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October 1st, 2010
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Obama's chief of staff to depart White House Friday, sources say

Chicago, Illinois (CNN)
- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will step down Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, two sources told CNN Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that President Obama will make "a personnel announcement" Friday morning, but refused to confirm it would relate to Emanuel's expected departure.

Gibbs said he would "bet on having two announcements" Friday morning - a possible reference to Emanuel's successor.

The move was expected, after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently decided not to run for re-election.

Candidates for the Chicago mayoral race must gather 12,500 signatures by November 22. The city's February 22 Democratic primary could be very difficult to win given the number of prospective candidates from various factions of the party lining up to run.

Gibbs heaped praise on the famously tough chief of staff, saying that he has an "incredible amount of energy every day" and has "been the leader" since Obama took office.

He "helped us accomplish so much in helping our economy recovery, in passing landmark Wall Street reform, health care reform, credit card reform [and] student loan reform," Gibbs said. FULL STORY

Prosecutor: Bias charges may come in webcast of sexual encounter

New York (CNN) - New Jersey prosecutors said Thursday they are determining whether additional charges, including bias, may be brought against two Rutgers University students accused of invading the privacy of fellow student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with another man was streamed online.

"The initial focus of this investigation has been to determine who was responsible for remotely activating the camera in the dormitory room of the student and then transmitting the encounter on the Internet," Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J Kaplan said.

"Now that two individuals have been charged with invasion of privacy, we will be making every effort to assess whether bias played a role in the incident, and, if so, we will bring appropriate charges," Kaplan said in a statement.

Under New Jersey law, a person is guilty of bias intimidation if he or she commits a crime with the purpose of intimidating someone because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ethnicity; or if the victim or victim's property was selected as a target because of the same factors.

On the evening of September 19, Rutgers student Dharun Ravi is believed to have sent a message by Twitter about his roommate, Clementi. FULL STORY

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  1. jlvhale

    Your comment that at the the One Nation rally that there were a few hand-printed signs referencing the Tea Party was not fair coverage when there were hundreds if not thousands of professionally printed signs touting the Progressives, Socialism, Communism and Marxism.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  2. Ferial

    So the business mafia (Donald Trump) has designs on the white house. Could be helpful, though he sound like a dictator

    October 4, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  3. Indydoc

    Why anybody would vote for Rahm where every other word out of his mouth starts with the letter "F" is beyond me................

    October 1, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  4. Average American

    @Eric Lorson....

    You complain that a Republican was trashing the Democrats while failing to mention every Democrat you see on tv does the exact same thing towards the Republicans. Therefore your point is irrelevant and biased.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  5. Eric Lorson

    Why did Andrew Carr have to state his disapproval with current White House politics in the interview about Rahm Emanuel stepping down? What sort of childish crap is that?

    The interview was specifically about the position of WH Chief of Staff. It was not about politics. The Repubugnican party demands that all those who speak publicly find a way to trash the Democrats and push their own agenda. This was nothing more than a cheap shot, and I for one have had enough.

    CNN cannot control what the pundits say, but I would have appreciated it if John Roberts had chastized him more severely on camera. If interviewees know that they will get called out on what they say it might make them think a little more before speaking.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  6. DO

    The comments you both made about the two individuals appealing the Facebook decision were patronizing. Saying that they have already been awarded a substantial sum of money, that they are young and accomplished and can go forward and do fine misses the point entirely (and is totally inappropriate to your role). They outlined their views on the merits of their case and after they were off the air you made rather mocking comments. It's much worse than what took place when they raised the issue to the administration at Harvard.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  7. kent

    Good riddens to foul mouth rahm emanuel. I hope he looses in chicago. Another bad obama apppointment like gates, bernanke, summers, geitner, mcchrystal and petraeus. Bush and clinton re-threads are not change you can believe in.

    October 1, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  8. rob

    Morning Sunshine,

    I usually don't get involed in social media, however, having said that these whole cyberbullying cases everyone is wondering how it could happen.

    Well let me explain since it seems to be to difficult to grasp except for myself and Pam Spaulding.

    As long as its ok to restrict a group of society from their rights then its ok to bully.

    Gays are discriminated abused bullied and all for something that is nobodies business but their own.
    This is thought to be OK because God says so in the Bible. One question.
    What if you don't believe in God or the Bible ? Oh yeah another group of people whos rights are trampled on.

    Bottom line the younger generation learns from the older.

    If you grow up around hate you will hate and in turn teach your kids.

    October 1, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  9. Average American

    A large percentage of people that are unemployed are in that position due to the "labor unions". Most labor unions are even more corrupt than politicians themselves.

    October 1, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  10. Average American

    I find it hard to believe that two kids bright enough to get into Rutgers would do something so mean and hateful as to what they did. They parents must be so proud of them. They both should go to prison. Not only have they ruined another person's life... they ruined their own.

    October 1, 2010 at 6:09 am |