July 6th, 2010
02:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Justice Department challenges Arizona immigration law

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Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a tough new Arizona immigration law.

The law, which is scheduled to take effect at the end of July, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and allows police to question the residency status of people in the course of enforcing another law. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transports them.

President Barack Obama said in a speech July 1 that the measure has "fanned the flames of an already contentious debate." Among other things, it puts pressure on police officers to enforce rules that are "unenforceable" while making communities less safe - in part, by making people more reluctant to report crimes, he said.

It also has "the potential of violating the rights of innocent American citizens and legal residents, making them subject to possible stops or questioning because of what they look like or how they sound."

Before the government's filing, Arizona's two senators, both Republicans, called the Obama administration move "far too premature."

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Filed under: Immigration
July 6th, 2010
02:43 PM ET
12 years ago

Ohio Dems accuse Senate candidate of flip-flop

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.portmanad.0706.robportman.jpg caption="Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman released an ad Tuesday that Democrats claim is hypocritical."](CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman released a new TV commercial Tuesday touting his opposition to cap-and-trade language in new energy legislation, but Ohio Democrats quickly accused the former congressman of flip-flopping on the issue.

In the 30-second ad, Portman calls cap-and-trade "a new energy tax" that's "a job killer for Ohio."

"We're taxed turning on a light, using our computer, or even cooking dinner," Portman says.

But Democrats have latched onto two lines from a column penned by Portman when he was a congressman in 1996.

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Filed under: 2010 • Lee Fisher • Ohio • Rob Portman
July 6th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Rand Paul to attend Manhattan fundraiser hosted by Steve Forbes

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Washington (CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul will briefly leave Kentucky's campaign trail and head to an exclusive, $1,000-per-plate New York City fundraiser on Monday. Steve Forbes, a former GOP presidential candidate, will host the event.

Jesse Benton, spokesman for the Paul campaign, confirmed the event to CNN.

Steve Forbes "was an early supporter of the campaign," Benton said. "He endorsed [Paul] very early on, back in September of '09."

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Filed under: Kentucky • Rand Paul • Steve Forbes
July 6th, 2010
01:29 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Netanyahu 'willing to take risks for peace'

Washington (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly emphasized the strength and durability of ties between their two countries Tuesday - part of an effort to dispel the notion that relations between the United States and Israel have frayed in recent months.

They said they had discussed new steps that can be taken to revitalize a Middle East peace process that many observers believe has recently stalled.

The two leaders also took aim at Iran, highlighting common efforts to prevent that country from acquiring a nuclear arsenal.

The meeting - their fifth since Netanyahu took office last spring - took place at the White House against a backdrop of speculation that the two leaders are increasingly at odds on a range of key issues.

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • Middle East • President Obama
July 6th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Buck gets big endorsement

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(CNN) - Five weeks before Colorado's primary, Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck has landed a helpful endorsement.

The conservative candidate announced Tuesday that he's won the backing of FreedomWorks, a nonprofit organization that helps train volunteer activists and has provided some of the organization behind the Tea Party movement.

Buck, the district attorney in Weld county in north-central Colorado, is facing off against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for Colorado's GOP Senate nomination.

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Filed under: Colorado • FreedomWorks • Ken Buck • Tea Party movement
July 6th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Traficant’s comeback bid halted

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/02/art.trapicant2.0902.gi.jpg caption="Former U.S. Rep. and convicted felon James Traficant’s improbable bid to return to Congress appears to be over."](CNN) – Former U.S. Rep. and convicted felon James Traficant’s improbable bid to return to Congress appears to have ended before it began.

The Ohio Democrat, who spent seven years in prison on a bribery and racketeering conviction, fell about 100 names short of the necessary number of signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate in Ohio’s 17th congressional district, according to Trumbull County Board of Elections official Jodi Dibble.

Traficant had submitted 4,000 signatures before the May 3 deadline, but an analysis by three election boards in the congressional district determined only 2,092 were valid. Traficant needed 2,199 valid signatures to secure a spot on the ballot.

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Filed under: James Traficant • Ohio
July 6th, 2010
12:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Feds to challenge Arizona law

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department is expected to file a legal challenge Tuesday against Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to an administration official.

The law, which is scheduled to take effect at the end of July, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and allows police to ask residency status of people in the course of enforcing another law. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

President Barack Obama said in a speech on July 1 that the measure has "fanned the flames of an already contentious debate." Among other things, it puts pressure on police officers to enforce rules that are "unenforceable" while making communities less safe - in part, by making people more reluctant to report crimes, he said.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Justice Department
July 6th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Romney hammers Obama's 'worst foreign policy mistake'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/22/art.romney.0321.gi.jpg caption ="Romney is getting tough on President Obama's foreign policy moves."](CNN) – Calling the arms reduction treaty with Russia signed earlier this year President Barack Obama's "worst foreign policy mistake yet," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is urging senators not to ratify the agreement.

In a strongly-worded op-ed in the Washington Post Tuesday, the onetime and potential future Republican White House candidate says the agreement – signed last April – dangerously impedes the United State's ability to protect itself form potential nuclear proliferating states such as Iran and North Korea.

"By all indications, the Obama administration has been badly out-negotiated," Romney writes. "Perhaps the president's eagerness for global disarmament led his team to accede to Russia's demands, or perhaps it led to a document that was less than carefully drafted."

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Popular Posts • President Obama
July 6th, 2010
11:04 AM ET
12 years ago

How is social media impacting free speech rights?

Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - The future of free speech will be chosen by lawyers and businessmen at companies such as Google, Comcast and Facebook, not by politicians in Washington or the judicial system.

That is George Washington University Law School Professor Jeffrey Rosen's "big idea" he delivered at the Aspen Ideas Festival Monday night to an overflowing crowd of the top leaders in business, politics, technology, and law - including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Rosen named Nicole Wang, Google's deputy general council, as a company executive who has more say over free speech than most. Wang has the authority to keep or remove YouTube videos. When governments around the world want a video removed, she is woken up to make the decision.

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Filed under: Politics • Social Media
July 6th, 2010
10:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid and Angle battle over website

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(CNN) - A political fistfight over a website claiming to spotlight "the real Sharron Angle" is heating up the campaigns of Nevada's Republican Senate nominee and that of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Angle campaign released a statement Monday night saying that they sent a "cease and desist" letter to Reid's campaign last Friday, which they say forced the Reid camp to take down a website that falsely represented itself as Angle's campaign website.

After winning the June 8 primary in Nevada, the Republican challenger to Reid took down her pre-primary website and relaunched a new glitzier and slimmer version. Angle's new version offered a trimmed down version of where the candidate stands on the issues, including no longer including her position on the nuclear waste dump facility at Yucca mountain and her calls to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
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