Poll: Obama's approval rating among Hispanics stands at 70%
February 4th, 2013
04:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama's approval rating among Hispanics stands at 70%

(CNN) - Less than a week after President Barack Obama highlighted his immigration proposals in Las Vegas, a new poll Monday shows 70% of Hispanics approve of the job he's doing.

The number is slightly down from December, when 75% of Hispanics said they felt the same way, according to the Gallup survey.
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Filed under: Immigration • Polls • President Obama
Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain
February 4th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
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Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.

Obama took part in a discussion with Minneapolis officials before telling police officers and others that an increase in gun violence nationwide, including the Connecticut school massacre in December, made it vital to address the issue now.

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Filed under: Gun rights • President Obama
Long voting lines spark top election official's recommendations
February 4th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
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Long voting lines spark top election official's recommendations

(CNN) – The long lines at Florida polling stations on November 6 have led the state's top election official to recommend expanded early voting and shorter ballots.

The suggestions, issued Monday by Secretary of State Ken Detzner, come after harsh criticism of Florida's voting system, which was the subject of national attention even before long lines and reporting delays came to light after Election Day.
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Filed under: Florida • Rick Scott
President to push immigration reform at White House meeting Tuesday
February 4th, 2013
02:49 PM ET
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President to push immigration reform at White House meeting Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - A day after pushing the administration's gun control proposals on the road in Minnesota, President Obama will sit down with groups to push for immigration reform Tuesday, White House officials said.

The president will meet with leaders of labor unions, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and and Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, as well as representatives of progressive groups, like the NAACP and the Center for American Progress, and key immigration reform groups.
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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • White House
House GOP criticizes president for missing budget deadline
February 4th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
2 years ago

House GOP criticizes president for missing budget deadline

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans are calling out the president for missing Monday's deadline to submit his budget to Congress, and they plan on holding a vote Tuesday to draw attention to the lapse.

By law the president is required to deliver his budget for the upcoming fiscal year to Capitol Hill the first Monday in February. This year marks the fourth time in five years this administration's submission will be late.
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • House • House Republicans • President Obama
Ron Paul's controversial tweet about slain Navy SEAL
February 4th, 2013
01:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul's controversial tweet about slain Navy SEAL

(CNN) – Former Rep. Ron Paul, normally known for his online popularity, drew criticism Monday for asserting a political opinion in a tweet about the Navy SEAL who was killed at a gun range this weekend.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Ron Paul
Obama shooting image gets blasted on the Web
February 4th, 2013
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama shooting image gets blasted on the Web

Washington (CNN) - The photo that the White House released Saturday of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at Camp David did little to shoot down skepticism that he has fired a gun before – instead inspiring conspiracy theorists, critics and comedians on the Web.

The controversy circles around the timing of the photo release, which occurred after Obama responded to a question about whether he had fired a gun before. "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," Obama said in an interview published January 27th by The New Republic.
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Filed under: Gun rights • President Obama
Republicans probe Treasury pick Lew over Medicare law
February 4th, 2013
12:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans probe Treasury pick Lew over Medicare law

Washington (CNNMoney) - It won't all be smooth sailing for Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew.

On Monday, a group of eight Republican senators fired out a letter claiming that Lew didn't comply with a federal law over Medicare funds while he was running the White House budget office.

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Filed under: Jack Lew • Treasury
Weld out; Tagg Romney probably a 'no' in Mass. Senate race
February 4th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Weld out; Tagg Romney probably a 'no' in Mass. Senate race

(CNN) - The clock is ticking for the GOP in Massachusetts.

With Election Day just four and a half months away, Republicans have yet to find a candidate to run in a special contest to fill the final eighteen months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down from the Senate Friday to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state.
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Filed under: Massachusetts • Senate
McCain says monkey business on Twitter just a joke
February 4th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain says monkey business on Twitter just a joke

(CNN) – After catching some flak for slyly calling Iran's president a monkey on Twitter Monday, Sen. John McCain wondered what the fuss was about.

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Filed under: Iran • John McCain
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