March 17th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama picks moderate as first judicial nominee

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/art.hamilton.judge.jpg caption=" The president picked Judge David Hamilton to fill the vacant seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago."](CNN) – President Obama has chosen a moderate Midwesterner who boasts bipartisan support as his first judicial nominee, the White House announced Tuesday.

The president picked Judge David Hamilton to fill the vacant seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Hamilton has served as a district judge in Indiana for 14 years and was Counsel to Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh while he was governor. He has the backing of both his state’s U.S. senators.

“Judge Hamilton has a long and impressive record of service and a history of handing down fair and judicious decisions,” Obama said in a statement. “He will be a thoughtful and distinguished addition to the 7th circuit and I am extremely pleased to put him forward to serve the people of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.”

Republican Sen. Dick Lugar also expressed support for Obama’s pick.

“I enthusiastically support the Senate confirmation of David Hamilton for U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Lugar said in a statement. “Judge Hamilton has served the Southern District of Indiana with distinction as U.S. District Court Judge.”


Filed under: Dick Lugar • Evan Bayh • President Obama
March 17th, 2009
11:38 AM ET
12 years ago

Senate to explore taxing controversial AIG bonuses

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/art.baucus.gi.jpg caption="Senate Democrats want to tax the controversial bonuses doled out to AIG employees who work for the division that led to the company's downfall."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats want to tax the controversial bonuses doled out to AIG employees who work for the division that led to the company's downfall.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee will pursue a legislative fix in such a way that the "recipients of those bonuses will not be able to keep all their money - and that's an understatement."

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, will propose a special tax within the next 24 hours, Reid said.

"I don't think those bonuses should be paid," Baucus said Tuesday.

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Filed under: Senate
March 17th, 2009
11:37 AM ET
12 years ago

O'bama celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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Watch the White House fountain go green. (Photo Credit: CNN/Becky Brittain)

(CNN) – Just call him President O'bama.

President Obama is celebrating Ireland Tuesday, welcoming Irish leaders to the Oval Office for St. Patrick’s Day - and turning the White House fountain water green.

The president, along with Vice President Joe Biden — who often points to his own Irish Catholic roots - will receive Taoiseach Brian Cowen and first minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson and his deputy, Martin McGuiness, at the White House Tuesday. The president is set to participate in the traditional shamrock ceremony, where Taoiseach Cowen will present him with a bowl of shamrock, an event honored by past presidents.

But a touch of a Chicago tradition has come to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The White House fountains have been dyed green to mimic Chicago’s tradition of dyeing the river green for St. Patrick’s Day. White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers made the suggestion to the Obamas and they “loved it,” according to a White House aide.

President Obama also took the holiday to announce his intent to nominate the ambassador to Ireland. In a statement released Tuesday, President Obama said Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Daniel Rooney will become the highest-ranking diplomat to Ireland.

Later in the day, the president and Irish leaders will head to Capitol Hill for Speaker Nancy Pelosi's St. Patrick's Day lunch. Irish festivities will continue into the evening as the first family hosts a holiday reception in the White House. The Obamas will welcome several traditional Irish music groups for a St. Patrick’s Day party in the East Room and State Dining Room, including have invited Shannon Rovers, the official pipe band of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Festival, along with Celtic Thunder, a group of five male Celtic singers. Also on the program will be Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.


Filed under: President Obama
March 17th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
9 years ago

Michelle Obama honored by fashion organization

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(CNN) – The Council of Fashion Designers of America will honor Michelle Obama with a special style award, the group announced Monday.

The CFDA said it is giving Obama a special tribute for her “inspiration and commitment to American fashion,” and will establish a grant in her name that will be given to a new fashion company.

Obama isn’t the only first lady to be honored by the organization: the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis received the same award in 1994.


Filed under: Michelle Obama
March 17th, 2009
10:49 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama seeks nonpartisan input on 2010 budget

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama urged both Democratic and Republican members of Congress Tuesday to provide him with "constructive alternative solutions" if they disagree with any sections of his 2010 budget proposal.

Late last month, Obama unveiled a $3.55 trillion budget that he said would halve the federal deficit by the end of his first term.

Obama made his comments at a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after meeting with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, and House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt Jr., D-South Carolina.

Obama made his comments at a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after meeting with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, and House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt Jr., D-South Carolina.

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Filed under: President Obama • Uncategorized
March 17th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
12 years ago

Justice Ginsburg to undergo chemotherapy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/art.sc.gi.jpg caption="Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will undergo chemotherapy to combat pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will undergo chemotherapy to combat pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.

“I am scheduled to undergo a precautionary post-surgical course of chemotherapy at the National Institutes of Health,” Ginsburg said in a statement released by the Court.

