Beyoncé admits singing 'with my prerecorded track' at inauguration
January 31st, 2013
04:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Beyoncé admits singing 'with my prerecorded track' at inauguration

(CNN) – Yes, Beyoncé can sing - all by herself, thank you very much.

That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans - where she's set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday - with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

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Filed under: Inauguration
Senate delays debt limit deadline
January 31st, 2013
04:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate delays debt limit deadline

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation on Thursday extending the federal government's ability to borrow new money through mid-May, delaying a partisan standoff that some analysts warn could derail a fragile economic recovery.

The bill, which passed in a 64-34 vote, cleared the Republican-run House of Representatives last week. It now advances to President Obama's desk to be signed into law.

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Filed under: Debt • Senate
Christie: Image of me is 'skewed'
January 31st, 2013
03:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Christie: Image of me is 'skewed'

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made no secret of his displeasure with the GOP primary process in 2012, which he has described as the "dumbest idea anybody ever had."

But if he sits out the 2016 White House race, it won't be because of the abrasive process, he says.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault
January 31st, 2013
03:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault

(CNN) – As if the upcoming Senate race in New Jersey couldn't get more interesting, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Thursday he is "truly contemplating" throwing his hat in the ring for the 2014 election.

"I mention this only briefly...fasten your seatbelt," he said on his radio program. "I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey."
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Filed under: Cory Booker • Fox News • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
Sources: Biden on Hill to talk guns with Senate Dems
January 31st, 2013
01:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Biden on Hill to talk guns with Senate Dems

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is on Capitol Hill this hour to meet with Senate Democrats, and Senate aides said he was there to build support for gun legislation

The vice president was attending the Democratic Caucus meeting.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Senate Democrats
Door revolves: Boston reporter to join Kerry at State
January 31st, 2013
01:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Door revolves: Boston reporter to join Kerry at State

(CNN) – Glen Johnson, the political editor for the Boston Globe's website, has long covered Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts–and he'll continue to follow the veteran senator right into the State Department.

Johnson announced Thursday that he's leaving journalism to work as a senior adviser for Kerry when the senator takes on his job as U.S. Secretary of State once his resignation takes effect Friday.
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Filed under: John Kerry • Massachusetts • State Department
NRA president: Harry Reid 'under incredible pressure'
January 31st, 2013
12:52 PM ET
2 years ago

NRA president: Harry Reid 'under incredible pressure'

Washington (CNN) - National Rifle Association President David Keene signaled Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat who has enjoyed the powerful gun lobby's support in the past, could prove pivotal in the heated debate over gun control.

Reid has found himself in a delicate position as he tries to navigate the desires of many members of his pro-gun rights Nevada constituency and the White House and members of his caucus' intensified push over gun control. As Senate majority leader, Reid has great influence to speed or slow the consideration of legislation on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • NRA
White House jobs council laid off: Job done?
January 31st, 2013
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

White House jobs council laid off: Job done?

Washington (CNN) – The council of economists, executives and labor leaders created to advise President Barack Obama on spurring job creation will officially cease to exist this week, the White House announced Thursday.

The Council on Jobs and Competitiveness was created in January 2011 by executive order, and its charter mandated that it would expire after two years. A White House official said Thursday that the council's charter would not be renewed.
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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama
January 31st, 2013
12:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Old friends McCain and Hagel spar at hearing

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain fired away at Cabinet nominee Chuck Hagel during his confirmation hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, repeatedly interrupting his old friend and accusing him of refusing to answer direct questions.

The sharp exchange marked a years-long falling out between two long-time friends and colleagues. Thirteen years ago, McCain, then a presidential candidate, named Chuck Hagel as a man he'd like to see run the Defense Department.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
It's now a race for Kerry's seat
Lynch, a social conservative from South Boston, launched his campaign with a web video that touts his blue collar roots.
January 31st, 2013
11:43 AM ET
2 years ago

It's now a race for Kerry's seat

(CNN) - And then there were two.

Rep. Stephen Lynch announced his bid Thursday for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, becoming the second candidate to jump into the June special election to fill the final eighteen months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who steps down from the Senate at the end of the week to become secretary of state.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • John Kerry • Massachusetts • Senate
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