Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
May 29th, 2013
11:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks

Updated at 12:38 p.m. ET on Thursday 5/30

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.

The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. "If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," said Erin Madigan White, the AP's media relations manager.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Lawmakers demand more details about Benghazi from State
May 29th, 2013
10:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers demand more details about Benghazi from State

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans continued to demand answers Wednesday on the Benghazi attack, one day the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a congressional subpoena to current and former State Department officials over the issue.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, 15 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee demanded to know what actions were taken against four people Kerry had testified would face consequences for failing to protect Chris Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, and others at the U.S. mission in Benghazi,
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Obama: Washington can still be ‘fixed’
May 29th, 2013
09:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Washington can still be ‘fixed’

Chicago (CNN) - Speaking at a political fundraiser, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to work tirelessly to convince the American people that Democrats’ ideas are the right ones.

But at the same time, he attempted to strike a bipartisan tone, acknowledging that while Washington may appear broken, “it can be fixed.”
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Filed under: DCCC • Illinois • President Obama
May 29th, 2013
07:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Officials: Obama to tap ex-Bush official as next FBI chief

(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to nominate James Comey to replace Robert Mueller as FBI director, officials familiar with the nomination process said Wednesday.

Comey is a former prosecutor who worked in New York and Virginia, taking on terrorism cases and prosecutions of executives from WorldCom, Adelphia and Imclone, according to an official biography. He served as deputy attorney general in President George W. Bush's administration.

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Filed under: FBI • President Obama
May 29th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
2 years ago

What does it take to portray the President of the United States?

For every president, there is an actor. And for every film that portrays the commander in chief, there is someone who must choose a face of history.

The next visage for our viewing pleasure is Rob Lowe. It was announced Tuesday that the man who recently played Liberace's plastic surgeon on HBO, will now play John F. Kennedy on National Geographic.

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Filed under: The Lead
May 29th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Christie opens up about his future and weight

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opens up to People magazine about his state, political future and weight loss.


Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Threatening letter to Bloomberg tests positive for ricin
May 29th, 2013
06:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Threatening letter to Bloomberg tests positive for ricin

Updated Wednesday 5/29 6:18 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Preliminary tests indicate ricin was found in letters sent this past weekend to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, New York deputy police commissioner Paul Browne said Wednesday.

Browne said the letter to Bloomberg contained a threat to the mayor and referenced the debate on gun laws.

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Filed under: Michael Bloomberg
May 29th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
2 years ago

DOJ says e-mails, letter prove it notified Fox of subpoenas

Updated 8:04 p.m. on Wednesday, 5/29

Washington (CNN) - Under fire for seeking records of journalists' communications, government officials pushed back Wednesday against statements from Fox News that it was not notified about government subpoenas to the organization.

On Wednesday a law enforcement official showed CNN paperwork to support Justice's claim that on August 27, 2010 three messages were sent out about the subpoenas and went to both a lawyer for Fox News' parent company, News Corporation, and reporter James Rosen.
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Filed under: Fox News • Justice Department
CNN's GUT CHECK for May 29, 2013
May 29th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 29, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: Rhode Island Gov. changes party ID–again... Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, plans to run for re-election next year as a Democrat, two Democratic sources confirmed Wednesday to CNN. – Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser

CATCHING UP: 5 things about the controversy surrounding AG Eric Holder... Attorney General Eric Holder, a political lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration, is under fire for two cases involving secret subpoenas or searches for phone records and other information of journalists involved in reports about leaked classified information. – Tom Cohen

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end lower on fears that Fed will end stimulus. Dow falls 105 points. NASDAQ loses 0.6%, S&P drops 0.7%.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
The 'other' Obama in the campaign spotlight
May 29th, 2013
03:42 PM ET
2 years ago

The 'other' Obama in the campaign spotlight

(CNN) - On the day that her husband keynotes a major fundraiser for House Democrats, first lady Michelle Obama is also flexing her fundraising muscles.

While President Barack Obama travels to their hometown of Chicago to keynote Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee events, the first lady headed to Boston to help bring in the bucks for the party's Senate candidate in next month's special election in Massachusetts. From Boston, Michelle Obama moved on to New York City, headlining two events for the Democratic National Committee.
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Filed under: Fundraising • Michelle Obama • President Obama
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