U.S. reaction to Chavez's death: from mourning to celebration
March 5th, 2013
09:08 PM ET
1 year ago

U.S. reaction to Chavez's death: from mourning to celebration

(CNN) – Minutes after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was announced, scores of his fellow citizens made their way to El Arepazo, a Venezuelan restaurant outside Miami.

The colors of the Venezuelan flag - red, blue and yellow - predominated among the crowd of about 200 people, many of whom cheered and waved tiny flags as they bellied up to a buffet stocked with "pabellon criollo," the traditional Venezuelan dish of rice, beans, shredded beef and stewed black beans.

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Filed under: Democrats • Hugo Chavez • Republicans
Critics to Obama: Give up golf, not W.H. tours
March 5th, 2013
07:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Critics to Obama: Give up golf, not W.H. tours

(CNN) – After the White House announced it would stop giving tours due to the forced spending cuts, some Republicans gave an alternative proposal: Cancel the golf trips, instead.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is trying to make it illegal for President Barack Obama to use tax dollars for commuting to golf trips. On Tuesday, he submitted an amendment to the continuing resolution that would prohibit the president from using federal funds to travel to or from a golf course until the White House resumes public tours.
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Filed under: Louie Gohmert • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • White House
Senate leaders optimistic about avoiding government shutdown
March 5th, 2013
06:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate leaders optimistic about avoiding government shutdown

Washington (CNN) – The top Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate sounded upbeat Tuesday that a deal will be reached with the GOP-controlled House over a government spending bill before March 27, the day the government runs out of money.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll reach a deal before we leave here for the Easter recess,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters after a caucus with other Democratic senators. “So what remains to be seen is whether this move - and apparently away from a crisis - is truly a shift in the strategy from Republicans, or just a short break from extremism that they’ve had over the last few years.”
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Filed under: Budget • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Paul Ryan eyes controversial Medicare changes
March 5th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul Ryan eyes controversial Medicare changes

Washington (CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan could be on the verge of reigniting another political firestorm over Medicare.

As part of his budget plan for next year, Ryan is considering dramatic changes to the entitlement program including possibly changing the plan for people who are currently 57 and older, according to several House Republican sources. That would be a shift from a repeated GOP pledge to wall off people who are now 55 and older from any impact of new reforms.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Medicare • Paul Ryan
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2013
March 5th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2013

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

BREAKING: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. He was 58. More at CNN.com.

DEVELOPING: JOHN BRENNAN ONE STEP CLOSER TO LANGLEY The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 Tuesday to send John Brennan's nomination to be the next CIA director to the full Senate. The vote was delayed twice as members received and processed classified documents relating to the White House's targeted killing program, which includes the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. – Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2013
March 5th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2013

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

BREAKING: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. He was 58. More at CNN.com.

DEVELOPING: JOHN BRENNAN ONE STEP CLOSER TO LANGLEY The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 Tuesday to send John Brennan's nomination to be the next CIA director to the full Senate. The vote was delayed twice as members received and processed classified documents relating to the White House's targeted killing program, which includes the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. – Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Spending cuts close doors on White House tours
March 5th, 2013
03:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Spending cuts close doors on White House tours

Washington (CNN) - Visitors to Washington D.C. hoping to take a tour of the White House will soon be out of luck. The White House Visitor Center has canceled all tours effective Saturday March 9, a move meant to cut costs in the wake of forced spending cuts that hit the entire federal government last Friday.

An automated message at the visitor center's hotline informed callers of the news on Tuesday.
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Filed under: President Obama • White House
March 5th, 2013
03:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Jeb Bush's controversial immigration proposals

(CNN) – In his new book, "Immigration Wars," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush backs a controversial proposal that could give states the flexibility to deny some emergency room care to undocumented immigrants.

Bush, in an interview with Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and anchor of the upcoming show "The Lead," said he thinks most states would still "want to have that basic care" but added that the nation should at least have a "conversation" on the issue.
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Filed under: Florida • Immigration • Jeb Bush
Brennan, approved by committee, still faces battle from Republicans
March 5th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Brennan, approved by committee, still faces battle from Republicans

Washington (CNN) – John Brennan, nominated last month by President Barack Obama to become the next CIA director, came one step closer Tuesday to assuming that role after being approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

But the former top counterterrorism adviser still faces a battle in the full Senate, where some Republicans have vowed to stall his nomination until they receive answers about the country's drone program and the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan
Trump will speak at CPAC
March 5th, 2013
03:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Trump will speak at CPAC

(CNN) – Business and reality show star Donald Trump will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, according to press release from the event's organizer that was distributed by Trump's spokesman Tuesday.

In the release, the American Conservative Union's president Al Cardenas called Trump "an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives."
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Filed under: CPAC • Donald Trump
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