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An Israeli family rushed to their "safe room" after sirens alerted them of incoming rockets. CNN's Wolf Blitzer reports from Israel.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi tells Wolf Blitzer that Paul Ryan being on the GOP ticket has helped Democrats' chances in taking back the House.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer says the back-and-forth between Pres. Obama & Romney is going to get a whole lot more brutal.
Wolf Blitzer asks tough questions about the GOP's line of attack that President Obama is anti-business.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer says that President Obama should have attended this year's NAACP convention in Houston and "should not take the African-American vote for granted." Blitzer praised Mitt Romney for attending, saying "it was the smart political move."
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign insisted a "scheduling conflict" is behind the president's decision to skip the convention. Vice President Biden delivered the conference's keynote address Thursday. The president, however, did make a brief appearance in a taped video that ran before the vice president's speech.
By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) – Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz has been in Washington for high-level talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials, and Iran’s nuclear program is atop their agenda.
I asked him whether Israel was concerned about Iranian retaliation for the reports that Israel and the U.S. have undertaken joint cyberwarfare attacks against Iran’s nuclear program.
By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) - For some of the so-called birthers out there, there’s probably nothing that will convince them that President Obama was actually born in Hawaii.
But for those who might still have even a little bit of an open mind, they should read David Maraniss’ new book on the president, “Barack Obama: The Story.” Maraniss provides new details of Obama’s birth, including a contemporaneous letter referring to the birth of a baby to a Caucasian mother and an African father.
Maraniss reports that the future president was born August 4, 1961, at 7:24 p.m. at the Kapi`olani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu. Dr. David A. Sinclair delivered the baby.
Sinclair’s colleague Dr. Rodney T. West remembers hearing from Sinclair that “Stanley had a baby,” a reference to the mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama.
He also provides some Hawaii color of that summer.
“In Hawaiian lore,” Maraniss writes, “the volcano goddess, Pele, is said to reside inside Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, located on the southeastern side of the Big Island. When Kilauea erupts, according to local oral tradition, Pele is telling them something. For seven days in July 1961, Pele erupted and again for three days that September.”
Barack Hussein Obama II was born between those two eruptions.
Maraniss writes that from day one, no one called him by that formal name. He was either Barry or Bar, pronounced Bear.
David Maraniss, author of “Barack Obama: The Story,” will join Wolf Blitzer for an interview Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
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