March 29th, 2013
06:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Carrey calls conservative media critics 'bullies'

(CNN) - Jim Carrey's video mocking the late actor and National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston didn't please some conservatives - not that Carrey himself minds.

The video, a spoof version of the old comedy show "Hee Haw," featured Carrey playing both Heston and the leader of a country-western group, mocking Heston's declaration that gun control advocates would have to pry his firearms "from my cold, dead hands"
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March 29th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Carson apologizes for homosexuality comment

(CNN) - Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who rose to GOP fame in recent months, apologized Friday for appearing to equate homosexuality with the criminal acts of pedophilia and bestiality.

"I love gay people. I love straight people. So this was really, I think, on my behalf, somewhat insensitive and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone, because I was not in any way comparing gays with people who engage in bestiality or sexual child abuse," Carson said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Filed under: Ben Carson • Same-sex marriage
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 29, 2013
March 29th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 29, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

FOOT MEET MOUTH: REPUBLICANS CHIDE YOUNG FOR HIS 'WETBACKS' COMMENT With the GOP actively working to reshape its image, it didn't take long for top Republicans to blast one of their own, Rep. Don Young, for using the derogatory term "wetbacks" in describing migrant workers from Mexico.

YOUNG’S COMMENT: “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” he said in an interview earlier this week. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It's all done by machine.”

FORCEFUL RESPONSE: “Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds,” House Speaker John Boehner in a written statement. “I don’t care why he said it – there’s no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology.”

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March 29th, 2013
04:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Don Young apologizes for racial slur

(CNN) - After heated backlash, U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska has apologized for using a derogatory word to describe immigrant workers.

"I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska," the Republican lawmaker wrote in a statement Friday afternoon. "There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words. That word, and the negative attitudes that come with it, should be left in the 20th century, and I'm sorry that this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive immigration reform."
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Filed under: Alaska • Don Young
Obama follows up on past call to bolster U.S. infrastructure
March 29th, 2013
04:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama follows up on past call to bolster U.S. infrastructure

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called Friday for Congress to fund proposals to expand public-private programs to build and repair modern ports, pipelines, schools and other infrastructure.

At a campaign-style event in Miami, Obama said strengthening the nation's infrastructure should be a non-partisan issue because it helps American business and creates jobs for the construction industry.

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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
The White House's Chinese cover up
March 29th, 2013
03:29 PM ET
2 years ago

The White House's Chinese cover up

(CNN) – The White House advance team is tasked with choreographing every facet of President Obama's travel, including the often picturesque settings that backdrop his speeches.

One thing they can't control? The wind.
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Filed under: China • Florida • President Obama
March 29th, 2013
01:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Congressman apologizes for #TrailofTears tweet

(CNN) – A tweet from a Democratic lawmaker likening a basketball loss to the forcible removal of Native Americans in the nineteenth century was quickly deleted Thursday and replaced with an apology.

U. S. Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa initially wrote, "It's official. Ohio State is the luckiest team in the tournament. #TrailOfTears" following the Buckeyes' narrow win Thursday night that propelled them to the Elite Eight in the NCAA college basketball tournament.
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March 29th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Republicans chide Young for his 'wetbacks' comment

(CNN) – With the GOP actively working to reshape its image, it didn't take long for top Republicans to blast one of their own, Rep. Don Young, for using the derogatory term "wetbacks" in describing migrant workers from Mexico.

The longtime congressman from Alaska attempted to explain why he used the ethnic slur, but he's nevertheless seeing little mercy from some of the biggest voices in the GOP.
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Filed under: Don Young • John Boehner • Republicans
Liz Cheney: Obama 'most radical' ever in Oval Office
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney (L) speaks with his daughter Liz during the 2011 Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
March 29th, 2013
12:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Liz Cheney: Obama 'most radical' ever in Oval Office

(CNN) - Republicans need to move past last year's disappointing election before President Barack Obama drives the country to its demise, Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, wrote in an op-ed published Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

"It is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president's policies and a damaged and diminished America," she wrote. "It is time to get back in the fight."
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Filed under: Liz Cheney • Wyoming
CNN 2016 GOP Poll: Who are these guys?
March 29th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN 2016 GOP Poll: Who are these guys?

Washington (CNN) – They may be familiar figures in political circles, but a new survey suggests that many of the possible 2016 GOP White House contenders are not that well known among Republicans nationwide.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday asked Republicans across the country about their opinions of seven people considering bids for the next GOP presidential nomination. At least a quarter of those surveyed said they didn't know enough of five of the seven potential candidates to form an opinion.
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