Clinton urges Supreme Court to overturn DOMA
March 7th, 2013
09:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton urges Supreme Court to overturn DOMA

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, is now calling on the Supreme Court to rule the same law unconstitutional.

The law, which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, denies federal benefits to same-sex couples in the nine states where same-sex couples can now legally wed.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Same-sex marriage
March 7th, 2013
09:43 PM ET
1 year ago

VIDEO: Rand Paul answers GOP criticism

(CNN) – In an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," Sen. Rand Paul responded Thursday to criticism from his fellow Republican Senate colleagues, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, about his filibuster.

"These are the same two senators that argued in favor of indefinite detention," Paul said. "Which means, and I asked sen McCain directly, I said does this mean you take an American citizen without a trial and send them to Guantanamo Bay for the rest of their life without ever charging them? And he said yes, if they are a safety risk. Who gets to decide? Senator McCain? Does he get to decide if you are an enemy combatant?"


Filed under: John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Rand Paul
Obama says he will issue a clear challenge to Iran, source says
March 7th, 2013
08:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama says he will issue a clear challenge to Iran, source says

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he will not engage in any "chest beating" over Iran's nuclear program, but plans to issue a "clear and direct" challenge to Tehran during his upcoming Middle East trip, according to sources familiar with his comments.

Obama said at a White House meeting with Jewish American leaders that he will still work toward a diplomatic resolution with Iran over its nuclear program, but that no options are off the table, including military ones, one of the sources said.

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Filed under: Iran • President Obama
Cutting W.H. tours will save Secret Service $2 million
March 7th, 2013
06:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Cutting W.H. tours will save Secret Service $2 million

(CNN) – The U.S. Secret Service told CNN Thursday that the plan to end all White House public tours beginning March 9 will help the agency save $74,000 per week.

This accounts for the costs of paying 37 uniformed officers $50 an hour for 40 hours a week to secure the tour’s route through the White House East Wing.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Secret Service • White House
Sen. Levin won't seek re-election in 2014
March 7th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Levin won't seek re-election in 2014

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, 78, announced Thursday that he will not run for a seventh term in 2014.

Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called it an "extremely difficult" decision and stated that he'll better serve his Michigan constituents in the next two years of his term by not being distracted by a campaign.
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Filed under: 2014 • Carl Levin • Michigan • Senate
George H.W. Bush meets with an old friend
Photo courtesy: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
March 7th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
1 year ago

George H.W. Bush meets with an old friend

Washington (CNN) – Almost two months after leaving the hospital, former President George H.W. Bush is beginning to venture out a little bit more. He and Mrs. Bush on Thursday met with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. During Bush's presidency Mulroney was one of Bush's closest friends.

The 88-year-old Bush left a Houston hospital in mid-January after a lengthy bout with bronchitis and several complications. He had been hospitalized since November.
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Filed under: Barbara Bush • George H. W. Bush
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 7, 2013
March 7th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: BRENNAN CONFIRMED AS CIA CHIEF AFTER DRONE DELAY The U.S. Senate approved John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency Thursday after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, ended his delay of the vote earlier in the day. Brennan was confirmed by a 63-34 bipartisan vote. – Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough

#WINNING: RAND PAUL DECLARES VICTORY AFTER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RESPONDS Sen. Rand Paul said he was satisfied with a letter Attorney General Eric Holder sent to him on targeted killing by U.S. drones, in an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. “It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?,’” the letter from Attorney General Eric Holder reads. “The answer to that question is no.” That was good enough for Paul to drop his bid to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director.

DRONES GO LOCAL… Detroit Free Press: Drones in the sky might have their eyes on you

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 7, 2013
March 7th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: BRENNAN CONFIRMED AS CIA CHIEF AFTER DRONE DELAY The U.S. Senate approved John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency Thursday after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, ended his delay of the vote earlier in the day. Brennan was confirmed by a 63-34 bipartisan vote. – Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough

#WINNING: RAND PAUL DECLARES VICTORY AFTER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RESPONDS Sen. Rand Paul said he was satisfied with a letter Attorney General Eric Holder sent to him on targeted killing by U.S. drones, in an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. “It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?,’” the letter from Attorney General Eric Holder reads. “The answer to that question is no.” That was good enough for Paul to drop his bid to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director.

DRONES GO LOCAL… Detroit Free Press: Drones in the sky might have their eyes on you

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
March 7th, 2013
03:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Ryan: Lunch with Obama was a 'frank' discussion

(CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan thanked President Obama for hosting a "frank discussion about Washington's budget challenges" when the two met Thursday.

Obama, who dined with 12 Republican senators Wednesday night, invited Ryan and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking member on the budget committee, to the White House for lunch.
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Filed under: Paul Ryan • President Obama
March 7th, 2013
03:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Brennan confirmed for CIA after drone delay

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency Thursday after a Republican senator ended his delay of the vote earlier in the day.

Brennan was confirmed by a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines. His elevation to the post was widely expected, though he faced vocal opposition from critics like Sen. Rand Paul, who filibustered the vote and demanded more answers from President Barack Obama's administration on when they might use unmanned drones to target Americans suspected of being terrorists.
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Filed under: CIA • John Brennan
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