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March 3rd, 2010
02:51 PM ET

Bridging the divide between Congress, constituents


Only a third of U.S. voters think most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected, according to a recent poll.

Kristi Keck
CNN

Sen. Jim Bunning's decision to block a bill extending unemployment benefits was a smack in the face to struggling Americans across the country.

The Kentucky Republican demanded the extension be paid for instead of adding to the deficit, although in the past, he voted for similar extensions that did not include budget offsets.

Bunning relented, but critics still blasted him as tone-deaf, a label stapled to much of Congress over the past year.
While it's "extraordinarily rare" for Congress to be admired by the public, right now, the dissatisfaction with the legislative branch is intensified, said Norman Ornstein, a longtime congressional observer with the American Enterprise Institute.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Unemployment
March 3rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET
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02:36 PM ET

Video: FAA: Child in air traffic tower talking to pilots 'not acceptable'

John Roberts | BIO
CNN Anchor, "American Morning"

A supervisor and an air traffic controller at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport are on administrative leave after one apparently brought his young child to work and the child communicated with planes on an air traffic control frequency, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

The two tower employees were placed on leave pending the outcome of an FAA investigation into last month's incident that already is under way, the FAA said in a written statement.

"This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA's own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in the statement.

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March 3rd, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Top Self Funders for Election 2010

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Opensecrets.org

Senate Candidates:

  1. Steve Pagliuca (D-MA) $7,760,880
  2. Linda McMahon (R-CT) $6,525,602
  3. John Sharp (D-TX) $3,138,204
  4. Carly Fiorina (R-CA) $2,511,580
  5. Thomas D Ganley (R-OH) $1,559,617
  6. William H Binnie (R-NH) $1,332,795
  7. Bill White (D-TX) $1,330,240
  8. John Gregory Chachas (R-NV) $1,320,000
  9. David Hoffman (D-IL) $1,000,000
  10. Wiens, Thomas J (R-CO) $641,250

House Candidates:

  1. Joan Buchanan (D-CA District 10) $1,111,635
  2. Douglas Arthur Pike (D-PA District 06) $962,247
  3. Steven D Welch (R-PA District 07) $658,913
  4. Randy Altschuler (R-NY District 01) $650,000
  5. Tim D'Annunzio (R-NC District 08) $553,565
  6. Suzan DelBene (D-WA District 08) $509,033
  7. Matt Doheny (R-NY District 23) $500,000
  8. James K McKelvey (R-VA District 05) $500,000
  9. Richard Cronkhite Green (R-IL District 10) $456,222
  10. Brad Goehring (R-CA District 11) $450,000
  11. William Flores (R-TX District 17) $415,669

Filed under: 2010 Elections • Raw Politics
March 3rd, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Video: Jobless benefits bill passed

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Raw Politics
March 3rd, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Video: Making money with animals

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent



Filed under: Gary Tuchman
March 3rd, 2010
12:07 PM ET
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12:06 PM ET
March 3rd, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Guess who really pays for health care?

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Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

If President Obama had been forthright last week at the health care summit, he would have opened the meeting by stating: "If you have health coverage, under our reform bills you are going to pay more and get less. If you are one of the 45 million elderly or disabled people on Medicare, you are going to get less. There is no such thing as free medical care. Somebody has to pay! And in the end it is you."

Those are the facts! And as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated to the Republicans : "...you're entitled to your opinion, but not your own facts."

However, the facts, as the president has found out, are not exactly a compelling message to persuade a reluctant Congress and public to overhaul nearly one-fifth of the nation's economy.

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March 3rd, 2010
11:55 AM ET
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