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September 27th, 2010
07:44 PM ET

John King Cooks for a Cause

CNN's John King cooked for a cause last week in his old neighboorhood of Dorchester, Massachusettes. Proceeds from the event went to Codman Square Health Center, which routinely provides health care for women who can't afford medical coverage. Below are some photos from the event.


John King and Michael Dukakis. (PHOTO CREDIT: JKUSA)


John King and Deval Patrick. (PHOTO CREDIT: JKUSA)

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September 27th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

September 24: John's playlist

Papas Fritas, "Way You Walk"
Echo & The Bunnymen, "Stormy Weather"

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September 27th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Five weeks out means the emphasis is shifting to the nuts and bolts of politics, which is why President Obama this week will be off to Madison, WI, hoping to reignite the spark that got so many young people involved in the 2008 campaign. Why Madison? Well it’s a great college town. Oh, and the Democrats are running behind in the races for Senate and governor in Wisconsin, so it’s a national push with an “all politics is local” twist. On to Monday’s bullet points: Erick takes two of his three to take aim at one of the right’s favorite liberal targets: the outspoken and controversial Florida Rep. Al Grayson. The ad Erick mentions in No. 3 is a powerful production. Joe Arpaio is the left’s least favorite lawman, and Mario can’t resist a poke there. In his first and third point, though, a taste of what the president has to rally the troops, in Madison and elsewhere. Angst on the left over the administration’s handling of health care and DADT is part of the “enthusiasm gap” we see in the midterm campaign polling. -John King

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Mario Solis-March: Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

-Keystone Cops: New poll numbers show that the US Senate Democrats, House GOP’ers, and Rahm Emanuel, read Americas’ disapproval of health care plan incorrectly; most unhappy voters wanted a more extensive plan.

-Cops and Robbers: Allegations fly that Joe Arpaio spent millions of tax payer dollars on exotic trips, could the famous Sheriff go the way of the now infamous Bell City Council?

-Barney Fife: A second Judge finds “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” unconstitutional and the Obama Administration wrings it’s hands wondering whether it should appeal or not. Easy Answer: Not

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

-Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) has hit on a novel way to defend himself on the campaign trail. He has fired off a letter to the Federal Elections Commission demanding one of his critics be incarcerated.

– Congressman Grayson isn't just seeking to round up and arrest his critics, he is attacking his Republican opponent, Daniel Webster, for skipping the draft. Webster actually tried to join the military, but he failed his medical exam. Grayson is using it is an excuse to question Webster's patriotism.

-The Mourning in America ad is devastating. More devastating for the Obama administration? His staff leaked to Bob Woodward worse that George Bush's staffing. There's mourning in the White House no doubt.

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September 24th, 2010
11:04 PM ET
September 24th, 2010
11:02 PM ET
September 24th, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Thirty-nine days out, our polling shows a low point for President Obama when it comes to voters’ take on his job performance, and a high point for Republicans when we ask voters which party they intend to support for Congress in November. The president and his party are weak in the suburbs and rural areas – where most of the battleground congressional races are. The numbers aren't as important as the powerful force driving them: pessimism about the economy is on the rise again, and it is more than a short-term concern. To the bullet points: Erick is consistent in his mistrust of all things connected to either political establishment, and apparently not a Colbert fan! Jane captures in her first point a Democratic dilemma: the lack of excitement on the left is policy driven (see, for example, her third point), but the president and his team are trying to rally them with rhetoric – and warnings the GOP would only make things worse. Have a great weekend.- John King

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Jane Hamsher: Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

-Chorus of Democratic Insiders Demand Base Voters Get Enthusiastic, or Else! Blogger Susie Madrak Asks David Axelrod: "Do You Know What Hippie Punching Means?"

-Majority of country want Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire; majority of the millionaires in Congress want them to continue.

-Obama Administration Fights Injunction to Halt Military Discharges of LGB Service Members

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Harry Reid wants everyone present for a Monday night quorum. It's as much show as the GOP's Pledge.

