WASHINGTON(CNN)–In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: As President Obama continues to face tough choices on troop levels in Afghanistan, US forces there experience the deadliest day in years. CNN's Pentagon Corrrespondent Chris Lawrence reports from the grounds of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Meanwhile: The Pentagon rolls out the red carpet for one of China's most powerful military officers. CNN's Elaine Quijano takes a look at the big welcome just months after the two countries faced-off on the high seas.
Finally: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly announced that he wants legislation to include a government-run health care option. CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash investigates a major turning point in the battle over health care reform.
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WASHINGTON(CNN)– In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: First Lady Michelle Obama met with students out on the South Lawn Wednesday to call for nutritious change in America. CNN's Kate Bolduan shines the spotlight on what schools across the country are doing to improve their lunch choices.
Meanwhile: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns Tehran again that the administration's openness to diplomatic engagement with Iran isn't open-ended, as concern continues to rise over the state of Iran's nuclear program. CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty reports on Clinton's latest comments on nuclear threats facing the United States.
Plus: President Obama announced a plan today to help banks free up credit for struggling small businesses. Could there be a stimulus, round two ahead? CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.
Finally: Sen. John Kerry, back from Afghanistan, briefed President Obama at the White House today. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian takes a look at new hints that President Obama may be moving closer to a decision on troop levels in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Michelle Obama may be a renowned fitness fiend - but she's equally devoted to her fries.
The first lady - who has spoken of her affection for the deep-fried staple - told a crowd of students Wednesday that her love affair with fast food had continued in the White House, where she's confessed sneaking out for an occasional run to the Five Guys burger joint.
"My favorite food in the whole wide world are french fries," Obama told a crowd of local students on the South Lawn of the White House during an event to promote healthy eating. "I love them. Dearly. Deeply. I have a good relationship with french fries and I would eat them every single day if I could. I really would."
(CNN) – Supporters of a public health care option are getting a helping hand from Austin Powers actress Heather Graham.
A new ad released Wednesday by MoveOn.org features Graham representing the public option in a foot race towards the finish line against big insurance companies CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health and Humana.
"Insurance companies have gotten lazy, bloated from the profits of raising our health care costs sky high while the health care crisis keeps getting worse," the announcer says in a 30-second version of the spot, which will air on national and cable television. A 60-second version of the ad is set to air on the Web.
The ad targeting insurers comes amid a new push by liberal groups against the industry. The fresh pressure follows the release last week of a report, funded by the industry's lobbying group and heavily criticized by Democrats, that suggested the president's health care plan would do little to stem surging insurance premiums.
Moveon.org is not releasing the size of the ad buy.
In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily: A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that Americans are beginning to compare the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan to the Vietnam war. CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian reports on the tough choices that lie ahead for President Obama on Afghanistan.
Meanwhile: The White House is taking aim at lobbying efforts by Wall Street. CNN National Poltical Correspondent Jessica Yellin reports.
Plus: During his White House bid, President Obama promised that when it came to health care reform the American people would not be kept in the dark. With five health care bills now out of various congressional committees, some critics are asking where is the transparency that Obama promised. CNN's Jim Acosta has the story.
Finally: From tracking missing children, investigating fraud, and assuring the first family's safety, the Secret Service has its hands full. CNN's Brian Todd takes a look at a new congressional report that raises concerns about whether the elite force responsible for protecting the president may be overloaded with too many responsibilities.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Promising to get the "economy moving again," Connecticut Republican Senate hopeful Tom Foley released his first television ad Wednesday.
The ad entitled "Cycle", a referrence to what Foley calls a "vicious cycle" of contributions and political favors flowing between special interest groups and politicians, says longtime Connecticut Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd is "one of the worst offenders."
Suggesting that Connecticut does not need another career politician, in the 30-second spot, Foley highlights his 25 years as a businessman.
The Foley campaign would not release details about the amount of ad dollars supporting "Cycle," but the campaign tells CNN the new ad is running statewide.
Foley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, is one of 7 Republican candidates vying for Dodd's seat.
The Connecticut primary will take place August 10.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Obama announced Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his choice to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, he noted that she played a key role in helping bring an end to the 1995 Major League Baseball strike.
"Some say that Judge Sotomayor saved baseball," said Obama, referring to Sotomayor's ruling against the owners that brought the strike to an end.
On Saturday, Sotomayor returns to the baseball diamond – this time taking the field. She will throw out the first pitch at Yankees Stadium.
"Having Justice Sotomayor, a South Bronx native, participate in our yearly Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is very exciting, as she is an inspiration to so many," said Manuel García, Yankees director of Latino Affairs.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – With health care on the minds of Americans across the nation, Michelle Obama is continuing her efforts to make healthy food choices a priority amongst Americans.
The First Lady celebrated with a crowd of several hundred people who braved the rain for the opening of the Freshfarm Farmers' Market Thursday in Washington, D.C., a market that supports locally grown produce and encourages people to eat healthier.
"All right, I have to say, I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables," Obama told the locals. "This is a very, very good thing."
The First Lady was joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Washington, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty.
"As we look at tackling some of the biggest health problems that our nation faces, like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and related issues like access to primary care and preventative health services, I've realized that little things like a garden can actually play a role in all of these larger discussions," she said.
After her speech, the First Lady took some time to make a few purchases of her own, including cherry tomatoes, black kale, mixed hot peppers, cheese and chocolate milk.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It was anything but chilly when the Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House Thursday to be honored by the nation's chief executive for winning the 2009 Stanley Cup .
The team's captain, twenty-one year old Sidney Crosby, is the youngest captain ever to conquer the coveted hockey prize.
President Obama congratulated the team jokingly pointing out that "Sidney must be pretty fast, cause there are some big hockey players and he's not one of them."
The Penguins brought the cup to the White House and Obama did not leave empty handed either. After posing for photos with the president, the team presented him with with a personalized "Obama 44" Pittsburgh Penguin jersey.