2016 watch: O'Malley to stop in South Carolina
March 8th, 2013
02:34 PM ET
1 year ago

2016 watch: O'Malley to stop in South Carolina

(CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is heading to South Carolina later this month, a move that will likely fuel further speculation that the Democratic governor is considering a White House bid in 2016.

He'll headline a conference for the South Carolina Democratic Party on March 23.
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Filed under: 2016 • Martin O'Malley • Maryland • South Carolina
Look who came to dinner
March 8th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Look who came to dinner

(CNN) – Seems like President Barack Obama has a packed social calendar.

The week before taking twelve Republican senators out to a private dinner at a Washington hotel, the president and first lady Michelle Obama had another power couple over for a quiet dinner: Former President Bill Clinton and the recently-resigned secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
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Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts
March 8th, 2013
11:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts

Washington (CNN) – A CNN analysis of thousands of pages of Congressional expense reports shows that in the months leading up to the fiscal cliff (and potential, sharp budget cuts), nearly a quarter of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives gave their own office staff bonuses.

That money is itemized as “Other Compensation” in the more than 2000-page report.

Click here to see the list of how much each member of Congress spent and which lawmakers gave their staff what appear to be bonuses, and listen to the full report from CNN Radio here.


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Hagel arrives in Afghanistan on first trip as defense secretary
March 8th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel arrives in Afghanistan on first trip as defense secretary

(CNN) - The first Vietnam veteran to be U.S. defense secretary is spending his first overseas trip on the job thanking soldiers and Marines.

At about 11 a.m. ET Friday, Hagel touched down in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Chuck Hagel
Rev. Jesse Jackson attending Chavez funeral
Hugo Chavez and the Rev. Jesse Jackson meeting in Caracas in 2005.
March 8th, 2013
11:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Rev. Jesse Jackson attending Chavez funeral

(CNN) – The civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who ran for president twice in the 1980s, traveled to Caracas Thursday to attend the funeral of Hugo Chavez, the staunchly anti-American Venezuelan leader who died earlier this week.

In an opinion article on CNN.com, Jackson explained that in the South American nation he would "meet with political, religious and community leaders" to reiterate the official message from President Barack Obama's administration that the United States hopes to foster better ties with Venezuela.
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GOP on jobs report: What about the debt?
March 8th, 2013
10:04 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP on jobs report: What about the debt?

Washington (CNN) – With news Friday the economy had added a better-than-expected 236,000 jobs in February, Republicans quickly turned back to the ongoing battle with the White House over the bloated national debt.

"Any job creation is positive news, but the fact is unemployment in America is still way above the levels the Obama White House projected when the trillion-dollar stimulus spending bill was enacted, and the federal government's ongoing spending binge has resulted in a debt that exceeds the size of our entire economy," House Speaker John Boehner wrote in a statement released 45 minutes after the jobs report came out.
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Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • RNC
Rubio opposes government funding bill unless Obamacare de-funded
March 8th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Rubio opposes government funding bill unless Obamacare de-funded

(CNN) – Legislation funding the federal government for the next several months wouldn't gain support from Sen. Marco Rubio unless the bill de-funds President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, the Florida Republican said on Thursday.

Rubio, long an opponent of Obamacare, said he could support a so-called continuing resolution bill if it includes an amendment stripping funding from the Affordable Care Act. Such an amendment has been offered by Sen. Ted Cruz, who like Rubio was elected with support from the tea party.
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Filed under: Health care • Marco Rubio • Ted Cruz
Giffords to receive JFK Profile in Courage award
March 8th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Giffords to receive JFK Profile in Courage award

(CNN) - Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman from Arizona who was shot and wounded in a 2011 shooting, has been named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the JFK Library said.


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Hiring picks up, unemployment falls
March 8th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Hiring picks up, unemployment falls

New York (CNNMoney) – U.S. employers ramped up their hiring in February, helping to lower the unemployment rate slightly.

The U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. That's much stronger growth than in January, when employers hired a revised 119,000 workers.

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CNN Washington AM Note
March 8th, 2013
05:43 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Georgia town mulls mandatory gun ownership

A small Georgia town may soon require every household to own a firearm - a law that, if passed, would make it the second town in the state to mandate gun ownership. City council members in Nelson, a town of 1,300 people north of Atlanta, unanimously approved the proposal at a meeting this week. Citizens now have a chance to review the proposal before the council takes it up again in April.

CNN: Global warming is epic, long-term study says

Global warming has propelled Earth's climate from one of its coldest decades since the last ice age to one of its hottest - in just one century. A heat spike like this has never happened before, at least not in the last 11,300 years, said climatologist Shaun Marcott, who worked on a new study on global temperatures going back that far.

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