Shifting IRS polls contradict key deposition
June 18th, 2013
09:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Shifting IRS polls contradict key deposition

Washington (CNN) - Roughly half of all Americans now think the White House was behind the Internal Revenue Service decision to target conservative political groups - a growing belief at odds with information recently provided to CNN by congressional investigators.

The information includes a full transcript of the May 21 deposition of Holly Paz, a high-ranking IRS official placed on administrative leave as a result of her role in the scandal.

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Senate negotiators seek new compromise on immigration
June 18th, 2013
09:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate negotiators seek new compromise on immigration

Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators is scrambling to reach a fresh compromise they hope can propel a proposal to overhaul U.S. immigration policy toward passage in that chamber and provide momentum heading into the Republican-controlled House.

A deal remained elusive, however, on Tuesday evening and it was uncertain whether the stark differences that have stalled immigration reform for years in Congress could be bridged with time running out on debate.

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Senate hopefuls charge into final week with a heated debate
June 18th, 2013
08:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate hopefuls charge into final week with a heated debate

(CNN) – The final debate showdown Tuesday between Massachusetts rivals Gabriel Gomez and Rep. Ed Markey was peppered with stinging attacks from the candidates, whose race for U.S. Senate culminates in one week.

The wide-ranging forum veered from each candidate’s record on job creation to which Senate hopeful is more entrenched in his party’s establishment. It also touched on last week’s White House decision to further intervene in Syria’s civil war, as well as recent disclosures about government surveillance programs.
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Filed under: Massachusetts • Senate
House passes late term abortion ban
June 18th, 2013
07:02 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes late term abortion ban

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a GOP-sponsored bill banning so- called "late term abortions" - procedures for women who are beyond 20 weeks into their pregnancy. The vote was 228-196, mostly along party lines.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, stirred up controversy last week when he opposed an effort by House Democrats to add an exception for women who are raped, arguing that "the incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."

House Democrats seized on the comment, and because of the backlash GOP leaders later decided to add new language to the bill allowing women who get pregnant as a result of rape or incest to obtain an abortion if they report the crime to authorities.

The White House has threatened a veto on the legislation, but the Democratic-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure.


Filed under: Abortion • House of Representatives
Immigration bill could cut deficits by $175 billion – CBO
June 18th, 2013
06:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Immigration bill could cut deficits by $175 billion – CBO

New York (CNNMoney) - A bipartisan Senate bill that would create a path to legal status for many of the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States could reduce deficits by $175 billion over the first 10 years and by at least $700 billion in the second decade.

That's according to an analysis released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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Outgoing L.A. mayor ‘fully expects’ to run for governor
June 18th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Outgoing L.A. mayor ‘fully expects’ to run for governor

(CNN) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – whose tenure ends this month – is already anticipating a run for California governor, he told a radio interviewer on Tuesday.

“You mentioned governor. Look, I believe in public service. I want to run for governor. In fact, I fully expect that I will," Villaraigosa told KPCC’s Larry Mantle. "I’m going to tell you something, I will never have a job like this. This city has given me more than I could have ever hoped for."
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Filed under: California
June 18th, 2013
05:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence was flat-out lying when he told lawmakers in March the government wasn't collecting data on millions of Americans, Sen. Rand Paul asserted Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican suggested intelligence chief James Clapper had lost all credibility in the wake of intelligence leaks showing information on phone calls and internet usage being collected by the National Security Agency,
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Filed under: James Clapper • NSA • Rand Paul
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2013
June 18th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 18, 2013| 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TERROR PLOTS THWARTED: FEDS SAY SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS HELPED STOP 50+ ATTACKS INCLUDING PLOTS AGAINST NYSE, NYC SUBWAY Officials said the controversial surveillance aimed at communications overseas helped to disrupt more than 50 plots globally that were in various stages of planning … and told Congress they were working on declassifying more information and could deliver a report to the legislative branch as early as this week. – Dana Bash and Tom Cohen

IMMIGRATION REFORM ON LIFE SUPPORT? Under pressure from House conservatives opposed to comprehensive immigration reform, Speaker John Boehner said today, “I don't see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn't have majority support of Republicans.” – Deidre Walsh LINK

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
CNN Poll: You hired them but disapprove of their work
June 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: You hired them but disapprove of their work

Washington (CNN) – It's nothing to brag about.

According to a new national poll, just 16% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, with 83% of those questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey saying they disapprove. The poll was released Tuesday.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Congress • Polls
Biden warns legislators: 'Country has changed' on gun violence
June 18th, 2013
03:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden warns legislators: 'Country has changed' on gun violence

(CNN) - In remarks Tuesday touting the Obama administration's progress in addressing gun safety, Vice President Joe Biden vowed to revisit gun control legislation that failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this year, and warned legislators that the political climate shifted after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

"The one thing that each of us have been saying to our colleagues about these votes is the country has changed," Biden said. "You will pay a price, a political price for not – for not getting engaged and dealing with gun safety."
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Filed under: Gun control • Joe Biden
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