Senators want to close online puppy loophole
February 28th, 2013
12:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Senators want to close online puppy loophole

(CNN) – Maybe Congress really is going to the dogs.

A bipartisan pair of senators re-introduced a bill Wednesday that would regulate the online sale of puppies.
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One day to cuts: What's Congress doing?
February 28th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
2 years ago

One day to cuts: What's Congress doing?

Washington (CNN) - There's only one day left before $85 billion in widely disliked spending cuts start to take effect. What are Congress and the president doing Thursday to deal with this self-inflicted crisis?

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Deficit
House passes Violence Against Women Act after GOP version defeated
February 28th, 2013
11:57 AM ET
2 years ago

House passes Violence Against Women Act after GOP version defeated

(CNN) - Struggling again with an issue important to women and minority groups, House Republicans on Thursday failed to pass their version of a new Violence Against Women Act and then split over a Senate version that won approval with unanimous Democratic support.

The votes reflected an emerging political reality in the GOP-led House, with a minority of Republicans joining Democrats to pass legislation supported by the public, including increasingly influential demographics such as Hispanic Americans.

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Eastwood inks support for same-sex marriage
February 28th, 2013
11:51 AM ET
2 years ago

Eastwood inks support for same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Actor Clint Eastwood joined the list of Republicans signing a legal brief in support of same-sex marriage, a person familiar with the document confirmed Thursday.

Eastwood has previously lamented the idea of "making a big deal out of gay marriage," but he's now joining a chorus of high-profile Republicans that want the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex couples who want to legally wed.
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Possible new candidate in key 2014 Senate battle
Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin will retire after his term is up, paving the way for a 2014 open Senate race in Iowa.
February 28th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Possible new candidate in key 2014 Senate battle

(CNN) – Add a new name to what's shaping up to be one of the most crucial U.S. Senate showdowns next year.

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday that she's considering a bid for the seat of longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who late last month announced that he wouldn't run in 2014 for a sixth term in office.
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Source: Obama makes decision on FTC chair
February 28th, 2013
10:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Source: Obama makes decision on FTC chair

Washington (CNN) – President Obama intends to designate Edith Ramirez to be the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said Thursday.

Ramirez has served as a commissioner of the FTC since April 5, 2010. Over the past few years Ramirez has been instrumental in ensuring there is robust competition and innovation in the high-tech marketplace, and has worked hard to protect the most vulnerable communities, the official said.

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Ohio governor's numbers on the rise
February 28th, 2013
08:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Ohio governor's numbers on the rise

(CNN) - With one year and eight months until he faces re-election, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's poll numbers are headed in the right direction.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 52% of Buckeye State voters say they approve of the job the Republican governor is doing in office, with 32% saying they disapprove. The 52% approval rating is up 11 points from December and it's an all time high in Quinnipiac polling for Kasich, who was elected governor in 2010.
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Filed under: John Kasich • Ohio • Polls
Poll: Voters back Bloomberg's push against plastic foam
February 28th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Voters back Bloomberg's push against plastic foam

(CNN) – While critics blast Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on plastic foam containers as a major overreach, a new poll indicates that a strong majority of New Yorkers don't mind his so-called nanny state politics.

And though they approve of Bloomberg's latest restriction campaign, the poll also shows that New York City voters view Rudy Giuliani as the best mayor in the last 50 years of the Big Apple.
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Filed under: Michael Bloomberg • New York • Polls • Rudy Giuliani
Major unions launch new ad campaign aimed at Republicans
February 28th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Major unions launch new ad campaign aimed at Republicans

Washington (CNN) - With the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts about to take effect, several major unions are launching a new ad campaign aimed at putting the blame on some leading congressional Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

They say there will be major problems if the cuts are not stopped.
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CNN Washington AM Note
February 28th, 2013
05:12 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Deaths, damage and cleanup in storm's wake

It was a winter weather tale as old as, well, modern time: car vs. the snow plow.

"There's our friend and our nemesis, the plow. Ugh," said David Bradley, whose car was buried Wednesday by a plow clearing streets in Toronto, Canada. Forty-minutes later, he was still trying to dig out his car from a fierce snowstorm that paralyzed parts of the United States and Canada, leaving hundreds of thousands with out power and stranding thousands more. Similar scenes were playing from Wisconsin to Michigan, from Kansas to Texas, as thousands began digging out from a storm that began last Sunday as a blizzard in the Great Plains. By Wednesday, it was a significant snowmaker over the Midwest and New England, causing headaches for some commuters.

CNN: Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint

A transgender rights group announced Wednesday that it has filed a discrimination complaint in Colorado on behalf of a first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl. The filing stems from a decision announced last December by officials at Fountain-FortCarsonSchool District that Coy Mathis could no longer use the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary.

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