Menendez speaks out strongly against claims
February 9th, 2013
07:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Menendez speaks out strongly against claims

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez has labeled as false a number of claims by unidentified accusers who, he says, are “trying to defame” him with accusations that he improperly used his office by accepting unreported plane flights, advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of a business and intervening in a Medicare billing inquiry.

“It’s the last time I am going to say this - the last time. Anonymous people without faces, without names can make accusations and the press can ask these questions,” the New Jersey Democrat told the television network Univision.
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Filed under: Robert Menendez
February 9th, 2013
05:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Giffords to attend State of the Union

(CNN) – Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, critically injured in a 2011 mass shooting, will attend the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of Rep. Ron Barber, who replaced her in the House.

She resigned her seat in Congress in the day after the State of the Union last year. On his way to the rostrum to deliver his remarks in the annual address, President Barack Obama stopped to embrace her.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control
Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress
February 9th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Clint Eastwood isn't satisfied with Congress

(CNN) - Clint Eastwood isn't pleased with the job Congress is doing.

"It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said Friday in an interview with CNBC. "So if they don't give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?"
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Filed under: Congress
Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas
February 9th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hitting the road to drum up business.

But he isn't on a tour of the Lone Star State.
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Filed under: California • Rick Perry • Texas
Jeb Bush spokesman denounces hacking of family e-mail
February 9th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush spokesman denounces hacking of family e-mail

(CNN) – The spokeswoman for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday condemned the e-mail hacking and disclosure of private messages exchanged between members of the Bush family.

"This is an outrageous breach of privacy that is the matter of a criminal investigation, so we will not be commenting further," she said in a statement to CNN.
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February 9th, 2013
11:23 AM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama attends funeral of teenage Chicago gun violence victim

(CNN) - "Hi, my name is Hadiya. ... It is your job as students to say no to gangs and yes to a great future."

That was the voice of Hadiya Pendleton heard in a 2008 web video appealing to her peers. The 15-year-old Chicago honor student and advocate for her peers who will be remembered Saturday as a victim of gang gun violence at a funeral attended by first lady Michelle Obama.
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Filed under: Gun control • Michelle Obama
Republicans, Democrats suggest priorities ahead of State of the Union
February 9th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans, Democrats suggest priorities ahead of State of the Union

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Sen. Lisa Murkowski suggested where their policy priorities may lie in their weekly addresses on the eve of Tuesday's State of the Union.

Obama spoke about the federal government's financial situation - including a passed deadline for him to submit a budget and the across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect this spring. Should Republicans and Democrats be unable to resolve their differences, he said "our economic progress could be put at risk."
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Filed under: Lisa Murkowski • President Obama