April 1st, 2013
09:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Why didn't Ashley Judd run for Senate? Sabotage, adviser says

(CNN) - It would have been one of the most interesting races of the 2014 midterm cycle: Actress Ashley Judd challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky for the seat he has held for nearly three decades.

But Judd decided not to launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination, and her top adviser explained why on Monday: sabotage.
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Filed under: Ashley Judd • Kentucky
Clinton to attend high-profile political events
April 1st, 2013
08:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton to attend high-profile political events

(CNN) - After sitting out of the spotlight leaving public office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to attend several events which will put her alongside presidents, possible White House contenders and other major political players.

Her first major public event since stepping down comes Tuesday, when Clinton attends a Washington awards ceremony that will also be attended by Vice President Joe Biden.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Joe Biden • President George W. Bush • Texas
Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months
April 1st, 2013
08:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Akin nearly doubled staff pay in final months

(CNN) - On his way out of the U.S. House, Rep. Todd Akin dramatically upped staff compensation.

In the final three months of last year, Akin's small congressional staff got more than twice what it had received in any of the previous quarters in 2012, according to records posted by legislative salary tracker Legistorm.
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Filed under: Missouri • Todd Akin
CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2013
April 1st, 2013
05:22 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2013

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast in order to monitor that country's military moves, including possible new missile launches, a Defense Department official said Monday. – Barbara Starr

DEVELOPING: Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, is the latest lawmaker to voice support for same sex marriage.

NRA ‘SAFETY SHIELD’ PLAN COMING: The nation's largest pro-gun lobby is set to prominently return to the debate over gun rights and restrictions this week when it unveils the conclusions of its school safety initiative in Washington on Tuesday. The National Rifle Association first announced the National School Shield Program in December as its response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting a week earlier. It posted a bare-bones website and pledged to report back with a set of school safety proposals.
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Casey endorses same-sex marriage, an issue of 'conscience'
April 1st, 2013
04:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Casey endorses same-sex marriage, an issue of 'conscience'

(CNN) - Sen. Bob Casey, a socially conservative Democrat and Pennsylvania's senior senator, announced his support for same-sex marriage Monday saying he had been influenced in part by "letters written to me by LGBT Pennsylvanians and their families."

"After much deliberation and after reviewing the legal, public policy, and civil rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed," he said in a statement.
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Filed under: Bob Casey • Pennsylvania • Same-sex marriage
White House: 480 furlough notices sent at budget office
April 1st, 2013
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

White House: 480 furlough notices sent at budget office

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Monday that nearly 500 furlough notices have gone out to administration employees in reaction to the forced government spending cuts known as sequestration.

"The White House is one of eleven components of the Executive Office of the President which is indeed, as we have said, subject to the sequester," Carney said. "Within the Executive Office of the President, several offices have sent furlough notices to their staff, including to 480 employees of the Office of Management and Budget."
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Filed under: Budget • White House
April 1st, 2013
03:27 PM ET
2 years ago

White House not concerned by Rubio's immigration warning

(CNN) - President Barack Obama does not appear to be discouraged by Sen. Marco Rubio's Sunday morning statement that it is "premature" to consider a deal on immigration at hand.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney brushed aside questions on Monday about "the comments that individual senators make about possible concerns they have - I would direct you to their offices."
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Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio • President Obama
So far, forced spending cuts not as bad as advertised
April 1st, 2013
03:10 PM ET
2 years ago

So far, forced spending cuts not as bad as advertised

Washington (CNN) - Forced government spending cuts, known in Washington jargon as sequestration, took effect a month ago amid doomsday predictions of freed criminals, weakened borders and a crippled military.

President Barack Obama and other federal officials warned that the harshest impacts would hit in April, with worker furloughs and program cuts rippling through the economy to stunt growth during a sluggish recovery.

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Filed under: Budget • Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
Poll: GOP too inflexible; Democrats spend too much
April 1st, 2013
01:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: GOP too inflexible; Democrats spend too much

Washington (CNN) - As the GOP undergoes internal reviews of what went wrong in last year's election and how to improve and expand their party, a new poll suggests a quarter of Republicans think their party is inflexible and unwilling to compromise.

The Gallup poll released Monday also indicates that one in ten Democrats think their party spends too much and increases the deficit.
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Filed under: Polls
Obama hosts Easter Egg Roll, falters on the basketball court
April 1st, 2013
12:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama hosts Easter Egg Roll, falters on the basketball court

(CNN) - With viral-video star "Kid President," American Idol's Jessica Sanchez, and the Easter Bunny at their side, the first family kicked off the 135th Easter Egg Roll at the White House Monday.

"It's great to have everyone here this morning. We are so excited," first lady Michelle Obama said from the White House balcony. "The Easter Egg Roll is the biggest event that we have here on the South Lawn of the White House each year."
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Filed under: President Obama • White House
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