June 1st, 2010
08:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Arizona Gov. to Obama: We'll see you in court

(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer made clear Tuesday she's not worried about a potential legal challenge from the Obama administration over her state's controversial immigration law.

"We'll meet you in court," Brewer told CNN's John King when asked how she would respond if President Barack Obama's justice department decided to challenge the law. "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

The American Civil Liberties Union is currently leading a court challenge and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, who met with a delegation of police chiefs from Arizona and elsewhere this week to discuss the law, has not indicated whether the federal government would file a legal challenge.

Obama, who himself has called the law "misguided," will meet with Brewer at the White House on Thursday, a White House official told CNN's Ed Henry. It will be the first time the two meet one-on-one since Brewer approved the law in April.

But Brewer strongly defended the law on CNN's John King, USA, saying she would not suspend it even if Obama sharply increased the number of U.S. troops at the Mexican border.

"I think what we've done is mirrored a federal law," she said. "The people of Arizona, certainly people throughout America agree that it is the right thing to do. We've been down this path before with securing our borders in Arizona. And nothing was finished."

"So we need to move forward," Brewer added. "You know, it's trespassing when you cross the border into Arizona into the United States. It's trespassing. We need our borders secured."

The new immigration law, implemented last month, allows police officers to check the residency status of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or possible legal infraction if there is reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal resident. Critics, including Holder, have said the law will promote racial profiling.

But Brewer said Tuesday the law does not target an individual's specific race.  She also made clear driver's licenses are not sufficient to prove citizenship.


Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • JKUSA • John King USA • Popular Posts
June 1st, 2010
08:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama to talk economy in Pittsburgh

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will be talking jobs and the economy when he travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

A White House official tells CNN the president will deliver remarks on "the state of the economy, the future we need to seize, and the path we choose to get there."

The official said Obama will also touch on progress made in "building the New Foundation," a theme he addressed at Georgetown University last year.

"I want every American to know that each action we take and each policy we pursue is driven by a larger vision of America's future," the president said in his Georgetown speech. In that same speech, Obama touted the recovery Act, the bank capitalization program, and the housing plan as "necessary pieces of the recovery puzzle."

Obama is also expected to balance his upbeat tone with some reality on Wednesday, discussing "the work we have left to do," the official said.

Filed under: Economy • President Obama
June 1st, 2010
08:10 PM ET
13 years ago

McCartney prepares for White House honor

Washington (CNN) - It has been perhaps a long and winding road, but Wednesday Sir Paul McCartney will be honored by the President of the United States for his work both on and off the stage.

McCartney will be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, like Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, and several others, they will rock the East Room of the White House


Filed under: Paul McCartney
June 1st, 2010
07:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Gibbs declines to give more Sestak details

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(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined Tuesday to name what position was offered to Pennsylvania Rep. Rep. Joe Sestak last year in an effort to dissuade him from launching a primary challenge against incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter.

But Gibbs, whose comments come four days after the White House counsel's office released a memo stating no laws were broken during the communication with Sestak, suggested the position "didn't constitute a lot of what you're hearing."

According to the memo released Friday and authored by White House Counsel Bob Bauer, administration officials asked former President Bill Clinton to discuss with Sestak the possibility of serving on a high-level "Presidential or other Senior Executive Advisory Board" instead of challenging Specter. Bauer also made clear the position would have been unpaid.


Filed under: Joe Sestak • Robert Gibbs
June 1st, 2010
06:16 PM ET
13 years ago

U.S. welcomes Iraq's certification of election results

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday welcomed the certification by Iraq's Federal Supreme Court of the March 7 parliamentary elections across the nation's 18 provinces.

"The electoral commission has worked in a careful, professional way to bring the process to this concluding point," she said. "This experience demonstrates that Iraqis want to use the political process to choose their leaders and settle differences."

Clinon called on Iraq's political leaders "to move forward without delay to form an inclusive and representative government that will work on behalf of the Iraqi people."

