March 5th, 2013
02:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Confession shows sex claims were 'false smears,' senator says

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez slammed accusations that he had paid a Dominican woman for sex and expressed hope Tuesday that those behind the claims would be exposed in the wake of the woman's notarized confession that she'd never even met the New Jersey Democrat.

"I hope that you will all vigorously go after who was the source and purpose as you did go after the story at the time," he told reporters.

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Forced spending cuts cutting into Obama's numbers?
March 5th, 2013
02:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Forced spending cuts cutting into Obama's numbers?

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating appears to be edging down.

A new CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator, national surveys on the president's approval rating, puts Obama's approval at 48% approval, with 45% saying they disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House. That 48% approval rating is down four points from a CNN Polls of Polls from mid-February which had the president at 52%.
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Filed under: CNN Poll of polls • Debt • Deficit • Polls • President Obama
March 5th, 2013
01:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush explains juggling stances on immigration issue

(CNN) – Amidst criticisms that he's flip-flopped on a key part of immigration reform, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledged Tuesday that he's been supportive both of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and of a lesser measure granting only legal status, saying his position is underscored by a desire to de-incentivize illegal immigration to the United States.

Speaking with Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent and anchor of the upcoming weekday program "The Lead," Bush said that while his new book "Immigration Wars" specifically says immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally should be barred from a pathway to citizenship, he could support such a pathway if it's proposed by lawmakers this year.
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Filed under: Immigration • Jeb Bush
White House to give senators targeted killing documents
March 5th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
2 years ago

White House to give senators targeted killing documents

(CNN) – The White House has agreed to provide senators sitting on the intelligence committee with additional legal opinions related to targeted killings of Americans, the chair of the committee said Tuesday.

The legal opinions, written by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), set out the justification for lawfully targeting Americans overseas who are involved in terror-related activities that threatened America or American interests. The statement from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the opinions would be provided “in a way that allows members to fulfill their oversight responsibilities.”

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Filed under: White House
George H.W. Bush on bonding with Bill Clinton
March 5th, 2013
11:38 AM ET
2 years ago

George H.W. Bush on bonding with Bill Clinton

Washington (CNN) – They faced off as bitter foes in the 1992 election. Today George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are good friends - some even describe it almost as a father-son type relationship.

In this updated collection of letters, e-mails and other writings, "All The Best, George Bush; My Life in Letters and other Writings," Mr. Bush recounts the unlikely journey the two travelled to become so close today.

Programming note: For more about President George HW Bush's letters tune in to "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" starting at 4 p.m. ET.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George H.W. Bush
Angelinos head to polls to elect mayor, school board
March 5th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Angelinos head to polls to elect mayor, school board

(CNN) – In a little-watched but contentious election in Los Angeles Tuesday, city residents will vote to select a new mayor from five leading candidates, though the race is expected to head to a runoff.

The winner will succeed Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat who is term limited and unable to run again. Four of the past five mayors of Los Angeles have been Democrats, and one expected outcome of Tuesday's vote is a split between the two leading Democratic candidates, city council members Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. Without a majority, the top two candidates would head to a runoff vote on May 21.
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Filed under: California
Kerry speaks about first trip as secretary of state
March 5th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Kerry speaks about first trip as secretary of state

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about Syria, Iran and North Korea in an interview Tuesday with CNN as he wraps up his first international trip as the nation's top diplomat.

On Syria, Kerry declined to say that the United States would never arm the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government, but said President Barack Obama believes the current strategy of leaving it to other countries to arm the rebels is currently the right choice.


Filed under: John Kerry • Syria
First furlough notices go out
March 5th, 2013
07:12 AM ET
2 years ago

First furlough notices go out

Washington (CNNMoney) – The first furlough notices for government employees have gone out.

The Army sent letters on Feb. 28 and March 1 to unions warning that employees at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., will be forced to stay at home without pay one day each week from April 22 through Sept. 21.

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Filed under: Budget • Debt
Bipartisan bill would punish gun trafficking
March 5th, 2013
07:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Bipartisan bill would punish gun trafficking

Washington (CNN) - A new bill would make it harder for Mexican drug cartels to get their hands on guns sold in the United States and would punish those buying firearms or ammunition for criminals, according to senators from both parties, who proposed the legislation.

It would also stem the flow of guns purchased legally in one state from getting into the hands of people in other states where they are not legally allowed to own them, according to a statement issued Monday by Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who is one of the bill's authors.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun rights
CNN Washington AM Note
March 5th, 2013
05:11 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Frosty swath brings snow from Dakota to D.C.

If you grab a sled in North Dakota Tuesday, you might be able to ride it through the upper Midwest all the way to the nation's capital. But it would be wiser to avoid road travel for a day or two. A corridor of winter weather is paving its way across the Ohio Valley, dumping heavy snow from Minneapolis and Chicago all the way to the District of Columbia and Baltimore, according to a National Weather Service bulletin Monday.

CNN: Manslaughter charges added in FAMU hazing death

Twelve former students now face manslaughter charges in the November 2011 hazing death of FloridaA&MUniversity drum major Robert Champion Jr., attorneys familiar with the case said Monday. Ten of them were previously charged with felony hazing resulting in death. They and two new defendants will now also be charged with manslaughter, said Craig Brown, the attorney for one of the students.

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Filed under: Washington AM Note
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