Santorum making tenth visit to South Carolina
February 16th, 2011
04:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Santorum making tenth visit to South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum's political travels will take him back to the first-in-the-south primary state of South Carolina next week as he prepares for a likely presidential bid.

The former Pennsylvania Senator will travel to Republican-heavy Greenville and Spartanburg next Monday for two days of glad-handing with party activists and a meeting at the home of South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd, a Santorum adviser told CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Senate Democrats back Obama's proposed spending freeze
February 16th, 2011
04:13 PM ET
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Senate Democrats back Obama's proposed spending freeze

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats said Wednesday they would sign on to President Obama's proposed five-year spending freeze as they attempt to wrest back headlines from Republicans' dramatic spending cut debate in the House.

"What we've gotten initially from the Republicans in the House is to whack more than a million jobs, and so our agenda is to create jobs, to do something about the debt," said House Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.
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Filed under: Congress • Senate Democrats
Burton leaving White House Friday
February 16th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
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Burton leaving White House Friday

Washington (CNN) - On the same day that Jay Carney stepped up to the podium for his first official briefing as the successor to Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, the man who lost out to Carney for the coveted post officially announced he's bolting the administration on Friday.

Bill Burton, who was the principal deputy press secretary to Gibbs, revealed in an e-mail that he is leaving President Obama's staff at the end of the week to start a new political and strategic consulting firm with Sean Sweeney, an ex-adviser to two former White House chiefs of staff, Rahm Emanuel and Pete Rouse.
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House OKs cut in fighter jet engine funds
February 16th, 2011
03:39 PM ET
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House OKs cut in fighter jet engine funds

Washington (CNNMoney) - House Republicans continued their drive Wednesday to slash $60 billion from the current year's budget, with some of the deepest cuts targeted at education and environmental regulation.

First up was a controversial cut to strip $450 million slated to build a new engine for the F-35 fighter jet, which passed 233-198, with bipartisan support.

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Carney sounds like Gibbs on first day as White House spokesman
February 16th, 2011
03:24 PM ET
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Carney sounds like Gibbs on first day as White House spokesman

Washington (CNN) - With a wish of good luck from his boss, new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney held his first briefing Wednesday and came off very much like the man he replaced.

"Thank you very much," Carney said to greetings of welcome from former journalist colleagues in the White House press corps. "I'm glad to be here."

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Filed under: Jay Carney • Robert Gibbs • White House
In high-profile speech, Christie calls for Social Security retirement age to be raised
February 16th, 2011
02:55 PM ET
10 years ago

In high-profile speech, Christie calls for Social Security retirement age to be raised

Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to the nation's capital Wednesday with a message for Democrats and Republicans alike: the country is "teetering on the edge of disaster" unless the government's looming fiscal problems are confronted head-on.

"It's put up or shut up time," Christie declared in a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in downtown Washington.
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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie
DCCC brings in $4.4 million in January
February 16th, 2011
02:44 PM ET
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DCCC brings in $4.4 million in January

Washington (CNN) –"I have the best job in Washington."

That's how Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, opened up his first briefing with reporters since he took over late last year as the head of party committee.

"I wake up every single morning trying to figure out how to win 25 seats. Being in the minority sucks, but being in the minority and being able to do something about it is priceless," added Israel.
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Filed under: DCCC • Democrats • Fundraising
Another effort to urge Trump to run for president
February 16th, 2011
02:33 PM ET
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Another effort to urge Trump to run for president

Washington (CNN) - A new campaign urging businessman Donald Trump to run for president has popped up, as the successful business executive publicly contemplates whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Draft Trump 2012 joins the already established "Should Trump Run?" as an online destination for Trump supporters to rally for his candidacy.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump
Men behind 'mama grizzlies' ad say they'd work for Democrats, too
February 16th, 2011
02:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Men behind 'mama grizzlies' ad say they'd work for Democrats, too

Washington (CNN) - It was not a typical political video: With its artsy close-ups, rousing voiceover, swelling music and rich glam shots of potential candidate Sarah Palin, the "mama grizzly" campaign video became an internet sensation.

It felt like a music video and got the political world buzzing.

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Filed under: Ads • Sarah Palin
Political Circus: Bieber has Obama fever
February 16th, 2011
01:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Political Circus: Bieber has Obama fever

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.

Leave it to Bieber

Justin Bieber recently tried out his impression of President Obama on Conan O'Brien's show.

The 16-year-old heartthrob imitated Obama talking to him when he visited the White House last year, including a stop in the Oval Office.
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Filed under: Political Circus • President Obama
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