(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman has a new gig - at successor Al Franken's alma mater.
Harvard University's Institute of Politics announced Thursday that the former Republican senator will be part of its latest class of teaching fellows.
Other political luminaries joining Coleman at Harvard as resident or visiting fellows this fall include former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former Kerry and Obama advisor Stephanie Cutter, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.
(CNN) – The dinner discussion at the next Woodhouse family gathering should be spirited – if Tuesday's face off between brothers Dallas and Brad is any indication.
Dallas and Brad Woodhouse are on opposite sides of the heated debate over how to reform the nation's health care system with both brothers trying to shape public opinion on the issue.
Brad is the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, while Dallas works for Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina. The DNC, of course, is promoting President Obama's approach to health care reform, while Americans for Prosperity opposes it.
"It is simple that the president is loosing this debate," Dallas said during the debate with his brother on CNN's American Morning."You know that he is loosing this debate when people like my brother and the White House start attacking hard working tax paying citizens as mobsters, and when Nancy Pelosi calls them un-American."
"The same government that can't get water to thirsty people in a hurricane will destroy the best health care system in the world by complete government take over," Dallas added.
But Brad didn't hold back on his younger brother.
"You can't have an honest debate with folks like my brother on this issue," he said. "I mean no one has proposed, the president has been the last person to propose a government take over of health care. He said we need to build on the current system."
McCaskill said she remains optimistic about the process of crafting and passing health care reform legislation.
"I think I was able to hopefully correct some really bad misinformation that's out there. People are just getting information that is flat wrong" McCaskill told CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar.
WASHINGTON (CNN) –The Philadelphia Phillies, winner of the 2008 Major League Baseball World Series Championship, met with President Obama Friday at the White House.
Led by manager Charlie Manuel, the Phillies posed for photos with Obama after presenting him with a personalized "Obama 44" jersey and a cased baseball.
Obama congratulated the champions on their season.
"What an unbelievable run it was, full of come from behind wins," Obama said. "This is an underdog team that loved to prove their prognosticators wrong.
"We share something in common then, because no one thought I was going to win either," he added, laughing.
(CNN)– Secretary of State Hilary Clinton delivered the commencement address to New York University's class of 2009 at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, urging the generation of graduates to remain positive about their futures and to seize the moment.
"I can only reflect on what an extraordinary moment in history. You are receiving your degrees. A moment in time of our country and the world were your talents and your energy, your passion and commitment is more needed then ever," Clinton told the thousands of graduates present.
Touching on various challenges that the United States and the world are facing ranging from climate change to poverty, Clinton offered her confidence in the graduates being up to the task.
Led by coach Roy Williams, the Tar Heels posed for photos with Obama after presenting him with a personalized "Obama 1" jersey and framed photo of the president with the team. The photo was taken after Obama hit the court with the team for a game of pick up during a campaign stop in Chapel Hill in April of last year.
President Obama welcomed the team to the White House and also thanked the team for "salvaging my bracket and vindicating me in front of the entire nation." Obama choose the team in March to win the NCAA title.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – News of baseball star Manny Ramirez's drug violation brought "disappointment" Thursday to Mudville and the White House.
"I think it's a disappointment to anyone who is a sports fan," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said of Ramirez's suspension.
The Los Angeles Dodgers all-star outfielder was suspended for 50 games after violating the "Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," Major League Baseball said in a prepared statement.
"It's a tragedy," Gibb said at his daily news conference. "It's a shame. My sense is, it's a great embarrassment on Major League Baseball and you hope that each time this happens that others will recognize, if they are doing it, and stop. Regrettably, it happens over and over again."
(CNN) – He has made it clear that he is still against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that it is time for California to welcome discussions on the issue.
"I think it is time for debate and I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what affect it had on those countries, and are they happy with that decision," the governor said.
Schwarzenegger, who was once shown smoking pot in the film 'Pumping Iron,' also said that it is time to consider all sides of the issue.
"I want to look at all that. It could very well be that everyone is happy with the decision and then we can look at that. If not, then we shouldn't do it. Just because of raising revenues, we have to be careful not to make mistakes at the same time," the governor said.
Some suggest that legalizing Marijuana could help the state's ailing economy.
Thirteen states, including California, have legalized Marijuana for medicinal use but not for personal use.
The two made an unscheduled lunch stop Tuesday at independent burger joint Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia.
Crowds filled the parking lot and lined the streets as the leaders ordered inside.
Biden took the lead ordering a swiss cheese burger with jalapeños and a root beer.
Obama opted for a basic cheddar cheese burger, with mustard, hold the ketchup, and a bottle of water. Disappointed at first when told that the restaurant didn't carry French fries, Obama decided to go with an order of the restaurant's special cheese and tater puffs.
Before settling his tab Obama made sure that the press did not go hungry. "Who wants a burger?" Obama asked.
The cashier offered lunch on the house, but the president declined saying, "We're paying, or these people [the press] are gonna write about how we're free-loading."