October 17th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Connecticut for Lieberman? Not. So. Fast.

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(CNN) – Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic primary in 2006 but won the November election anyway by forming a third party and siphoning votes from Republicans who didn’t want progressive Democratic candidate Ned Lamont to take his seat in Washington.

But once Lieberman had secured his re-election, he abandoned the Connecticut for Lieberman party – and now that party may be used to target the state’s other senator, Democrat Chris Dodd, who is already facing stiff competition from the Republicans for his 2010 re-election bid.

At issue is a battle over the leadership of the party and its 105 members between an anti-Lieberman (and Dodd) engineering professor and the pro-Lieberman founders of the party who say they have not abandoned it.

“There has been an unbroken chain in the control of the party by the people who are in support of Senator Lieberman,” said Stuart R. Korchin, chairman of Connecticut for Lieberman and the first person to register the party in 2006.

But Lieberman and his supporters failed to file what’s called “party rules” with the Connecticut secretary of state’s office, department spokesman Av Harris said, leaving the door open for someone else to do so. Fairfield University professor John Orman, who opposed Lieberman, was the first to file party rules, and soon after Lieberman’s suppporters followed suit.


Filed under: Chris Dodd • Joe Lieberman
February 11th, 2009
06:31 AM ET
14 years ago

Congressman Dingell becomes longest-serving House Member

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(CNN)–Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) has made history by becoming the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, surpassing former Congressman Jamie Whitten (D-Miss). Rep. Dingell begins his 19,420th day in office on Wednesday.

At a reception in Rep. Dingell’s honor on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton remarked, “we are not here for the length of his service, we are here for the quality of his service.” The 82-year-old Congressman has been representing Michigan’s 15th Congressional District since 1955 when he succeeded his late father. Some of his most notable moments in Congress include helping the House pass the legislation that created Medicare in 1965 and helping to write the 1973 Endangered Species Act. Rep. Dingell is known as a tireless backer of the auto industry.

But things have changed for the Michigan Congressman. After the election last fall, he lost his chairmanship of the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce to California Rep. Henry Waxman.

Still, Rep. Dingell is receiving praise for his service. Today a flag will fly over the capitol in Dingell’s honor.

February 10th, 2009
04:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Vice President to host new senators at residence

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(CNN)– Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will host a cocktail reception at the U.S. Naval Observatory this evening for new members of the U.S. Senate as well as their families. Tonight’s guests will include lawmakers who filled the replacements for seats vacated by President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Senators Roland Burris of Illinois, Ted Kaufman of Delaware and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will join several other new senators at the gathering.


Filed under: Joe Biden
January 30th, 2009
05:05 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday Jan. 30th, 2009


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CNN: Politics plays a part in President Obama’s Super Bowl pick
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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
January 29th, 2009
05:23 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday Jan. 29th, 2009


CNN: House passes $819 billion stimulus bill
The House on Wednesday evening passed an $819 billion economic stimulus package Wednesday on a party-line vote, despite President Obama's efforts to achieve bipartisan support for the bill.

CNN: Senate stimulus bill would fund stop-smoking programs
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CNN: Preston on Politics: GOP's eternal flame burns outside D.C.
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CNN: Senate confirms Blair as director of national intelligence
The Senate confirmed by unanimous consent retired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence Wednesday.

CNN: In first week, Obama takes initial steps on ambitious agenda
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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
January 28th, 2009
05:49 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday Jan. 28th, 2009


CNN: GOP targets Reid in new ad buy
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CNN: Obama tells GOP no compromise on tax rebates
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CNN: Palin launches political action committee
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CNN: After suspension for nodding at Obama, drum major quits
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CNN: Biden apologizes to Roberts for oath of office joke
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CNN: Bunning defiantly promises to seek re-election in 2010
Republican Senator Jim Bunning declared emphatically Tuesday that he is running for re-election in 2010, despite his cash-poor war chest and reports that some Republicans want him to step aside.

Filed under: Political Hot Topics
January 27th, 2009
05:56 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday Jan. 27th, 2009


CNN: 'Americans are not your enemy,' Obama tells Muslims
President Obama said his administration will offer a hand of friendship to the Muslim world, but will hunt down terrorist organizations that kill innocent civilians.

CNN: Will Obama's economic plan stimulate bipartisan support?
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CNN: Senate confirms Geithner as Treasury Secretary
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CNN: Limbaugh: Obama is 'frightened of me'
Radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday that President Obama is “frightened of me.”

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
January 26th, 2009
05:45 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday Jan. 26th, 2009


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CNN: Paterson: 'No signal from me' for Kennedy to quit Senate effort
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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
January 23rd, 2009
05:56 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday Jan. 23rd, 2009


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CNN: Gibbs meets the press, reveals daily Obama economy briefing
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CNN: Palin looking for book deal?
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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
January 22nd, 2009
05:20 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday Jan. 22nd, 2009


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CNN: Hillary Clinton sworn in as secretary of state
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CNN: Kennedy cites 'personal reasons' for dropping Senate bid
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CNN: Open or closed, Guantanamo hurts U.S., ex-inmate says
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CNN: Vowing transparency, Obama OKs ethics guidelines
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CNN: Despite long odds, Coleman confident he will beat Franken
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CNN: Biden jabs Roberts for oath flub
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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
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