(CNN) - Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Arkansas, faces off against Rep. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, at a 1 p.m. ET debate in one the mostly hotly contested Senate races of the 2010 Election.
Polling shows that Boozman would defeat the two-term incumbent senator if the election were held today – a victory Republicans would need to help win back the Senate majority. The GOP needs a net gain of 10 seats to wrest control of the Senate from Democratic hands – an unlikely prospect at this point unless a strong anti-Democratic wave sweeps across nation. Republicans will certainly pick up seats, but the question is will it be enough to win back the Senate.
Tune into this critical Senate debate at 1 p.m. ET.
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(CNN) - President Barack Obama insisted Friday that skyrocketing medical costs will ultimately decline as more people are covered due to his administration's health care reform initiative.
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Washington (CNN) – At the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing, social conservatives filed into the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC to hear from a who's who of conservative voices.
The group says on its website the goal of the conference was to "mobilize and train people of faith to be effective citizens" and "to speak out in the public arena and in the media on behalf of common-sense values." The event was put together by former head of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed.
Tucker Carlson was the first speaker of the day. The editor of the online Daily Caller began the day by lambasting, what he called, the liberal media and encouraging the members of the audience to stop complaining and start acting. Carlson, a former CNN commentator, was introduced as such and the very mention of CNN drew boos from the crowd.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that the idea that "we would burn the sacred texts of someone else's religion is contrary to what this country stands for."
He said he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones "prays on it" and refrains from doing it.
The government has to send a "very clear message" that burning the Quran endangers U.S. troops and is a major recruiting tool for al Qaeda," Obama added.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that one of the reasons he hasn't created a greater spirit of cooperation in Washington is because some GOP leaders decided when he took office that "we're going to sit on the sidelines and let the Democrats solve" the economic crisis.
Taking on tough issues with entrenched special interests creates "a lot of big fights," he said.
Listen: CNN's Candy Crowley and Dick Uliano talk midterm politics
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that he will "have an announcement soon" regarding the possible appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"I have had conversations with Elizabeth over these last couple of months," he said.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that if the November midterm elections are merely a referendum on the economic progress made so far, people will say "we're not there yet" - implying Democrats will not fare well. But if the election presents a clear contrast between GOP and Democratic policies, he claimed, Democrats will do well.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that if the GOP seizes control of Congress in the midterm elections, it will use its majority status to push the same economic policies backed by former President George W. Bush's administration. GOP leaders will push "the same kind of skewed policies" that led to the recession, he said.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that there is "room for discussion" on competing tax plans. "If the Republican leadership is prepared to get serious ... I would love to talk to them," he told reporters at the White House.
Obama insisted, however, that GOP plans to extend the Bush tax cuts for individuals earning over $250,000 are a bad idea.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/16/art.schwarz.cnn.jpg caption="California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a swipe at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday."](CNN) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a shot at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday, writing that he was "looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here" as his plane flew over Alaska.
The joke is an apparent reference to Palin's now infamous – and often misquoted – answer to a foreign policy question during an interview in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.
"Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can't see Russia from here. Will keep you updated as search continues," Schwarzenegger joked, posting a photo along with his Twitter message.