Breaking: Senate votes to begin debate on immigration reform
June 11th, 2013
02:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Breaking: Senate votes to begin debate on immigration reform

(CNN) – The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to allow debate on a major immigration reform bill, starting an arduous legislative path that faces conservative opposition.

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Monument to Michelle Obama's ancestor knocked down
June 11th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Monument to Michelle Obama's ancestor knocked down

(CNN) – A stone monument in Rex, Georgia, celebrating first lady Michelle Obama's great-great-great grandmother Melvinia Shields was knocked over from its pedestal onto a concrete slab Saturday night.

"It was done purposely. If I had to speculate some people may think it was a prank; not realizing what a serious matter it is. I really believe we have gone beyond any other motives," Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton told CNN Tuesday during a phone conversation.
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June 11th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama pushes high-stakes immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama tried Tuesday to build momentum for an immigration reform bill facing a key Senate procedural vote, saying the measure was a commonsense approach to fix a broken system that has allowed 11 million people to live illegally in America.

At a White House event a few hours before the Senate was scheduled to vote on whether to debate the compromise measure, Obama emphasized that it would increase spending on border security and require undocumented immigrants to pursue what he called an "arduous" path to eventual citizenship.

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Controversies knock Obama off balance
June 11th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Controversies knock Obama off balance

Washington (CNN) – History shows that second terms in the White House can be much tougher than first ones, and that is proving true so far for President Barack Obama.

Less than five months in, Obama and his administration appear knocked off balance by a barrage of controversies and criticisms exacerbating the bitter political battles that marked his first four years in office.

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June 11th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Prostitution, drugs alleged in State Department memo

(CNN) – Senior State Department and Diplomatic Security officials may have covered up or stopped investigations of inappropriate or even criminal misconduct by staff, according to an internal memo from the department's Office of the Inspector General.

The timeline surrounding the allegations places the incidents during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure, opening the possibility that a widening scandal might taint both her record and her possible political aspirations. Clinton has also taken heat for the department's response to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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Former Obama chief of staff launches exploratory governor bid
June 11th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Former Obama chief of staff launches exploratory governor bid

(CNN) – Bill Daley, who served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff for one year between 2011 and 2012, announced Tuesday he was launching an exploratory bid for Illinois governor.

"The people of Illinois are paying a price for political failure," Daley said in a video announcing his campaign, pointing to stalled pension reform and marriage equality bills in the state legislature.
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Filed under: Illinois • President Obama • William Daley
Boehner calls Snowden a traitor; Rand Paul 'reserving judgment'
June 11th, 2013
09:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner calls Snowden a traitor; Rand Paul 'reserving judgment'

(CNN) – Republicans on Capitol Hill offered differing assessments Tuesday of the ex-CIA employee who leaked top secret documents detailing the American government's surveillance activities to the Guardian newspaper.

"He's a traitor," House Speaker John Boehner said bluntly on ABC's "Good Morning America," adding he thought Edward Snowden's leaks had put Americans at risk.
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Filed under: John Boehner • NSA • Rand Paul
Labor backs immigration plan with million-dollar ad buy
June 11th, 2013
08:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Labor backs immigration plan with million-dollar ad buy

(CNN) - As the U.S. Senate prepares for its first procedural votes on the "Gang of Eight" immigration plan, a top labor union is launching a seven-figure ad buy on cable television.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said Tuesday that five different spots that feature police officers, small business owners, veterans, children of undocumented immigrants and Republicans will run through June, encouraging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The ad will air on cable networks including CNN.
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Lawmakers ring in Kate Upton's 21st birthday
June 11th, 2013
07:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers ring in Kate Upton's 21st birthday

(CNN) – It's not how you'd expect a supermodel to spend her 21st birthday.

Kate Upton, made famous by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, rang in the big day with her uncle, GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy.
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CNN Washington AM Note
June 11th, 2013
06:24 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: State TV: Suicide attacks kill 14 in central Damascus

A pair of suicide attacks in central Damascus on Tuesday killed at least 14 people and injured 31 others, Syrian state TV reported. The explosions took place near a police station, a police source said. Syria's state news agency, SANA, reported a slightly higher casualty toll, reporting 33 injuries after "two suicide bombers" blew themselves up.

CNN: Turkish riot police move in on protesters at Taksim Square

Turkish riot police in sizable numbers moved into Taksim Square on Tuesday morning, where they engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with a small, hard-core group of protesters. The protesters lobbed Molotov cocktails at armored vehicles and burned one. Police responded by spraying water cannons. The demonstrators, using wooden boards as shields, would pull back - only to return again, lobbing cocktails and firecrackers and flashing "victory" signs. Smoke from tear gas and fireworks wafted through the air as the armored vehicles shoved away makeshift barriers set up by the demonstrators.

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