May 11th, 2010
03:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Beau Biden suffers apparent mild stroke, doctors say

Washington (CNN) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden - the son of Vice President Joe Biden - has suffered what doctors believe to be a mild stroke, according to the hospital.

Biden "was admitted this morning to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware after having what we believe to be a mild stroke, according to a written statement from Dr. Timothy Gardner, medical director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware.

"He is in good spirits and talking with his family at the hospital. He is fully alert, in stable condition and has full motor and speech skills. We expect him to make a complete recovery."

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Filed under: Beau Biden • Joe Biden • Popular Posts
May 11th, 2010
03:13 PM ET
13 years ago

Specter to CNN: No 'knee jerk reaction' on Kagan nomination

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, the only Senate Democrat to oppose Elena Kagan in the past, told CNN Tuesday he will not be pushed into declaring how he will vote on her Supreme Court nomination before Democratic primary voters decide next week whether to re-elect him.

"People would expect me to make a judgment after the hearing has been held, after we know what her views are and when the process has taken its course, people will not expect me to make a knee jerk reaction before I know the facts and the issues," Specter told CNN.

Specter voted against Kagan's nomination for Solicitor General last year. Back then, he was a Republican. Now he's in a neck and neck fight to keep his seat by winning the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania's May 18 primary. Some polls show him now trailing his opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania.

Sestak is seizing on Specter's vote against Kagan for Solicitor General and accusing him of political opportunism and "backtracking" now.


Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Elena Kagan • Pennsylvania • Supreme Court
May 11th, 2010
02:55 PM ET
13 years ago

With eye on exit, military awards massive Iraq contract without competition

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Army is under fire for reversing a decision to have three companies compete for more than $500 million worth of work in Iraq, and instead keeping it under an existing contract without any bidding.

The $568 million contract for support work in Iraq stayed with contracting giant KBR under the existing sole-source contract - known as Logistics Civil Augmentation Program III (LOGCAP III) - after the Army initially requested bids from KBR and its main competitors, Fluor Intercontinental and DynCorp International, under a competitive contract system known as LOGCAP IV.

The contract work, covering everything from cleaning laundry to preparing food and providing fuel for troops and contractors in Iraq, would be done between September 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011, as the U.S. military begins a massive draw down of troops in Iraq.

KBR won the LOGCAP III contract under competitive bidding in 2001 and military commanders worried about the effects of changing an already existing set-up to another company's set-up.


Filed under: Iraq • Pentagon
May 11th, 2010
02:53 PM ET
13 years ago

SBA List launches campaign to support Nevada Republican

(CNN) – An anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, announced Tuesday that it is launching a campaign to support Nevada Republican Sue Lowden's bid for the Senate.

Lowden is one of several GOP challengers vying for the chance to face off against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is up for re-election this November. Reid's lead role in helping to get the recent health care legislation passed has made him a particular target of conservatives this election cycle.

As part of its support for Lowden, SBA List is running a $50,000 radio ad campaign focused against the new health law. The 30-second radio spot criticizes Reid for helping to pass the legislation which, the group argues, expands the availability of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.

"More than ever, America needs committed pro-life leaders," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the SBA List, says in the ad, "leaders like Sue Lowden. In the state Senate, Sue Lowden led the fight for legislation that required parents be notified if their teen daughter was seeking an abortion. I know we can trust Sue Lowden to fight abortion. Call her . . . and thank her for being a pro-life champion."

Filed under: 2010 • Abortion • Nevada • Sue Lowden
May 11th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
13 years ago

U.K.'s Brown to resign, recommend Cameron for Prime Minister


 Clouds gather over Westminster in London on Tuesday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

LONDON, England (CNN) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told Queen Elizabeth he intends to resign and will recommend that David Cameron be tapped as his replacement, he announced Tuesday.

A day after he said he would step down as leader of his party by the fall, he sped up the timetable, announcing he is quitting his party post immediately.