-The House Republicans may be all in with their Pledge, but don't expect their candidates on the ground to champion it.

-Who thought having Stephen Colbert testify before Congress 'in character' was a good idea? Apparently Democrats no longer take governing seriously.

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September 24th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
September 23rd, 2010
09:13 PM ET

Barney Frank's challenger on Pledge to America

NEWTON, Mass (CNN) – Sean Bielat hopes to help House Republicans keep their “Pledge To America” promises next year. But he wishes the GOP leadership asked his opinion first.

Bielat is an ex-Marine and the GOP challenger against Democratic Rep. Barney Frank. Bielat is a longer than long shot, but says his recent campaign polling shows he has a chance, and, while local Democrats roll their eyes, the fact that Scott Brown won the district in his stunning Senate upset has local Republians thinking it isn’t out of the question.

More on that another time. But during a visit to Bielat’s campaign headquarters Thursday, among our questions was his reaction to the new GOP list of promises that was unveiled by the GOP leadership outside of Washington.

“Well, I am happy that something has come out because for awhile, I have been saying,- hey, you know, one thing about 1994 was agree or disagree, you knew what the Republicans were trying to accomplish,” Bielat told us.

“So, I am glad that there is some leadership on the issue now. I have seen the highlights in articles this morning, I haven't had time to sit down and read it.”

Bielat said he was all for a tough line on spending and deficits and the growth of government. But he went on to say: “I would have liked more of a dialogue on it – reaching out to candidates saying what issues are important, what should we be doing, that sort of thing. Because, if we are going to be going into the Congress, and trying to implement, you have to be there at the front end. So, I can't say that I honestly know enough about what is in there right now to say one way or the other whether it is a good thing.

September 23rd, 2010
02:54 PM ET

CNN's John King cooks for a cause

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CNN's John King will be cooking for a cause this evening in his old neighborhood of Dorchester, Massachusetts. The Codman Square Health Center will host its 13th “Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health” event sponsored by Partners Healthcare. King, alongside Chef Chris Douglass, will be serving up food from one of his favorite local restaurants, Ashmont Grill. It sits just a short walk from where King grew up.

"I always love to come home to Boston," says King, "but today is an extra special trip and treat. As someone who loves to cook, it's hard to pass up a chance to be a 'Celebrity Chef' at an event featuring some of the best restaurants in Boston."

Other celebrity chefs will include Mayor Thomas Menino, Senator Scott Brown, Congressman Michael E. Capuano, and former Governor Michael Dukakis.

Proceeds from the event will go to Codman Square Health Center, which routinely provides health care for women who can't afford medical coverage. Money raised tonight goes towards fighting breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. "The center is about a mile from my childhood home and I remember going to a dental clinic there years ago,” admits King. He adds, “The event organizers don't know that but it's one of the reasons I was honored to be asked."

Tune in tonight to John King, USA at 7p ET. King will join the show live to talk about what he's cooking in the kitchen.

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September 23rd, 2010
02:54 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

-On Time: The US Census indicates that Latinos led pre-recession small business creation on the day the GOP refuses immigrant college bound youth.

-Five Days Late: Obama's grassroots army, Organizing for America, shows up just 24 hours before the vote on the DREAM Act and then pats itself on the back.

-Trillions of Dollars Short:The GOP takes a pledge to increase the deficit ( as is the GOP's time honored tradition).

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

-The House GOP Pledge is out. No one is going to read it, but they can at least say they aren't the Party of No that everyone wanted them to be.

-Republicans in Nevada believe Senator Harry Reid is promising an October Surprise on Sharron Angle related to statements from years ago that no one even really knows if she said. He's getting desperate.

-The Illinois Republican Party is having a fundraiser for their candidate against the Illinois House Speaker. No one has ever seen the guy and he appears to have been put on the ballot by the Speaker himself to avoid a real challenge. But the Illinois GOP can now fundraise off the guy and they will.

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