Graham to Obama: Stop 'cheerleading' for gun laws
February 13th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Graham to Obama: Stop 'cheerleading' for gun laws

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham took issue with the president's calls for more gun control in his State of the Union address, saying Wednesday that the country doesn't "need a cheerleader for new gun laws."

"We need somebody to enforce the laws we have," Graham said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "I do wish the cheerleading would stop and the prosecutions begin."
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Justice Department • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • Senate
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 13, 2013
February 13th, 2013
04:36 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 13, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DOUBLE THREAT:

MCCAIN CONSIDERING FILIBUSTER OF HAGEL In an effort to pressure the Obama administration to answer a lingering question related to the Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to his spokesman Brian Rogers. McCain wants to know if the president ever personally contacted anyone in the Libyan government during the Benghazi attack to seek assistance for the Americans in the compound. McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, have been trying to get the answer for months, said Rogers, and they reiterated their request in a letter to the president on Monday. – Ted Barrett and Dana Bash

RAND PAUL WANTS TO HOLD BRENNAN NOMINATION… In a written press release, Sen. Rand Paul said he is prepared to put a hold on the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the CIA. “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said. “These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government’s power to use lethal force against its citizens. Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 13, 2013
February 13th, 2013
04:36 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 13, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DOUBLE THREAT:

MCCAIN CONSIDERING FILIBUSTER OF HAGEL In an effort to pressure the Obama administration to answer a lingering question related to the Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to his spokesman Brian Rogers. McCain wants to know if the president ever personally contacted anyone in the Libyan government during the Benghazi attack to seek assistance for the Americans in the compound. McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, have been trying to get the answer for months, said Rogers, and they reiterated their request in a letter to the president on Monday. – Ted Barrett and Dana Bash

RAND PAUL WANTS TO HOLD BRENNAN NOMINATION… In a written press release, Sen. Rand Paul said he is prepared to put a hold on the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the CIA. “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said. “These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government’s power to use lethal force against its citizens. Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution.”

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February 13th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul to place hold on Brennan nomination

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, one of the most outspoken critics of President Barack Obama's use of drones to target terrorists overseas, vowed Wednesday to hold up the nomination of one of the program's chief architects.

John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, is under consideration by the Senate to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The president nominated him to the post last month.
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Filed under: John Brennan • Rand Paul
Obama takes his SOTU message on the road
February 13th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama takes his SOTU message on the road

Asheville, North Carolina (CNN) – Seeking to build momentum and rally support for his jobs agenda, President Obama began the first of three campaign-style day trips around the country Wednesday a day after his fourth State of the Union address.

Traveling to Asheville, North Carolina Mr. Obama spoke at an auto parts plant to highlight his proposals he hopes will make America a "magnet" for jobs and manufacturing.

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Activists arrested at WH over climate change protest
February 13th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Activists arrested at WH over climate change protest

Washington (CNN) - Dozens of environmental activists - including Bobby Kennedy Jr. and actress Daryl Hannah - cuffed themselves to a White House gate on Wednesday in a climate change protest that ultimately resulted in their arrests.

Chanting, "President Obama, we don't want no climate drama!" activists demanded concrete government action on the issue. Their first hope: the Obama administration's rejection of the controversial Keystone Pipeline XL.
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Filed under: Environmental policy • White House
Kerry picks Democratic message-meister as State Department spokeswoman
February 13th, 2013
03:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Kerry picks Democratic message-meister as State Department spokeswoman

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry has asked his "old communicator and colleague," Jen Psaki, to be his chief spokeswoman, a senior agency official confirmed Wednesday.

Psaki is only in her 30s but she is an old hand at Democratic message-shaping. She worked with then-Senator Kerry on his 2004 presidential election bid and was President Barack Obama's deputy communications director.
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Filed under: State Department
February 13th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama keeps pressure on Republicans with jobs plan

Washington (CNN) – Keeping up pressure on congressional Republicans after his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama launched three days of campaign-style speeches on Wednesday with a visit to a North Carolina manufacturing plant that he said epitomized his proposals for job creation.

Obama toured the Linamar Corporation plant in Asheville before telling workers that Congress should pass his proposals laid out in Tuesday night's speech that call for more job training and ending tax subsidies that reward sending jobs overseas.

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Filed under: President Obama • State of the Union
McCain reconsidering filibuster of Hagel
February 13th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain reconsidering filibuster of Hagel

Washington (CNN) – In an effort to pressure the Obama administration to answer a lingering question related to the Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to his spokesman Brian Rogers.

McCain wants to know if the president ever personally contacted anyone in the Libyan government during the Benghazi attack to seek assistance for the Americans in the compound. McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, have been trying to get the answer for months, said Rogers, and they reiterated their request in a letter to the president on Monday.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
Republicans grilling Treasury Secretary nominee
February 13th, 2013
01:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Republicans grilling Treasury Secretary nominee

Washington (CNNMoney) – Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew faced some tough questions during his first confirmation hearing on Wednesday, as Republicans targeted his experience at Citigroup during the financial crisis.

In particular, lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee asked Lew, now the White House Chief of Staff, about a fund organized in the Cayman Islands that he and other Citigroup employees invested in while he was employed there.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Jack Lew • Senate • Treasury
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