March 25th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
13 years ago

DNC says Limbaugh is Jindal's speechwriter

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee fired back Wednesday at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for saying it is OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think the president is jeopardizing the country.

"We understand that Governor Jindal has had some problems with public speaking lately, but turning to Rush Limbaugh to be your new speechwriter doesn't help," DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement sent to the media. "What we know has failed is the reflexive partisan politics of the past that Rush Limbaugh and his Republican party continue to be mired in. Rather than rooting for failure, we urge the Republican party to play a constructive role in moving the country forward and offer a budget proposal."

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March 25th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Iraq ambassador nominee faces GOP questions

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/25/art.kerry1.gi.jpg caption="John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Chris Hill Wednesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Career diplomat Chris Hill, President Obama's choice to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, faced opposition Wednesday from powerful Republican senators who could delay or destroy his chances Hill was in otherwise friendly territory for his confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Committee chairman, Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, spoke glowingly of Hill and his "long and distinguished "32-year diplomatic career. And Kerry made clear that he thought Hill deserved quick Senate approval.

"I understand that some of my colleagues may be considering holding up a vote on Ambassador Hill's nomination until after the upcoming recess," Kerry said. "Of course, senators have every right to vote against Ambassador Hill.

But I believe that using senate procedures to delay his arrival to Baghdad at a critical time in this war would do a serious disservice to our efforts there."

The ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, also called for speedy approval and said approving Hill was critical to support the U.S. military in Iraq.

"And we are at war," Lugar said. "This is not a parliamentary struggle among senators who have diverse points of view," Lugar said.

Lugar's support is seen as crucial to Hill's chances to move to Baghdad. But Lugar did ask a question on behalf of one of Hill's strongest critics, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, who has accused Hill of failing to promote human rights in his dealings with North Korea.

Hill was U.S. point-man in the difficult negotiations with North Korea about dismantling its nuclear program. Hill said he had pledged to introduce separate human rights discussions but that North Korea's failure to divulge full details of its nuclear weapons program had made that impossible.

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March 25th, 2009
11:06 AM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Obama gives tough answer to CNN

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/24/art.obamaed.gi.jpg caption=" Obama said he wanted time to think about his AIG response."](CNN) - President Obama gave a pretty tough answer to CNN's Ed Henry when asked why he waited days to express outrage on the AIG bonuses.

"It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak," he said.

It seemed to imply the question was impertinent.

"After Ed Henry, he looked like he wanted to go home," conservative talk radio host and CNN Contributor Bill Bennett said.

Watch: Ed Henry on his exchange with Obama


Filed under: Bill Schneider • Popular Posts
March 25th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - - It's OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he's jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.

Jindal described the premise of the question - "Do you want the president to fail?" - as the "latest gotcha game" being perpetrated by Democrats against Republicans.

"Make no mistake: Anything other than an immediate and compliant, 'Why no sir, I don't want the president to fail,' is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism," Jindal said at a political fundraiser attended by 1,200 people. "This is political correctness run amok."

Since conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said that he hoped that Obama would fail, Republicans have been pressed by Democrats and the media about Limbaugh's comments.

Jindal, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, told the Republican audience he would "not be brow beaten on this, and I will not kowtow to their correctness."

"My answer to the question is very simple: 'Do you want the president to fail?' It depends on what he is trying to do."

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March 25th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
13 years ago

CNN POLL: Hillary Clinton Getting High Marks

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/25/art.getty.hillary.laughing.jpg caption=" The poll's release comes as Clinton teams up with Mexican officials to kick off several weeks of meetings designed to find ways to fight drug violence on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border."](CNN) - As Hillary Clinton flies to Mexico for a high level summit, a new national poll indicates 7 in 10 Americans are happy with the job she's doing as secretary of state.

Seventy-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday say they approve of how Clinton is handling her job as America's top diplomat. Fewer than one in four disapprove.

"Nine in 10 Democrats approve of Clinton - that's no surprise," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But by a 50 percent to 43 percent margin, Republicans also think she is doing a good job at the State Department. That's an interesting result for a polarizing figure like Clinton."

The poll's release comes as Clinton teams up with Mexican officials to kick off several weeks of meetings designed to find ways to fight drug violence on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Tuesday the Obama administration announced a major increase in security funding and agent deployments along the border.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
March 25th, 2009
05:12 AM ET
13 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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CNN: Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail

It's OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he's jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.

CNN: Obama defends his budget as essential to recovery

President Obama presented a sober assessment of the state of the economy in his prime time news conference Tuesday, but he insisted his administration has a strategy in place to "attack this crisis on all fronts."

CNN: Obama to host online town hall

President Barack Obama will host an online town hall meeting Thursday morning to discuss the economy, streamed live on the Web site whitehouse.gov.

Washington Post: Handling Of 'State Secrets' At Issue

Civil liberties advocates are accusing the Obama administration of forsaking campaign rhetoric and adopting the same expansive arguments that his predecessor used to cloak some of the most sensitive intelligence-gathering programs of the Bush White House.

NYT: Labor Agency Is Failing Workers, Report Says

The federal agency charged with enforcing minimum wage, overtime and many other labor laws is failing in that role, leaving millions of workers vulnerable, Congressional auditors have found.

WSJ: White House to Hunt for New Tax Revenues

The White House said it would launch a search for new tax revenues, as Congressional leaders moved to scale back proposed spending increases and tax cuts in President Barack Obama's ambitious budget.

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