Anti-abortion group backs Santorum
February 17th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
10 years ago

Anti-abortion group backs Santorum

(CNN) – A national anti-abortion activist group announced its support Friday of Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination.

The endorsement is the first time the Susan B. Anthony List has backed a candidate in a GOP primary, according to the organization.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Rick Santorum
Poll: Santorum remains on top in Michigan
February 17th, 2012
11:23 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Santorum remains on top in Michigan

(CNN) - A new poll indicates Rick Santorum is holding onto the top spot in Michigan, the native state of his chief rival Mitt Romney.

Thirty-seven percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would back Santorum, while 32% preferred Romney, according to a new American Research Group survey.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Polls • Rick Santorum
February 17th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
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Contraceptives, religious freedom: Are we in a new culture war?

Washington (CNN) - Welcome to the culture wars 2.0, where the front lines now are religious freedom and contraceptives. Abortion? Gay marriage? Those are so last year.

The White House seems to have assuaged the concerns of liberal and moderate religious voices, particularly Catholics, who complained that the U.S. Health and Human Services mandate on contraceptive coverage violated religious freedom of conscience. The policy now includes a wide exemption for religious groups; requires insurance companies, instead of religious employers, to foot the bill; and still includes a year to hammer out the details.

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Filed under: Health care • White House
February 17th, 2012
09:52 AM ET
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Friess apologizes for birth control comment

(CNN) – Rick Santorum backer Foster Friess apologized Friday for a now-viral comment he made Thursday about contraception.

"After listening to the segment ... I can understand how I confused people with the way I worded the joke and their taking offense is very understandable," Friess wrote in a blog post. "To all those who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness."
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Republican donor expected to shell out $10 million to Gingrich super PAC
February 17th, 2012
09:36 AM ET
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Republican donor expected to shell out $10 million to Gingrich super PAC

Washington (CNN) - In a move that could again dramatically shake up the Republican primary race, billionaire and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is expected to donate an additional $10 million to the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, a source with knowledge of the donation told CNN.

That contribution is expected soon, before the end of the month, the source said. The timing is important because Gingirch, whose campaign has been lagging, is hoping to do well in several of the upcoming Super Tuesday states that vote on March 6 to boost his effort. His allies will need that money to be in a position to help. Because ten states go to the polls on that one day, money is key in order to do well.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Newt Gingrich
At Boeing facility, Obama to promote manufacturing, competition with China
February 17th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
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At Boeing facility, Obama to promote manufacturing, competition with China

(CNN) - On day three of his west coast swing, President Barack Obama will head to a Boeing assembly facility in Everett, Washington Friday to make a case for increasing American exports.

According to the White House, Obama will speak about providing export financing to American manufacturing companies, expanding support for small business. During his remarks Obama will also outline a proposal to reorganize the agencies responsible with trade and competitiveness.

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Filed under: China • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 17, 2012
February 17th, 2012
04:31 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 17, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Payroll tax deal heads to final House, Senate votes
A bipartisan group of congressional negotiators signed off on an agreement Thursday to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while avoiding a fee cut for Medicare doctors for the rest of the year.

CNN: Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing: 'Where are the women?'
A pair of female Democratic lawmakers had a simple question Thursday about a controversial hearing on Capitol Hill.

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Santorum touts auto manufacturing roots in Detroit
February 17th, 2012
12:55 AM ET
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Santorum touts auto manufacturing roots in Detroit

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Speaking to a large crowd outside the auto manufacturing city of Detroit, Republican Rick Santorum shared something new about a man he talks a lot about on the campaign trail.

"When my grandfather first came [to this country], he actually came to Detroit and worked in the auto factories for two years," the presidential hopeful said in a speech at the Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner. "So I have a little history here in southeast Michigan."

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Rick Santorum
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