John Avlon discusses with a panel the Romney-Ryan and Obama budget plans.
John Avlon talks to the Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben Labolt about the ‘mediscare’ attacks.
Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama are exchanging some strong jabs in new ads. But do their attack lines add up?
OutFront tonight: Glenn Kessler, Fact Checker for The Washington Post
Can President Barack Obama depend on 2008-level of support from black voters in November? A new report by the National Urban League says black voters could tip the election this year by staying home and costing the president’s crucial votes in battleground states.
How concerned should the Obama campaign be?
CNN Contributor John Avlon talks to U.S. Rep. James Clyburn about Wednesday’s Senate vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts.
OutFront tonight: Fmr. Super Committee member and U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC).
The Senate today voted on competing Democrat and Republican plans on extending the Bush tax cuts. The Democrat-led Senate passed its plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans.
CNN contributor John Avlon says today’s vote is nothing but political theater.
CNN contributor John Avlon discusses the importance of Ohio in the 2012 presidential elections.
OutFront tonight: The Daily Beast Contributor Mark McKinnon and CNN Contributor Roland Martin.
Another California city is preparing for bankruptcy: Compton is due to run out of money on September 1. That would make it the fourth California city to go under since June. John Avlon speaks with Austan Goolsbee about the state of US City Economies.
Fifty-two years after John F. Kennedy broke a barrier by becoming the first non-protestant president, Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is proving to be a thorny issue, in part, because we don’t know how to talk about it, honestly, thoughtfully and respectfully.
Discussion of religion in politics has long been dominated by demagogues – Mitt Romney’s deeply held faith is no exception.
OutFront tonight: Buzz feed political reporter Mckay Coppins. He’s been covering the Romney campaign from a unique perspective. He is also mormon.
Mitt Romney continues to stand firm against calls for him to release additional personal income tax returns. He said Tuesday, “I am simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort and lie about.”
The OutFront Political Strike Team weighs in on whether Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is hurting himself politically by only releasing two years of tax returns.
CNN’s John Avlon asks when did “Independence” become a bad word in America in Monday’s E-Block on OutFront.
John Avlon and Margaret Hoover discuss an English-only policy enforced by the New York Police Department.
Outfront tonight: Republicans in a corner over health care.
The Supreme Court battle may be over, but has the political and policy war just begun?
The House of Representatives has already scheduled a vote to repeal health care reform next week, a vote that will go nowhere considering the Senate is still controlled by Democrats. But Senate Republicans have pledged to follow through on the repeal it if they take back the Senate this fall.
The conservative base is firmly aligned against the health care law. Mitt Romney is campaigning on a pledge to “repeal and replace.” We all saw the sign on his podium last Thursday.
But over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dismissive when asked what happens after repeal. But we have to ask — what would his party do about the 30 million uninsured Americans? When pressed for specifics, even Mitt Romney’s own campaign has struggled to stay on message.
We get it. We know what you are not going to do. We know what you are against. But what are you for? After you repeal, what do you replace it with?
GOP plans to fight for Obamacare repeal in Congress
The U.S. Supreme Court has made their ruling on Obamacare, but in Congress, the fight to repeal and replace the controversial health care reform law is just beginning. OutFront tonight: Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York.
There’s a new movie out portraying Abraham Lincoln as both a defender of freedom and… a vampire hunter. Yes.
In what appears to be a trend of irreverent but oddly heartfelt takes on American history, The Daily Show Senior Writer Kevin Bleyer has taken it upon himself to rewrite our nation’s most sacrosanct document in his new book “Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution.”
A comedy writer rewriting the constitution? What could possibly go wrong?
Mitt Romney continues to hammer President Obama over his immigration policy and the lack of progress for Hispanics over the past three years, but is strangely silent on his own plans and ideas.
Romney has yet to lay out a specific immigration policy beyond saying he supports electronic verification of employees and more visas for high-skilled workers. Can he win the election without getting specific on immigration? John Avlon, senior columnist for The Daily Beast and member of the OutFront Political Strike Team, is here to answer.
Mitt Romney spoke in front of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Florida today, but despite pressure to offer his own immigration policy in the wake of Obama’s annoucement earlier this week, he offered few specifics in his broad attack on President Obama’s policies.
Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge have been recognized as one of the most powerful forces in Washington.
But is there a rebellion brewing in the GOP? At least a dozen Republican representatives and eight senators have come out against the pledge recently. Norquist is headed for Capitol Hill tomorrow, but tonight, he comes OutFront to discuss his views with Erin Burnett and John Avlon.
A new CNN poll finds 75% of Americans support the controversial Arizona immigration law that allows law enforcement officials to question a suspect’s immigration status after they have already been detained for another reason.
When the law was passed in 2010, it led to a firestorm of controversy in the national debate over illegal immigration. Opponents feared that police would use the law to harass and racially profile Hispanics, while supporters claimed that the federal government doesn’t do enough to fight illegal immigration and the state was simply trying to fill that void.
The Obama administration even sued the state in court and blocked portions of the law, claiming the state was overreaching. Erin Burnett talks to legal contributor Paul Callan and political contributor, senior columnist at the Daily Beast, and political strike team member John Avlon about the connection between public opinion, the court, and the law.
All eyes were on Wisconsin on Tuesday as Scott Walker emerged victorious from just the third gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history.
But in his latest column, John Avlon explains why the results of two local California elections held that day might end up playing an even more important role in how cities and states across the country will attempt to deal with record budget shortfalls and unfunded pensions.
CNN’s Erin Burnett previews Tuesday’s recall election in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker recall election is the most expensive recall in the state’s history. We crunch the numbers and analyze the impact of this race on November’s presidential election. CNN contributors Reihan Salam, John Avlon and Democratic Strategist, Jamal Simmons comes OutFront.
Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton praises Mitt Romney’s Bain capital experience. Was it an accident or a secret campaign strategy.
CNN’s contributor John Avlon, LZ Granderson and Fmr. Communications Dir. for Rick Santorum, Hogan Gidley comes OutFront.
While the House struggled to reach a compromise, President Obama released his two secret weapons: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mitch McConnell. CNN contributors John Avlon and Margaret Hoover discuss their success.
Hoover says, “We found the secret formula, the Biden/McConnell alchemy works, the president and John Boehner can’t get it done together.”
Avlon sees the broader picture of where the process failed. He points the finger at the Republicans in the House of Representatives, saying, “Speaking of losers, the House Republicans’ reputation is the problem child in Washington. It has been solidified by this whole last-minute scramble and that is a serious problem. They’ve always been the least popular cohort in Washington. Never popular to begin with, they’re seen in their own conference as the problem.”
Hoover commends their experience and their time spent a different world of politics in Washington. She says, “A lot of people are asking why doesn’t Washington work the way it used to. In a former iteration of Washington, senators, congressmen knew each other personally; they knew how to sit down and negotiate at the bargaining table. In the end, these two men are vestiges of the old Washington and in the end they saved the day.”
As for John Boehner’s colorful words for Harry Reid at the White House a few days ago, Avoln sees it as a prediction for the months ahead. He says, “Never forget, politics, in the end of the day, is people in a room, personalities and how they work and sometimes things get ugly. But, that bad blood is an indication of why we’re in for a rocky time especially in the next two months, but also the next two years.”
On the night Mitt Romney will pick up enough votes to officially clinch the Republican nominee for president, he is under fire for hosting a fundraiser with American business magnate, Donald Trump. Trump on Tuesday doubled down on the “birther” controversy.
CNN Contributors John Avlon, Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist, Jamal Simmons comes OutFront.
A CNN in-depth story, the group of votes Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have to win to be president, the Latino vote. CNN’s Erin Burnett speaks to CNN contributors John Avlon and Ruben Navarrette about courting the Latino vote.
President Obama invites Romney to a healthy debate, but when we looked at the numbers, it doesn’t add up.
CNN contributors John Avlon, Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist, Jamal Simmons come OutFront.
Obama telephones Romney congratulations
President Barack Obama called presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday to offer congratulations on reaching the number of delegates required for the GOP nomination, both candidates’ campaigns acknowledged Wednesday.
CNN contributor John Avlon remembers and honors U.S. troops on Memorial Day in tonight’s E-Block.
CNN contributor John Avlon talks to President for Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist about Congress’ up coming battle over Bush tax cuts.