Obama administration weighs in on defense of marriage law
February 22nd, 2013
08:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama administration weighs in on defense of marriage law

Washington (CNN) - In a preview of a major constitutional showdown at the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage, the Obama administration said on Friday that a federal law denying financial benefits to legally wed gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.

The Justice Department filed the first of a series of briefs in a pair of cases dealing with the multi-layered issue, outlining the executive branch's positions

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February 22nd, 2013
08:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Michelle Obama, Jimmy Fallon show off their 'mom dancing'

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama has some moves–and so does Jimmy Fallon.

The pair teamed up for a video on the "Evolution Of Mom Dancing," which was released online Friday before the first lady's appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
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Graham pushes for more info from Hagel
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
February 22nd, 2013
08:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Graham pushes for more info from Hagel

(CNN) – Days before the Senate votes on ending the filibuster against Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a letter to the former senator, demanding access to Hagel's Senate archives and requesting answers to more questions about his record.

"Given the threats we face in the world and the public confidence level needed to be an effective Secretary of Defense, I believe the airing of your views and record is critical to the confirmation process," Graham stated in the letter.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Lindsey Graham • Senate
February 22nd, 2013
08:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Carney: Spending cuts were never supposed to happen

(CNN) - As both parties seek to find fault for the largely unwanted spending cuts set to go into effect next week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says it's too late to play the blame-game.

"It doesn't matter that Republicans and Democrats voted for it because the whole point was that it wasn't supposed to come to pass," Carney said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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Filed under: Jay Carney • The Situation Room
February 22nd, 2013
06:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Top Romney strategist: 'Blame me'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's top campaign strategist has a simple message for soul-searching Republicans wondering how their presidential nominee lost: "I take full responsibility."

Stuart Stevens was a senior adviser for Romney and had a hand in a variety of campaign functions, including strategy and advertising.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 22, 2013
February 22nd, 2013
05:24 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 22, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

AIR SCARE: LAHOOD WARNS OF 90 MINUTE FLIGHT DELAYS... Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood at Friday’s White House Press Briefing: “Over $600 million of these cuts will need to come from the Federal Aviation Administration the agency that controls and manages our nation's skies. As a result of these cuts the vast majority of FAA's nearly 47,000 employees will be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period until the end of the fiscal year and in some cases as many as two days. … Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff. Delays in these major airports will ripple across the country.”

CHANGE HE CAN BELIEVE IN: PAUL RYAN CHANGES COURSE ON DREAM ACT? As some prominent Republicans change their position on immigration, look no further than tweaks to Rep. Paul Ryan's website for examples of the evolving stance. While the House Budget Committee chairman's congressional site previously displayed clear opposition to the DREAM Act, it now states that immigration reform must include "finding a way forward" for children brought to the country illegally.

LEGACY WATCH: OBAMA SPLIT ON LOCATION OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY On Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he's still not sure which location – Chicago or Honolulu – would be the home of his presidential library. “Honolulu is my birthplace,” Obama said in an interview with Honolulu station KITV. “It's the place where I grew up and I've got so many friends and fond memories and it helped to shaped me. I'd like to find a way after my presidency that connection remains, but I live in Chicago now and that's where I grew up professionally.” – Kevin Liptak

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 22, 2013
February 22nd, 2013
05:24 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 22, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

AIR SCARE: LAHOOD WARNS OF 90 MINUTE FLIGHT DELAYS... Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood at Friday’s White House Press Briefing: “Over $600 million of these cuts will need to come from the Federal Aviation Administration the agency that controls and manages our nation's skies. As a result of these cuts the vast majority of FAA's nearly 47,000 employees will be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period until the end of the fiscal year and in some cases as many as two days. … Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff. Delays in these major airports will ripple across the country.”

CHANGE HE CAN BELIEVE IN: PAUL RYAN CHANGES COURSE ON DREAM ACT? As some prominent Republicans change their position on immigration, look no further than tweaks to Rep. Paul Ryan's website for examples of the evolving stance. While the House Budget Committee chairman's congressional site previously displayed clear opposition to the DREAM Act, it now states that immigration reform must include "finding a way forward" for children brought to the country illegally.

LEGACY WATCH: OBAMA SPLIT ON LOCATION OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY On Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he's still not sure which location – Chicago or Honolulu – would be the home of his presidential library. “Honolulu is my birthplace,” Obama said in an interview with Honolulu station KITV. “It's the place where I grew up and I've got so many friends and fond memories and it helped to shaped me. I'd like to find a way after my presidency that connection remains, but I live in Chicago now and that's where I grew up professionally.” – Kevin Liptak

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Jindal makes it seven
February 22nd, 2013
04:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Jindal makes it seven

(CNN) - Make it seven potential GOP White House contenders who will speak at this spring's key gathering of conservatives.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana will address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, the event's sponsor announced Friday.
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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • CPAC
Democrats raise pressure on GOP for a spending cut compromise
February 22nd, 2013
04:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Democrats raise pressure on GOP for a spending cut compromise

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama, Democratic governors and even a Republican Cabinet member on Friday blamed GOP intransigence for the failure so far to reach a deal to avert the harshest impacts of forced spending cuts set to take effect March 1.

The increasingly strong entreaties for Republicans to discuss a middle-ground solution with Obama and Democrats showed White House concern over the impasse, as well as its ability to mount a message campaign during a week that Congress is on break.

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Paul Ryan changes course on DREAM Act?
February 22nd, 2013
04:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul Ryan changes course on DREAM Act?

(CNN) – As some prominent Republicans change their position on immigration, look no further than tweaks to Rep. Paul Ryan's website for examples of the evolving stance.

While the House Budget Committee chairman's congressional site previously displayed clear opposition to the DREAM Act, it now states that immigration reform must include "finding a way forward" for children brought to the country illegally.
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