Biden cheers on Delaware basketball team
March 26th, 2013
09:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden cheers on Delaware basketball team

(CNN) - An avid sports fan, Vice President Joe Biden took some time out of his schedule Tuesday to cheer on the University of Delaware women's basketball team, the Blue Hens, as they upset the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in a NCAA tournament game.

The vice president, a longtime resident and former senator from the state, attended the game in Newark, Delaware, along with his son and grandson.

The 78-69 win propels Delaware into the women's sweet sixteen for the first time.


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March 26th, 2013
06:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Paul has a second filibuster on the horizon

Washington (CNN) – The last time he led a filibuster, Sen. Rand Paul carried out the people’s business for 13 straight hours – until he realized he had some personal business to take care of.

“I’ve discovered there are some limits to filibustering and I’m going to have to go take care of one of those in a few minutes here,” he said, wrapping up his marathon protest of the Obama administration’s answer to his question about their drone program.

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Filed under: Rand Paul
March 26th, 2013
06:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Ex-presidents cost taxpayers millions

(CNN) – As if we needed further proof that being leader of the free world is a cushy gig, a new report shows that the perks keep rolling in long after a commander-in-chief leaves office.

According to the Congressional Research Service, taxpayers forked over $3.7 million last year to pay for the four remaining presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that number doesn't include the additional money we spend on their lifetime of Secret Service.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush • Jimmy Carter
Fifth Democratic senator says no to 2014
March 26th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Fifth Democratic senator says no to 2014

(CNN) – Sen. Tim Johnson says it's time for him to say so long.

The three term Democrat from South Dakota announced Tuesday that he won't run for re-election next year.
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Filed under: South Dakota • Tim Johnson
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 26, 2013
March 26th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 26, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEEPLY DIVIDED: As partisans argued outside the U.S. Supreme Court over same-sex marriage - either hoping for or dreading a landmark decision - justices inside seemed reluctant Tuesday to extend a sweeping constitutional right for gays and lesbian to wed in all 50 states. In the first of two days of hearings on cases that have the potential to fundamentally alter how American law treats marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy - considered the likely deciding vote on the divided court - questioned whether justices should even be hearing the issue. – Bill Mears and Michael Pearson

KENNEDY’S CONTROL: If there was any doubt before, the Tuesday arguments showed this is Justice Anthony Kennedy's court, and he is likely to be the controlling or "swing" vote for however the court decides the tricky issues. Four more liberal justices appeared at least open to the idea that same-sex marriage should be allowed in California. Three more conservative justices seemed to take a more "traditional" view– that marriage is between one man and one woman. Justice Clarence Thomas, who does not speak at arguments seems likely to agree. That appears to leave the 76-year-old moderate conservative Kennedy in the middle, perhaps ready to offer a compromise view. – Bill Mears

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First on CNN: Rubio helps raise north of $200K for McConnell
March 26th, 2013
04:33 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Rubio helps raise north of $200K for McConnell

(CNN) – The election is still more than a year away, but Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign coffers got a boost Monday when fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio helped rake in more than $230,000 at a fundraiser in Kentucky.

At the event, Rubio praised McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, for his drive in pushing forward the GOP agenda in the upper chamber.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Marco Rubio • Mitch McConnell
Seeing red? Same-sex marriage debate goes viral
March 26th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Seeing red? Same-sex marriage debate goes viral

Washington (CNN) – Scroll through your Facebook newsfeed today and there is a good chance you will be seeing red.

A simple pink equal sign on top of a red background - a variation of the Human Rights Campaign’s traditionally blue and yellow logo - has dominated social media. In total, according to Fred Saiz, vice president of communication for the gay-rights organization, the image has been seen by 10 million people on Facebook alone.
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Tweet of the Day: Captain Kirk dings IRS
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor William Shatner is seen on the video screen during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
March 26th, 2013
04:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Tweet of the Day: Captain Kirk dings IRS

(CNN) – Actor William Shatner wasn't too amused Tuesday by an Internal Revenue Service training video produced with a Star Trek theme.

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March 26th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: 56% say federal govt. should recognize same-sex marriages

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say that same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal should also be recognized as valid by the federal government, according to a new national survey.

But a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates wide partisan, generational, and geographical divides on the question.
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Obama to appoint first female director of Secret Service
March 26th, 2013
02:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to appoint first female director of Secret Service

Washington (CNN) – President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson as the first female director of the Secret Service, a White House official told CNN on Tuesday.

Pierson has been the chief of staff to the director since August 2008. She began her career as a special agent in 1983 in the Miami field office.

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Filed under: President Obama • Secret Service
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