Ann Romney returns to politics
June 19th, 2013
02:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney returns to politics

(CNN) – In interviews, Ann Romney has said she and husband Mitt are finished with presidential politics. But the wife of last year's GOP presidential nominee isn't going completely quiet.

During Tuesday evening's city council meeting in San Diego, Mrs. Romney stepped to the microphone during a public comment period to voice concern over the California city's procedures for developing coastline properties.
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Filed under: Ann Romney • California
June 19th, 2013
01:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Where's the Comey announcement?

(CNN) – It's been nearly three weeks since word broke that President Obama planned to nominate James Comey to replace retiring Robert Mueller as FBI director.

But as of Wednesday, the White House hadn't made any moves on announcing Mueller's successor. His term ends in September, and with Congress out of town for much of August, that doesn't leave much time for the Senate to consider the president's nominee.
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Filed under: Chuck Grassley • FBI • Robert Mueller
June 19th, 2013
12:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Five key points from Obama's news conference in Berlin

(CNN) – After U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed hot-button issues like America's surveillance programs during his visit to Berlin on Wednesday, the leaders addressed them with reporters.

Obama visited Germany, the United States' largest European trading partner, after attending a G8 conference earlier this week in Northern Ireland. Below is a quick look at what Obama said Wednesday - a few hours before he spoke to the public at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate - on European concerns about U.S. surveillance programs, Russia's disagreement with the United States over Syria, and more:

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Filed under: President Obama
June 19th, 2013
12:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Christie is a fan of who??

(CNN) - He went there.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced his support for one of the most divisive football teams in the country–and it's not one of the two teams that play in his state.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • New York • Texas
Third Republican senator backs same-sex marriage
June 19th, 2013
11:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Third Republican senator backs same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announced her support Wednesday for same-sex marriage, becoming the third sitting GOP senator to back the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry.

She made her endorsement during an interview with a local television station in Alaska and in an opinion piece on her website, just days before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on two high-profile cases involving same-sex marriage.
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Filed under: Alaska • Lisa Murkowski • Same-sex marriage • Senate
June 19th, 2013
09:28 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: More hearings, please

(CNN) – A new poll indicates a majority of Americans support the federal government's surveillance programs that track metadata on domestic phone calls and monitor online activity by foreigners overseas.

But nearly two-thirds of Americans still want Congress to hold public hearings on the issue, according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday.
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Filed under: Congress • NSA • Polls
'Our values won,' Obama says in Berlin
June 19th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
2 years ago

'Our values won,' Obama says in Berlin

(CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of past U.S. leaders with a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate that a senior administration official said would ask Russia to join the United States in slashing its supply of strategic nuclear warheads.

"Hello, Berlin," Obama said twice to cheers, then told the crowd standing in bright sunshine he would remove his jacket due to the heat. "We can be a little more informal among friends."

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Filed under: President Obama • Russia
CNN Washington AM Note
June 19th, 2013
06:14 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: Afghanistan suspends security talks with U.S.

Afghanistan has suspended security talks with the United States - one day before American officials are set to meet with the Taliban for formal talks. President Hamid Karzai's office announced the suspension Wednesday, but offered a vague reason for doing so. "In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations," the statement from the office said. It wasn't clear whether Karzai's decision had anythig to do with the U.S.-Taliban meeting.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Taliban talks announced as Afghanistan assumes security

NATIONAL STORIES:

USA Today: Medical group recognizes obesity as a disease

The American Medical Association decided Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease, requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment. The American Medical Association, the nation's largest physician organization, decided Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease that requires a range of medical interventions for treatment and prevention. The decision was made at the group's annual meeting in Chicago. Experts in obesity have struggled for years to have obesity recognized as a disease that deserves medical attention and insurance coverage as do other diseases. Previously the AMA and others have referred to obesity as "a major public health problem."

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Filed under: Washington AM Note
CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?
June 19th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?

Washington (CNN) - Call it a mixed bag.

They're still a minority, but an increasing number of Americans say economic conditions right now are good, according to a new national poll.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
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