Colbert's super PAC says good night
November 13th, 2012
10:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Colbert's super PAC says good night

(CNN) – The super PAC started by comedian Stephen Colbert has officially closed its doors, according to filings posted late Tuesday night on the Federal Election Commission's website.

Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Inc.– a super PAC created to mock the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed such entities to form - raked in more than $1.2 million since its start-up in the summer of 2011, the reports showed.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Stephen Colbert
November 13th, 2012
08:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama tells labor he's committed to 'protecting' middle class on taxes

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered a "strong" and "determined" defense of his intent to allow Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans to expire while preserving cuts for middle-income earners, according to conversations with several people who attended a meeting between the president and labor and progressive leaders.

The meeting at the White House - along with a second unannounced meeting with representatives from roughly a dozen groups focused on women's issues - was the start of a lengthy process of negotiating a resolution to the nation's impending budget crisis.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama • White House
Allen West calls for a fuller recount
November 13th, 2012
08:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Allen West calls for a fuller recount

(CNN) – Rep. Allen West's campaign said it filed a complaint Tuesday in St. Lucie County, calling for the court to order a recount of all early ballots in his race for re-election.

While the Democratic candidate, Patrick Murphy, declared victory last week in the close contest for Florida's 18th Congressional District, West has yet to concede, citing the razor thin margin between the two.
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Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Florida • House
Ryan: 'Wonk' is a compliment
November 13th, 2012
06:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Ryan: 'Wonk' is a compliment

(CNN) – With the presidential campaign ended, Rep. Paul Ryan is back in Washington and happy to trade the title "Republican vice presidential candidate" for the role of "wonk."

That's how House Speaker John Boehner recently described the House Budget Committee chairman, and in an interview on Tuesday, Ryan said he thinks it "a great compliment."
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Filed under: 2012 • House • John Boehner • Paul Ryan
CNN's GUT CHECK for November 13, 2012
November 13th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 13, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 13, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: BIPARTISAN PRESSURE ON PETRAEUS OVER BENGHAZI:

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN, IN AN INTERVIEW ON CNN’S “THE SITUATION ROOM”: “I believe he will. I think he's a responsible person. And I believe he will come. … I think that's important for us to hear. … We know that General Petraeus was at Benghazi, according to Bob Woodward. We know, according to Bob Woodward, that he talked to certain people. I want to see if that's true or not. There's only one way to ascertain that, and that is to talk directly with Director Petraeus and do it in a classified setting with the committee present.”

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “It's absolutely imperative that General Petraeus come and testify. He was CIA director at the time of the attack, he visited Libya after the attack, he has a great deal of information that we need in order to understand what went wrong.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 13, 2012
November 13th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 13, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 13, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: BIPARTISAN PRESSURE ON PETRAEUS OVER BENGHAZI:

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN, IN AN INTERVIEW ON CNN’S “THE SITUATION ROOM”: “I believe he will. I think he's a responsible person. And I believe he will come. … I think that's important for us to hear. … We know that General Petraeus was at Benghazi, according to Bob Woodward. We know, according to Bob Woodward, that he talked to certain people. I want to see if that's true or not. There's only one way to ascertain that, and that is to talk directly with Director Petraeus and do it in a classified setting with the committee present.”

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, THE RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “It's absolutely imperative that General Petraeus come and testify. He was CIA director at the time of the attack, he visited Libya after the attack, he has a great deal of information that we need in order to understand what went wrong.”

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Pelosi's guessing game
November 13th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Pelosi's guessing game

Washington (CNN) – Will she or won't she? Since last Tuesday's elections, speculation has swirled on Capitol Hill about whether House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would run for another term as leader or whether she would step aside.

Pelosi played coy with reporters as Congress returned for the lame duck session, holding a press conference Tuesday with the large group of newly elected Democrats, but then telling the press she wouldn't make an announcement until Wednesday morning.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
Poll: Public concern over effects of the 'fiscal cliff'
November 13th, 2012
04:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Public concern over effects of the 'fiscal cliff'

(CNN) – While Republicans and Democrats have expressed confidence in their ability to negotiate a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," a new poll released Tuesday indicates the public is wary about lawmakers' ability to reach a common ground on the nation's budget.

In a post-election survey concerning the fiscal cliff conducted by Pew Research Center, about half of respondents believe Congress will fail to reach an agreement to reduce the nation's deficit compared to only 38% who said a deal will be met. If the two sides fail to find common ground on reducing the deficit, 53% said congressional Republicans will be to blame while 29% said the responsibility falls on President Barack Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff
George Allen won't run again
November 13th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
1 year ago

George Allen won't run again

(CNN) - After more than three decades in politics, George Allen says he's done.

"I have no intention of running for office again," Virginia's former governor and U.S. senator said in interviews with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Virginian-Pilot, and the News Virginian.
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Filed under: 2012 • George Allen
November 13th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Feinstein says she'll push for Petraeus to testify

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, said she hopes to talk to Gen. David Petraeus and will urge him to testify on the Benghazi, Libya attacks as previously scheduled.

"I believe he will. I think he's a responsible person and I believe he will come. We are going to try to set that up today," she said in an interview to air Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Filed under: David Petraeus • Dianne Feinstein • FBI • Libya • Senate • TV-The Situation Room
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