Obama signs bill warding off fiscal cliff
President Barack Obama makes a statement alongside Vice President Joe Biden in the White House Briefing Room following the bill's passage by the House. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
January 3rd, 2013
05:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama signs bill warding off fiscal cliff

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, a day after the House and Senate approved the much-debated legislation.

Obama, who returned to his family vacation in Hawaii after Tuesday's House vote, signed the bill via autopen on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
December 30th, 2012
06:14 PM ET
1 year ago

'Fiscal cliff' talks stall in final hours

(CNN) - Senate Republicans and Democrats remain far apart in their effort to avert a year-end combination of spending cuts and tax increases that could trigger a new recession, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday.

"There's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue," Reid said as Congress held a rare Sunday session in a bid to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. "There's still time left to reach an agreement, and we intend to continue negotiations."

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Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff
Election 2012: The best photos
November 8th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
2 years ago

High turnout, budget woes fuel Election Day snarls

(CNN) - Five hours after the polls closed in Miami, there were still people standing in line to cast ballots.

They were still there when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney conceded early Wednesday morning in Boston his race to unseat President Barack Obama. Some of them were still there when Obama gave his victory speech nearly an hour later in Chicago, thanking those who "waited in line for a very long time" to vote.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus
October 12th, 2012
06:46 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus

(CNN) - There was no shortage of wind or electricity at Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two.

"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland or windmills in China?" Ryan asked Biden as he defended the Obama administration's economic stimulus measures. "Was it a good idea to borrow this money from China and spend it on these interest groups?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Environmental policy • Fact Check • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
March 21st, 2012
07:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney wins Illinois, gears up for Louisiana

Schaumburg, Illinois (CNN) - With a decisive win in the Illinois presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now sets his sights on the bayou where Louisiana holds the next Republican primary.

"We thank the people of Illinois for this extraordinary victory," Romney told supporters in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg Tuesday night. "Elections are about choices. Today, hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois joined millions of people in this country in this cause."

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Filed under: 2012 • Illinois • Louisiana
'Fast and Furious' flap likely to linger
November 2nd, 2011
06:17 PM ET
3 years ago

'Fast and Furious' flap likely to linger

(CNN) - A botched gun probe that allowed hundreds of weapons to reach Mexico's drug cartels is likely to be a lingering but not fatal controversy for the Obama administration, observers said Wednesday.

Republicans in Congress have been publicly pounding Justice Department officials since June, when whistleblowers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified to a House committee about the ill-fated "Operation Fast and Furious." The operation, launched in 2009, was aimed at cutting off the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels through straw buyers, but it allowed about 2,000 weapons to reach the hands of the cartels.

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • Justice Department
Palin e-mails show routine work, running feuds
June 12th, 2011
08:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin e-mails show routine work, running feuds

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) – Thousands of pages of e-mail from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's administration range from the mundane details of governing to efforts to crack down on state news leaks and push back against critics.

Scattered among the 24,000 pages, released by state officials in Juneau on Friday, are glimpses of Palin periodically butting heads with top Alaskan political figures as she pushed to get landmark oil and gas legislation through the statehouse; demanding that Exxon finish paying damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill; even dealing with complaints about high school football rivalries by offering to bake brownies.

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Filed under: 2012 • Palin e-mails • Sarah Palin
E-mails show GOP circling Palin in late 2008
June 11th, 2011
12:46 PM ET
3 years ago

E-mails show GOP circling Palin in late 2008

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign and other Republicans began circling Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the weeks before McCain picked her as his 2008 running mate, according to e-mails from her old office.

Prominent Republicans had touted Palin as a possible running mate for a few months before. But the courtship appears to have accelerated in early August of 2008, just as the biggest controversy of her administration was gathering steam, according to some of the 24,000 pages of e-mails released by Alaska's state government Friday.

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Filed under: Palin e-mails • Sarah Palin
E-mails: Palin moved to tie oil scandal to ousted rival
June 10th, 2011
03:55 PM ET
3 years ago

E-mails: Palin moved to tie oil scandal to ousted rival

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin moved quickly to link a key figure in a corruption scandal that rocked the state's political establishment to her defeated predecessor, newly released documents show.

"FYI - I've asked Frank Bailey to help me track down soem [sic] evidence of past administration's dealing with Bill Allen," Palin wrote on May 8, 2007, a day after Allen pleaded guilty to bribery, extortion and conspiracy.

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Filed under: Alaska • Palin e-mails • Sarah Palin
Alaska governor's office releases Palin e-mails
June 10th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Alaska governor's office releases Palin e-mails

(CNN) – State officials released about 24,000 pages of e-mail from former Gov. Sarah Palin's administration to reporters Friday morning in response to requests dating back to her 2008 entry into the national spotlight.

The release follows Freedom of Information Act requests filed by CNN and five other news agencies that date to 2008, shortly after Palin was tapped to be Sen. John McCain's running mate.

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Filed under: 2012 • Palin e-mails • Sarah Palin
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