The 'vile' saga continues
July 20th, 2011
07:01 PM ET
3 years ago

The 'vile' saga continues

(CNN) – Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted Wednesday that fellow Florida Rep. Allen West's e-mail rant was the kind of attack she's never experienced before.

In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," Schultz added, "And I was surprised that he sent that to my personal e-mail, an e-mail that he didn't previously have."
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Frustration over debt negotiations a forecast for 2012?
July 19th, 2011
08:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Frustration over debt negotiations a forecast for 2012?

Washington(CNN)-Should lawmakers be concerned about repercussions from action taken during the debt-ceiling debate reverberating to 2012? Two new polls indicate Americans are already thinking that far ahead.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, eight in 10 are either “dissatisfied or “angry” about the way federal government is working, the highest number since the 1990s. The frustration comes at a time when negotiations to raise the amount of money that the nation can borrow constantly stop and start and the heels of negotiators dig in.
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Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Poll: Debt ceiling deal should include cuts and tax increases
July 18th, 2011
11:54 PM ET
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Poll: Debt ceiling deal should include cuts and tax increases

(CNN)-As the debt ceiling clock ticks down, a new poll indicates that more Americans favor a balanced approach to reaching a deal resolving the nation's budget deficit.

According to a CBS News Poll released Monday, 66 percent of Americans say an agreement to raise the amount of money the nation can borrow should include both spending cuts and tax increases.
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Filed under: Budget • Debate • Debt • Polls
RNC maps out White House foul
July 18th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC maps out White House foul

Washington (CNN)-It's never too early to play hardball presidential politics. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus penned a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation of an "apparent crime" committed by President Barack Obama Monday.

According to Priebus, the crime was committed by the president, in the Map Room, with a video.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Reince Priebus • RNC • White House
Bachmann signs 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge–on her terms
July 18th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann signs 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge–on her terms

(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann changed her mind about signing the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge, but made a critical addition before doing so.

Bachmann is seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president and previously vowed that she would not sign the pledge because it didn't go far enough.

But the three-term congresswoman remedied that concern Monday when she signed onto the agreement endorsed by nine other GOP presidential candidates, and added on a condition of her own: that candidates agree to repeal and defund health care reform legislation passed over one year ago and signed into law by President Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Deficit • Michele Bachmann
Warren: 'I really don't get it'
July 18th, 2011
04:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Warren: 'I really don't get it'

(CNN)-White House adviser Elizabeth Warren will not helm the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau permanently after all, but she's not losing sleep over it. Instead, she plans on thinking of another kind of political future once she passes on the baton of leading the agency.

She wouldn't confirm or deny current thoughts of a Senate challenge to Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown, but she did reveal where heavy thinking may take place in an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Monday.
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Justice Department closes O'Donnell investigation
July 16th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Justice Department closes O'Donnell investigation

(CNN)-Former Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell received news she'd been hoping for late Friday. Cleta Mitchell, an attorney for O’Donnell, confirmed to CNN that a federal probe of her campaign has been closed.

“Just got word US Attorney slammed the door shut on CREW’s baseless complaint against me,” O’Donnell tweeted.
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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • FEC
President Obama advocates a balanced approach, Sen. Hatch, a balanced budget amendment
July 16th, 2011
09:53 AM ET
3 years ago

President Obama advocates a balanced approach, Sen. Hatch, a balanced budget amendment

(CNN)-President Barack Obama and Sen. Orrin Hatch rallied for balance during the weekly addresses Saturday, but differed on the types of balance necessary.

As Obama advocated for a balanced approach to resolve the deficit, Hatch urged the need for a balanced budget amendment.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • GOP weekly address • Orrin Hatch • President Obama
Bachmann posts big numbers, Gingrich big debt
July 15th, 2011
06:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann posts big numbers, Gingrich big debt

(CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann may have announced her bid for the 2012 GOP nomination for president well into the second fundraising quarter, but she still managed to outpace competitors.

Bachmann will report $4.2 million in contributions to the Federal Election Commission for the second quarter, according to a Friday release. Reports for the second quarter were due to be filed Friday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich
Another Dem announces House retirement
July 15th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Another Dem announces House retirement

Washington (CNN)-Veteran Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee announced his retirement from the House Friday, adding to the tally of open seats that Democrats will have to defend in 2012.

Kildee served the 5th Congressional District in Michigan for 18 terms, but expressed confidence that his departure wouldn't result in a turnover.

"After careful consideration, I have decided to retire," he said in a written statement. "Now that the new congressional maps have been approved by the Michigan State Legislature, I am confident that the 5th district will remain in Democratic hands."
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Filed under: 2012 • House • Michigan
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