September 25th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell in 1998: 'Evolution is a myth'

(CNN) - Keeping to his promise that he would release a controversial video clip of Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell every week until she appears on his television show, liberal comedian Bill Maher unveiled another clip of the Tea Party favorite on Friday.

In the latest clip, culled from a 1998 episode of Maher’s old show “Politically Incorrect,” O’Donnell is shown vehemently asserting that “evolution is a myth.”

Video: 'Evolution is a myth,' says O'Donnell in 1998

A stupefied Maher asks, “Have you ever looked at a monkey?” to which O’Donnell replies, “Well then...why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
September 25th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Retired airman describes serving as gay man under 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN) - He was never asked if he was gay, so he never told–until now. As the dust settles on Capitol Hill after a contentious vote that could have led to the repeal of the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, retired Air Force Master Sgt. Dan Zaborowski is finally speaking out.

CNN talked to Zaborowski and his partner this week to get an inside look at what it was like to serve 21 years in the military as a gay man in silence under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Watch CNN's interview with Zaborowski here.

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell
September 25th, 2010
01:28 PM ET
12 years ago

DeMint sends fundraising pitch blasting Republican colleagues

(CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is out with a fundraising pitch that goes after his party for conducting "business as usual."

DeMint is blasting Republicans who, in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, voted to allow Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to retain her leadership position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

"It was bad enough to watch my colleagues work to support [Murkowski] in the primary after she had built a record of betraying conservatives principles," DeMint wrote Saturday in an e-mail to supporters of his PAC, Senate Conservatives Fund. "But watching them back her after she left the party and launched a campaign against the Republican nominee was more than I could bear."

DeMint has clashed with his party establishment's leaders this election cycle, as he's backed staunchly conservative candidates over the sometimes more moderate GOP-backed ones.

Murkowski lost to attorney Joe Miller last month in her state's primary. Miller had DeMint's backing as well as that of the Tea Party movement. Earlier this month, Murkowski announced she would mount a write-in bid to retain her Senate seat. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express group condemned the move, and the Republican Party establishment said it would stand by Miller as the party's nominee.

The decision not to remove Murkowski from the top position surprised many in the political world given that the GOP has now backed her opponent.

A GOP source in Wednesday's meeting told CNN that despite anger towards Murkowski, the conference decided not to even take up the question of the Senate Energy Committee post because "there was a sense that she's resigned her leadership post, she lost her primary, she will probably lose her race, and she'll be gone. She will not be ranking [Republican] because she will not be here."

In his fundraising appeal, DeMint accused his party establishment of hypocrisy.

"I was attacked just last week by the Washington establishment for supporting Christine O'Donnell – a conservative – because they believe her nomination will hand the seat to a Democrat in Delaware," DeMint wrote. "This week, however, that same establishment voted to help Lisa Murkowski – a moderate – defeat the Republican nominee, which could hand the seat to a Democrat in Alaska."

"The Washington establishment is doing everything it can to help Lisa Murkowski hold on to power. The grassroots defeated her once in the primary election and we can do it again in November," he added.

–CNN's Dana Bash and Ted Barrett contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Alaska • Jim DeMint • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
September 25th, 2010
01:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama administration seeks to dismiss al-Awlaki lawsuit

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has invoked the state secret privilege in seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of the father of Yemeni-American cleric and militant Anwar al-Awlaki, which sought to prevent the U.S. government from trying to target him for assassination.

The government contended in a court filing that was submitted early Saturday morning that the case "would require the disclosure of highly sensitive national security information concerning alleged military and intelligence actions overseas."


Filed under: Uncategorized
September 25th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Romney brings conservative message to New Hampshire

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sounded very much like a presidential candidate Saturday when he bashed President Obama and the Democratic Party in a speech he delivered in the early voting state of New Hampshire.

"We are all unhappy with what's happened under the president," Romney said in a keynote address to the state Republican Party convention in Concord.

The former Republican presidential candidate said Obama has proven what Ronald Reagan said about liberals a long time ago: "It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that what they know is wrong."


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
September 25th, 2010
10:46 AM ET
12 years ago

Dueling messages in weekly addresses

(CNN) - In their weekly addresses, President Obama and California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy (giving the GOP's weekly address) offered wildly varying messages, each insisting that the opposing party has turned a deaf ear to the American people and that their party's plan to revive the economy is fresh and new.

Obama used his address to continue his assault on congressional Republicans, who earlier this week unveiled an economic agenda and voted against small business legislation that the White House has been pushing for months.

Watch President Obama's address here.
Watch the GOP address here.


Filed under: Economy • Kevin McCarthy • President Obama
September 25th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid supporters 'staged' brawl, Angle says

(CNN) - Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle says two of her opponent's supporters "staged" the brawl that erupted Thursday at a candidate forum attended by her and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"There were two women that were actually looking for a fight, trying to get that to be the top news story and they succeeded," Angle told national radio host Jerry Doyle on Friday. Audio of the exchange was posted online by well-known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
September 25th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: A familiar story in New York's 25th

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:

New York 25th: Freshman Democrat vs. Tea Party favorite
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: Central New York, stretching west of Syracuse
Days until the election: 40

In this moderate upstate New York district, freshman Democrat Rep. Dan Maffei is defending his seat against attorney Ann Marie Buerkle, a conservative Republican who has never worked in Washington, and who has lately drawn the attention of the Tea Party and national conservative leaders.


Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Dan Maffei • New York