[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/05/art.patrick.gi.jpg caption="Patrick’s campaign will again be led by David Plouffe."](CNN) - David Plouffe, who steered President Obama's 2008 White House bid, will serve as campaign manager for the re-election bid of presidential pal Deval Patrick, the Boston Globe reported Friday.
Plouffe and senior presidential advisor David Axelrod helped lead Patrick's first Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign to victory in 2006, using themes that proved remarkably similar to those used in Obama's presidential effort.
Patrick - whose poll numbers have taken a hit in the face of the state's budget problems - does not currently face any major challenger from either party.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/02/art.soto1.gi.jpg caption="New instances of Sotomayor's 'wise Latina' comments."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judge Sotomayor spent three days on Capitol Hill this week telling senators the "wise Latina" quote from 2001 that's causing so much controversy was a "poor choice of words."
But looking through the documents she sent to Capitol Hill yesterday, it turns out she has used a version of that quote of multiple times in multiple addresses over the years.
–In a 1999 speech: "I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experiences
would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
–In a 2002 speech to the Princeton club: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
–In 2004, in a speech on women judges at Seton Hall Law School: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - When greeting Judge Sonia Sotomayor this week, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama made sure to tell her something loud enough for the assembled reporters to hear.
"You will get a fair hearing before this committee," Sessions told President Obama's Supreme Court nominee with emphatic gestures and tone.
That greeting wasn't just pleasantries. It was a promise born out of his own experience.
President Reagan nominated Sessions to be a federal judge, but the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected him 23 years ago this week.
He is now the top Republican on that panel.
"That is a very odd thing," Sessions told CNN in an interview in his Senate office. "Somebody says it gives new meaning to the word irony."
Talking about that irony brings back a flood of memories that he would rather forget.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a roundtable with radio reporters Friday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wondered if Sonia Sotomayor's backpedaling on her now famous statement about a "wise Latina woman" possibly coming to better decisions than a white male was genuine.
"If it was a bad choice of words, it was a bad choice of words repeatedly [offered].... leading one to believe that it probably wasn't just anisolated statement, but a core belief," McConnell said. Past comments by Sotomayor regarding ethnicity are being circulated by her supporters to show that Republicans didn't raise objections when she was nominated as a federal judge and then for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
The GOP backs off some of its criticism of Sotomayor
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Philip Mudd has withdrawn from consideration as undersecretary of intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, a decision that follows new questions over his knowledge of the CIA's controversial interrogation programs during the Bush administration.
"The President believes that Phil Mudd would have been an excellent Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis but understands his personal decision and the choice he has made," said White House spokesman Nick Shapiro in a Friday afternoon statement. "It is with sadness and regret that the President accepted Phil's withdrawal from consideration as Phil once again demonstrated his duty to country above all things."
Mudd was deputy director of the Office of Terrorism Analysis at the CIA during the Bush administration. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said earlier this week that her staff was following up on news reports that suggested Mudd was aware of the agency's use of aggressive interrogation techniques during the Bush era.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Philip Mudd has withdrawn from consideration as undersecretary of intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. His decision comes after questions were raised over his knowledge of the CIA's interrogation programs during the Bush administration.
Mudd and administration statements, as released by the White House Friday:
From Philip Mudd: “Today I am announcing that I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration to be the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis. I know that this position will require the full cooperation with Congress and I believe that if I continue to move forward I will become a distraction to the President and his vital agenda. I would like to thank the President for the honor of being considered and I extend my good wishes to the exceptional men and women of the Intel and Analysis office; these professionals work hard every day to analyze and share information with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies critical to the security of the United States.”
From White House spokesman Nick Shapiro: “The President believes that Phil Mudd would have been an excellent Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis but understands his personal decision and the choice he has made. It is with sadness and regret that the President accepted Phil’s withdrawal from consideration as Phil once again demonstrated his duty to country above all things.”
From DHS Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Sean Smith: “Phil Mudd would have been an outstanding Undersecretary and we are disappointed by his decision but accept it. On an interim basis, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis continues to be led by Bart Johnson, an exceptional leader who is already making the critical changes that will transform this crucial office.”
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former State Department official and his wife have
been arrested and charged with being spies for the Cuban government fo the past
(Photo credit: Victoria Angulo/Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation) Former first lady Nancy Reagan at her husband’s grave at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on the fifth anniversary of the former president's death.