Photo: A White House Seder
March 25th, 2013
09:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Photo: A White House Seder

(CNN) - President Barack Obama marked the start of Passover Monday night with a Seder at the White House. It's a yearly tradition for the president that began on the campaign trail in 2008.

"This has been a very, very powerful event for the president," Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, adding that Obama planned to use the Seder plate given to him by Sara Netanyahu last week during his trip to Israel.


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Arkansas governor rejects voter ID measure
March 25th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Arkansas governor rejects voter ID measure

(CNN) - A bill that would have required voters in Arkansas to produce photo identification before being allowed a ballot was rejected on Monday by the state's Democratic governor, who said the measure was too expensive and could disenfranchise legal voters.

Gov. Mike Beebe wrote that he thought the bill "unnecessarily restricts and impairs our citizens' right to vote," adding the implementation costs would have risen to $300,000.

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March 25th, 2013
06:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Could the Red River Valley soon run blue?

(CNN) - The year was 1976. Apple was new on the computing scene. The supersonic Concorde plane had just taken to the skies for the first time. And the Seattle Seahawks suited up for their first football game.

It was also the last time Texans voted to put a Democrat in the White House.

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Filed under: Texas
March 25th, 2013
06:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Mark Zuckerberg makes a Washington money, power play

(CNN) - Mark Zuckerberg is now trying to influence your life in a whole new way. The Facebook billionaire just made a major money move into politics, reportedly putting up $20 million of his own fortune to help launch a Silicon Valley non-profit organization.

Sources tell CNN that Zuckerberg is one of a growing group of mega-wealthy tech stars throwing their famous names behind an issue advocacy organization to make waves in Washington. They are forming a 501(c)4, a non-profit organization that can raise unlimited amounts of money to lobby Congress on the issues they care about – starting with immigration.

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Sen. Johnson expected to announce retirement
March 25th, 2013
05:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Johnson expected to announce retirement

(CNN) – Senate Democrats are expecting their colleague Sen. Tim Johnson to announce his retirement at an event in his home state of South Dakota Tuesday, according to a senior Democratic congressional source.

The event is scheduled to take place at Johnson's alma mater, the University of South Dakota. A press release said the event would be "regarding the 2014 election."
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Warner joins fellow senators supporting same-sex marriage
March 25th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Warner joins fellow senators supporting same-sex marriage

(CNN) – A second Democratic senator came out in support of same-sex marriage Monday as high-profile politicians continue to make their views known ahead of this week's Supreme Court arguments.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wrote on his Facebook page, "I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do. Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this is the inevitable extension of my efforts to promote equality and opportunity for everyone."
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Filed under: Mark Warner • Same-sex marriage • Virginia
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 25, 2013
March 25th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 25, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BACHMANN UNDER FIRE: Former GOP 2012 presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign is under investigation by an independent ethics panel on Capitol Hill, according to a statement from an attorney representing Bachmann. William McGinley, a partner at Patton Boggs, a Washington law firm, released a statement to CNN on Monday confirming a story that first appeared in the Daily Beast that the Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into the Minnesota congresswoman's presidential campaign. – Deidre Walsh

HE’S BACK: Tiger Woods regained the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday in Orlando, Florida. Woods won the tournament for the eighth time, tying Sam Snead for the most times winning one event in a career.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end lower on fears about Eurozone debt. Dow falls 62 points. NASDAQ and S&P lose 0.3%.

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Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut
March 25th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association has "stooped to a new low" in making robocalls to residents in Newtown, the two U.S. senators from Connecticut argued in a letter to the NRA on Monday.

"We call on you to immediately stop calling the families and friends of the victims in Newtown," the senators wrote.
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Filed under: Chris Murphy • Connecticut • NRA • Richard Blumenthal
March 25th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: 'Rob Portman effect' fuels support for same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) – One day before the Supreme Court hears a high profile case on same-sex marriage, a new national poll indicates that the percentage of Americans who say they have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian is on the rise. And that increase matches a jump in the percent of the public who support legal same-sex marriages.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey, 57% say they have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian, up 12 points from 2007.
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Bachmann's presidential campaign under investigation by congressional ethics panel
March 25th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Bachmann's presidential campaign under investigation by congressional ethics panel

Washington (CNN) - Former GOP 2012 presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign is under investigation by an independent ethics panel on Capitol Hill, according to a statement from an attorney representing Bachmann.

William McGinley, a partner at Patton Boggs, a Washington law firm, released a statement to CNN on Monday confirming a story that first appeared in the Daily Beast that the Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into the Minnesota congresswoman's presidential campaign.
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Filed under: House • Michele Bachmann
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