Romney camp: Immigration comments not a policy shift
June 29th, 2012
09:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney camp: Immigration comments not a policy shift

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign said he misstated his views on immigration in an interview published Friday, when he appeared to suggest that higher education and military service were pathways to legal status in the U.S. for young illegal immigrants.

As recently as last week at a conference of Latino elected officials, Romney has named military service, but not education, as a pathway.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Mitt Romney
Haley cleared of alleged ethics violations
June 29th, 2012
09:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Haley cleared of alleged ethics violations

(CNN) - An ethics committee in South Carolina on Friday cleared Republican Governor Nikki Haley of ethics violations.

The first term governor was fighting accusations that dated back to her time as a state representative, alleging that she used her state seat to illegally lobby for former employers and to coerce donations for a foundation.
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Conservative group hits Obama over health care using tax ruling
June 29th, 2012
07:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative group hits Obama over health care using tax ruling

(CNN) - American Crossroads, which has previously advertised in battleground states and Senate races, on Friday announced a week-long national cable buy focused on the Supreme Court's ruling that President Barack Obama's health reform law includes a new tax.

The court ruled that the fee that individuals who are required to but do not obtain health insurance would pay is constitutional and a tax, prompting a new outcry from Republicans and providing the basis for Crossroads' new advertisement.
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Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Health care • President Obama
What's the salary for White House staffers?
June 29th, 2012
06:52 PM ET
2 years ago

What's the salary for White House staffers?

Washington (CNN) - It's one of those awkward questions that everyone really wants to know but few want to ask: what's your salary?

Well, if you're a White House employee, your salary is public record.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Americans divided on health care ruling
June 29th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Americans divided on health care ruling

(CNN) – Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's health care law has Americans divided, according to the first survey following the landmark decision.

Friday's poll from USA Today/Gallup showed 46% of Americans agree with the court's ruling, with 46% saying they disagree. Opinions were predictably split along party lines: 79% of self-identified Democrats agreed with the decision to uphold the president's law, while 83% of Republicans disagreed with the ruling.
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Filed under: Health care • Polls • President Obama
White House to Dems: Don't back down on tax debate
June 29th, 2012
05:39 PM ET
2 years ago

White House to Dems: Don't back down on tax debate

(CNN) – The White House is encouraging Democratic allies in Congress to engage in a debate on taxes after the Supreme Court's ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law brought the issue back into the national spotlight.

David Plouffe, a senior adviser to Obama, wrote in a memo delivered to House and Senate Democratic caucuses Friday that Democrats were eager to debate their GOP rivals on taxes. Plouffe pointed out the Obama administration's achievements on lowering rates for middle class Americans.
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Filed under: Health care • Taxes • White House
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 29, 2012
June 29th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 29, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 29, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING... STUDENT LOAN REPRIEVE ... Congress voted Friday to extend low 3.4% interest rates on federally subsidized student loans for another year, barely beating a July 1 deadline for the rates to double. The House voted 373 to 52 to pass the bill. The Senate voted 74 to 19 to follow suit.
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Game on in Florida: Romney's first general election ads go up
June 29th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Game on in Florida: Romney's first general election ads go up

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign bought its first ad spots in Florida since he became the presumptive Republican nominee for president, according to a GOP ad buying source.

The campaign is spending $631,685 on ads that began airing Friday in four of the ten Florida media markets – Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Ft. Myers. They represent essential battleground territories as Romney will need to win Florida's 29 electoral votes this November.
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Filed under: Ads • Mitt Romney
No criminal prosecution of Holder for contempt
June 29th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

No criminal prosecution of Holder for contempt

Washington (CNN) – The White House and the Justice Department made clear Friday what had been expected all along: Attorney General Eric Holder will not face criminal prosecution under the contempt of Congress citation passed by the U.S. House.

Legal experts noted this week in the runup to Thursday's House vote that President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the case would prevent a criminal prosecution under a practice dating to the Reagan administration.

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Filed under: Eric Holder
June 29th, 2012
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Millions to be spent on health care messaging might have little impact

Washington (CNN) – The battle royale for the hearts and minds of voters on President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law kicked into high gear mere moments after the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it had been upheld.

Republicans instantly pounced on the ruling as proof that Obama is trying to raise taxes, while Democrats seemed eager to put the battle behind them and move on.

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Filed under: Health care
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