Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female PM, dead at 87
April 8th, 2013
07:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female PM, dead at 87

London (CNN) – Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in post-war British and world politics, and the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87, her spokeswoman said Monday.

Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.

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Muslim voters could swing election, report finds
April 3rd, 2012
03:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Muslim voters could swing election, report finds

(CNN) - The number of Muslims in the United States is tiny - less than one in 100 Americans - but their votes could sway the results of the presidential election in November, a new study says.

That's because they are concentrated in a number of key swing states, says Farid Senzai, the author of the report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Religion
Gabrielle Giffords gives first TV interview since shooting
Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during a retirement ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2011.
November 15th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Gabrielle Giffords gives first TV interview since shooting

(CNN) – Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a gun rampage in January, appeared in her first television interview late Monday night, clearly understanding the questions put to her but able to respond only in simple words.

"I cried," she told ABC's Diane Sawyer in response to a question about how she felt when her husband told her what had happened.

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Filed under: Congress • Gabrielle Giffords
Right-wing gadfly Breitbart stings again in Weinergate
June 7th, 2011
07:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Right-wing gadfly Breitbart stings again in Weinergate

(CNN) – Bare-chested photos that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner sent to a woman he met online had been the talk of Washington - and, increasingly, the world - for a week when the married Democrat finally scheduled a press conference to admit that he had sent the photos, then lied about doing it.

But before the shame-faced congressman arrived at the podium, another man took the microphone - apparently urged to do so by a press corps that recognized Weiner's tormentor: right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart.

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Filed under: Andrew Breitbart • Anthony Weiner
October 14th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Belief Blog: Nearly half of evangelical leaders have met their lawmakers

Nearly half of the nation's top evangelical Protestant leaders have met with their current senator or representative personally, according to a poll released Thursday by the National Association of Evangelicals.

Some 48 percent of the group's board of directors have done so, while others have met congressional staffers or phoned or written to their elected officials, the survey found.

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Filed under: CNN Belief Blog
October 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
4 years ago

U.S. support for gay marriage rises steadily

(CNN) - American support for same-sex marriage is rising steadily, a large new poll suggests, mirroring similar findings from another recent survey.

Backing for allowing gay and lesbian marriages rose from 29 percent in 2008 to 37 percent today, the Public Religion Research Institute announced Wednesday.
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Filed under: Gay rights
October 30th, 2008
08:43 AM ET
6 years ago

30-minute Obama ad shows campaign muscle

 Sen. Barack Obama aired a 30-minute campaign ad Wednesday night.
Sen. Barack Obama aired a 30-minute campaign ad Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama's 30-minute TV ad, which ran simultaneously on broadcast and cable networks at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, is muscle-flexing that has little precedent, a campaign advertising expert said.

"It's evidence, if you needed any, that the Obama campaign has more money than there is ad time left to buy," said Evan Tracey, director of the Campaign Media Analysis Group. "This is flexing the muscles."

Tracey estimates that it will cost the campaign "in the $4 to 5 million range - at a minimum, $3.5 million."

But, he said, spending the money is a "no-brainer" for the Democratic presidential hopeful.

"The strategic brilliance of this for Obama is that he is going to consume about 24 hours of the news cycle," Tracey said. "It boxes [John] McCain in, takes the oxygen out of the room."

In the carefully produced infomercial, Obama laid out his plans for the economy and for bringing an end to the war in Iraq.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
October 29th, 2008
11:32 AM ET
6 years ago

30-minute Obama ad shows campaign muscle as Election Day nears

Obama's 30-minute ad will air tonight on broadcast and cable networks.
Obama's 30-minute ad will air tonight on broadcast and cable networks.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama plans to run a 30-minute television ad
simultaneously across almost all the broadcast and cable networks Wednesday
night - a "muscle flex" that has little precedent in modern politics, campaign
advertising expert Evan Tracey said.

"It's evidence, if you needed any, that the Obama campaign has more money
than there is ad time left to buy," said Tracey, director of the Campaign Media
Analysis Group (CMAG).

Tracey estimates that it will probably cost the campaign "in the $4-5
million range - at a minimum, $3.5 million."

But, he said, spending the money is a "no-brainer" for the Democratic presidential hopeful.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
September 10th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
6 years ago

Rangel says he will not resign over back taxes dispute

Rangel is not resigning.
Rangel is not resigning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, said Tuesday he would not step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee in the face of calls from the Republican leader in the House for him to resign.

Rangel has been under fire for failing to report income from a rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic. He admitted Tuesday he had not paid tax on the income, but said it was a mistake and that he would pay whatever back taxes he owes.


Filed under: Charlie Rangel
September 2nd, 2008
08:36 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC co-chair mistakes name of McCain's running mate

The 2008 GOP Ticket
The 2008 GOP Ticket

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Republican National Committee co-chair Jo
Ann Davidson mistakenly referred to the party's presumptive vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, as "Sarah Pawlenty" at the Republican National Convention Tuesday.

Palin, the governor of Alaska, was a surprise choice to join Sen. John McCain on the Republican ticket. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty had been considered one of the front-runners for the slot.

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