October 16th, 2009
08:11 AM ET
12 years ago

Jenny Sanford to make rare public appearance

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/30/borger.sanford/art.sanford.wife.cnn.jpg caption="Jenny Sanford will participate in a race to benefit breast cancer."](CNN) - South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford will make her first public appearance on Saturday since separating from her scandal-plagued husband and moving out of the governor's mansion in August.

An aide to the First Lady announced Thursday that Sanford will participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a Charleston-area 5K run/walk to benefit breast cancer research.

The first lady has kept a low profile since her husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, revealed an extramarital affair in June. She gave an interview to the Associated Press shortly after the affair and was the subject of a glowing profile in Vogue Magazine last month, but has been otherwise silent. Sanford is also writing a memoir, set to be published in May 2010.

October 16th, 2009
08:06 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid goes up with first TV ads of the cycle

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/16/art.reidad.cnn.jpg caption="Reid is out with two new campaign ads."](CNN) - Harry Reid is picking up the pace as he plunges into what could a very tough re-election bid next year.

The Senate Majority Leader and senior congressional lawmaker from Nevada is going up with the first television commercials of his campaign, with more than a year to go until the 2010 election.

Reid's campaign says the two commercials will begin running on TV in Nevada Friday. One of the ads, called "Hard Work," highlights the four-term senator's deep roots in the state and touts his economic record.

"You know it's never easy, but we've got the people and the resources to come back stronger than ever," says Reid in the commercial, which is scheduled to air in the Reno, Nevada television market.


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October 16th, 2009
05:12 AM ET
12 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: October 16, 2009


The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com.

CNN: On New Orleans visit, Obama tells critics, 'I'm just getting started'
Before a cheering crowd at a town hall meeting in New Orleans, President Obama fired back at critics who accuse him of accomplishing little in his nine months in office, saying "I'm just getting started."

CNN: Millions spent to sway health care opinions
The amount of money lobbyists are spending on health care reform could break records, and now that the five bills before Congress have cleared committee, that spending is expected to go into overdrive.

CNN: Democrats chastise Snowe over health care 'influence'
There was candid frustration Thursday coming from rank-and-file congressional Democrats about the influence of Maine's Republican senator in the health care reform debate.

CNN: Pelosi steps up defense of public option on health care
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned her Senate counterparts Thursday that she intends to fight hard for a government-run health care plan as part of any comprehensive overhaul bill.

Washington Post: Wellness Incentives Could Create Health-Care Loophole
Get in shape or pay a price. That's a message more Americans could hear if health-care reform provisions passed by the Senate finance and health committees become law.

CNN: Weiner: Nobody would be forced into ‘public option’
Lawmakers are hard at work trying to keep the ball rolling on health care reform. The next big hurdle is the so-called public option – a government-run insurer to compete with private plans.

Wall Street Journal: Democrats Weigh Wider Coverage
Senate Democrats may widen insurance coverage in sweeping health legislation, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said Thursday, but they face a struggle to come up with ways to pay for the extra spending.

Washington Post: Obama Criticized as Too Cautious, Slow on Judicial Posts
President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal activists are beginning to blame his administration for moving too tentatively on what they consider a key priority.


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