The treatments will commence in late March, “and are not expected to affect my schedule at the Court,” she said.

Ginsburg underwent surgery last month for the condition, but was back on the bench within days.


Filed under: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
March 17th, 2009
09:41 AM ET
11 years ago

Dodd targeted in St. Patrick's Day Web video

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/16/art.dodd.cnn.jpg caption="Dodd is facing a challenge from Rob Simmons."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Christopher Dodd’s expense.

With a new Web ad out Tuesday - just one day after a prominent Connecticut Republican announced he will try to unseat Dodd in 2010 - the NRSC is hoping to further weaken the vulnerable Senate Democrat, who is of Irish descent.

Entitled “The Luck O’ The Dodd,” the animated video claims Dodd has lost touch with his constituents, in part because he owns a home in Ireland and moved to Iowa in 2007 during his failed presidential bid.

“Connecticut must not be good enough for the ol' lad,” the video’s narrator says in an Irish lilt. “The whole Dodd clan even moved to Iowa. Home sweet home! But not as sweet as his sweetheart mortgage deal from his friend Angelo Mozilo! How lucky!”

Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has seen his approval ratings tumble over the last year, thanks in part to a pair of mortgages he obtained from embattled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, which is chaired by Mozilo.

A February Quinnipiac poll indicated that only 41 percent of Connecticut voters approve of the way Dodd is handling his job, with 48 percent disapproving.

The ad says Dodd’s poll numbers “are bottoming out like a pint of Guinness.”


Filed under: Chris Dodd
March 17th, 2009
08:19 AM ET
12 years ago

Borger: Where's the White House's tipping point?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When the White House first got wind of the executive bonuses at American International Group, the disbelief was palpable.

"You smack your head and you say 'You've gotta be kidding me,' " senior presidential adviser David Axelrod tells me. "It put another brick on the load we're carrying."

Or a concrete block.

Just as the White House readies its long-awaited plan to bail out the banks - having presented its plans for housing and small business - a new wave of anger is precisely what it doesn't need. And to make matters worse, it's a widespread anger that is not grounded in the more ordinary resentments between economic classes.

In fact, this new populism is almost unanimous: The banks were greedy and reckless. They took us down with them. So why do the bad guys deserve a government cushion?

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Filed under: AIG • David Axelrod • President Obama
March 17th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: More Americans fear a return of the Great Depression

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The number of Americans who think another Great Depression will occur within the next year is on the rise, a poll released Tuesday shows.

Forty-five percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey said another depression is likely.

"Will the Great Recession turn into another Great Depression? A growing number of Americans think it might," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

"Last December, 38 percent said a depression like the one the U.S. experienced in the 1930s was likely in the next year. Now that number is up 7 points."

But Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke doesn't share that sentiment. Asked during an interview with CBS on Sunday whether the country is headed into a new depression, Bernanke said, "I think we've averted that risk. I think we've gotten past that."

Listen: CNN Director of Polling Keating Holland and CNN's John Lisk reveal what Americans think about the 'Great Recession' and the president's economic recovery plan.

The poll described the 1930s' Great Depression as a time in which roughly one out of four workers was unemployed, banks failed across the country and millions of ordinary Americans were temporarily homeless or unable to feed their families.

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Filed under: Economy • Poll
March 17th, 2009
05:24 AM ET
12 years ago

'Kiss my fat ass,' says Meghan McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/16/art.getty.meghan.mccain.jpg caption=" Last week, Laura Ingraham mocked Meghan McCain on her radio show after the daughter of former GOP presidential nominee John McCain urged Republicans to seek compromise with Democrats."](CNN) – John McCain’s daughter Meghan has a message for conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham: “Kiss my fat ass.”

Last week, Ingraham mocked McCain on her radio show after the daughter of former GOP presidential nominee John McCain urged Republicans to seek compromise with Democrats. Ingraham called McCain “a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”

McCain, who writes about politics and her personal life for The Daily Beast, went on The View on Monday to fight back.

“What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican Party, and the answer is, ‘She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion.’ What kind of message are we sending young women?” she asked.

“It infuriates me,” she said. “I’m a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?”

The View’s conservative co-host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, called Ingraham’s remarks “a low blow.”

McCain said she felt like Tyra Banks when the model “went on her show in her bathing suit and said, ‘Kiss my fat ass.’”

“That’s what I feel right now,” McCain said. “I’m like, ‘Kiss my fat ass!’”

Ingraham quickly responded to McCain once again on her show, telling McCain that she needs to learn to deal with satire and “teasing.”

“Can I say ‘lighten up,’ or is that offensive too?” Ingraham asked.


Filed under: Meghan McCain • Popular Posts
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