Photo: 'Veep' meets the real one for lunch
April 12th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Photo: 'Veep' meets the real one for lunch

(CNN) - Spotted at the White House Friday: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in town promoting the second season of her show "Veep," heading inside for lunch with Vice President Joe Biden. Louis-Dreyfus portrays second-in-command Selina Meyer on the HBO show. Photo by CNN's Brian Yaklyvich.

Later Friday, the White House released a photo of the pair together at Biden's desk, with an audio recording of Louis-Dreyfus explaining the shot.

"This is a picture of two vice presidents hard at work in the vice president's office in the West Wing," she joked. "I came to have lunch with Vice President Joe Biden, and I surprise him by sitting at his desk, so we thought he'd ask my advice on some various briefs he had to deal with, and I was happy to give him my advice, which he paid no attention to whatsoever, which is why he is such a wise vice president. We had a lovely lunch, and it's a day I'll never forget."


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Poll: Paul more favorable than Rubio among Republicans
April 12th, 2013
11:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Paul more favorable than Rubio among Republicans

(CNN) – Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio–both elected in 2010–have been at the center of much hype in the political arena this year as they've taken on high-profile roles and are considered potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Rubio and Paul delivered the GOP and tea party responses, respectively, to the State of the Union in February and gave speeches at last month's major gathering for conservatives known as CPAC.
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Filed under: 2016 • Polls
April 12th, 2013
11:27 AM ET
2 years ago

No sense of urgency: Rocky road ahead for gun legislation in the House

Washington (CNN) – As the Senate opened debate on gun control measures for the first time in nearly 20 years, the path ahead for any gun control measure in the Republican-led House of Representatives is rocky and uncertain.

Family members of those killed in the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, spent three days shuffling from meeting to meeting with senators urging swift action. But across the Capitol there is no sense of urgency, as most rank and file House GOP members are taking a wait and see approach to moving any gun bill, while a bloc of Republicans members are solidly against considering new gun restrictions.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • House
OFA releases first quarter numbers
April 12th, 2013
09:49 AM ET
2 years ago

OFA releases first quarter numbers

(CNN) – Organizing for Action, the nonprofit advocacy group that originated from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, raised $4.8 million in the first quarter from 109,582 donors.

The average donation was $44, according to an email the group sent to supporters Friday morning. This is the first report on its financial viability, as the group officially launched in January.
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Filed under: Fundraising • Organizing for Action
Terrorist video used in ad against McConnell
April 12th, 2013
09:17 AM ET
2 years ago

Terrorist video used in ad against McConnell

(CNN) - A liberal nonprofit group said Thursday it would begin airing an ad hitting Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell that uses a video produced in 2011 showing an American al Qaeda spokesperson showing how to obtain guns in the U.S.

Americans United for Change, the group behind the ad, will initially spend $5,000 to air the spot in Lexington, according to spokesman Jeremy Funk.
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Filed under: Ads • Mitch McConnell
Mood of the nation: Six-year high in optimism, CNN poll shows
April 12th, 2013
09:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Mood of the nation: Six-year high in optimism, CNN poll shows

(CNN) – As the stock market continues to show record highs, the number of Americans who say things are going well in the country has reached 50% for the first time in more than six years, according to a new national survey.

But that doesn’t mean the country is entirely out of the woods yet. The CNN/ORC International poll released Friday indicates that an equal 50% say the country is in bad shape.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
CNN Washington AM Note
April 12th, 2013
05:42 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

WaPo: Growth of suburbs in pro-gun states changing the political calculus in Congress

Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia have long been bastions of gun-rights supporters, with vast rural areas and strong hunting traditions. But in recent days, lawmakers from those states have demonstrated a new willingness to back stricter firearms regulations, setting the stage for what could be the first major gun-control legislation to pass Congress in two decades. The shift underscores a new reality of gun politics in America: The rapid growth of suburbs in historically gun-friendly states is forcing politicians to cater to the more centrist and pragmatic views of voters in subdivisions and cul-de-sacs as well as to constituents in shrinking rural hamlets where gun ownership is more of a way of life.
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