December 27th, 2008
03:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Blackouts across Oahu

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Oahu plunged into total darkness Friday night after a massive power outage hit the island."]


Watch: A blackout leaves everyone, including the Obamas, in the dark Friday night. CNN's Ed Henry reports.

December 27th, 2008
02:31 PM ET
14 years ago

RNC Chair criticizes rival over controversial Obama song

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="RNC Chairman Mike Duncan criticized the parody CD Chip Saltsman sent to RNC members."](CNN) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee has become the first major GOP figure to criticize a CD distributed by one of his challengers that included lyrics from a song called "Barack the Magic Negro."

"The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party," Chairman Mike Duncan said in a statement reported by Politico Saturday afternoon. "I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction."

Chip Saltsman – who sent RNC members a parody CD for Christmas that included the controversial tune - defended his decision Friday, telling CNN the song was clearly intended as a joke.

(Update after the jump: Blackwell defends Saltsman)


Filed under: Chip Saltsman • RNC
December 27th, 2008
01:22 PM ET
14 years ago

The White House dog

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Watch: The search for the first dog is still on for President-elect Barack Obama and his family. CNN's Louise Schiavone has the latest.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
December 27th, 2008
01:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama gives the press the slip

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama enjoys some shaved ice while vacationing in Hawaii with his family."]WAIMANALO, Hawaii (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama slipped away Friday from the traveling press pool that follows him wherever he goes, taking his two young daughters and other family members and friends to Sea Life Park Hawaii.

The Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii.

CNN was the only news organization to witness the park outing. The president-elect was joined by about nine others, including daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, half-sister Maya Sotero-Ng, her husband and daughter and friend Eric Whitaker.

The group caught a dolphin show before visiting a touch pool and the sea lion exhibit, where it was feeding time.

After the park visit, the Obama group was joined by the press pool - which arrived at the park about an hour after the Obamas but was not allowed in - as they stopped for a sandwich and shaved ice. The reporters refused an offer from Obama to buy them some shaved ice.


December 27th, 2008
01:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Strange bedfellows in Illinois

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Dick Durbin asked President Bush to commute former Gov. George Ryan's prison sentence."]

Watch: Amid one controversy about an Illinois governor there is another. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports on some strange bedfellows.

Filed under: Dick Durbin • Illinois