November 17th, 2012
10:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Rubio nods coyly to ‘elephant in the room’ at Iowa event

(CNN) – A rising Republican star who many say embodies the future of the GOP, Sen. Marco Rubio toyed with 2016 presidential speculators Saturday at an event in Iowa.

Well aware of the state’s political importance and the undertones that come with making the trip to the battleground state, Rubio quickly cut to the chase.

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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Iowa • Marco Rubio
Former aide Barber wins Giffords' Arizona seat
November 17th, 2012
05:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Former aide Barber wins Giffords' Arizona seat

(CNN) – Democrats will keep the U.S. House seat once held by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Democratic Rep. Ron Barber bested Republican Martha McSally for a full term in Arizona's second district.
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Administration official underscores U.S. support for Israel as Obama begins international trip
November 17th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
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Administration official underscores U.S. support for Israel as Obama begins international trip

(CNN) – A national security adviser to President Barack Obama reaffirmed on Saturday the administration’s support for Israel’s “right to defend itself” as violence raged on the border between Israel and Gaza.

“We believe that the precipitating factor for the conflict was the rocket fire coming out of Gaza,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser. “We believe that Israel has a right to defend itself and will make its own decisions about the package that they use in that regard.”
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Filed under: Middle East • President Obama
Votes to be retabulated in Florida congressional race
November 17th, 2012
01:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Votes to be retabulated in Florida congressional race

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Allen West's push to have votes recounted in his Florida congressional race against Democrat Patrick Murphy was granted late Friday when the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections ordered a retabulation of all eight days of early voting to begin Saturday morning.

In Florida's 18th district, Murphy continues to have a slight lead over West. He declared a victory in the race last week, but West, who has been lobbying for a recount citing issues in the way the ballots were counted and a slim margin of votes between the two, has yet to concede.
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Filed under: 2012 • Allen West • Florida • Patrick Murphy
November 17th, 2012
01:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama Asia trip includes landmark visit to Myanmar

(CNN) - President Obama is on his way to making history this weekend with a trip to Asia that includes a stop in Myanmar - a first for any American president.

Obama's three-day journey to the region also means visits to Thailand and Cambodia, where he will attend the East Asia Summit.

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Photo: Obama imitates gymnast McKayla Maroney's 'not impressed' look
November 17th, 2012
10:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Photo: Obama imitates gymnast McKayla Maroney's 'not impressed' look

(CNN) – President Barack Obama met with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team on Thursday and mimicked gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look.

"Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..?" Maroney, who won an individual silver medal, tweeted afterward.
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Both sides point to bipartisanship as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline looms
November 17th, 2012
06:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Both sides point to bipartisanship as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline looms

(CNN) – In the first full week after the election, Washington's focus quickly shifted to the deadline Congress and President Barack Obama face to reach a budget deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Each side highlighted the necessity for bipartisan cooperation to dodge another financial crisis.

In the Republican weekly address, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said the American people expect Congress to work together to avoid the economic impacts, adding the threat of the looming federal spending cuts and tax increases bring an opportunity for lawmakers to "change our country's irresponsible spending path."
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Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Kelly Ayotte • President Obama