First on CNN: In new TV ad, slain officer’s family endorses Cuccinelli
Republican Ken Cuccinelli (right) will face Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe (left) in the Virginia governor’s race this November.
May 19th, 2013
10:11 PM ET
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First on CNN: In new TV ad, slain officer’s family endorses Cuccinelli

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) – The widow and daughter of a Virginia police officer killed in the line of duty endorse Ken Cuccinelli for governor in a new television commercial that will start running throughout the commonwealth on Monday, a Cuccinelli campaign adviser tells CNN.

Cuccinelli’s first TV ad since accepting the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nomination Saturday doesn’t talk about his plan to fix the economy or lower taxes, but rather it seeks to paint him as a compassionate individual who will never leave your side.

“I honestly don’t know how I survived it,” Sue Garbarino says about the murder of her husband, Fairfax County Police Officer Michael Garbarino, in May 2006. “I just needed to be there for my girls. Every time I was in the hospital, I would see Ken Cuccinelli. I will never forget that.”

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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK
May 19th, 2013
06:05 PM ET
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Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK

(CNN) – An outspoken and provocative conservative who emerged from Saturday's Republican Party of Virginia Convention as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor once compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party.

E.W. Jackson, an African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, made the comments in a self-produced "message to black Christians" posted on YouTube last year.
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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Planned Parenthood • Virginia
May 19th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Crowley's Believe It or Not

Some of the stories this week really had us wondering, "Is this for real?" Like the Congressman who brought a baby to work...


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Despite ‘shortage of common sense’ in D.C., Obama expresses optimism
May 19th, 2013
04:14 PM ET
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Despite ‘shortage of common sense’ in D.C., Obama expresses optimism

(CNN) – Obama kicked off his fundraising tour for the Senate Democratic campaign arm on Sunday with a speaking gig in Atlanta, his first of six events for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

During his brief remarks, the president reported on the divisive political climate in the nation’s capital, saying “partisan thinking” has dominated Washington and added the country needs to elect more people "who are not ideological."
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Filed under: DSCC • Georgia • President Obama
Obama delivers college commencement address
May 19th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
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Obama to new grads: "No time for excuses"

Atlanta (CNN) – Past, present and future came together on a thunderstorm-filled Sunday, as President Barack Obama received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement speech at historically black Morehouse College, where the Rev. Martin Luther King and many other prominent African-Americans spent their formative years.

After opening with several one-liners, and more smiles than we've seen from him in the damage-control-filled recent weeks, Obama delivered a serious message to the class of 2013.

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Filed under: Georgia • President Obama
May 19th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: SNL pokes fun at controversies

It's doubtful anyone in the Obama administration was laughing last week over the slew of controversies that dominated headlines, but the cast of "Saturday Night Live" took the opportunity to draw a few laughs about the scandals Saturday in its "Weekend Update" segment.


Filed under: President Obama
Obama to give much-anticipated speech on terrorism, drones
May 19th, 2013
12:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to give much-anticipated speech on terrorism, drones

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will deliver long-promised remarks Thursday explaining the legal framework behind the decisions he makes to use drones against terrorist threats and further detail the administration’s counterterrorism policy, according to a White House official.

In his speech at the National Defense University, the president also plans to review the state of threats the country currently faces and efforts to close down Guantanamo Bay's detention facility, the official said.
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Filed under: President Obama • Terrorism
May 19th, 2013
11:54 AM ET
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ABC's Jonathan Karl to CNN: 'I regret the email was quoted incorrectly'

(CNN) – Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, addressed criticism of his reporting on the Benghazi talking points controversy, saying in a statement to CNN that he regrets the inaccuracy of his report.

“Clearly, I regret the email was quoted incorrectly and I regret that it’s become a distraction from the story, which still entirely stands. I should have been clearer about the attribution. We updated our story immediately," he said in the statement to Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources."
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Filed under: Libya • The Lead
Rand Paul claims revealing memo exists in IRS scandal
May 19th, 2013
10:56 AM ET
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Rand Paul claims revealing memo exists in IRS scandal

(CNN) – While the Internal Revenue Service maintains it was not focusing on conservative groups out of political bias, Sen. Rand Paul claimed Sunday there was a "written policy" floating around the agency that said IRS officials were "targeting people who were opposed to the president."

"And when that comes forward, we need to know who wrote the policy and who approved the policy," the Republican senator from Kentucky said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: IRS • Rand Paul • TV-State of the Union
W.H. adviser questions whether GOP will throw wrench in governing
May 19th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
2 years ago

W.H. adviser questions whether GOP will throw wrench in governing

(CNN) - In the wake of controversies plaguing the Obama administration, a White House senior adviser admitted Sunday there is a "healthy skepticism" about government. But he argued it's up to Republicans to decide how much Washington will focus on the scandals.

"Are Republicans going to continue to work with the president ... or are they going to use this as a reason to not act at all?" Dan Pfeiffer asked on CNN's "State of the Union."
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