August 15th, 2010
05:44 PM ET
12 years ago

Standing at the border, Hayworth slams McCain on immigration

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth slammed Sen. John McCain from the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday."](CNN) - At a Tea Party rally Sunday on the U.S.-Mexico border in support of tough immigration laws, Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth slammed his opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and turned McCain's words back on the veteran senator.

On a ranch in Hereford, Arizona, and with the border fence visible several hundred yards behind him, Hayworth also praised Arizona's new immigration law that was signed by the state's governor, who has spent the last two days campaigning with McCain.

Pulling a word from a McCain letter on immigration which first surfaced in April, Hayworth said it was time to "regularize the status of John McCain," and remove him from office.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Immigration • issues • J.D. Hayworth • Jan Brewer • John McCain
August 15th, 2010
03:05 PM ET
August 15th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Obamas head home from weekend in Florida

(CNN) - The first family has departed Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and is expected to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland around 3:30 p.m. ET, about one hour ahead of schedule.

Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama
August 15th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Sasha gets first family's first ace with putter


 President Obama played mini golf Saturday evening with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

(CNN) - President Obama may get needled by Republicans for spending too much time on the links, but he might need some practice when it comes to miniature golf.

On vacation on Florida's Gulf Coast, the first family–Barack, Michelle and Sasha Obama–spent an hour playing at Pirate's Island Adventure Golf. Malia is away at camp and didn't join the family on their trip.

Despite his clear advantage over his 9-year-old daughter, it took him 11 holes to sink a hole-in-one. How many did it take Sasha? One.

Photo of Sasha Obama's hole-in-one reaction, after the jump:

Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama
August 15th, 2010
11:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Congressmen spar over the economy, Ground Zero mosque

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Kevin McCarthy debated economic policy Sunday on CNN's State of the Union."](CNN) - With midterm elections less than three months away, outspoken members of both political parties tried Sunday to blame the nation's economic woes on the fiscal policies supported by their rivals.

In an interview on CNN's State of the Union, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, accused congressional Republicans of "gambling" with Americans' retirement savings.

"If you privatize Social Security … the end result will be that that money is not there," Van Hollen told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "There is not a stable source of retirement money because we'll be literally gambling it on Wall Street. And that has been a long-held position of our Republican colleagues."

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California dismissed the accusations as "scare tactics" designed to distract Americans from the 9.5 percent unemployment rate.

"Republicans want to secure it [Social Security] and make it there for the future," McCarthy said. "One of the reasons why it's actually losing money right now is because there are so fewer jobs out there and fewer people are paying in."

Watch the debate, after the jump:

Filed under: 2010 • Chris Van Hollen • economic stimulus • Economy • issues • Kevin McCarthy • Religion
August 15th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
August 15th, 2010
10:35 AM ET
12 years ago

Petraeus: Enduring commitment needed in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the U.S. will have an 'enduring commitment' in Afghanistan."](CNN) - The commanding U.S. general in Afghanistan says success in the war there will require a long and steady U.S. commitment.

"We will have an enduring commitment here in some fashion," Gen. David Petraeus said in an interview broadcast Sunday on the NBC program "Meet the Press."

He later added: "I think this is going require a substantial, significant commitment and that it is going to have to be enduring to some degree."

The Obama administration has been criticized for its announced strategy to start a troop withdrawal in August 2011, with conservatives saying it signals U.S. intentions to the enemy while liberals complain it doesn't end the war soon enough.


Filed under: Afghanistan • David Petraeus • issues
August 15th, 2010
09:49 AM ET
12 years ago

New York lawmakers on different sides of 9/11 Islamic center

(CNN) - Two days after President Obama declared his support for a controversial proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near the site of Ground Zero in Manhattan, two New York lawmakers sounded off on the merits of the project.

Republican Rep. Peter King represents a portion of western Long Island less than 20 miles from New York City; Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler represents part of Brooklyn and a slice of Manhattan that includes ground zero. In an interview Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, the congressmen differed on how they characterized the sensitivity of building a mosque near such hallowed ground.

"The fallacy is that al Qaeda attacked us. Islam did not attack us," Nadler told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

"It is only insensitive if you regard Islam as the culprit as opposed to Al Qaeda as the culprit," he added. "[…]Objecting to the mosque would be as objectionable if you wouldn't object to a church or synagogue in the same place because that's blaming all Islam and you can't blame an entire religion."

But King said "the attack was carried out in the name of Islam," and the fact that many families of 9/11 victims are opposed to the proposal should be enough of a reason to relocate it farther away from where the twin towers of the World Trade Center came down.


Filed under: Jerrold Nadler • New York • Peter King • Religion • State of the Union
August 15th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Former White House social secretary says crasher scandal 'in the past'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers says the White House party crasher scandal is 'in the past.'"](CNN) - Former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers told CNN's Don Lemon on Saturday that she is excited about her new position as chief executive officer of a publishing company and that she has put the state dinner crasher scandal behind her.

Rogers declined to comment about the Salahis, the couple whose party-crashing ways may have cost her the White House position. Nor did she want to discuss a reality show that features the Salahis and that recently showed footage of the couple with a police escort.

Those images have sparked an investigation by police in Washington D.C., an official said Saturday.

Related video: Desiree Rogers moves into corner office

In the interview, Rogers said told CNN she is focused on her strategy for Johnson Publishing Company, Inc, an African-American owned and operated publishing company in Chicago whose portfolio includes Ebony and Jet magazines.

Full story

Filed under: Desiree Rogers • Michaele Salahi • White House
August 15th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: Wilson fights to defend once-safe Ohio 6th

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day."]Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

Ohio 6th - Rep. Charlie Wilson (D) is seeking a third term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Southeastern Ohio
Days until Election Day: 79

(CNN) - Jobs, jobs, jobs are dominating the race for Ohio's sixth congressional district, which means in this once-solidly Democratic seat, Republicans now see an opportunity.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Wilson • CNN 100 • Ohio