It's official...the votes are in
January 31st, 2013
11:42 AM ET
9 months ago

It's official...the votes are in

(CNN) - Mitt Romney may have lost the presidential race to President Barack Obama, but he can find some comfort in knowing that he beat at least 68 other Americans who received votes for president in November. In fact, 2.2 million voters cast their ballots for someone other than Obama or Romney, comprising 1.7% of the total vote.

Among those who received votes: Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson placed third with nearly 1.3 million votes; Green Party nominee Jill Stein placed fourth with more than 469,000 votes; and former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party nominee, placed fifth with more than 122,000 votes.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elections • Gary Johnson • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Ron Paul
Congressional committees report final 2012 fundraising
January 31st, 2013
10:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Congressional committees report final 2012 fundraising

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic and Republican committees tasked with electing candidates to the House of Representatives are closing the book on the 2012 election cycle, with Democrats saying they brought in $184 million and Republicans raising $144 million.

The Democrats' figure was roughly $20 million more than they took in during the 2010 cycle, which saw them lose control of the House. In 2012, Democrats gained eight seats in the lower chamber, not enough to regain the majority.
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Filed under: 2012 • DCCC • NRCC
Hagel aligns himself with Obama policies
January 31st, 2013
10:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel aligns himself with Obama policies

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Chuck Hagel addressed concerns of his critics on Thursday in the opening statement of his confirmation hearing to become President Barack Obama's next defense secretary.

The Vietnam veteran's statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee said he fully supported Obama administration policies on ending combat operations in Afghanistan next year, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and ending the ban on gays openly serving in the military.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • President Obama • Senate
Jeb Bush: Students should have the choice of digital schools
January 31st, 2013
10:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Jeb Bush: Students should have the choice of digital schools

Editor's note: Jeb Bush was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and is chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

(CNN) – Kaleigh Fair had to make it work.

The Las Vegas teenager suffers from two different illnesses – one an excruciating immunodeficiency, the other a rare brain condition called Chiari malformation where portions of the brain protrude into the spinal cord.

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Filed under: Education • Jeb Bush
Polls: Should Hagel be confirmed as defense secretary?
January 31st, 2013
09:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Polls: Should Hagel be confirmed as defense secretary?

Washington (CNN) - A plurality of Americans supports President Barack Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to recent polling.

The Nebraska Republican's nomination has been met with reservations from some senators from both parties, and even outright opposition, over past positions Hagel has taken on Israel, Iran and the war in Iraq.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon • Polls
Loaded language poisons gun debate
January 31st, 2013
09:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Loaded language poisons gun debate

(CNN) – It's the biggest, fiercest debate taking place across America. But it's poisoned from the get-go by a Tower of Babel predicament.

In disputes over the future of gun laws, people espousing different positions often literally don't understand each other.

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Filed under: Gun rights
January 31st, 2013
07:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Five things Chuck Hagel may be asked about

(CNN) - When the Senate Armed Services Committee is gaveled into session Thursday, Chuck Hagel is likely to face some sharp questions from many of his old colleagues.

If confirmed as secretary of defense, the onetime infantry sergeant and twice-wounded Vietnam veteran would be the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. The former Republican senator from Nebraska gets his chance to answer questions Thursday morning during his confirmation hearing, and here are five subjects where he can expect them:

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon
January 31st, 2013
07:25 AM ET
1 year ago

McCain moves from backer to skeptic on Hagel

Washington (CNN) - During his 2000 presidential run, a New Hampshire voter asked Republican Sen. John McCain who he might choose as secretary of defense.

McCain responded by tossing out the name of a dear old friend and colleague, the very man who would be nominated to that post by a Democrat and frequent McCain target 13 years later.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, January 31, 2013
January 31st, 2013
04:37 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, January 31, 2013

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CNN: Five things Chuck Hagel may be asked about
When the Senate Armed Services Committee is gaveled into session Thursday, Chuck Hagel is likely to face some sharp questions from many of his old colleagues. If confirmed as secretary of defense, the one-time infantry sergeant and twice-wounded Vietnam veteran would be the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. The former Republican senator from Nebraska gets his chance to answer questions Thursday morning during his confirmation hearing, and here are five subjects where he can expect them.

CNN: McCain moves from backer to skeptic on Hagel
During his 2000 presidential run, a voter asked Republican Sen. John McCain who he might choose as secretary of defense. McCain responded by tossing out the name of a dear old friend and colleague, Senator Chuck Hagel, the very man who would be nominated to that post by a Democrat and become a frequent McCain target 13 years later.

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