January 23, 2009
Posted: 09:37 AM ET
by Paul Krugman, NY Times columnist and Nobel Prize Winner
Like anyone who pays attention to business and financial news, I am in a state of high economic anxiety. Like everyone of good will, I hoped that President Obama’s Inaugural Address would offer some reassurance, that it would suggest that the new administration has this thing covered.
But it was not to be. I ended Tuesday less confident about the direction of economic policy than I was in the morning.
Just to be clear, there wasn’t anything glaringly wrong with the address — although for those still hoping that Mr. Obama will lead the way to universal health care, it was disappointing that he spoke only of health care’s excessive cost, never once mentioning the plight of the uninsured and underinsured.
Posted: 08:36 AM ET
UPDATE: A despondent George Anthony was found alive this morning in a Daytona Beach motel with a what appeared to be a suicide note after his family reported him missing late Thursday.
(Read LOCAL REPORT HERE)
Detectives found George Anthony at the Hawaiian Inn Hotel in Daytona Beach at 2:30 a.m. ET Friday, said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's department.
Brad Conway, the Anthonys' attorney, told CNN affiliate WFTV that Anthony was taken into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows the state to hold people involuntarily pending a psychiatric evaluation.
Anthony has been embroiled in a crime saga involving his daughter, Casey Anthony, and his 2-year-old granddaughter Caylee.
Posted: 08:32 AM ET
New York Gov. David Paterson has chosen Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York, multiple Democratic sources told CNN Friday.
The New York Times and CNN affiliate WPIX both named Gillibrand, a 42-year-old conservative Democrat who unseated a veteran Republican in 2006, as Paterson's choice. But a Paterson spokeswoman, Erin Duggan, would not comment on the reports.
"The governor is making his announcement at noon today, and that is the only comment we are making at this time," Duggan said early Friday.
January 22, 2009
Posted: 07:37 PM ET
Sen. John McCain Tonight! He took on Barack Obama, now he's working with him! What are the Republican maverick and Democratic president up to? Does he see a McCain/Palin ticket in 2012? Find out when Senator John McCain talks to Larry! Then, Larry talks politics with Dee Dee Myers and Paul Begala.
It's all tonight on Larry King Live, from Washington, D.C.
Posted: 12:22 PM ET
By George McGovern, former senator from South Dakota, who was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972.
As you settle into the Oval Office, Mr. President, may I offer a suggestion? Please do not try to put Afghanistan aright with the U.S. military. To send our troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan would be a near-perfect example of going from the frying pan into the fire.
There is reason to believe some of our top military commanders privately share this view. And so does a broad and growing swath of your party and your supporters.
True, the United States is the world's greatest power - but so was the British Empire a century ago when it tried to pacify the warlords and tribes of Afghanistan, only to be forced out after excruciating losses. For that matter, the Soviet Union was also a superpower when it poured some 100,000 troops into Afghanistan in 1979. They limped home, broken and defeated, a decade later, having helped pave the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Posted: 10:40 AM ET
By Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George Bush.
Its call sign has always been Air Force One. But on Tuesday, it was Special Air Mission 28000, as former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura returned home to Texas on a plane full of family, friends, former staff and memories of eight years in the White House.
The former president and his wife thanked each passenger, showing the thoughtfulness and grace so characteristic of this wonderful American family.
A video tribute produced warm laughter and inevitable tears. There was no bitterness, but rather a sense of gratitude - gratitude for the opportunity to serve, for able and loyal colleagues, and above all for our country and its people.
Yet, as Mr. Bush left Washington, in a last angry frenzy his critics again distorted his record, maligned his character and repeated untruths about his years in the Oval Office. Nothing they wrote or said changes the essential facts.
To start with, Mr. Bush was right about Iraq. The world is safer without Saddam Hussein in power. And the former president was right to change strategy and surge more U.S. troops.
Posted: 09:29 AM ET
**NOTE: We've got an exclusive interview with Sen. John McCain tonight – and we'll be asking about this recent interview.
In a conversation with her daughter (and blogger) Meghan, Cindy McCain opens up about subjects she couldn’t discuss before: anger at The New York Times, wardrobe malfunctions, and Obama’s inauguration.
While we were on the campaign trail, a lot was said about my mom, Cindy McCain. The media called her a Stepford wife and a Barbie doll. But because my dad was the Republican presidential nominee, she had to be careful about responding to the things being written about her. Today, all that has changed. I blogged during my dad’s campaign (sometimes to the consternation of his staff), and witnessed my mom’s interactions with the public and press firsthand. Now, as she heads to Washington for the inauguration, she opens up to me about that infamous New York Times profile (and the other media battles), being portrayed as a Stepford wife, and how her skin has thickened since the run in 2000.
Posted: 08:22 AM ET
Caroline Kennedy has given up her bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.
In a one-line statement citing personal reasons, the widely considered front-runner said Thursday she told New York Gov. David Paterson a day earlier that she was no longer interested in the job.
"I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate."
The statement, provided by Kennedy's press person Stefan Friedman, was issued after hours of divergent reports Wednesday evening.
Do you agree with her decision? Leave a comment and get the discussion started!
January 21, 2009
Posted: 08:41 PM ET
Our nation's 44th president has been sworn in and today is his first official day on the job. If you could, WHAT WOULD YOU PUT ON THE PRESIDENT'S "TO DO" LIST? WE WANT TO KNOW! So, stretch your fingers, scratch your chin and fill out your "TO DO" LIST for President Obama HERE!
Keep your list short - TRY to keep it your list to around 3 of the most important items/issues to you! And tune-in to "Larry King Live!" We may use your list on the air!
Posted: 06:27 PM ET
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on stimulus, tax cuts, and her interesting take on Bush's non-pardons.
Plus, Tavis Smiley and Bob Woodward. Check out Woodward's column below and you'll see why he's one of the best in the business.
And the queen of soul is here. Aretha Franklin tells us what was up with that hat, and what it was like to sing in front of 1.5 million people.
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