Tuesday's announcement is considered a final step toward affirmation of the victory of the Iraqiya bloc headed by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

The announcement came from the chairman of Supreme Judicial Council, Medhat al-Mahmoud.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iraq
June 1st, 2010
05:21 PM ET
13 years ago

Feds open criminal oil spill investigation

(CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the massive oil spill spreading through the Gulf of Mexico.

Holder said the investigation would be both comprehensive and aggressive. He promised that the federal officials will prosecute anyone who broke the law.

Holder, who made the announcement during a visit to the Gulf, called early signs of the spill heartbreaking and tragic

The attorney general was in the Gulf to survey the BP oil spill and meet with state attorneys general and federal prosecutors from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, according to the Justice Department.

Full story

Filed under: BP • Eric Holder • Obama administration
June 1st, 2010
05:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin targets NBC over McGinniss interview

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/24/art.palin.0524.gi.jpg caption="Palin is taking aim at NBC for their recent interview of Joe McGinniss."](CNN) – Sarah Palin is taking aim at NBC over the network's interview Tuesday with Joe McGinniss, the journalist who is writing a book about the former Alaska governor and currently renting the home next door to her.

Calling NBC's actions the "most recent illustration of the untrustworthiness of America's mainstream media," Palin criticizes the network on her Facebook page for not including statements she and her husband, Todd, had provided ahead of the segment.

"We were glad to provide a statement and appreciated NBC's promise to run it," Palin wrote in the post Tuesday. "Todd and I both crafted the statement very carefully because our new neighbor has taken to accusing us of 'inciting hatred' – a charge which we obviously take very seriously … But there was just one problem: NBC broke their promise and didn't run our statements after all."

McGinniss, who previously authored a largely-critical portrayal of Palin for the now-defunct Portfolio Magazine, moved into the Wasilla home last month, prompting the Palins to build a 14-foot fence separating the two properties.


Filed under: Joe McGinniss • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
June 1st, 2010
03:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Gores have a history of high regard

(CNN) - When the public spotlight shined brightly on Al and Tipper Gore in 2000, a majority of Americans held them in high regard, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted in June of that year. The light was likely blinding at times as then-Vice President Al Gore was running for his own four year presidential term.

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey, conducted 10 years ago this month, showed that 52 percent of Americans approved of the then-vice president, while 57 percent thought favorably of his wife.

After losing the presidential contest to then-Texas Gov. George Bush later that year, the former vice president stepped out of the public spotlight for several years before re-emerging as an influential voice warning about the dangers of global warming. And in 2004, after deciding not to run for the Democratic presidential nomination again, Gore stepped back into the political spotlight when he endorsed Howard Dean for his party's nomination.


Filed under: Al Gore
June 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: Regardless of experience concerns, majority back Kagan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/13/art.kagan.0513t.gi.jpg caption="Regardless of experience concerns, the majority of Americans back Kagan."]Washington (CNN) - Many Americans express concern over Elena Kagan's lack of experience as a judge, but they currently don't think she is too liberal for a seat on the Supreme Court and a majority say that the U.S. Senate should vote for confirm her, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 54 percent of the public says that Kagan should be confirmed to the high court, with 36 percent saying that senators should not confirm President Obama's nominee for associate justice to the high court.

Obama nominated Kagan, who serves as the Justice Department's solicitor general, on May 10 to fill the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement in April, after 34 years on the high court. The Senate Judiciary Committee begins its confirmations hearings for Kagan on June 28.

"Kagan's nomination is getting virtually the same support that every Supreme Court nominee received in the past two decades, with one exception, Harriet Miers, the last nominee with no judicial experience," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "While Miers' public support never climbed above 44 percent, 54 percent majority want the Senate to confirm Kagan - virtually the same amount of support that Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas got shortly after their nominations to the Court."

According to the poll, eight in 10 say that Kagan is qualified for the high court, but only one in seven say she's among the most qualified people that the president could have nominated. Fifty-two percent of those questioned say that they are less likely to support Kagan because she has never served as a judge.


Filed under: CNN poll • Elena Kagan
June 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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