His party came in second, behind the Conservatives, in parliamentary elections last week, but no party won an absolute majority.


Filed under: Gordon Brown
May 11th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
13 years ago

BP, subcontractors: Spill is the other guy's fault

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Lamar McKay (far left), president and chairman of BP America; Steven Newman (center), president and CEO of Transocean; and Tim Probert (right) president of global business lines and chief health, safety and environmental officer for Halliburton are sworn in before a Senate committee hearing Tuesday."]New York ( - The three oil companies primarily involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill blamed each other Tuesday for the accident last month that left 11 workers dead and oil still spewing into the Gulf.

At a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, BP, the well's owner and lead operator of the project, sought to turn attention to Transocean, which had a contract to drill the well for BP using its Deepwater Horizon drill rig.

"Transocean, as owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, had responsibility for the safety of drilling operations," said Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America.

In particular, McKay drew attention to the valve that was supposed to shut off the well in case of an accident. The valve, known as a blowout preventer (BOP), is owned by Transocean.

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Filed under: Congress • Energy
May 11th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama stars in new Specter ad

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(CNN) – President Obama has a starring role in Sen. Arlen Specter's new television ad.

The new 30-second spot begins airing Tuesday on broadcast and cable outlets across Pennsylvania, Specter campaign manager Christopher Nicholas told CNN.

The ad's footage is borrowed from a joint Obama-Specter event held after former Republican switched parties last year - in part to increase his re-election prospects.

"He came to fight for the working men and women of Pennsylvania," Obama says of Specter in the spot. "And Arlen Specter cast the deciding vote in favor of the Recovery Act that has helped pull us back from the brink," the president notes in a reference to his administration's economic stimulus package.

"I love you," Obama tells the gathered crowd in the footage, "and I love Arlen Specter."

Specter finds himself in an increasingly contentious Democratic primary fight against Rep. Joe Sestak. A recent survey showed that Specter's once formidable lead is shrinking in advance of next week's primary.

Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Pennsylvania • President Obama
May 11th, 2010
01:05 PM ET
13 years ago

White House releases new Kagan video


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appeared in a new video posted Tuesday on the White House’s website and YouTube page."]Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan describes herself an "open minded person, a fair person" and pledges to "faithfully apply the law and do the best I can to decide it in the right way," in a new video posted Tuesday on the White House website.

The White House uses the video to offer another side about President Obama's choice to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens to the Court. Kagan talks about her childhood in New York, education at Harvard Law School, time as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, dean of Harvard Law School, and her current role as solicitor general.

The video is narrated by the 50-year-old Kagan, and features still photographs of her during various different times in her life, and video from Monday's announcement of her nomination at the White House.


May 11th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
13 years ago

How strong is anti-incumbent fever?

Washington (CNN) - Common wisdom suggests that Americans' anger toward government, seen through protests and polling, will lead to high voter turnout in the primaries and a bucking of both party's incumbents and establishment favorites.

But is that necessarily the case?

"While Republicans in certain primaries have these problems, when November comes it's not going to be about incumbency, it's going to be about who's running the country," said Stuart Rothenberg, publisher and editor of "The Rothenberg Political Report."

Rothenberg, who closely follows House and Senate races, noted that the focus in midterms will be "anti-Democratic."

But the recent race for the GOP primary in Utah indicates that getting to the top will not be so easy for incumbent Republicans, either.

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Filed under: 2010
May 11th, 2010
12:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Senate's Wall Street bill in homestretch

Washington ( - Democrats say they want this to be the week that they wrap up changes to the Wall Street reform bill that aims to stop bailouts, shine a light on complex financial products and strengthen consumer protection.

But they need Republicans to help them. And while there has been some GOP support, it isn't coming fast enough for the Dems' taste.

Nobody knows for sure exactly when the Senate will vote on the final overhaul that's been more than a year in the making. But veteran lobbyists for banks and consumer groups believe that the vote will take place by the end of next week.

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Filed under: Congress • Wall Street
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