DNC begins to pay down election-year debt
February 20th, 2013
10:10 PM ET
2 years ago

DNC begins to pay down election-year debt

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee paid just shy of $700,000 toward its 2012 debt in January while bringing in about $4.4 million from fundraising.

The committee ended the month with about $4.7 million cash in the bank and an outstanding debt of nearly $20.8 million, according to records filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.
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Filed under: DNC • RNC
February 20th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama dishes on golfing with Tiger

(CNN) - So, who was more nervous to hit the links with the other: one of the world's best golfers or the president of the United States?

Neither he nor Tiger Woods, said President Barack Obama on Wednesday, because each knew they were hardly a hazard to the other.
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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
Graham insists he did not reveal classified drone info
February 20th, 2013
09:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Graham insists he did not reveal classified drone info

(CNN) - A U.S. senator insists he did not reveal any secrets when he publicly mentioned the number of people killed in drone strikes overseas.

Republican Lindsey Graham told an audience in Easley, South Carolina, on Tuesday that the little-discussed drone program had killed 4,700 people, according to a report by Easley Patch website editor Jason Evans.

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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Pentagon
February 20th, 2013
07:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Cruz makes waves with no apologies

(CNN) - Texas tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz is turning heads in Washington, but at home in his district, he's applauded for it. CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports from San Antonio, Texas.


Filed under: Ted Cruz • Texas • TV-The Situation Room
Florida's GOP governor agrees to key Obamacare provision
February 20th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Florida's GOP governor agrees to key Obamacare provision

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott reversed course on Wednesday and said his state would temporarily accept the provision expanding Medicaid coverage included in the new healthcare law spearheaded by President Barack Obama.

Scott becomes the seventh GOP governor to sign on to the plan, rejected by some high-profile state chief executives still at odds with the politically charged law considered by many Republicans as a government overreach and widely known as Obamacare.
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Filed under: Florida • Rick Scott
Photo: Michelle Obama's new portrait
February 20th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Photo: Michelle Obama's new portrait

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama's new official portrait was unveiled Wednesday - one which shows what she termed her "mid-life crisis."

In a talk show interview with Rachel Ray scheduled to air Wednesday, Obama discussed her much-talked-about bangs, saying they are her alternative to buying a sports car or bungee jumping.

The photo was taken in the Green Room of the White House just over a week ago. At left is her official portrait taken during her husband's first term in 2009.


Filed under: Michelle Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 20, 2013
February 20th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 20, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 20, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: A TWEET FROM THE TAMPA BAY TIMES… @PoliticsTBTimes: Sources: @FLGovScott to endorse Medicaid expansion at 5pm announcement.

ANATOMY OF A SMEAR? NY DAILY NEWS REPORTER DAN FRIEDMAN ON HOW HE STARTED THE RUMOR THAT HAGEL SPOKE TO “FRIENDS OF HAMAS” Friedman writes: "Here’s what happened: When rumors swirled that Hagel received speaking fees from controversial organizations, I attempted to check them out. Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So, I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the 'Junior League of Hezbollah, in France'? And: What about 'Friends of Hamas'? The names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically. No one could take seriously the idea that organizations with those names existed — let alone that a former senator would speak to them. Or so I thought." – Dan Friedman

THE TOLL? HAGEL UNFAVORABLES DOUBLE IN A MONTH “Unfavorable opinions of Chuck Hagel have increased over the past month as he has faced a bruising confirmation battle to become President Obama’s secretary of defense, according to a new national survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey, conducted Feb. 14-17 among 1,003 adults, finds that 22% have a favorable opinion of Hagel while 28% have an unfavorable view; 50% express no opinion about the former Nebraska GOP senator.”

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 20, 2013
February 20th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 20, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 20, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: A TWEET FROM THE TAMPA BAY TIMES… @PoliticsTBTimes: Sources: @FLGovScott to endorse Medicaid expansion at 5pm announcement.

ANATOMY OF A SMEAR? NY DAILY NEWS REPORTER DAN FRIEDMAN ON HOW HE STARTED THE RUMOR THAT HAGEL SPOKE TO “FRIENDS OF HAMAS” Friedman writes: "Here’s what happened: When rumors swirled that Hagel received speaking fees from controversial organizations, I attempted to check them out. Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So, I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the 'Junior League of Hezbollah, in France'? And: What about 'Friends of Hamas'? The names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically. No one could take seriously the idea that organizations with those names existed — let alone that a former senator would speak to them. Or so I thought." – Dan Friedman

THE TOLL? HAGEL UNFAVORABLES DOUBLE IN A MONTH “Unfavorable opinions of Chuck Hagel have increased over the past month as he has faced a bruising confirmation battle to become President Obama’s secretary of defense, according to a new national survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey, conducted Feb. 14-17 among 1,003 adults, finds that 22% have a favorable opinion of Hagel while 28% have an unfavorable view; 50% express no opinion about the former Nebraska GOP senator.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Tweet of the day: It's the 'nerd prom,' after all
February 20th, 2013
02:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Tweet of the day: It's the 'nerd prom,' after all

(CNN) - If you had the ear of the president and Washington journalists, what would you say?

Conan O'Brien, the comedian tapped to entertain at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner in April, has it figured out.
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February 20th, 2013
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to make appearance at crucial conservative conference

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney is returning to the political spotlight.

Two Republican sources confirm to CNN that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will speak next month at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The event, known as CPAC, is one of the oldest and largest annual gatherings of conservative leaders and activists from across the country.
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Filed under: CPAC • Mitt Romney
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