January 21st, 2009
05:01 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday Jan. 21st, 2009

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CNN: U.S. celebrates as President Obama vows new era
Barack Obama launched his presidency before an estimated 1.5 million people on the National Mall on Tuesday with somber yet confident tones, saying the country will overcome its serious economic and international challenges.

CNN: Obama calls for halt to Gitmo prosecutions
In one of his first acts in office, President Obama has ordered the U.S. government to suspend prosecutions of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days, military officials said Tuesday.

CNN: Inauguration jubilation spreads across the country
Friends and strangers across the country gathered on the streets and in schools, churches, bars and auditoriums to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States.

CNN: Bush's last day: Calls, candy and a flight to Midland
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush have landed in Midland, Texas, the former first lady's hometown and her husband's childhood home.

CNN: Scenes from the inauguration: First couple shares a dance
The president and first lady shared their first ballroom dance togehter since the swearing in when they made an appearance at the Neighborhood Ball Tuesday night.

CNN: Obama's inauguration: iReporters' view of history
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January 20th, 2009
05:08 AM ET
9 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday Jan. 20th, 2009

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CNN: Monumental expectations for Obama's inauguration address
President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural address is one of the most anticipated speeches in decades, with many expecting his words to be chiseled into marble some day.

CNN: Washington locals excited, but bracing for inconvenience
Washington residents are bracing for the estimated 2 million people flocking to Washington to see Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday.

CNN: Commentary: The question we no longer need to ask
Did you think you'd see an African-American elected president in your lifetime? I've asked a lot of people that question since November 4.

CNN: Sources: Obama may quickly reverse abortion policy
President-elect Barack Obama is considering issuing an executive order to reverse a controversial Bush administration abortion policy in his first week in office, three Democratic sources said Monday.

CNN: Obama praises McCain, calls for bipartisan cooperation
President-elect Barack Obama called his former Republican presidential rival, Sen. John McCain, a hero at a bipartisan dinner Monday night and encouraged politicians to reach across the aisle.

CNN: Bush commutes sentences of former Border Patrol agents
On his final full day in office, President Bush issued commutations for two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an unarmed illegal immigrant - suspected of drug smuggling at the time - and then covering it up.
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January 19th, 2009
06:36 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday Jan. 19th, 2009

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CNN: Obama speaks at Lincoln Memorial celebration
Inauguration revelry began Sunday afternoon as thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington for a free concert featuring big stars.

CNN: Obama: Politician, pop icon - or both?
In a framed photo for sale at one of the many souvenir shops in Washington, Barack Obama looks more like a movie star than a politician as he exits a vehicle in a black suit, red tie and sunglasses.

CNN: Commentary: Big risk in Obama's economic stimulus plan
Bolstered by wide Democratic margins in both chambers of Congress, the new administration assumes power Tuesday with a broad public mandate to repair the feeble economy.

CNN: Washington visitors looking to be part of history
They came from around the world, braving bitterly cold temperatures, security perimeters and large crowds in the streets of the nation's capital to see one man make American history.

CNN: Chertoff: Inauguration security forces 'ready'
If anything were to go seriously wrong at Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is the man who would manage the crisis response. He is trying to make sure everything goes right.

CNN: Pelosi, Obama disagree on tax cuts, Bush investigations
Two days before President-elect Barack Obama is officially sworn in, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear she disagrees with the incoming administration on at least two issues.

CNN: Clinton thanks supporters, prepares for new supporting role
Sen. Hillary Clinton sent supporters what appears to be her final political e-mail Sunday, thanking them for backing her presidential bid as she now prepares for a new role in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration.

CNN: Bush aides: No “O’s” Will Be Removed from WH Keyboards
Aides to incoming President Barack Obama should feel confident in knowing their new computers will have all 26 letters in the alphabet when they show up at the White House on Tuesday.
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January 16th, 2009
05:42 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday Jan. 16th, 2009

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CNN: Bush: I would have done some things differently
In his final public address from the White House, a reflective President Bush on Thursday recalled the ups and downs of his eight-year tenure and said he was willing to make the tough decisions.

CNN: Senate OKs use of second half of bailout funds
President-elect Barack Obama won a significant political victory Thursday, just days before his inauguration, as the Senate voted to release the second half of the $700 billion bailout package.

CNN: 'Bloody Sunday' paved road to Obama White House, activists say
For almost 60 years, Grace Britton Sweet has had the right to vote. She can vividly recall the day she registered.

CNN: Gitmo closing may take time, Holder says
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder said Thursday that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be closed after President-elect Obama takes office, but not as soon as the administration would like.

CNN: Blitzer: An inside look at Air Force One
Driving to this sprawling base just outside Washington, D.C. this week brought back lots of memories. Covering a president often means traveling with a president aboard this extraordinary aircraft, and as CNN's Senior White House Correspondent during the Clinton administration, I used to come here all the time to board Air Force One.

CNN: Caroline Kennedy losing ground in another NY poll
A new survey of New York voters is the second poll in two days to find Andrew Cuomo pulling away from Caroline Kennedy.
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January 15th, 2009
05:44 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday Jan. 15th, 2009

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CNN: Senate to vote Thursday on rest of bailout, Reid says
The Senate will vote Thursday on whether the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue package is released, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said late Wednesday.

CNN: SEC nominee to be grilled on Madoff
President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to face questions at her confirmation hearing Thursday about Bernard Madoff - the alleged mastermind of the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

CNN: Court orders White House to preserve e-mails
A federal judge has ordered the Bush White House to preserve its e-mails, just days before a new administration takes over.

CNN: House passes expansion of children's health program
Congressional Democrats flexed their new political muscle Wednesday as the House of Representatives passed legislation expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program by more than $32 billion over five years.

CNN: Palin's media battle raises eyebrows
Her bid for the vice presidency ended more than two months ago, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears determined not to become a mere afterthought.

CNN: Obama 'confident' treasury pick will be confirmed
President-elect Barack Obama defended his Treasury Secretary-designate Tim Geithner on Wednesday amid reports that Geithner failed to pay the correct amount on his taxes for a time and employed a housekeeper whose work authorization had expired.
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January 14th, 2009
05:50 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday Jan. 14th, 2009

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CNN: Analysis: How long does Obama have to fix the economy?
How long will the voters give President Barack Obama to turn the economy around? The president-elect is already laying down markers:

CNN: Obama threatens dissenting Democrats with first veto
President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to persuade Senate Democrats to get behind his plan for the second half of the $700 billion bailout, warning he would veto a threatened disapproval resolution, according to senators who met with him.

CNN: Geithner questioned about former housekeeper, taxes
Members of the Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday with treasury secretary nominee Tim Geithner over concerns involving his personal taxes and the immigration status of a former housekeeper, transition officials said.

CNN: Bush: President's priority is preventing attack
The commander in chief's priority is preventing another terrorist attack in the United States, President Bush told CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday.

CNN: Clinton promises to renew U.S. leadership
Sen. Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that she aims to "renew America's leadership" in a world that has undergone an "extraordinary transformation" since the end of the Cold War and is now facing "great peril."

CNN: Officials shoring up inaugural traffic, security plans
With all the bridges and road closings on Inaugural Day, the problem isn't just about getting people into Washington but getting them back out after Barack Obama is sworn in January 20.

CNN: Huckabee pans Palin's interview with Couric
Sarah Palin has complained repeatedly that she was given unfair treatment by the media during her rapid political ascent last year.
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January 13th, 2009
05:36 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday Jan 13th, 2009

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CNN: Burris says he's honored to be seated in the Senate
Illinois Senate-designate Roland Burris said Monday afternoon that he is "truly humbled and honored" to learn he will be seated in the Senate later this week.

CNN: Obama to order Guantanamo Bay prison closed
President-elect Barack Obama plans to order the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay as early as his first week in office to show a break from the Bush administration's approach to the war on terror, according to two officials close to the transition.

CNN: Roughly 10 advisors helping Clinton prep for confirmation
The team helping Hillary Clinton prepare for her secretary of state confirmation hearing includes roughly 10 advisors, from deputy designates Jim Steinberg and Jack Lew, Wendy Sherman, and campaign policy aide Jake Sullivan to her Senate foreign policy staffer, Andrew Shapiro.

CNN: Obama meets with Mexican leader Calderon
President-elect Barack Obama met Monday afternoon with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the first face-to-face talks of the incoming U.S. leader with a foreign head of state.

CNN: Senate Republicans brace for ominous 2010
The 111th Congress has just barely begun as Senate Republicans brace for more grueling elections in 2010 that threaten to further weaken the party's influence in Congress.

CNN: What will Obama do with his millions of online 'friends'?
Has President-elect Barack Obama found the person to entrust with his predominantly online network of millions of supporters?

CNN: Obama's rhetoric meets reality
In style and substance, Barack Obama is looking like he could be a different president than the candidate voters got to know during the campaign.

