February 18th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama on the links: Did the lessons pay off?

Palm City, Florida (CNN) - President Obama, fresh off lessons from a top golf coach and a round with Tiger Woods, took to the course for a final time on his Florida private trip Monday.

There were no celebrities or golf experts in today's foursome. The president played for a third day in a row with Trade Representative Ron Kirk, as well as longtime Chicago friend Eric Whitaker, and White House travel director Marvin Nicholson.
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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
Hagel letter disavows alleged old comments on Israel
February 18th, 2013
05:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Hagel letter disavows alleged old comments on Israel

(CNN) - In a letter sent to one of his sharpest critics Saturday, Chuck Hagel stated he could not remember and disavowed a report from 2007 where the Defense Department nominee was characterized as describing the State Department as an "adjunct" to the Israeli government.

That was how a blog post written in 2007 wrote about Hagel's speech on U.S. policy towards Iran. Hagel wrote to his critic Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying "I do not recall making any such statement, or ever making any similar statement. I completely disavow the content of the alleged statement attributed to me." Read that letter provided to CNN by a source here.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Lindsey Graham
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 18, 2013
February 18th, 2013
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 18, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 18, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: RETIREMENT WATCH CONTINUES, as Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) adds his name to the list of senators not seeking re-election in 2014:

DEMOCRATS – Not running for re-election in 2014:

Sen. Jay Rockefeller – West Virginia – announced 1/11/13
Sen. Tom Harkin – Iowa – announced 1/26/13
Sen. Frank Lautenberg – New Jersey – announced 2/14/13

REPUBLICANS – Not running for re-election in 2014

Sen. Saxby Chambliss – Georgia – announced 1/25/13
Sen. Mike Johanns – Nebraska – announced 2/18/13

JUST IN: HAGEL LETTER TO SENATORS GRAHAM AND AYOTTE DISAVOWING A COMMENT ATTRIBUTED TO HIM IN 2007 ON ISRAEL... Read the letter, which was obtained by CNN’s Kevin Bohn, for yourself.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 18, 2013
February 18th, 2013
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 18, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 18, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: RETIREMENT WATCH CONTINUES, as Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) adds his name to the list of senators not seeking re-election in 2014:

DEMOCRATS – Not running for re-election in 2014:

Sen. Jay Rockefeller – West Virginia – announced 1/11/13
Sen. Tom Harkin – Iowa – announced 1/26/13
Sen. Frank Lautenberg – New Jersey – announced 2/14/13

REPUBLICANS – Not running for re-election in 2014

Sen. Saxby Chambliss – Georgia – announced 1/25/13
Sen. Mike Johanns – Nebraska – announced 2/18/13

JUST IN: HAGEL LETTER TO SENATORS GRAHAM AND AYOTTE DISAVOWING A COMMENT ATTRIBUTED TO HIM IN 2007 ON ISRAEL... Read the letter, which was obtained by CNN’s Kevin Bohn, for yourself.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Johanns to retire after first term
February 18th, 2013
12:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Johanns to retire after first term

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, 62, will not seek re-election to a second term in 2014, according to an e-mail he sent to supporters Monday morning.

"During these many years, we have cherished our time together. So as we think about the next stage of our lives, we want a quieter time with our focus on each other, our family and our faith," Johanns said in the e-mail, which he signed along with his wife, Stephanie.
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Filed under: 2014 • Nebraska • Senate
Palin in conservative spotlight next month
February 18th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin in conservative spotlight next month

Washington (CNN) – One year after giving the keynote address at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Sarah Palin will be back to speak again.

The American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, one of the oldest and largest yearly gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country, announced Monday that the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, who recently parted ways as a paid on-air analyst for Fox News, will address the conference.
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Filed under: CPAC • Sarah Palin
On Israel trip, Obama to get medal
February 18th, 2013
10:59 AM ET
2 years ago

On Israel trip, Obama to get medal

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama visits Israel next month, he'll be awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, Israeli President Shimon Peres' office announced Monday.

Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to receive the recognition, will be awarded the medal for making "a unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens," according to a release announcing the news.
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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • President Obama
Clinton makes steps toward speaking circuit
February 18th, 2013
09:52 AM ET
2 years ago

Clinton makes steps toward speaking circuit

(CNN) - As she gets ready to kick off her speaking engagements, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has selected Harry Walker Agency to represent her on the circuit, the company announced on its website.

The same agency represents her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and a host of other high-profile names from politics and media, including former Vice President Al Gore and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
Sanford in first ad: 'None of us go through life without mistakes'
February 18th, 2013
08:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Sanford in first ad: 'None of us go through life without mistakes'

(CNN) - Former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford addressed the controversy that derailed his marriage and reputation in his first television ad for the special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

"I've experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes. But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it," Sanford says in the spot, looking directly into the camera.
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Filed under: Ads • House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina