Jeb Bush's GOP 'canary in the coal mine'
June 13th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
10 months ago

Jeb Bush's GOP 'canary in the coal mine'

Washington (CNN) – Jeb Bush, Florida's former Republican governor, said Thursday that it is important for his party to not forget about Asian Americans, especially when talking about immigration reform.

In answering a question about the political reasons for passing immigration reform at an event at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Bush said for the GOP, Asian Americans are "the canary in the coal mine."
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Filed under: Immigration • Jeb Bush
Pelosi to reporter asking on abortion: 'I'm not going there'
June 13th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
10 months ago

Pelosi to reporter asking on abortion: 'I'm not going there'

Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi got into a heated back and forth Thursday with a reporter inquiring about a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, alleging the comparison the journalist made to a criminal abortion doctor in Philadelphia was made for political purposes.

The clash came the day after Rep. Trent Franks – the creator of the 20 week abortion proposal - caused outrage when he said the "incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." He later clarified his remarks.
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Filed under: Abortion • Nancy Pelosi
Poll: Generational divide over Snowden's actions
June 13th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Generational divide over Snowden's actions

Washington (CNN) – More than half of Americans think the man who leaked sensitive information about the massive and secret government surveillance program did the right thing. But the new national poll suggests an almost equal amount say the former intelligence contractor should be prosecuted.

And the Time survey indicates a wide generational divide, with younger people showing much more support for the actions of Edward Snowden.
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Filed under: NSA • Polls
Yoga, Satan and the candidate's clarification
June 13th, 2013
12:22 PM ET
10 months ago

Yoga, Satan and the candidate's clarification

(CNN) – The Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor smoked marijuana in his past but doesn't believe that yoga leads to Satanism.

Those were a few of the revelations that emerged at a press conference E.W. Jackson held Wednesday in Manassas, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.
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Filed under: Virginia
June 13th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
10 months ago

FBI director defends surveillance programs, clashes with legislator

Washington (CNN) - FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday that secret government surveillance programs disclosed by leaks of classified information have been conducted in adherence with the U.S. Constitution and federal laws.

"The legality has been ensured" by the Department of Justice, and special federal courts set up to handle surveillance issues "ruled and monitored these programs and again, ensured the legality," he told the House Judiciary Committee.

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Filed under: FBI • NSA
June 13th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
10 months ago

All in the family at Clinton Global Initiative

Updated at 12:39 p.m. ET on Thursday 6/13

Chicago (CNN) - Hillary Clinton burst back onto the political scene Thursday, delivering an expansive speech that kicked off the two-day Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago.

In her remarks, the former secretary of state formally announced the group her husband founded more than a decade ago would be renamed to include both herself and daughter Chelsea, making it the official family business. And she described in relative detail the three areas she'll focus on at the organization: early childhood development, expanding opportunities for women and girls, and improving economic development around the world.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
Christie passes on conservative event to speak at Clinton forum
June 13th, 2013
11:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Christie passes on conservative event to speak at Clinton forum

(CNN) - A host of Republicans considering 2016 presidential bids, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will attend a conference for religious conservatives starting Thursday, with a notable exception: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie was invited to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, Republicans with knowledge of the invitation said.

Christie's team declined, citing a scheduling conflict.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Faith
Poll: Congress' new level of awfulness
June 13th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Congress' new level of awfulness

Washington (CNN) - Americans' confidence in Congress as an institution has hit an all-time low, according to a new national poll.

Asked about a list of institutions in American society, only 10% of those questioned in a Gallup survey released Thursday say they have confidence in Congress. That's down three percentage points from last year, and according to their release, "this is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record."
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Filed under: Congress • Polls
Court: Human genes cannot be patented
June 13th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
10 months ago

Court: Human genes cannot be patented

(CNN) - The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented.

But in something of a compromise decision, all nine justices said while the naturally occurring isolated biological material itself is not patentable, a synthetic version of the gene material may be patented.

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TIME: Chuck Schumer and the Art of the Deal
June 13th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
10 months ago

TIME: Chuck Schumer and the Art of the Deal

(TIME) - Chuck Schumer has a unified theory about how to do a big deal in a divided capital.

“You have to walk in the other guy’s moccasins,” he says. “You have to think what they think. If you want to bring somebody onto your side, you have to figure out what motivates them. What do they need?”

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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Time.com
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