March 29th, 2013
01:37 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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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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
1 year 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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CNN 2016 GOP Poll: Who are these guys?
March 29th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
1 year 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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March 29th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
1 year ago

Alaska Rep. Don Young walks back 'wetbacks'

(CNN) – Longtime Alaska Rep. Don Young, 79, attempted to clarify Thursday his use of the derogatory term "wetbacks" to describe immigrant workers in an interview earlier this week.

"I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California," the Republican congressman said in a statement issued to a local television station in Anchorage. "I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect."
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CNN Washington AM Note
March 29th, 2013
05:41 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: Blast kills 6 near U.S. Consulate in restive region of Pakistan

A blast near the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed six people and wounded at least 11 more Friday, hospital spokesman Jamil Shah said. A suicide bomber rode a motorbike up to a security checkpoint a third of a mile from the consulate and detonated 22 pounds of explosives attached to his body, police spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Crew takes first fast-track flight to International Space Station

In six hours, a person might walk 18 or so miles. By car, it could be 350-plus miles. A commercial airplane might get as far as 3,400 miles. A spaceship? In that much time, you could get from Earth to the International Space Station. That's what happened with a Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft, which launched from Kazakhstan at 4:43 p.m. ET Thursday, or 2:43 a.m. Friday local time, with three soon-to-be space station crew members on board. NASA mission control declared "contact and capture confirmed" at 10:28 p.m. ET - four minutes earlier than planned - indicating the spacecraft had successfully docked.

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Sanford called a 'compromised candidate' during South Carolina debate
March 28th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Sanford called a 'compromised candidate' during South Carolina debate

(CNN) - The two Republicans vying for a spot on the ballot in South Carolina's special U.S. Congressional election traded barbs Thursday over former Gov. Mark Sanford's history of marital infidelity.

Opponent Curtis Bostic claimed the former governor was a "compromised candidate" because of an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina in 2009 during his tenure in the state house.
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Filed under: Mark Sanford • South Carolina
March 28th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Rush Limbaugh concedes conservatives 'lost' marriage debate

(CNN) - Conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage must accept that they’ve “lost the issue,” radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Thursday.

“This issue is lost,” the conservative firebrand said. “I don't care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable - and it's inevitable because we lost the language on this. “
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Filed under: Rush Limbaugh • Same-sex marriage
Aniston's special note to a senator
March 28th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Aniston's special note to a senator

(CNN) – Sen. Mark Kirk received well wishes from across the political spectrum after suffering a stroke in 2012, but on Thursday the Illinois Republican showed off a 'get well' note from far outside the Beltway.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 28, 2013
March 28th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 28, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA LAYS THE SHAME: President Barack Obama tried to shame the nation and Congress into action against gun violence Thursday, saying it was time for action after the tears and grief of tragedies like the Newtown massacre in December. His voice both somber and angry, Obama told the audience – which included family members of Newtown victims - that “we've cried enough,” and now it is time for Americans to pressure their elected leaders to pass a package of laws proposed by Senate Democrats.

“There are some powerful voices on the other side who are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject,” the president said, adding that “their assumption is that people will just forget about it.” If that happens, Obama said, then “shame on us if we've forgotten.”

NRA RESPONDS VIA TWITTER:

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