April 3rd, 2009
04:08 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Radio Political Notebook: Obama at the G20

(CNN) - CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry is in Europe with President Barack Obama for the G20 and NATO summits.

CNN Correspondent Dick Uliano and CNN Deputy Political Director Mark Preston in Washington talk to Ed about how Obama's trip is going.

The hosts are also joined by CNN's Dana Bash to talk about the recently passed budget.

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April 3rd, 2009
03:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls: Majority of Americans oppose gay marriage

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/03/art.getty.rainbow.flag.jpg caption=" majority of Americans don't think gay marriages should be legal"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A majority of Americans don't think gay marriages should be legal.

Fifty-five percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in December said that same sex marriages should not be recognized by law as valid. Forty-four percent said gay marriages should be legal.

A Newsweek poll also conducted in December had similar results.

"Women and young people are more in favor of same sex marriage than men and senior citizens," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Americans who attended college are also more likely to favor it."

The Iowa Supreme Court Friday unanimously rejected a state law that banned same-sex marriage. The ruling stated that Iowa's 11 year old law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples went against the state's constitution.


Filed under: Polls
April 3rd, 2009
01:14 PM ET
13 years ago

Democrats warn that GOP is trying to 'steal' New York election like 2000

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congressional Democrats are hopping mad that Republicans are accusing them of trying to "steal" the special election in New York's 20th congressional district.

In a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday, Democratic strategist Paul Begala called the accusation the "granddaddy of hypocrisy" and blamed the GOP for stealing the 2000 presidential election.

"The same party that stole an entire Presidential election in 2000 and is right now still trying to steal a Senate race in Minnesota just sent this outrageous e-mail to their supporters," wrote Begala, who is a CNN contributor.

The fundraising e-mail Begala referenced was sent out by the campaign organization of House Republicans on Wednesday. It warned: "Don't let the Democrats steal this election."

Begala, soliciting donations, said the DCCC "legal team is already on the ground fighting the Republicans' despicable attempts to steal another election."


Filed under: DNC
April 3rd, 2009
12:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama reacts to latest job loss report

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/03/art.obamagi.jpg caption="Obama is reacting to the latest jobs report."](CNN) - President Barack Obama reacted Friday to news the economy lost 663,000 jobs last month, saying at a press conference in Germany the report is the latest evidence the economic crisis continues to take its toll.

"Over the last several days, what we have been grappling with is an economic crisis that is unlike anything we have seen since the '30s, and - just a stark reminder for those of us in the United States - our jobs report came out today, and it showed that we had lost 663,000 jobs just this month, which has pushed our unemployment rate to 8.5 percent - the highest in 25 years," he told reporters at a briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"We have lost 5.1 million jobs since this financial crisis and recession began, so obviously, this is hitting the United States hard," he added.

The jobs report released Friday said employers trimmed 663,000 jobs from their payrolls last month, roughly in line with forecasts of a loss of 658,000 jobs, according to economists surveyed by Briefing.com.

CNN Radio: Could the jobs report affect the president politically?

For the first three months of the year, two million jobs have been lost. More than five million jobs have been lost since the start of 2008.

Filed under: President Obama
April 3rd, 2009
10:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Reporters call Hillary Clinton, get phone sex line

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/02/art.phone.gi.jpg caption="The White House accidentally directed reporters to a sex line Thursday."](CNN) - Journalists who dialed in to a White House conference call Thursday hoping for a media-friendly reception got a far friendlier response than they were counting on.

Instead of hearing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Jim Jones on the other end laying out foreign policy and security threats, reporters were greeted by a recording on a phone sex line.

"Do you have any hidden desires? If you feel like getting nasty, then you came to the right place," said a suggestive-sounding woman.

The White House says an aide merely mistyped the 800-dial in number - a mistake not likely to happen again.

It's a new administration, but an old problem: Some homeowners seeking mortgage relief from a Bush administration hotline in 2007 instead reached a Texas-based group that provides Christian education after President Bush slightly jumbled the correct number at a press briefing.

