizes the gravity of a job he doesn't particularly enjoy.

CNN: Rumsfeld aide blasts report on religious Iraq slides
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would not have approved Christian-themed covers to intelligence reports on the invasion of Iraq, calling them "counterproductive to the war effort," a spokesman said Tuesday.

Washington Post: A Blue-Ribbon Adviser With a Gray-Area Role
Weeks after winning the White House, President Obama sought to reassure a nation unnerved by a financial meltdown that Paul A. Volcker, the venerable former Federal Reserve chairman, would help the new economic team steer a course through the crisis.

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May 19th, 2009
05:18 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: May 19, 2009

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CNN: Obama, Netanyahu discuss U.S.-Israeli disagreements
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday held their first face-to-face meeting since each took power, confronting a range of potentially divisive issues.

CNN: Steele: GOP must focus on conservative principles
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will tell GOP state leaders Tuesday that they must embrace conservative principles, focus their efforts on rebuilding the party and highlight the policy differences between Republican ideals and President Obama's agenda.

CNN: Clinton to be named U.N. envoy to Haiti
Former U.S. President Clinton has been tapped as a United Nations special envoy to Haiti, a senior U.N. official said Monday.

CNN: House Dems standing by Pelosi
As congressional Republicans continued Monday to stoke the flames over Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation the CIA lied to her about waterboarding, House Democrats appeared to be standing behind their leader.

CNN: Top Republicans want apology or proof from Pelosi
Top Republicans are demanding an apology from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or proof to back her claim that the CIA misled Congress about the use of harsh interrogation tactics.

CNN: Byrd hospitalized for infection
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized late last week for a temperature spike caused by an infection, according to a statement released by Byrd's office Monday.

WSJ: Obama Avoids Test on Gays in Military
The Obama administration has decided to accept an appeals-court ruling that could undermine the military's ban on service members found to be gay.

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May 18th, 2009
05:04 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: May 18, 2009

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CNN: Obama calls for 'common ground' on abortion at Notre Dame
President Obama delved into the abortion debate in a controversial Notre Dame commencement address Sunday, calling for a search for common ground on one of the most divisive issues in American politics.

CNN: Obama girds for Supreme Court fight
President Obama has started arming for the possibility of a major Supreme Court nomination battle, pulling a longtime Democratic power player into the White House to help run the confirmation process, senior administration officials told CNN.

CNN: Iraq war case wasn't built on the waterboard, Liz Cheney says
Waterboarding was not used to produce intelligence that linked Iraq to al Qaeda in the run-up to the war in Iraq, former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter said Sunday.

CNN: GOP leader on Pelosi's claim: Provide proof or apologize
House Minority Leader John Boehner turned up the heat Sunday in the escalating war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, congressional Republicans, and the CIA over Pelosi’s knowledge of enhanced CIA interrogation techniques including water boarding.

CNN: Obama to visit Ghana in July
President Obama will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles this summer with planned trips in Africa, Russia and Italy.

CNN: Obama names moderate Republican as envoy to China
President Obama announced Saturday that his choice for U.S. ambassador to China is moderate Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who expressed some surprise at the appointment.

NYT: Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says
Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan’s nuclear program.

Washington Post: At Geithner's Treasury, Key Decisions on Hold
The delay is one of many hitches that have slowed a host of important policy actions in the four months since Timothy F. Geithner became Treasury secretary. While Geithner has taken dramatic steps to address flashpoints in the economy, the work of carrying out those policies has bogged down because critical decisions about how to do so aren't being made, interviews with a broad range of federal officials show.

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