July 22nd, 2010
09:19 AM ET
12 years ago

'High heels' comment causes stir in Senate race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/22/art.kenbuck2.youtube.jpg caption ="A comment made by Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck and posted on YouTube is causing a stir."] (CNN) - Ken Buck, a Republican Senate candidate in Colorado, is causing a stir after recent comments asking voters for support "because I do not wear high heels."

The off-color remark that drew roaring laughter at a recent campaign event, came in response to an ad campaign from his GOP opponent in the primary race, former Lieutenant Gov. Jane Norton. In the ads, Norton says Buck is not "man enough" to attack her in person but instead lets third-party groups do it.

"She has questioned my manhood; I think it's fair to respond," says Buck to more laughter from the crowd. "I have cowboy boots on. They have real bull- on 'em. That's Weld County bull-, not Washington D.C. bull-."

Video of the remark was posted by an anonymous user on YouTube, and the Norton campaign has now released a new ad highlighting the remark.


Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Ken Buck • Popular Posts
July 22nd, 2010
09:17 AM ET
12 years ago

At 'press conference,' Angle answers no questions

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.sharronangle.file6.gi.jpg caption ="Sharron Angle walked out of a campaign stop Wednesday without answering questions from reporters."](CNN) – Press-shy Nevada Republican Senate hopeful Sharron Angle walked out of a campaign stop Wednesday without answering questions from reporters, even after the event was billed by her campaign as a news conference.

Held at a Reno-area business, the event was promoted on the Angle campaign website as a "press conference" in which Angle was to publicly sign a "death tax repeal pledge."

But after delivering a short speech, Angle turned away and left the event without allowing reporters to ask questions. Local media outlets followed Angle out of the business and to a vehicle.

"She has to go, I am sorry," a man is heard saying as he escorted Angle. "We're running behind, I'm sorry."


Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
July 22nd, 2010
08:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton ahead of Obama, says poll

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/22/art.obama.clinton.2shot.0720.gi.jpg caption ="A new poll suggests former President Bill Clinton is more popular among Americans than President Obama."] Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that former President Bill Clinton is more popular with Americans than the man who currently holds the job, President Barack Obama.

Sixty-one percent of people questioned in a Gallup survey say they have a favorable opinion of Clinton. That's nine points higher than the 52 percent who say they see Obama in a favorable light. The poll indicates that 45 percent say they have a favorable opinion of former President George W. Bush.

Gallup says this is the first time in their polling that Clinton's favorable rating has eclipsed that of Obama. Clinton's numbers are up nine points from the summer of 2008, when he was branded by many people as playing a too partisan political role in helping his wife during her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination against Obama.

According to the poll, Obama's 52-percent favorable rating with the public ties his lowest number (in March of this year) since taking over in the White House in January of last year.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Polls • President Obama
July 22nd, 2010
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Police 'acted stupidly' in arresting Harvard scholar, Obama says

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 22, 2009.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" by arresting Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates after they were called to his home on a report of a burglary last week, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Disorderly conduct charges against Gates - one of the most prominent African-American academics - were dropped Tuesday after the incident drew national attention, with all involved calling it a "regrettable and unfortunate" incident. Asked about the matter in a White House news conference Wednesday, Obama said it shows "how race remains a factor in this society.

"That doesn't lessen the incredible progress that has been made," said Obama, the first African-American U.S. president. "I am standing here as testimony to the progress that's been made. And yet, the fact of the matter is that, you know, this still haunts us."

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July 22nd, 2010
08:11 AM ET
12 years ago

Thousands of progressive activists meeting in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Organizers of the annual Netroots Nation convention, beginning Thursday, hope what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.

With the president's poll numbers hurting and chatter increases about the possibility of major defeats for Democrats in this year's mid-term elections, sponsors of the fifth conference hope the ideas and techniques that emerge from the participants will help propel the progressive agenda and spur action by the more than 2,200 progressive activists participating. It is billed as the largest gathering of the Democratic base in advance of the November election.

