Former DNC chairman to make second bid for Virginia governor
November 8th, 2012
10:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Former DNC chairman to make second bid for Virginia governor

Washington (CNN) - It's take two for Terry McAuliffe.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman and former top adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton announced on Thursday that he'll make a second run for Virginia governor.
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American Crossroads defends campaign spending to donors
November 8th, 2012
08:40 PM ET
1 year ago

American Crossroads defends campaign spending to donors

Washington (CNN) - Officials from the Republican super PAC American Crossroads, including its co-founder Karl Rove, defended their campaign spending and talked about the group's future during a conference call Thursday with 50 of its top donors.

Participants agreed they would not discuss the contents of the call with the media.
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Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Karl Rove • Mitt Romney
November 8th, 2012
08:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama gets emotional talking to campaign staff

(CNN) - Video of President Barack Obama's visit Wednesday to his campaign headquarters in Chicago shows the newly re-elected commander in chief becoming emotional while heralding the hard work of his young staffers.

"I am absolutely confident that all of you are going to do amazing things in your lives," Obama says in the video, which was posted on his campaign's official Youtube page Thursday.
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Boehner says he's the 'most reasonable, responsible person' in Washington
November 8th, 2012
06:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner says he's the 'most reasonable, responsible person' in Washington

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, talking about the prospect of negotiating with President Barack Obama on a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, said in an interview Thursday that he is the "most reasonable, responsible person here in Washington" and that Obama knew he was ready to hash out a plan.

"Of course we'll talk about it. We talk about all kinds of things we may disagree on," Boehner said in the interview with ABC News.
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Filed under: Economy • John Boehner
FIRST ON CNN: Obama to make statement on economy Friday
November 8th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
1 year ago

FIRST ON CNN: Obama to make statement on economy Friday

(CNN) - Three days after being re-elected, President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on the economy Friday, two administration officials said Thursday.

The 1:05 p.m. ET statement in the East Room will serve as an opportunity to address some of the big issues that Washington will tackle in the next few months - including staving off the so-called fiscal cliff - and to outline his priorities moving forward.

An official schedule released by the White House Thursday said the statement would address "the action we need to take to keep our economy growing and reduce our deficit."


Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Congressional hearings to resume on Benghazi attack
November 8th, 2012
06:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressional hearings to resume on Benghazi attack

(CNN) - Senior intelligence, State Department and FBI officials can expect to be grilled next week as congressional hearings resume on the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans.

Lawmakers want answers to many outstanding questions surrounding the September 11 armed assault on the State Department compound and a CIA annex in Benghazi.

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Filed under: Congress • Libya
CNN's GUT CHECK for November 8, 2012
November 8th, 2012
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 8, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 8, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: IRANIAN JETS FIRE ON U.S. DRONE Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned. The incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes. The drone was in international airspace east of Kuwait, U.S. officials said, adding it was engaged in routine maritime surveillance. Although the drone was not hit, the Pentagon is concerned. – Barbara Starr

HERE WE GO AGAIN: THE 2016 CAMPAIGN BEGINS Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a spokesman for the governor announced Thursday. The speaking gig will no doubt stir talk of a potential 2016 presidential bid for Rubio, as the event provides the first-term senator the chance to mingle with the Republican class in Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses in a presidential election.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 8, 2012
November 8th, 2012
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 8, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 8, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: IRANIAN JETS FIRE ON U.S. DRONE Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned. The incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes. The drone was in international airspace east of Kuwait, U.S. officials said, adding it was engaged in routine maritime surveillance. Although the drone was not hit, the Pentagon is concerned. – Barbara Starr

HERE WE GO AGAIN: THE 2016 CAMPAIGN BEGINS Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a spokesman for the governor announced Thursday. The speaking gig will no doubt stir talk of a potential 2016 presidential bid for Rubio, as the event provides the first-term senator the chance to mingle with the Republican class in Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses in a presidential election.

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Report shows turnout lower than 2008 and 2004
November 8th, 2012
04:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Report shows turnout lower than 2008 and 2004

(CNN) - A report estimating the percentage of eligible voters who cast ballots in Tuesday's election shows the rate was lower than in the past two presidential contests, though it surpassed the rate from 2000.

Thursday's report, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters, compared to 62.3% who voted in 2008 and 60.4% who cast ballots in 2004. In 2000, the turnout rate was 54.2%.
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Despite election losses, GOP Sen. Cornyn poised for promotion
November 8th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Despite election losses, GOP Sen. Cornyn poised for promotion

(CNN) - Despite a disappointing showing by Republican Senate candidates on Election Day, the man who spearheaded the GOP Senate election effort is poised to take the number two position in the party's leadership behind Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, several GOP aides told CNN.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is expected next Wednesday to be elected by members of the Republican caucus to become the Minority Whip. He will replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.
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