April 9, 2010


Posted: 07:00 PM ET

It’s NOT Politics as Usual!

Tough-talkin' Jesse Ventura!

Disgraced Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich!

And Republican Ron Paul!

They take on the hot issues - and each other!

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High court: Justice Stevens to retire

Posted: 03:11 PM ET

Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Friday he will retire this year, giving President Obama another opportunity to shape the nation's highest court. 

Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20 and has served nearly 35 years on the court, announced his resignation in a brief letter delivered to the White House at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

"My dear Mr. President," Stevens wrote. "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term, I shall retire from regular active service as an associate justice ... effective the next day after the court rises for the summer recess this year."

He signed it, "Most respectfully yours."

White House counsel Bob Bauer discussed Stevens' retirement by telephone at 10:45 a.m. with Obama, who was returning from Europe aboard Air Force One. Obama is expected to make an announcement after his arrival in Washington on Friday afternoon.

Stevens was at a second home Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a court official said.

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Filed under: Justice • Politics • President Obama • Supreme Court

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April 8, 2010

2012 already? Showcase previews GOP contest

Posted: 09:00 PM ET



Like it or not, the 2012 presidential race is already underway.

Beginning Thursday, thousands of Republicans will gather in New Orleans for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, a three-day event that's the GOP presidential nomination's equivalent of the annual NFL Scouting Combine for aspiring draft picks.

The lineup includes prominent Republican VIPs who might run for president, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. And political observers will be looking for clues about the nascent battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

Four years ago in Memphis, Tenn., Mitt Romney made a splash at the event, coming out of nowhere to finish a surprising second at the conference’s straw poll. The strong showing was an early indication that the Massachusetts governor would be a player in the 2008 presidential contest.

(The conference, however, isn't always a reliable predictor of the eventual GOP presidential nominee. The winner of the 2006 straw poll was former Republican Senate leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, who never ran for president. Another closely watched Republican who spoke at the event — former Virginia Sen. George Allen — ended up losing his seat later that year.)

But even if its top performers don't always go on to the GOP nomination, the SRLC serves as the first real opportunity for party leaders, prominent donors and the political press corps to size up the early field.


Filed under: GOP • Politics

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March 30, 2010

Karl Rove heckled, called 'war criminal' at book event

Posted: 04:47 PM ET

By the CNN Wire Staff

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Former White House chief of staff Karl Rove was heckled and branded a "war criminal' at a book signing in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday night. 

Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President Bush, was at the Saban Theater to discuss his new book, "Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," to an audience of about 100 people who paid up to $40 to hear him.

But the audience members were unable to get their copies of the book signed after Rove was shouted down and forced to leave the stage, reported CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.

The event was heated from the onset as several anti-war protesters interrupted Rove's talk to accuse him and the Bush administration of lying to Americans about the threat Iraq posed to the United States - and thus, taking the country into war.

Rove called one heckler a "lunatic." He told another to "get the heck out of here."

At one point, Jodie Evans, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, rushed toward Rove waving a pair of handcuffs and saying she was there to make a citizen's arrest.

"Look what you did ... you lied to take us to war. You ruined a country. You totally ruined a country," she shouted.

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Filed under: Karl Rove • Politics

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March 29, 2010


Posted: 07:00 PM ET

The Latest on the Tea Party Express!  Will this growing, mostly conservative movement help or hurt the GOP?


John McCain and Sarah Palin – back together again!  Can his ex-running mate help get his campaign back on track?

We want to hear from you!

What do YOU think of the Tea Party movement?

Filed under: John McCain • Politics • Sarah Palin

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March 26, 2010

Fiery Palin stumps for beleaguered McCain

Posted: 08:30 PM ET


It was deja vu all over again, as John McCain and Sarah Palin, the recent losing GOP presidential ticket, were reunited on Friday on a platform of political mutual aid.

 It is the first time the odd couple of political and personal contrasts has campaigned together since the presidential race of 2008. McCain plucked Palin out of the political obscurity of the Alaska statehouse and gave her a platform that turned her into a media star and darling of conservatives across the nation.

 Palin on Friday gave McCain what he wanted in a fiery introduction that emphasized his conservative credentials and his standing as an anti-Washington maverick who opposed healthcare overhaul and supported fiscal restraint and small government.