While the president still has an over 80 percent approval rating among Democrats, it has slipped a bit. As for the Democrats running this year, they are facing a large enthusiasm gap. Only 32 percent of Democrats said they were extremely or very enthusiastic about voting this year compared to 54 percent of Republicans, according to a May 21-23 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.

Some 80 groups and organizations, many of them key constiuencies of the liberal wing of the Democratic party, are sponsoring NetRoots, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, MoveOn.Org as well as the Democratic National Committee's Organizing For America wing.


Filed under: Democrats • Netroots Nation • President Obama
July 22nd, 2010
08:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Sherrod offered new job, but says she is not so sure

(CNN) - A former Agriculture Department employee who was forced to resign from her job based on incomplete and misleading reports of a speech she gave has been offered a new job by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, but said Thursday she is "not so sure."

"I'm not so sure that going back to the department is the thing to do," Shirley Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning."

Sherrod said she was offered some type of civil rights position in the department's Office of Outreach, and that she was expecting to receive something official in an e-mail from the department. She said Thursday she had not had a chance to see that yet.

But "I would not want to be the one person at USDA that's responsible for issues of discrimination within the agency," she said. "You know, there's a lawsuit by black farmers, there's a lawsuit by Hispanic and Native American and women farmers ... There are changes that would need to happen in order to once and for all really deal with discrimination."

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Filed under: Agriculture Department • Shirley Sherrod • USDA
July 22nd, 2010
07:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Unemployment benefits bill goes to the House

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/29/art.capitol.gi.jpg caption ="A bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans goes to the House of Representatives on Thursday."] Washington (CNN) - A bill that restores unemployment benefits to 2.5 million jobless Americans passed the Senate and goes to the House on Thursday. It is expected to pass there are well.

The bill pushes back the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits until the end of November.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 59 to 39 to restore the benefits, ending a seven-week stalemate.

After the Senate vote, President Obama urged the House to act swiftly and pledged to sign the bill soon afterward.

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Filed under: House • issues • unemployment
July 22nd, 2010
07:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama to sign bill targeting government waste

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/22/art.obama.0719e.gi.jpg caption ="President Obama on Thursday will sign into law the Improper Payment Elimination Act."] Washington (CNN) - President Obama will sign into law Thursday the Improper Payment Elimination Act - an effort designed to slim down wasteful government programs and curb fraud in federal spending.

"The fact is, Washington is a place where tax dollars are often treated like Monopoly money, bartered and traded, divvied up among lobbyists and special interests," Obama said in March when he announced the initiative. "And it has been a place where waste - even billions of dollars in waste - is accepted as the price of doing business."

The act will use something known as payments recapture audits, which will pay auditors financial incentives to find improper payments. The White House said it could save $2 billion in taxpayer money over the next three years.

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Filed under: issues • President Obama
July 22nd, 2010
07:01 AM ET
12 years ago

Letter: No charges in firing of 9 U.S. attorneys during Bush years

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/22/art.gonzales.07t.gi.jpg caption ="The Justice Department will not charge former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or other Bush administration officials in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys."] Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department says it has decided not to charge former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or other Bush administration officials in the controversial firings of nine U. S. attorneys, according to a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Special counsel Nora Dannehy investigated the firings and Attorney General Eric Holder "has accepted her recommendation that criminal prosecution is not warranted," the letter said.

The question as to whether the dismissals were made for political reasons led to a huge controversy in Washington. Gonzales ultimately resigned.

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July 22nd, 2010
06:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama to host young African leaders at three-day forum

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will host a three-day forum next month for more than 100 "young leaders" from Africa, the White House announced Wednesday.

The August 3-5 gathering will include a town hall meeting at the White House by Obama and participants from more than 40 sub-Saharan African countries, according to the statement.

"Together with American counterparts and U.S. government officials, the participants will share their insights on key themes of youth empowerment, good governance, and economic opportunity," the statement said.

Titled "The President's Forum with Young African Leaders", the meeting "presents the U.S. government and American friends of Africa with an opportunity to deepen and broaden our understanding of the trajectories of African societies, and to reflect on how the next generation are building their communities' and their nations' futures - just as their predecessors did in the era of independence from colonial rule," the White House statement said.

Filed under: Africa • President Obama
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