May 9th, 2013
08:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Screaming women greet Prince Harry at start of buttoned-up U.S. tour

Washington (CNN) – The arrival of Prince Harry on Capitol Hill Thursday prompted what appeared to be a mass exodus of women from their congressional offices, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the third-in-line to the British throne.

Harry's visit to the Russell Senate Office Building was the first official stop on his nearly week-long tour of the United States, which will highlight the military charities that the prince, himself an Army helicopter pilot, has chosen to patronize.
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Filed under: Capitol Hill • John McCain
President to tout Obamacare benefits
May 9th, 2013
08:00 PM ET
1 year ago

President to tout Obamacare benefits

(CNN) – The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 but still the focus of intense Republican scorn, will get a boost from its champion President Barack Obama on Friday at an event singling out the law's benefits for women.

His remarks, to be delivered at the White House, will be made alongside women and families the White House says are already benefiting from the measure, which has become known as Obamacare. The event is pegged to Mother's Day.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Obama goes small on Texas jobs tour
May 9th, 2013
07:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama goes small on Texas jobs tour

Austin, Texas (CNN) – In Texas on Thursday, President Barack Obama used some small-scale campaign tactics to help push his political message.

On a one-day trip the White House called a “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour,” the president made four separate stops.
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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama • Texas
May 9th, 2013
07:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Warren proposes deep discounts for federal student loans

(CNN) - On average, student loan borrowers end up carrying debt loads of $27,000. The interest rate on federal student loans is set to double this summer if Congress does not do anything about it. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, has introduced her first piece of legislation – a bill that would give a steep, temporary discount, taking the interest rate from 3.4% to less than 1%.

The U.S. government has been lending money at a rate of about 0.75% to financial institutions for years, said Warren.

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Filed under: Education • Elizabeth Warren
Senate panel tackles border security in immigration bill
Supporters for immigration reform from the group Campaign for Citizenship say a prayer prior to the start of the reform bill's markup before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
May 9th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate panel tackles border security in immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - Members of a key Democratic-controlled Senate panel cast the first congressional votes on a sweeping bipartisan immigration reform bill on Thursday, turning back the first GOP attempts to beef up the legislation's border security provisions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee met for eight hours, debating and holding votes on more than 30 proposed amendments.

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Filed under: Immigration • Senate
House debt vote previews coming food fight on U.S. borrowing limit
May 9th, 2013
06:38 PM ET
1 year ago

House debt vote previews coming food fight on U.S. borrowing limit

(CNN) – Previewing the partisan food fight coming this fall over raising the debt ceiling, the House passed legislation on Thursday allowing the Treasury to pay U.S. bond holders if the nation hits its borrowing limit.

But the vote doesn't move Congress any closer to a deal to address the nation's fiscal situation - it just exposes the bitter divide between the political parties.
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Filed under: Debt • House of Representatives
May 9th, 2013
06:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Mother of Benghazi victim: Hearing didn't give answers

(CNN) - Parents who lose children in national calamities come to represent a pain and grief and importance that it is difficult to ignore.

Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, listened to the Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. She said she did not get the answers she was looking for.

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Filed under: Libya
Biden: Public's guns shift similar to same-sex marriage
May 9th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden: Public's guns shift similar to same-sex marriage

(CNN) – The progression of public attitude toward an acceptance of same-sex marriage can also be seen in the quest for more restrictive gun control laws, Vice President Joe Biden asserted in an interview published Thursday.

Biden, who led the Obama administration task force to develop proposals for new gun laws, said Americans' stance on guns had changed after the Newtown school shooting, but that some lawmakers have yet to acknowledge the shift.
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Filed under: Gun control • Vice President Biden
Facebook page comes down after threat to lawmaker
May 9th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Facebook page comes down after threat to lawmaker

Washington (CNN) - A Facebook page with sexually explicit comments denigrating female Marines was taken down after a congresswoman who complained about it was threatened on that site, an aide to the lawmaker told CNN.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, made public a letter she wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos on Wednesday about "F'N Wook" and others like it, asking them to review them and take action.

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Filed under: Facebook
Mayors Against Illegal Guns thanks Toomey
May 9th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Mayors Against Illegal Guns thanks Toomey

(CNN) - Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy group launched a new television ad on Thursday praising Republican Senator Pat Toomey for co-sponsoring an amendment to expand background checks in Pennsylvania

The organization is backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is focused on supporting gun control. They say that the Toomey television spot is a two-week, six-figure ad buy.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Pat Toomey
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