 “Those issues are at the heart of a conservative movement that is sweeping this country,” Palin said. “It’s a beautiful grassroots movement that is putting government back on the side of the people. Some parts of this is the tea party movement.

 “I want to clear the air right now,” she said to cheers, calling the tea party movement, “a beautiful movement. Everybody here today supporting John McCain, we’re all part of that tea party movement.”

 McCain applauded and in his comments predicted that the recently passed healthcare insurance overhaul will be overturned by the courts. “Repeal and replace,” he said, using what has become the GOP rallying cry for the midterm election cycle.

 "When it comes to Obamacare," Palin joked. "I see Fidel Castro likes Obamacare and we don't. Doesn't that tell you something?"


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March 23, 2010

States sue to block health care bill

Posted: 08:00 PM ET

(CNN) Officials from 14 states have gone to court to block the historic overhaul of the U.S. health care system that President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday, arguing that the legislation's requirement that individuals buy health insurance violates the Constitution.

Thirteen of those officials filed suit in a federal court in Pensacola, Florida, minutes after Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act. The complaint calls the act an "unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states" and asks a judge to block its enforcement.

"The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have
qualifying health care coverage," the lawsuit states.

The case was filed by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and joined by 11 other Republican attorneys general, along with one Democrat. McCollum
said the new law also forces states "to do things that are practically impossible to do as a practical matter, and forcing us to do it without giving any resources or money to do it."

McCollum's lawsuit was joined by his counterparts in South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Louisiana, Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado,
Idaho, South Dakota and Washington. Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, filed a separate case in his state Tuesday afternoon.


Filed under: Health Care • Politics

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Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Mitt Romney wants landmark health care legislation repealed, calling it "an unconscionable abuse of power". He tells Larry why.


Secretary Kathleen Sebelius!  She was with Obama today at the historic signing of the health care bill.  Now, she tells Larry why Americans will embrace health reform! 

Do YOU think the health care bill is a victory for America?

Send us your thoughts!

Filed under: Health Care • Politics

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March 22, 2010

DNC drills Romney over health care opposition

Posted: 09:00 PM ET


Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee struck back at Mitt Romney on Monday after the Republican issued a blistering response to the health care bill passed by Democrats in Congress.

Romney accused President Obama of pushing the bill through with hardball political tactics – a strategy, Romney said, that violated the president's "oath to the nation" to usher in a new era of bipartisanship. Romney said the plan should be repealed.

The DNC eagerly shot back, accusing Romney of "blatant hypocrisy" for opposing a plan that bears a strong resemblance to the one he implemented as governor of Massachusetts. Both pieces of legislation, for instance, mandate that individuals purchase insurance and establish exchanges in which people can purchase affordable insurance plans.

"We're sure that it must be difficult to endure all the comparisons of the similarities between your signature health care plan and the bill passed last night when you are trying to appear to be the angriest of the angry far right wing in the Republican Party, but it doesn't cover up the blatant hypocrisy of lashing out against policy that you thought well enough of to campaign for and sign into law," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan.

In an e-mail to reporters, Sevugan provided a point by point comparison of "ObamaCare" and "RomneyCare" to highlight the similarities between the two plans, points Romney will likely have to explain in a Republican primary is he decides to seek the White House again in 2012.

Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom responded to the DNC offensive.

"Mitt Romney's plan did not include higher taxes, or Medicare cuts, or insurance price controls, and it was designed for Massachusetts and not the entire country," he told CNN in an e-mail. "To say it's exactly like ObamaCare is just another evasion and half-truth from the Democrats."

Filed under: Health Care • Politics

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Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Michael Moore!  The controversial filmmaker called the health care bill “a joke” – but told the Democrats to pass it anyway!

What’s he thinking NOW?


Plus, Rep. Bart Stupak on the “baby killer” comment during last night’s debate.

Why did he change his vote from “no” to “yes”?


The health care discussion continues with Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Ben Stein, Leslie Marshall and Penn Jillette.

What the health care overhaul means for YOU!

We want to know what YOU think!

Is the health care bill a milestone – or a mistake?

Filed under: Health Care • Michael Moore • Politics

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