Cabinet to get a second Secretary Kerry
Brothers John (left) and Cameron (right) Kerry.
May 13th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
12 months ago

Cabinet to get a second Secretary Kerry

(CNN) - There are about to be two Secretary Kerrys in the Obama administration - and they're brothers.

Cameron Kerry, the general counsel for the Commerce Department, is poised to become acting secretary of commerce when the current acting secretary steps down later this month.
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Biden's college tuition quip
May 13th, 2013
01:42 PM ET
12 months ago

Biden's college tuition quip

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden knows something about the expense of a college education, and, as he pointed out in Monday's University of Pennsylvania commencement address, he knows something about honorary degrees, too.

"As I was saying to my co-honorees today, this is a much cheaper way to get a degree, isn't it?" he asked to laughter.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Pennsylvania
May 13th, 2013
01:10 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama: Benghazi talking points fight a 'side show'

Washington (CNN) – GOP outrage over a changed set of talking points related to September's attack in Benghazi is a political "side show," President Barack Obama argued Monday, asserting the tragedy was being used for political gain by his rivals.

The Republicans who claim Obama's administration was intentionally misleading in the way they characterized the Benghazi attack are ignoring key facts and sullying the memory of the four Americans who died, the president claimed.
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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
May 13th, 2013
12:50 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama: Alleged IRS political targeting 'outrageous'

Washington (CNN) - President Obama vowed Monday to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting are proved true.

"If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. And there's no place for it," Obama told reporters.

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Filed under: IRS • Tea Party
Obama calls reports of IRS targeting 'outrageous'
May 13th, 2013
11:58 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama calls reports of IRS targeting 'outrageous'

(CNN) - "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it - and they have to be held fully accountable," President Barack Obama said Monday.

Obama said he learned of allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups through news reports on Friday.


Filed under: IRS • President Obama
Monsanto wins patent case, could have big impact on biotech
May 13th, 2013
11:42 AM ET
12 months ago

Monsanto wins patent case, could have big impact on biotech

Washington (CNN) – A small farmer from Indiana lost his patent dispute on Monday at the Supreme Court, a ruling that could have enormous impact in a variety of biotech fields.

The justices unanimously said Monsanto, the world's largest seed producer, has intellectual property control over its best-selling "Roundup Ready" soybeans.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
May 13th, 2013
10:56 AM ET
12 months ago

Outrage at conservative targeting by IRS

(CNN) – The admitted targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service prompted more calls for tough consequences and a congressional investigation Monday.

Even Democrats voiced concern at the IRS' actions, including Sen. Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
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Filed under: IRS • Marco Rubio • Tea Party
CNN Washington AM Note
May 13th, 2013
05:58 AM ET
12 months ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN Exclusive: CNN Exclusive: Brothers call Ariel Castro a 'monster'

Ariel Castro's brothers no longer refer to him as kin. Instead, they call him "a monster" who should rot in jail after being accused of kidnapping and holding three young women hostage in his home for a decade. "I had nothing to do with this, and I don't know how my brother got away with it for so many years," Pedro Castro, 54, said when he and brother Onil Castro, 50, sat down for an exclusive interview with CNN's Martin Savidge this weekend. When the story first broke, the world saw all three brothers as suspects after Cleveland police arrested them last Monday and released their mugshots. It was not until Thursday that Pedro and Onil Castro were freed and investigators said the brothers had no involvement in the kidnappings.

ALSO SEE: CNN: As Ohio women remained in captivity, alleged abductor's life crumbled

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