McCain: 'Why the hell' do iPhone apps need updating?
May 21st, 2013
03:16 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain: 'Why the hell' do iPhone apps need updating?

(CNN) - After questioning Apple CEO Tim Cook in a congressional hearing Tuesday, Sen. John McCain ran out of time and didn't get to ask one pressing question on his mind.

"What I really wanted to ask is why the hell I have to keep updating the apps on my iPhone all the time and why you don't fix that," McCain, an active Tweeter, said–prompting some laughs in the room.
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Filed under: Congress • John McCain • Taxes
Fate of immigration bill gay rights measures in doubt
May 21st, 2013
02:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Fate of immigration bill gay rights measures in doubt

Washington (CNN) - As the Senate Judiciary Committee neared completion of its consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the panel's top Democrat would move forward with a pair of controversial gay rights amendments vehemently opposed by congressional Republicans.

The amendments, offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, would recognize same-sex marriages in which one spouse is an American, and also would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards given proof of a committed relationship.

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Filed under: Congress • Gay rights • Immigration
Apple grilled about tax havens
May 21st, 2013
01:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Apple grilled about tax havens

New York (CNNMoney) - Apple executives defended the company's tax strategy on Capitol Hill Tuesday, claiming that it pays one of the highest effective tax rates of any major corporation.

The Senate called a hearing Tuesday to examine the iPhone maker's strategy of shifting income to an Irish subsidiary to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Apple officials said the company shifted money to its overseas operations, such as those in Ireland, not to avoid taxes but because of the growth of Apple's sales overseas.

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Filed under: Congress
May 21st, 2013
12:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Taking the IRS out of Obamacare

(CNN) – Revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status has re-energized the Republican-led fight to repeal Obamacare.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, told CNN he believes the actions of the IRS are illegal and unconstitutional.

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Filed under: Healthcare • John Cornyn • Tom Price
May 21st, 2013
12:19 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN Exclusive: Oklahoma senators on disaster relief funding

(CNN) - Facing questions on his position about federal disaster aid Tuesday, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma confirmed he would want to offset any relief money with cuts to other parts of the budget but quickly added now was not the time do be discussing such matters.

"It's insensitive to even talk about it now," Coburn said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Capitol Hill. "It just shows the crassness of Washington versus the sensitivity that we need to have."
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Filed under: IRS • Jim Inhofe • Oklahoma • Tom Coburn
May 21st, 2013
11:50 AM ET
1 year ago

Former IRS chief says he lacked details, acted properly on targeting

Washington (CNN) - The former head of the IRS said Tuesday that he was aware of some aspects of his agency's targeting of conservative groups in the spring of 2012, and took what he called the correct action of ensuring that the inspector general for the agency looked into it.

However, Douglas Shulman denied full awareness of what was happening at the time, saying subordinated failed to inform him of the details.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
May 21st, 2013
09:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Inhofe: 'This thing was huge'

(CNN) – Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said Tuesday morning there was "still a lot of uncertainty" in the aftermath of the disastrous tornado that barreled through Moore, Oklahoma.

But one thing he knows for sure is the area has a long way to go in terms of recovery and emphasized a need to raise a lot of money in the wake of the storm.
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Filed under: Jim Inhofe • Oklahoma
May 21st, 2013
07:38 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Americans stand with Oklahoma for 'as long as it takes'

Washington (CNN) – Describing the tornado that swept across the Oklahoma plains as "one of the most destructive storms in history," President Barack Obama said Tuesday the state "needs to get everything it needs right away" to recover from the devastating twister.

The president, speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, said he doesn't yet know the "full extent" of the damage or the "human and economic losses that may have occurred."
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Filed under: Oklahoma • President Obama
CNN Washington AM Note
May 21st, 2013
05:43 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Oklahoma tornado leaves massive path of death, destruction; at least 51 dead

Clinging to the hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers raced overnight scouring mountains of rubble where houses and schools once stood– even as the sobering death toll continued to climb. The vicious tornado that tore across central Oklahoma on Monday has killed at least 51 people - with about 40 more bodies expected to arrive at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office, Amy Elliott of the coroner's office said. The official death toll will gradually rise as the bodies are processed. At least 20 of those killed were children, including seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore - the site of a frantic search early Tuesday morning.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Federal resources ready, Obama tells Oklahoma governor

LA Times: Salt Lake City has highest rate of same-sex couples raising kids

Salt Lake City: the gay parenting capital of the United States? Unexpected as it may sound, a new study finds that the Utah capital and its outskirts have the nation's highest percentage of gay or lesbian couples raising children. Among couples of the same sex in the Salt Lake City area, more than 1 in 4 are rearing children, the analysis of census data reveals. That fact may seem at odds with perceptions that San Francisco and New York are the centers of gay and lesbian life. Pop culture depicts gays and lesbians turning to adoption, sperm banks or surrogacy to form families in decidedly liberal cities such as Los Angeles. But the reality for gay parents can be very different, said Gary J. Gates, the researcher behind the new estimates from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

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