Rubio isn't down with J.T.
March 19th, 2013
04:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio isn't down with J.T.

(CNN) – The public is gaining a clearer picture of Sen. Marco Rubio's preferred music tastes: He's in with Tupac, Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean.

But the junior senator said Tuesday he doesn't share the same love for pop star Justin Timberlake, who's releasing his widely-anticipated comeback album "The 20/20 Experience."
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Filed under: Marco Rubio • Senate
March 19th, 2013
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio praises Paul on immigration

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday praised fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul for embracing immigration reform and standing against calls to deport the millions of undocumented immigrants.

"It's a very good development," Rubio said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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Filed under: Florida • Immigration • Marco Rubio • The Lead
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 19, 2013
March 19th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 19, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ESSENTIALLY IN AGREEMENT: Immigration reform: Congressional negotiators close to deal A day after the Republican National Committee released a post-election report calling for comprehensive immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that the bipartisan House group working on legislation is “essentially in agreement” on a plan to address the politically controversial issue. Boehner emphasized he's intent on getting something done in the House, telling reporters, “I made clear the day after the election that dealing with immigration reform was a top priority and it is.” – Deirdre Walsh and Dana Bash

ASSAULT WEAPON BAN OUT: Senate leader says new weapons ban won't pass Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that a proposed ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons has no chance of passing the Senate, but he wants to ensure a vote on it will take place. The proposal to update a similar 1994 ban that expired a decade later was one of four measures passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to the Connecticut school massacre in December.

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Lawmakers nudge Obama after Syria reports
March 19th, 2013
04:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers nudge Obama after Syria reports

Washington (CNN) – Two leading Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, if true, mean the president's threshold for involvement in the country's civil war has been met.

Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have led calls in Congress for greater U.S. involvement in Syria, issued a joint statement saying the attacks, if verified, would demand a response from President Barack Obama.
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Filed under: John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Syria
CNN Poll: Most say Israel a friend
March 19th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Most say Israel a friend

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama makes his first visit to Israel since winning the White House more than four years ago, with anything but a warm relationship with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, a new national poll indicates that nearly half of all Americans consider Israel to be an ally of the United States, but the survey indicates a wide partisan divide.

And a CNN/ORC International poll also points out that two-thirds of Americans say that Israel and its Arab neighbors will never live in peace. And the public's divided on whether Washington should support Israel if it launches a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear program.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Israel
March 19th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: 59% say it was dumb to send troops to Iraq

Washington (CNN) - Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, most Americans say the war was a mistake and that it was dumb to send U.S. troops into the conflict, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday also indicates that more than half of the public says that President George W. Bush's administration misled Americans about whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and more than half describe the more than eight and a half year long war as a stalemate.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Iraq
Senate leader says new weapons ban won't pass
March 19th, 2013
03:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate leader says new weapons ban won't pass

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that a proposed ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons has no chance of passing the Senate, but he wants to ensure a vote on it will take place.

The proposal to update a similar 1994 ban that expired a decade later was one of four measures passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to the Connecticut school massacre in December.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein will appear on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Senate
March 19th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
2 years ago

VIDEO: Man rushes stage during mayor's speech

(CNN) – A man bolted on stage Tuesday to interrupt Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he delivered his State of the City address.

After the man grabbed the microphone from James and angrily chided the mayor, he was tackled by security officers.

Standing calmly at the podium throughout the scuffle, James returned to his remarks and said, "Well, that was unfortunate."


Filed under: Missouri
Negotiators close to immigration deal in Congress
March 19th, 2013
02:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Negotiators close to immigration deal in Congress

Washington (CNN) - A day after the Republican National Committee released a post-election report calling for comprehensive immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that the bipartisan House group working on legislation is "essentially in agreement" on a plan to address the politically controversial issue.

Boehner emphasized he's intent on getting something done in the House, telling reporters, "I made clear the day after the election that dealing with immigration reform was a top priority and it is."
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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled
March 19th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled

Washington (CNN) - Ticket holders for the upcoming White House Easter Egg Roll are being warned the annual event could be canceled if lawmakers can't agree on a measure funding the federal government.

As for now, the event will go on as planned – though warnings have gone out to members of Congress and ticketholders that a partial government shutdown would cause the egg roll to be scrapped.
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Filed under: Budget • White House
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