April 25th, 2012
10:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressman calls Afghan president ‘corrupt prima donna’

(CNN) – A U.S. congressman barred from visiting Afghanistan over the weekend minced no words when characterizing the incident.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai is a "corrupt prima donna," House Foreign Affairs Committee member Dana Rohrabacher of California said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Congress • Hamid Karzai • Republicans
Obama campaign announces kickoff
April 25th, 2012
10:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama campaign announces kickoff

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will officially kick off his re-election campaign on May 5 with two rallies in the key states of Ohio and Virginia, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced Wednesday night.

The president will appear at both rallies with first lady Michelle Obama, first visiting The Ohio State University in Columbus before traveling to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in the afternoon.
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Republicans request investigation of Obama travel
April 25th, 2012
10:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Republicans request investigation of Obama travel

(CNN) – President Barack Obama isn't just playing politics - he may be committing fraud on the taxpayer's dime, the Republican National Committee charged on Wednesday.

In a letter to the Government Accountability Office from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, the committee requested an investigation into Obama's recent travel - including trips this week to Iowa and North Carolina - alleging those trips were more political than official.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Republicans
Texas governor switches endorsement from Gingrich to Romney
April 25th, 2012
09:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Texas governor switches endorsement from Gingrich to Romney

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday affirmed his support for likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, after initially backing Newt Gingrich's rival campaign following his own withdrawal from the race.

"Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," the Texas governor said in a statement.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry
Former aide questioned at John Edwards trial
April 25th, 2012
07:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Former aide questioned at John Edwards trial

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) –A former campaign aide of John Edwards faced questions Wednesday about his motives for testifying against the former presidential candidate and whether he made up stories about how Edwards allegedly concealed contributions from campaign donors.

Andrew Young, the former aide, was testifying on day three of the trial at U.S. District Court in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is considered the government's star witness against Edwards, who is accused of using hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations to conceal his affair with a campaign videographer without reporting the money to federal authorities.

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CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 25, 2012
April 25th, 2012
04:56 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 25, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 25, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: The U.S. Marine who used his Facebook page to criticize President Barack Obama has been discharged, a U.S. Marine spokesman said Wednesday. Sgt. Gary Stein has been discharged with an “other than honorable characterization,” according to Capt. Brian Block, a spokesman for the U.S. Marines. According to reporting by CNN's Security Clearance Blog, among other comments posted to his Facebook page, Stein called Obama a liar and suggested he would not follow some orders issued by the president.

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April 25th, 2012
04:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Rubio's foreign policy more VP than tea party

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida boosted his vice presidential buzz Wednesday as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney, giving what his office billed as a "major foreign policy speech."

The freshman senator, who ran as a tea party favorite in 2010, voiced an "internationalist" perspective on major global issues, emphasizing the need for American leadership and intervention in areas like Syria, Russia, and Iran at the Brookings Institution, a prominent international think tank based in Washington.
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Marco Rubio
BLITZER'S BLOG: Outrage as U.S. Congressman not allowed into Afghanistan
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., at left, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai
April 25th, 2012
04:06 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Outrage as U.S. Congressman not allowed into Afghanistan

(CNN) – It’s shocking that a country that receives billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer money can tell an American Congressman that he’s not welcome to visit that country.

And it’s also shocking that the highest U.S. officials – and even fellow Members of Congress – would go along with this outrage.

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Filed under: TV-The Situation Room
President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour
April 25th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama targeted House Republican Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri in his remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa Wednesday.

He did not call out Akin by name, instead citing Akin's recent remarks about how the federal government should not be in the business of student loans.

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Gingrich's 2012 campaign leaves him with mixed legacy
April 25th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich's 2012 campaign leaves him with mixed legacy

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich will leave the Republican presidential campaign with a mixed legacy and a campaign deep in debt.

The former speaker was left for political dead last year after his top campaign advisers quit over a disagreement on the direction of the campaign and its financial structure. But he came roaring back in late 2011 - due in part to a Republican electorate that was not sold on Mitt Romney's candidacy. It is the past few months, though, for which he may be most remembered - for staying in the race for too long, rather than for the big ideas he espoused on the campaign trail.

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