CNN: Bush touts accomplishments, admits mistakes
President Bush admitted mistakes but defended his accomplishments in the final White House news conference of his presidency Monday.
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January 12th, 2009
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday Jan. 12th, 2009

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CNN: Obama: 'Much more determined' to break Mideast deadlock
President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday the suffering on both sides of Gaza's borders has led him to ramp up his commitment to working for a peace deal in the Middle East.

CNN: Obama administration job-seekers face tough odds
When George W. Bush became president eight years ago, about 90,000 people applied for jobs in his administration. That's about a quarter, however, of the people who are looking for a way into President-elect Barack Obama's administration.

CNN: Senate hopeful Kennedy meets with NY governor
New York Gov. David Paterson met with Senate hopeful Caroline Kennedy Saturday afternoon, but the governor's spokesman said details of the meeting will be kept private.

CNN: Burris' fate could be decided Monday
The fate of Senate-appointee Roland Burris could be decided as soon as Monday, Democratic sources said, as the Senate's Parliamentarian and legal counsel worked over the weekend deciphering Senate rules to determine if Burris has met the requirements for admittance.

CNN: Sources: Voinovich to retire from Senate
Sources close to Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, tell CNN he will announce Monday he is retiring from the Senate.

CNN: Record number of job seekers flock to Obama
Over 350-thousand and counting. That's how many people the Obama transition team says have submitted resumes online hoping to land a job with the incoming administration. The problem is there are only an estimated three- to four-thousand jobs available at this time.

CNN: First woman to lead inaugural national prayer service
Rev. Sharon Watkins will deliver the sermon at the traditional National Prayer Service on January 21 — a day after Barack Obama is sworn in as president, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Sunday.

CNN: Cheney: Too soon to declare worst economy
Appearing Sunday on the last broadcast of CNN's Late Edition, Vice President Dick Cheney defended the administration's handling of the recession and argued that its premature to call it the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

CNN: Obama: Dog search harder than finding a Cabinet member
Picking the first dog is harder than it seems — but the race could be narrowing down.
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January 9th, 2009
06:05 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday Jan. 9th, 2009

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CNN: Obama calls for 'dramatic action'
President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday said Congress must take "dramatic action" on his economic aid package as soon as possible, warning that a failure to do so would have devastating long-term consequences for the nation.

CNN: Obama to name intelligence appointments Friday, sources say
President-elect Barack Obama will announce Friday that he is naming Leon Panetta as CIA director and Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, two officials close to the transition told CNN Thursday.

CNN: Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric
Sarah Palin is credited with making Tina Fey a world-wide star and boosting Katie Couric's ratings at CBS.

CNN: Panel recommends impeaching Blagojevich
An Illinois legislative committee Thursday unanimously recommended impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich amid corruption allegations.

CNN: Burris denies any quid pro quo for Senate appointment
Roland Burris on Thursday denied any quid pro quo with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his appointment to the U.S. Senate during testimony before a panel weighing whether to impeach Blagojevich.

CNN: House to vote on resolution supporting Israel
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday on a resolution "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza," Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

CNN: Inauguration may be traffic, security nightmare
Planning to attend the presidential inauguration this month in Washington? Expect a fortress-like city bursting at the seams.

CNN: BCS is a political football in 2009
Since its inception in 1998, the NCAA's Bowl Championship Series has weathered criticism from nearly all directions.
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January 8th, 2009
06:16 AM ET
11 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday Jan. 8th, 2009

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CNN: Obama, Bush and ex-presidents have 'historic moment'
President-elect Barack Obama, President Bush and all of the surviving past presidents got together Wednesday for a historic meeting at the White House.

CNN: Obama appointee to face bruising confirmation fight
Barack Obama's presidential transition, already disrupted by the sudden withdrawal of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, may face another challenge in the confirmation hearings of his pick for attorney general.

CNN announces 'State of the Union with John King'
CNN announced Wednesday that its revamped Sunday public affairs show is titled “State of the Union with John King.”

CNN: Joe the plumber headed to Middle East
Joe Wurzelbacher: Plumber. Campaign celebrity. Foreign correspondent?

CNN: Source: Obama and Reid spoke about Burris
President-elect Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke about the Roland Burris situation Monday, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

CNN: Democrat: Blagojevich 'called our bluff' on Senate pick
Senate Democrats have no choice but to change their tone about Roland Burris becoming a U.S. senator because Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich "called our bluff" in appointing someone over their objections, a senior Democratic congressional source conceded Wednesday.

CNN: Porn industry seeks federal bailout
Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion for a bailout of the adult entertainment industry.
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