Filed under: White House
April 3rd, 2009
10:51 AM ET
13 years ago

Iowa Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage ban

(CNN) - The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage.

Iowa now will become the third state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, after Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Friday's decision upheld a 2007 ruling by a lower court that Iowa's 1998 law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples went against the state's constitution. It becomes effective in 21 days.

"This is a great day for civil rights in Iowa," said attorney Dennis Johnson, a co-counsel with Lambda Legal, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of six same-sex couples seeking to marry in Iowa.


Filed under: Iowa
April 3rd, 2009
10:25 AM ET
13 years ago

Sarah Palin wants rematch between Stevens and Begich

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday she believes voters deserve another chance to consider electing Ted Stevens to the U.S. Senate now that federal prosecutors have decided to drop their case against him, and supports a re-match between the former senator and Democrat Mark Begich.

Begich defeated Stevens last November soon after the incumbent was convicted on ethics charges.

"Many voters did not choose Stevens because they were told he was guilty, and now, after the election we see there was improper conduct in his trial, so how fair an election was that?" asked Palin, in an email to an Alaska Public Radio reporter. CNN has confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail.

"I agree with other Alaskans who would like to see an election that's free from improper influence, and I can't imagine how Mark Begich could argue that," she continued.

(updated after the jump with Begich camp response)


Filed under: Mark Begich • Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
April 3rd, 2009
08:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Speaking in Europe, Obama slams 'anti-Americanism'

STRASBOURG, France (CNN) - At a town hall meeting Friday in France, U.S. President Barack Obama lambasted what he called "anti-Americanism" in Europe and called on European nations to change along with the United States.

At times in recent years, the United States has "shown arrogance and been derisive," he told the packed crowd. "But in Europe there's an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious.

"Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad."


Filed under: President Obama
April 3rd, 2009
04:54 AM ET
13 years ago

Senate follows House, passes Obama budget plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/03/us.house.senate.budget.passes/art.capitolafternoon.gi.jpg caption="The U.S. House passed a $3.55 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010 Thursday night."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.
The package was approved on a 55-43 vote. GOP Sens. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine - who voted in favor of the president's stimulus bill last month - voted against what is essentially the blueprint of Obama's economic policies going forward.

Earlier in the evening, the House of Representatives passed its own version of the spending plan –$3.55 trillion budget, capping off a long day of debate and voting marked by the defeat of several alternative spending plans.

The House version of the budget, which passed by a margin of 233-196, also passed in a virtual party-line vote. All but 20 House Democrats supported it; no House Republican voted in favor.

Neither budget package garnered a single GOP vote.

In London, England, where he has been attending the Group of 20 summit, President Barack Obama lauded the budget votes.

"Tonight, the Senate has joined the House of Representatives in taking an important step toward rebuilding our struggling economy," he said in a statement.
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Filed under: President Obama • Senate
April 3rd, 2009
04:46 AM ET
13 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, April 3, 2009


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CNN: Senate follows House, passes Obama budget plan

The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.

CNN: G-20 pumps $1 trillion into beating recession

Leaders of the world's largest economies agreed on Thursday to a package worth more than $1 trillion to tackle the global economic crisis.

CNN: Commentary: Obama has best day as president

If a statesman is one who looks to the next generation and a politician one who looks to the next election, a political consultant must be one who looks to the next tracking poll. Well, I'll go one better and just look at today - April 2, 2009.

CNN: Geithner on economy: 'Progress is going to be uneven'

CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke Thursday with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the G-20 economic summit in London, England.

CNN: Blagojevich indicted on 16 federal felony charges

Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy and fraud, was indicted Thursday on 16 felony counts by a federal grand jury, the U.S. attorney's office said.

NYT: Obama’s Star Turn at Summit Gets Mixed Results

In his debut on the international stage, President Obama presented himself as the leader of an America that can no longer go it alone, and as abiding by the protocol of a global new deal.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
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