Mitt Romney to Paul Ryan: 'Happy Birthday!'
January 29th, 2013
09:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Mitt Romney to Paul Ryan: 'Happy Birthday!'

(CNN) – The Facebook page for former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lit up Tuesday with a rare post, this one sending birthday wishes to his former running mate.

"Ann and I send many blessings and best wishes to Paul Ryan today. Join us and wish him a Happy Birthday!" the post stated.
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Filed under: Facebook • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
Connecticut Democrat questions NRA's influence
January 29th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Connecticut Democrat questions NRA's influence

Washington (CNN) - A Senate proponent of new gun control measures said Tuesday the National Rifle Association is not the political force it once was and members of Congress should think about that as they consider whether to support restrictions on firearms.

"The reality is that in order to pass this legislation we do have to convince members of Congress that there is not a political price to pay for going against the NRA," Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat told reporters during a conference call.
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Filed under: Chris Murphy • NRA
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 29, 2013
January 29th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 29, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: KERRY GETS CONFIRMED… The United States Senate has confirmed Sen. John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State by a 94-3 vote. The three Republican senators that voted against Kerry were Ted Cruz of Texas, John Cornyn of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Kerry, who voted present, is the first white male to hold the post in 16 years.

DEVELOPING: OBAMA ON IMMIGRATION REFORM... Today at a campaign style event at Del Sol High School, Las Vegas, Nevada, President Barack Obama addressed an energetic crowd: “The reason I came here today is because of a challenge where the differences are dwindling; where a broad consensus is emerging; and where a call for action can now be heard coming from all across America. I’m here today because the time has come for common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. The time is now. Now is the time. Now is the time. Now is the time.”

The Audience chanted in response, “Sí se puede!”

Gut Check Flashback (What became known as “La Promesa de Obama”) In a May 2008 interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Obama promised to address immigration reform in his first year in office:
Ramos: Hillary Clinton promised to send a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress within her first 100 days. Can you match this promise?
Obama: Initially, it was her first term and then, I think, when I said I would do it in the first year, she upped the ante and said 100 days.
Ramos: Can you do it in 100 days?
Obama: I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days. But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.
Ramos: In the first year?
Obama: In my first year in office.

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John Kerry through the years
January 29th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Kerry confirmed by Senate colleagues as secretary of state

Washington (CNN) – John Kerry was overwhelmingly confirmed Tuesday as the 68th secretary of state by his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

The vote was 94-3, with Republican Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and James Inhofe voting no. Kerry voted present on his own nomination.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Kerry • Massachusetts • State Department
Field for Kerry replacement continues to jockey
January 29th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Field for Kerry replacement continues to jockey

(CNN) - Rep. Stephen Lynch will hold a news conference in Boston on Thursday to announce whether he'll run in the June 25th special election in Massachusetts to fill out going Sen. John Kerry's seat, a campaign spokesman for Lynch tells CNN.

As of now longtime Rep. Edward Markey is the only Democrat who's announced a bid. Markey's been endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Kerry, and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Ted Kennedy.
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Filed under: John Kerry • Massachusetts
January 29th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton talks future 'adventures'

(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday in an interview with CNN that she still has "absolutely no plans to run" for president but added she's looking forward to more "adventures" down the road.

"I am lucky because I've been very healthy. I feel great. I've got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused, so I'm very fortunate," she told CNN's Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott. "I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my life, whatever it is."
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Mark Kelly to CNN: He and Giffords used NRA practice range
January 29th, 2013
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Mark Kelly to CNN: He and Giffords used NRA practice range

Washington (CNN) - Commander Mark Kelly and his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, were such gun enthusiasts, they used to go together to the NRA practice range outside of Washington, Kelly tells CNN.

He even says he considered joining the NRA, but "never got around to it."
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
January 29th, 2013
03:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Transcript: Obama says 'the time has come for' for comprehensive immigration reform

(CNN) - President Barack Obama traveled to Las Vegas Tuesday to press for comprehensive immigration reform, the day after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled the outline of a plan that would change aspects of the country's immigration system. Below is a transcript of the president's remarks.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
Graham: Clinton 'got away with murder' in Benghazi
January 29th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Graham: Clinton 'got away with murder' in Benghazi

(CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, had some biting words about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony last week on the U.S. consulate attack in Libya, saying she "got away with murder."

Asked during an interview about Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, Graham pivoted in his answer and said he won't vote on the nominee until questions are answered about another issue involving the State Department.

Before Hillary Clinton steps down as Secretary of State, her exit interview takes place in The Situation Room! Watch it today at 5 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya • Lindsey Graham
Immigration reform is making for strange bedfellows
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, at left, and Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue
January 29th, 2013
02:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Immigration reform is making for strange bedfellows

Washington (CNN) - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue are working together to reach an understanding about a guest worker program. This was the topic of discussion at a recent breakfast between the two men, who usually find themselves on opposing sides of the negotiating table.

The guest worker program has been a flash point in the immigration debate. It divided the labor and business communities during the 2006 immigration battle when the Chamber fought to increase the number of temporary workers and labor pressed to keep that number low in the name of protecting its members.
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Filed under: AFL-CIO • Chamber of Commerce • Immigration
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