June 12th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Monster at the White House

(CNN) - White House want cookie?

One of Sesame Street's most beloved characters made an appearance Wednesday at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The White House posted a short video on Twitter of their guest.


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Admirers socking it to Bush 41
Former President George H.W. Bush sports some Superman socks for his 89th birthday.
June 12th, 2013
12:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Admirers socking it to Bush 41

(CNN) – George H.W. Bush is having a big birthday.

In honor of his 89th, admirers are sending photos of colorful socks – a trademark of the 41st president.

Here's a sampling of who's celebrating.
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Paul on the fence over immigration bill
June 12th, 2013
11:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Paul on the fence over immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he's not ready to vote on the immigration reform package as it now stands in the Senate, adding the measure needs tougher provisions on border security in order to have a chance in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

On a personal note, the senator also said he's come to realize there's an important distinction between the terms "illegal" and "undocumented" when referring to immigrants.
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Filed under: Immigration • Rand Paul
Bloomberg to donors: Stop supporting Democrats against background checks
June 12th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg to donors: Stop supporting Democrats against background checks

(CNN) – Michael Bloomberg's quest to enact stricter gun control measures continued Wednesday with a request from the billionaire New York City mayor to top Democratic donors: Stop supporting Senate incumbents who voted against a measure in April that would have bolstered background check requirements on gun sales.

Those Democratic senators – Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana (who's not running for re-election) – "sided with a gun lobby increasingly out of touch with Americans' priorities," Bloomberg wrote in his letter.
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Filed under: Gun control • Michael Bloomberg
Mass. Senate ad evokes killing old people, toilet seats
June 12th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Mass. Senate ad evokes killing old people, toilet seats

(CNN) – It's not every day a candidate manages to include toilet seats and Congress into the same ad.

But that's what Massachusetts Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is doing in a sarcasm-filled, 30-second ad meant to mock attacks from his Democratic rival Rep. Ed Markey.
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Don't double the interest rate on my student loan
June 12th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Don't double the interest rate on my student loan

Washington (CNNMoney) – Brandon Anderson's student loan will get costlier by $1,000, come July 1 - that's when interest rates on the loans are slated to double.

Anderson is among 7 million undergraduates with a personal stake in the debate in Washington over whether to hold down, or let the 3.4% interest rate to double for undergraduates borrowing subsidized federal student loans.

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Filed under: Education
CNN Washington AM Note
June 12th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Colorado fires scorch state; thousands evacuated

Fast-moving wildfires lit up central Colorado, forcing thousands from their homes and scorching some 12,000 acres of brush and timber. Of the five fires burning, the most problematic was the Black Forest Fire. Tinder-dry conditions and gusty winds fueled the fire, just northeast of Colorado Springs, prompting mandatory evacuations over an area covering 24,000 acres and about 5,000 homes.

CNN: Ohio kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro due in court

An Ohio man accused of murder, rape and holding three women against their will for close to a decade will be arraigned on Wednesday. Ariel Castro, 52, was indicted last week on 329 counts. His case has attracted national attention because of the unusual length and depravity of the crimes of which he's accused. "The horrific brutality and torture that the victims endured for a decade is beyond comprehension," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. Two counts accuse Castro of aggravated murder for purposely causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

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