Washington (CNN) – Jim Messina is pushing back against criticism that the group he chairs, Organizing for Action, is a special interest group for President Barack Obama that offers access to the president to top dollar donors.
And in a new op-ed on CNN.com Thursday morning, Messina also announced that OFA, which was created from the grassroots wing of the president's 2012 re-election campaign, will not "accept contributions from corporations, federal lobbyists or foreign donors."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has invited Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Chris Van Hollen to lunch at the White House Thursday, according to a White House official. Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee and Van Hollen is the ranking minority member of the committee.
(CNN) - Overriding a veto by Arkansas' Democratic governor, the state's Republican-controlled House and Senate approved a bill to ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy - the most restrictive such law in the country.
Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, vetoed the bill Monday, saying it "blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court."FULL STORY
(CNN) – The liberal group, MoveOn.org, endorsed Democratic Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on Thursday in his bid for the Democratic nomination in his state’s open U.S. Senate race.
According to a survey of its 219,000 members in the Bay State, MoveOn found that 94% voted to endorse Markey, well above its two-thirds threshold for endorsing a candidate. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a social conservative from South Boston, is also running for the Democratic nomination.
Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie.
It's an intriguing 2016 presidential showdown.
CNN: Rand Paul's #filiblizzard filibuster
Sen. Rand Paul ended his day-long filibuster at 12:38 a.m. Thursday, almost 13 hours after he began speaking. The Kentucky Republican tried to stall a confirmation vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan. He took to the Senate floor at 11:47 a.m. ET.
URGENT – North Korea Drills
– (CNN) - North Korea was conducting drills throughout its territory Thursday, the South Korean defense ministry said, adding that they were "unusually grand-scaled." "We are tightening guard and stepping up readiness in case any unexpected or planned provocation happen from North Korea," said Kwon Ki Hyeon of the South Korean defense ministry.'
Washington (CNN) – After almost 13 hours, Sen. Rand Paul yielded the Senate floor, ending his filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan for CIA head.