February 11th, 2013
08:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Two men charged in death of Chicago girl who performed in inauguration event

Chicago (CNN) – Two street gang members have been arrested and charged in the killing of the young Chicago honor student whose death after her appearance at an event before the inauguration of President Barack Obama shocked the nation, a police source told CNN on Monday.

The men face one charge of murder and two charges of attempted murder, the source told CNN.

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Filed under: President Obama
February 11th, 2013
07:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Rove and Trump 'all good Republicans,' says McDonnell

Washington (CNN) – Don’t look for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to choose between celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Karl Rove, the Bush adviser who’s been at the end of Trump’s ire on Twitter.

“I know both of them. They're all good Republicans. We have good disagreements, just like the other side. And when you lose after a presidential race, there's always this soul searching. I think it's healthy,” McDonnell said on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront.”
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Donald Trump • Karl Rove
Obama set to challenge and persuade
February 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama set to challenge and persuade

Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday night he'll have a club in one hand and an olive branch in another, figuratively speaking.

According to Democrats close to the administration, he'll challenge Republicans to get on board with his economic agenda, including his plans for deficit reduction, broad tax reform and new investments.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook to be Obama's State of the Union guest
February 11th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook to be Obama's State of the Union guest

(CNNMoney) – Apple CEO Tim Cook has made it onto a very short list: He'll be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union on Tuesday.

Cook will sit with the First Lady in special box seats, said a source with knowledge of the matter. The First Lady's other guests at the 2013 State of the Union include the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl shot and killed in Chicago last month. Monday's Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha will also be Obama's guest.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2013
February 11th, 2013
05:12 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: HAGEL VOTE COMING TUESDAY, WITH HIS PROSPECTS IMPROVING The Senate Armed Services Committee will vote on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the panel’s chairman, Carl Levin, said. … CNN learned last week there were at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster, essentially ensuring the embattled nominee will be approved in the coming days. "There's a whole lot of hype and drama, but if he has 60 votes, he has 60 votes. And he probably does," a senior GOP Senate aide told CNN on Monday. – Ted Barrett and Gloria Borger

CASTELLANOS PREVIEWS THE STATE OF THE UNION WITH A QUESTION: WILL OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION HURT DEMOCRATS? CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos writes for CNN.com/Opinion: “If Barack Obama had previewed his inaugural speech before the November election, would he have been able to give it in January? Apparently, our president did not think so. From the first days of his re-election campaign until as recently as a month ago, President Obama described himself “a pretty practical guy” who is “not driven by some ideological agenda.” Dispensing with that fiction in his inaugural address, he's been commended for finally and honestly revealing himself. No longer is Barack Obama a national Rorschach test in which anyone can see anything. He has staked his ground: President Obama is an unabashed advocate of the old-fashioned American left. That's not good news for Democrats who have trekked with him to the end of an ideological limb.” – Alex Castellanos

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2013
February 11th, 2013
05:12 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: HAGEL VOTE COMING TUESDAY, WITH HIS PROSPECTS IMPROVING The Senate Armed Services Committee will vote on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the panel’s chairman, Carl Levin, said. … CNN learned last week there were at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster, essentially ensuring the embattled nominee will be approved in the coming days. "There's a whole lot of hype and drama, but if he has 60 votes, he has 60 votes. And he probably does," a senior GOP Senate aide told CNN on Monday. – Ted Barrett and Gloria Borger

CASTELLANOS PREVIEWS THE STATE OF THE UNION WITH A QUESTION: WILL OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION HURT DEMOCRATS? CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos writes for CNN.com/Opinion: “If Barack Obama had previewed his inaugural speech before the November election, would he have been able to give it in January? Apparently, our president did not think so. From the first days of his re-election campaign until as recently as a month ago, President Obama described himself “a pretty practical guy” who is “not driven by some ideological agenda.” Dispensing with that fiction in his inaugural address, he's been commended for finally and honestly revealing himself. No longer is Barack Obama a national Rorschach test in which anyone can see anything. He has staked his ground: President Obama is an unabashed advocate of the old-fashioned American left. That's not good news for Democrats who have trekked with him to the end of an ideological limb.” – Alex Castellanos

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Filed under: 2012
Lawmakers invite gun violence survivors to State of the Union
February 11th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers invite gun violence survivors to State of the Union

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will spend the bulk of Tuesday's State of the Union address talking about jobs and the economy, administration officials have told CNN.

But as he addresses the joint session of Congress, one group in the House chamber will be listening for something else: the president's remarks on gun control.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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Rubio staff, tea party forces treading carefully before Tuesday
February 11th, 2013
03:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio staff, tea party forces treading carefully before Tuesday

Washington (CNN) – Both sides from the dueling responses to the president’s State of the Union speech are treading carefully heading into Tuesday.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is giving the official Republican response to the president’s speech. Rubio’s colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will deliver the reaction from the Tea Party Express.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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Biden says gun proposals do not equate a 'slippery slope'
February 11th, 2013
03:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden says gun proposals do not equate a 'slippery slope'

(CNN) – Eight weeks after the Connecticut elementary school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden emphasized a pressing need to continue pushing for tighter gun laws–and tried to throw water on fears that new restrictions may impose on ownership rights.

"If we remain silent in the face of this tragedy, I think we're going to be judged really harshly," he said Monday. "I really mean that."
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Filed under: Joe Biden
Top Dem on GOP overhaul: 'You can't put lipstick on a pig'
February 11th, 2013
03:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Top Dem on GOP overhaul: 'You can't put lipstick on a pig'

(CNN) - Republican attempts at honing their message to become more inclusive are merely superficial ploys, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee declared Monday.

"You can't put lipstick on a pig," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on a conference call prebutting Tuesday night's Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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