First on CNN: Attracting minority voters a key GOP goal as Obama begins second term
January 17th, 2013
10:33 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Attracting minority voters a key GOP goal as Obama begins second term

Washington (CNN) – Days after President Barack Obama is sworn-in for a second term, Republican leaders from across the country will assemble in the southern city where Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in September to strategize a path forward for the GOP in a nation experiencing major demographic shifts.

It will be a three-day discussion focused primarily on how to grow the Republican Party by convincing black, Hispanic and Asian voters that the GOP better represents their values than the Democratic Party, according to a party official involved in the planning of the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Filed under: Latinos • Reince Priebus
Obamas dine out for first lady's birthday
January 17th, 2013
09:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Obamas dine out for first lady's birthday

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his wife, Michelle, out for dinner on her 49th birthday Thursday.

The couple dined at Cafe Milano, an upscale Italian restaurant in the Washington neighborhood of Georgetown.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
Why did Obama quit a golf game with Clinton?
January 17th, 2013
08:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Why did Obama quit a golf game with Clinton?

(CNN) - President Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama quit a recent golf round between them - and he suggested he might have a theory why.

"We played thirteen holes at Andrews Air Force Base the other day," Clinton said, "before he had to leave as a result of being reelected and getting ready for the inauguration, the legislature coming in and everything - the Congress coming in."
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Filed under: President Clinton • President Obama
January 17th, 2013
08:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg: Assault weapons ban is tough sell

(CNN) - Persuading Congress to ban assault weapons will be tough, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

But it's a fight the outspoken advocate of stricter gun laws says he's determined to win.

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Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
State preparing for Clinton's last hurrah
January 17th, 2013
08:04 PM ET
1 year ago

State preparing for Clinton's last hurrah

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is sprinting to the finish as America's top diplomat, preparing for a high-profile hearing on the deadly Benghazi attack and two signature opportunities to have the last word on her tenure.

Clinton, who returned to work last week after battling a virus and a blood clot, is aggressively tackling her work load, even as official Washington gets ready to pause for President Barack Obama's second inaugural on Monday.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • State Department
Chris Christie rails against NRA, calls ad 'reprehensible'
January 17th, 2013
06:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Chris Christie rails against NRA, calls ad 'reprehensible'

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey skewered the National Rifle Association Thursday for referencing the president's children in a political attack commercial.

Speaking in a press conference, the outspoken governor decried the move as "reprehensible" and argued the group lost some credibility by making the ad.
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Filed under: Ads • Chris Christie • NRA
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 17, 2013
January 17th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 17, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: BIDEN CALLS ON MAYORS TO RESPOND TO 'CARNAGE'… Vice President Joe Biden urged 273 mayors to rally behind the Obama administration's new push for tough control laws on Thursday, saying government at all levels has an "urgent and immediate" call to trample the “epidemic of gun violence.” “I know we don't have absolute unanimity in this ballroom, nor do we in any ballroom,” he told the audience at the annual Conference of Mayors in Washington. “We all know...we have to do something, we have to act. I hope we agree there's a need to respond to the carnage on our streets and in our schools.” – Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak

BIDEN PLEDGES TO TAKE DEBATE TO AMERICAN PEOPLE: “This time will not be like times that have come before. We're going to take this fight to the halls of Congress. We're going to go beyond that. We're going to go around the country to the American people.”

GOING VIRAL: FIRST LADY GETS BANGS Check out Michelle Obama's new look, unveiled in a birthday tweet.

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 17, 2013
January 17th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 17, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: BIDEN CALLS ON MAYORS TO RESPOND TO 'CARNAGE'… Vice President Joe Biden urged 273 mayors to rally behind the Obama administration's new push for tough control laws on Thursday, saying government at all levels has an "urgent and immediate" call to trample the “epidemic of gun violence.” “I know we don't have absolute unanimity in this ballroom, nor do we in any ballroom,” he told the audience at the annual Conference of Mayors in Washington. “We all know...we have to do something, we have to act. I hope we agree there's a need to respond to the carnage on our streets and in our schools.” – Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak

BIDEN PLEDGES TO TAKE DEBATE TO AMERICAN PEOPLE: “This time will not be like times that have come before. We're going to take this fight to the halls of Congress. We're going to go beyond that. We're going to go around the country to the American people.”

GOING VIRAL: FIRST LADY GETS BANGS Check out Michelle Obama's new look, unveiled in a birthday tweet.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
House GOP discussing short-term increase in debt ceiling
January 17th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
1 year ago

House GOP discussing short-term increase in debt ceiling

Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) – House Republican leaders are talking to rank and file GOP members about passing a short-term extension of the debt ceiling, perhaps one that just authorized the nation's borrowing authority for a couple of months.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, told reporters it was one option in a morning discussion with all House Republicans about legislative strategy for the first few months of the new Congress.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • House • Virginia
Biden calls on mayors to respond to 'carnage'
January 17th, 2013
04:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden calls on mayors to respond to 'carnage'

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden urged 273 mayors to rally behind the Obama administration's new push for tough control laws on Thursday, saying government at all levels has an "urgent and immediate" call to trample the "epidemic of gun violence."

"I know we don't have absolute unanimity in this ballroom, nor do we in any ballroom," he told the audience at the annual Conference of Mayors in Washington. "We all know...we have to do something, we have to act. I hope we agree there's a need to respond to the carnage on our streets and in our schools."
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Filed under: Congress • Gun rights • Joe Biden • President Obama
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