[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.s.t.palin.gi.jpg caption="The Palin family released a statement Wednesday after Bristol Palin announced her engagement."](CNN) - Sarah and Todd Palin released this statement Wednesday following the news that their daughter Bristol is now engaged to her on-again, off-again boyfriend Levi Johnston:
"Bristol, at 19, is now a young adult. As parents we obviously want what is best for our children, but Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son.
Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.
We pray that, as a couple, Bristol and Levi's relationship matures into one that will allow Tripp to grow up graced with two loving parents in his life."
– The Palin family
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.romer2.gi.jpg caption="Christina Romer has long maintained that the stimulus would save a total of 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010."]New York (CNNMoney.com) - Despite groans from Republicans about high unemployment, President Obama's administration continues to say the stimulus is creating jobs.
In its latest stimulus report released Wednesday, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers said the Recovery Act has already funded about 3 million jobs.
That's in line with earlier predictions from Christina Romer, chairwoman of the council, who has said since the beginning of the Recovery Act that the stimulus would save a total of 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. Different models estimate the number of jobs to be between 2.5 million and 3.6 million, meaning Romer's target may have already been reached.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce slammed President Obama's economic policies Wednesday, saying administration officials "took their eyes off the ball" and "neglected" to focus on job creation.
A letter posted to the business group's site and a summit planned for later in the day were the latest moves in an ongoing battle between big business and the Obama administration.
The two are at odds over the best way to keep the recovery from slipping into a double-dip recession. The group believes tax cuts are key to job creation. The Obama administration, however, has focused on stimulus and spending to create jobs.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.obamabuffet.0714.wh.jpg caption ="President Obama met Wednesday with billionaire Warren Buffett at the White House."]Washington (CNN) - As the recession continues to play a monumental role in the midterm election battle, CNN has learned that President Barack Obama quietly met with billionaire Warren Buffett for an hourlong meeting at the White House Wednesday, according to senior officials familiar with the chat.
The 11:15 a.m. meeting was not listed on Obama's public schedule, the officials said, but the White House released a photograph of the encounter after it had ended.
In addition to the economic crisis, the two men discussed energy reform and other issues, according to the officials.
As the president continues to push for more private-sector jobs, one senior administration official said additional big guns could be expected to pay visits to the White House.
Washington (CNN) – In a sit-down interview with the South African Broadcasting Corporation Tuesday, President Barack Obama warned Africans that terrorists groups operating in their midst do not value African lives.
"What you've seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself," Obama said according to a transcript released by the White House Wednesday. "They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains."
The president issued his warning as part of a longer discussion about the recent bombings in Uganda and the presence of radical Islamic terrorist organizations on the African continent. Al Shabaab, a Somali Islamist group with links to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for a trio of bombings in Uganda's capital city Sunday night. In the interview, Obama said the government intended to do more to stop such groups.
"Al Shabaab has now taken credit, taken responsibility for this atrocity, and we are going to redouble our efforts, working with Uganda, working with the African Union, to make sure that organizations like this are not able to kill Africans with impunity," the president said.
After praising South Africa for the way it hosted the recent World Cup event, Obama shared his vision for how the United States can work to help African countries help themselves.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.clinton.0714w.gi.jpg caption ="Bill Clinton will head to Florida next month to campaign for Rep. Kendrick Meek’s bid for the state’s Democratic Senate nomination."](CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is headed to Florida next month, to campaign for Rep. Kendrick Meek's bid for the state's Democratic Senate nomination.
A Democratic source confirms to CNN a report that first appeared early Wednesday in the St. Petersburg Times.
Meek, a four-term lawmaker who represents Florida's 17th congressional district in the southeast part of the state, faces off August 24 against billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene in the Democratic primary.
The winner will battle former Florida House speaker Marco Rubio, the likely Republican nominee, and Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running for the Senate as an independent candidate, after dropping out of a battle with Rubio for the GOP nomination. Most recent polls indicate that Crist has a narrow lead over Rubio, with either Meek or Green a distant third.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.sestak.toomey.2shot.gi.toomey.jpg caption ="A new poll has the race for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat locked at 43 points each for Democrat Joe Sestak (left) and Republican Pat Toomey (right)."](CNN) - A new poll indicates it's dead even in the battle for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 43 percent of Pennsylvania voters back Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee, with an equal number supporting former Rep. Joe Toomey, the Republican nominee, and 12 percent unsure.
Toomey held a 42 to 40 percent advantage in Quinnipiac's last poll, which was conducted in May.
Sestak, a former Navy admiral and current two-term congressman from southeast Pennsylvania, beat incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in May's Democratic primary. Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat in the spring of last year. At the time of the party switch, he cited the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Toomey as a factor. Besides his service in Congress, Toomey is also the former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government and anti-tax organization.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.jeffgreene.file4.greeneflickr.jpg caption ="Florida Senate candidate Jeff Greene’s campaign manager has stepped down ."](CNN) – Jeff Greene, the billionaire real estate investor running for Senate in Florida as a Democrat, has lost his campaign manager.
Josh Morrow, who's been at the helm of Greene's campaign for two months, decided to step down from his post, Greene spokesman Luis Vizcaino confirmed to CNN.
"He did what he wanted to do to help Jeff win," Vizcaino said. "He helped put together the plan and we look forward to executing it."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.algore.0714r.gi.jpg caption ="A new poll released Wednesday indicates that 49 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Al Gore."]Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of former Vice President Al Gore, according to a new national poll.
A Gallup survey released Wednesday indicates that 49 percent of the public holds an unfavorable view of Gore, with 44 percent saying they see him in a favorable light.
The 44 percent favorable rating is down 14 points from October 2007, the last time Gallup polled on Gore, which was soon after he was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The new survey was conducted after the announcement that Gore and his wife Tipper were separating, and after the announcement of a police investigation in Oregon into allegations that he committed a sexual assault in 2006. A Gore spokesman says the former vice president denies the accusations.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.scottmcinnis.file2.mcinnis.jpg caption =" Republican candidate and prominent Colorado lawyer Scott McInnis has apologized for plagiarizing the work of state Supreme Court justice."](CNN) – The leading Republican gubernatorial candidate in Colorado apologized Tuesday for lifting passages from the writings of a state Supreme Court justice without attribution and is now staving off calls to quit the race.
Republican candidate and prominent Colorado lawyer Scott McInnis privately apologized to Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs Tuesday for using several passages of Hobbs' work in producing a series of essays for which he was paid $300,000 to write, according to the Associated Press.
A spokesman for McInnis called the plagiarism a "serious mistake" and "completely regrettable."
But speaking to Denver television station 9News Tuesday, McInnis called the story a non-issue.