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Posted on: July 9, 2009

Posted: 02:55 PM ET

CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from The Best Political Team.

CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from The Best Political Team.

(CNN) – Proving there is political success after a failed presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton made the case for “smart power” in her confirmation hearings to be President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee as secretary of state. But pointed questions rose about her husband, former President Bill Clinton. How did Hillary respond? In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Jim Acosta takes a look at the memorable moments from Tuesday’s hearing.
Plus: It’s no secret that Barack Obama is a basketball devotee — but where will he practice his favorite pastime while living in the White House? CNN’s Erica Hill takes a look at the president-elect’s hoop dreams.
Also: It may be the biggest crowd that Washington, DC has ever seen.  With the presidential inauguration less than a week away, officials are grappling with crowd control concerns over the big event. CNN Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve reports on at the unprecedented challenges facing the nation’s capital.
Finally: Turning political enemies into political frenemies.In the nation’s capital, politicians are becoming more positive. So what’s with all the sudden goodwill? CNN’s Carol Costello has the details on on the “era of nice.”
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Filed under: Barack Obama • CNN=Politics Daily • Hillary Clinton • Inauguration • Podcasts

Posted: 02:45 PM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) — In an overlooked YouTube video posted on Friday, a spokesman for Barack Obama said the president-elect is committed to ending the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Watch: ‘Don’t ask . . .’ may go

In a response to a question on the Web site asking whether Obama would get rid of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said: “You don’t hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it’s ‘Yes.'”

Gibbs on Wednesday expanded on his answer, saying, “There are many challenges facing our nation now and the president-elect is focused first and foremost on jump-starting this economy.

“So not everything will get done in the beginning but he’s committed to following through” with ending the policy against being openly gay in the military.

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Posted: 12:25 PM ET
The incoming president and vice president will meet with the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The incoming president and vice president will meet with the Supreme Court Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Continuing a growing tradition between incoming chief executives and the chief justice of the highest court in the land, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will visit the Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.

The two will visit the high court in response to an invitation from Chief Justice John Roberts, who noted in a December 5 letter to Obama, a former constitutional law professor, that previous presidents-elect had visited the
Supreme Court before taking office as a courtesy “so that colleagues in public
service might become better acquainted.”

“The Associate Justices and I would be pleased to see that sporadic practice become a congenial tradition,” said Roberts. “You will receive a warm welcome.”

Both Obama and Biden — while serving in the Senate — voted against Roberts as chief justice in 2005 and Justice Samuel Alito in early 2006.

Roberts will administer the presidential oath of office to Obama on January 20. Justice John Paul Stevens — the oldest member of the high court — will administer the vice presidential oath to Biden.

This is the third time in recent history, according to the Obama transition team, that a president-elect and vice president-elect have visited the Supreme Court. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush visited the high court in November 1980. Bill Clinton and Al Gore visited the court in December 1992.

The previous meetings, however, were held at the suggestion of the incoming president. Roberts’ personal invitation represents a change in that precedent.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Joe Biden • Obama transition • Supreme Court


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