Immortalized on canvas: Former White House pooch dies
February 1st, 2013
05:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Immortalized on canvas: Former White House pooch dies

(CNN) - President George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier Barney has died, the former president said in a statement Friday. He was 12 and had been suffering from lymphoma.

But Barney lives on, in a sense.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 1, 2013
February 1st, 2013
05:25 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: KERRY SWORN IN AS SECRETARY OF STATE… State Dept Spokesman Victoria Nuland said that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan swore in Secretary of State John Kerry at 4 p.m. Friday. According to a source close to Kerry, Kagan spoke briefly about the privilege and Kerry thanked her, family and staff in brief remarks. At his side, wife Teresa Heinz Kerry looked on, holding a Bible. Kerry’s Senate staff purchased and presented him with his chair from the floor of the Senate that he used for 28 years. – Elise Labott

BROWN OUT: BROWN WON'T SEEK KERRY'S SENATE SEAT Former Sen. Scott Brown said Friday that he won't make a bid this year to return to Capitol Hill. “I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again. … I have received a lot of encouragement from friends and supporters to become a candidate and my competitive instincts were leading in the same direction,” Brown said. “Even so, I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me. “That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.”

Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis)
Scott Brown took one look at yesterday's Hagel hearing and said, "I want to run four times in four years to be part of THAT?"

BIG MONEY: THE $7,000,000,000 CAMPAIGN The 2012 campaign was expensive. Like 70 private islands expensive. In total, candidates, parties and outside groups spent $7 billion during the 2012 election cycle, a record breaking – though not surprising - figure for campaign expenditures, according to the Federal Election Commission. “That's not really unusual. They're all record breaking,” FEC chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said during the panel's meeting Thursday. – Kevin Liptak

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 1, 2013
February 1st, 2013
05:25 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: KERRY SWORN IN AS SECRETARY OF STATE… State Dept Spokesman Victoria Nuland said that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan swore in Secretary of State John Kerry at 4 p.m. Friday. According to a source close to Kerry, Kagan spoke briefly about the privilege and Kerry thanked her, family and staff in brief remarks. At his side, wife Teresa Heinz Kerry looked on, holding a Bible. Kerry’s Senate staff purchased and presented him with his chair from the floor of the Senate that he used for 28 years. – Elise Labott

BROWN OUT: BROWN WON'T SEEK KERRY'S SENATE SEAT Former Sen. Scott Brown said Friday that he won't make a bid this year to return to Capitol Hill. “I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again. … I have received a lot of encouragement from friends and supporters to become a candidate and my competitive instincts were leading in the same direction,” Brown said. “Even so, I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me. “That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election.”

BIG MONEY: THE $7,000,000,000 CAMPAIGN The 2012 campaign was expensive. Like 70 private islands expensive. In total, candidates, parties and outside groups spent $7 billion during the 2012 election cycle, a record breaking – though not surprising - figure for campaign expenditures, according to the Federal Election Commission. “That's not really unusual. They're all record breaking,” FEC chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said during the panel's meeting Thursday. – Kevin Liptak

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Secret Service director retiring, agency says
February 1st, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Secret Service director retiring, agency says

(CNN) - U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will step down this month, concluding a long career that was clouded last year by a scandal at the agency involving agents and prostitutes ahead of a presidential summit in Colombia.

Spokesman Brian Leary said on Friday that Sullivan would retire on February 22 after leading the agency that protects presidents and fights financial crime since 2006. He's been an agent for 30 years.

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Report: Obama leaving the Oval Office, for another
February 1st, 2013
04:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Report: Obama leaving the Oval Office, for another

(CNN) - One of the most iconic symbols of the presidency will soon have a twin.

Real Clear Politics reported Friday that President Barack Obama will vacate the Oval Office for a major West Wing renovation project but will take up a desk in a "nearly identical replica."
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Brown won't seek Kerry's Senate seat
February 1st, 2013
01:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Brown won't seek Kerry's Senate seat

(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown said Friday that he won't make a bid this year to return to Capitol Hill.

The Republican from Massachusetts announced that "I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election."
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Filed under: John Kerry • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
Clinton's farewell marred by embassy bombing
February 1st, 2013
12:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton's farewell marred by embassy bombing

Washington (CNN) – A final meeting with the president. A farewell address to the State Department staff. A terrorist attack at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.

Hillary Clinton's last day as secretary of state on Friday seemed to be a microcosm of her four globe-trotting years as America's top diplomat.

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Energy secretary resigning from Obama Cabinet
February 1st, 2013
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Energy secretary resigning from Obama Cabinet

Washington (CNN) – Energy Secretary Steven Chu will resign from President Barack Obama's Cabinet in coming weeks, he told Energy Department staff in a letter on Friday.

Chu, who turns 65 this month, was a leading advocate in the Obama administration for alternative energy development, making him a target of the fossil fuel industry and its conservative supporters in Congress.

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Filed under: Energy • Steven Chu
Biden concedes new laws won't end gun massacres
February 1st, 2013
11:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Biden concedes new laws won't end gun massacres

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden, who spearheaded the White House's effort to find ways of reducing gun violence, admitted to reporters Thursday that any measures passed by Congress would fail in totally eliminating gun deaths.

Biden was speaking on Capitol Hill after meeting with Democratic lawmakers to build support for gun control legislation currently making its way through Congress. While he said no law could ever eliminate gun deaths, the vice president stressed that attempts must be made to prevent gun violence, particularly as Americans are demanding an answer from the government on how to end tragedies like the December massacre in Connecticut.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Biden
Slowcovery continues, feeding partisan fire on jobs
February 1st, 2013
10:24 AM ET
1 year ago

Slowcovery continues, feeding partisan fire on jobs

Washington (CNN) - Republicans are using the January unemployment report to criticize President Barack Obama's performance on creating jobs.

"Today's unemployment report shows America still desperately needs jobs. Unfortunately, President Obama has made it clear that job creation is not a top priority for his second term. Just yesterday, he officially dismissed his Jobs Council, and in his Inaugural Address last week he all but completely ignored job creation," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
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