5 things you should know about immigration reform
Mariana Rivas urges changes in the immigration bill, protesting in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) office in Doral, Florida.
May 22nd, 2013
07:21 PM ET
2 years ago

5 things you should know about immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform won their first major legislative victory this week when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to approve the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" plan.

If enacted, the measure will create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Holder: Drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009
May 22nd, 2013
04:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Holder: Drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009

Washington (CNN) - Counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged on Wednesday.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder said the United States specifically targeted and killed one U.S. citizen, al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, and knew about three other Americans who had been killed in counter-terror drone strikes.

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Filed under: Eric Holder
CNN's GUT CHECK for May 22, 2013
May 22nd, 2013
04:53 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 22, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TAKING THE FIFTH: IRS official says she has ‘not done anything wrong’ The Internal Revenue Service official who headed the division involved in targeting conservative groups invoked her constitutional right against self-incrimination Wednesday and refused to answer questions from a congressional committee. “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules and regulations,” Lerner said. – Tom Cohen

OBAMA TO MOORE: President Barack Obama will travel to tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma on Sunday, the White House announced today.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
You catch more flies with honey…
May 22nd, 2013
04:35 PM ET
2 years ago

You catch more flies with honey…

(CNN) – One day after squaring off with reporters in an especially combative White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney underwent a major shift in tone as he faced the same reporters Wednesday.

Gone were Tuesday's repeated expressions of frustration, stern demeanor, and the suggestion that questions about scandals relating to the IRS, Benghazi talking points, and investigations of media outlets had become as frivolous as those that were raised about President Obama's birth certificate.
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Filed under: Jay Carney • White House
Cruz hates on Republicans and Democrats alike
May 22nd, 2013
04:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Cruz hates on Republicans and Democrats alike

(CNN) – When it comes to finding ways to reduce the federal debt, Sen. Ted Cruz is having a hard time finding anyone to trust.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, the Texas Republican responded to criticism from members of his party over how to move forward with budget negotiations, taking particular aim at Sen. John McCain.
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Filed under: Budget • John McCain • Ted Cruz
Co-chair of Benghazi review agrees to congressional interview
May 22nd, 2013
03:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Co-chair of Benghazi review agrees to congressional interview

(CNN) – After a war of words – and a subpoena – the co-chair of a review board that investigated last September's attack in Benghazi, Libya, has agreed to be interviewed privately by congressional investigators.

Thomas Pickering, a former ambassador, will voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview conducted by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the panel's chairman said Wednesday. It's the latest development in the dispute over how and where to examine the review board's report, which Republicans regard as inadequate.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Libya
The investigator: Why Darrell Issa is sounding the alarm on Capitol Hill
May 22nd, 2013
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

The investigator: Why Darrell Issa is sounding the alarm on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) - He is best known as the Viper car alarm voice that instructs would-be thieves to "Please step away from the vehicle."

But in political circles, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is a man who, after years of sounding the alarm about perceived Obama administration misdeeds, has struck a chord that is shaking up Washington.

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Filed under: Congress • Darrell Issa
Anthony Weiner
May 22nd, 2013
03:14 PM ET
2 years ago

When politics gives you a second chance

Washington (CNN) - Politics is full of second chances.

Mark Sanford is living proof.

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Mark Sanford
Obama will travel to Oklahoma Sunday
May 22nd, 2013
01:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama will travel to Oklahoma Sunday

(CNN) - President Obama will travel to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma on Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday


Filed under: President Obama
Former Miss America may challenge McConnell
May 22nd, 2013
01:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Former Miss America may challenge McConnell

(CNN) – Ashley Judd is out, but Democrats in Kentucky may have another star on their Senate ticket in November.

Heather French Henry, who won the Miss America pageant in 1999, said she's considering a bid but hasn't made a final decision quite yet.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
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