June 3rd, 2013
11:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Hillary Clinton's pitch for Bravo

Updated 5:45 p.m. ET on 6/4

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton - former first lady, senator, and secretary of state - may have a future as a television executive.

Speaking to an audience of fashion industry bigwigs Monday in New York, Clinton offered a pitch for Bravo, the television network that's the original home to "Project Runway" (the show now airs on Lifetime).
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Obama to name three to influential court
June 3rd, 2013
11:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to name three to influential court

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is set to put forward three nominations for the influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, officials told CNN.

The officials, speaking anonymously since the announcement has not yet happened, said the president will nominate attorney Patricia Millett, law professor Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, and U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins to the court, which is often regarded as the second most important judicial panel in the country after the United States Supreme Court.
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June 3rd, 2013
09:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Flake spends recess marooned on deserted island

(CNN) - In an adventure worthy of the TV show "Survivor," Sen. Jeff Flake and two of his sons marooned themselves on a deserted island in the Pacific last week during the Senate's week off.

Dodging sharks and suffering sunburns, the senator and his two teenage boys spent four days fending for themselves – spearing fish, catching crabs, picking up coconuts and sleeping outdoors in hammocks. They cooked what they caught, over a campfire kindled with a magnifying glass.
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New IRS chief asks for patience over targeting probe
June 3rd, 2013
06:15 PM ET
2 years ago

New IRS chief asks for patience over targeting probe

Washington (CNN) - In the middle of his first congressional hearing as the new head of the embattled Internal Revenue Service, Daniel Werfel was asked Monday how he would restore public trust in the agency after revelations that conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were targeted for extra scrutiny.

"It is going to be a difficult process," acknowledged Werfel, a career public servant appointed by President Barack Obama last month to clean up the mess that is dominating news headlines early in his second term.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
Frank Lautenberg through the years
June 3rd, 2013
05:58 PM ET
10 months ago

Lautenberg leaves tricky political question for Christie

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(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he had some "pretty good fights" with Sen. Frank Lautenberg. But Lautenberg's death early Monday puts the Republican governor in a pretty good bind in replacing him.

"It's no mystery that Senator Lautenberg and I didn't always agree," Christie said Monday of the liberal Democrat. "In fact, it probably is more honest to say we very often didn't agree, and we had some pretty good fights between us over time - battles on philosophy and the role of government."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Frank Lautenberg
Woman embroiled in Petraeus scandal sues gov't agencies
June 3rd, 2013
05:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Woman embroiled in Petraeus scandal sues gov't agencies

(CNN) – Jill Kelley, the woman described as a "Tampa socialite" who became enmeshed in last year's scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging employees of government agencies violated her privacy.

The complaint, filed in federal district court in Washington, accuses unnamed federal officials of wrongfully searching her personal e-mails and divulging what she says was false information to the media.
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'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans
June 3rd, 2013
04:55 PM ET
2 years ago

'Liar' charge a step too far for some Republicans

(CNN) – Rep. Darrell Issa's assertion Sunday that Jay Carney is a "paid liar" wasn't met with a chorus of agreement Monday from fellow Republicans, some of whom said the comment was misplaced amid real worries about government overreach.

Two outspoken senators – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – both disavowed the remark, saying Issa should focus instead on getting to the bottom of the scandals engulfing the Internal Revenue Service.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 3, 2013
June 3rd, 2013
04:48 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 3, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

REST IN PEACE: FRANK LAUTENBERG DIES; WAS U.S. SENATE'S LAST WW II VET Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat associated with major legislative achievements over five terms in the U.S. Senate and the chamber's last surviving World War II veteran, died on Monday of viral pneumonia, his office said. – Dana Bash and Mark Preston

REPRESENTING HIMSELF: A military judge has ruled Major Nidal Hasan can represent himself in the upcoming trial where he is accused of killing 13 people, Ft Hood Public affairs said in a press release. Judge Col. Tara Osborn said Major Hasan was, “physically and mentally capable of defending himself.” – Pam Benson

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher, recovering from Friday's sell-off. Dow climbs 137 points. NASDAQ rises 0.3%, S&P adds 0.6%.

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DOJ defends Holder's statement on leak investigation
June 3rd, 2013
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

DOJ defends Holder's statement on leak investigation

Washington (CNN) – The Justice Department said Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder's recent testimony about leak cases involving reporters was "accurate and consistent," the latest response in an effort to refute charges the attorney general perjured himself in Congressional testimony.

Holder authorized a search warrant to get e-mails from a reporter's personal account but the Justice Department said at no time "have prosecutors sought approval to bring criminal charges against the reporter."
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
June 3rd, 2013
02:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Carney brushes off Issa remark

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to take the bait Monday, declining to respond to Rep. Darrell Issa's scathing blow in which the Republican congressman called Carney a "paid liar."

"I'm not going to get into a back-and-forth with Chairman Issa," Carney said, laughing it off at the daily press briefing.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Jay Carney
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