Chamber of Commerce uses opponents' language to push immigration reform
June 23rd, 2013
11:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Chamber of Commerce uses opponents' language to push immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - As the Senate prepares for a crucial week in the immigration debate and a possible final vote on the comprehensive reform bill, the Chamber of Commerce is using some of the opponents' language in a seven-figure ad campaign to instead push for its passage.

In a new national television ad  as well as in radio commercials, the chamber is emphasizing how some leading conservatives are supporting the bill, which includes enhanced border security and an eventual path to citizenship for those already in the country illegally if they meet certain conditions.

Opponents call that amnesty.

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Filed under: Chamber of Commerce • Immigration • Marco Rubio
Gomez: If I lose Tuesday, 'I shall return'
June 23rd, 2013
01:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Gomez: If I lose Tuesday, 'I shall return'

(CNN) – Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez says he's not discouraged by polls that show him trailing his rival. And the Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL said Sunday an Election Day loss wouldn’t mean an end to his political career.

“I'm confident I'm going to win. But as a famous general once said in World War II, I shall return. And I know that a lot of people are very excited about our candidacy,” Gomez said on “Fox News Sunday.” Voters in Massachusetts will select a new U.S. senator Tuesday to serve out the term started by John Kerry, who left the Senate earlier this year to become secretary of state. If Gomez loses, he could run again for the seat in 2014.
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Filed under: Massachusetts • Senate
Lawmakers say tenuous relationship shaken further as Snowden lands in Russia
President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17, 2013.
June 23rd, 2013
01:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Lawmakers say tenuous relationship shaken further as Snowden lands in Russia

Washington (CNN) - The fragile U.S.-Russia relationship - already frayed by disagreements over Syria, Iran and nuclear arms - showed another sign of strain Sunday, as American lawmakers blasted the country's President Vladimir Putin for allowing NSA leaker Edward Snowden to land in Moscow while evading U.S. espionage charges.

Snowden, who has admitted leaking top-secret information about government surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday and later touched down in Moscow, according to Wikileaks, which helped him travel. While Russia is not believed to be his final destination - Ecuador's prime minister said Snowden applied for asylum in his country - lawmakers on Sunday were quick to fault Putin for harboring a man the U.S. government desperately wants back.

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Filed under: NSA • Russia
June 23rd, 2013
01:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Snowden on the run, seeks asylum in Ecuador

Moscow (CNN) - Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, the South American country's foreign ministry announced Sunday as the United States urged countries to rebuff the leaker.

Snowden's story took a dramatic turn Sunday when he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow, aided by the international anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The group reported that Snowden had touched down in Moscow, and CNN spotted a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag at Moscow's international airport.

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Filed under: NSA
With amendment killed, Rand Paul won’t support immigration bill
June 23rd, 2013
10:50 AM ET
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With amendment killed, Rand Paul won’t support immigration bill

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul says he’ll vote “no” on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill, since it doesn’t include his amendment that would grant Congress power to determine whether the U.S. southern border is secure,

The Kentucky Republican had previously been open to supporting the measure, which includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that’s contingent on bolstering border security. Paul introduced an amendment that would have required Congress to vote on whether the border was properly secure, but it failed to gain approval this week.
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Filed under: Immigration • Rand Paul
Schumer: Putin ‘aiding and abetting Snowden’s escape’
June 23rd, 2013
10:00 AM ET
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Schumer: Putin ‘aiding and abetting Snowden’s escape’

(CNN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is harming his county’s relationship with the United States by allowing NSA leaker Edward Snowden to land in Moscow, Sen. Chuck Schumer charged on Sunday.

The New York Democrat also suggested China’s leadership had influenced Hong Kong’s decision to allow Snowden to leave there, despite his outstanding espionage charges from the United States.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • NSA
Calling Snowden a criminal, Pelosi booed by progressives
June 23rd, 2013
08:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Calling Snowden a criminal, Pelosi booed by progressives

(CNN) – Rep. Nancy Pelosi's description of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a criminal drew harsh reaction from liberals gathered at a conference in California on Saturday.

Speaking at Netroots Nation in San Jose, the House Democratic leader said Snowden "did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents," prompting loud boos and heckling from the crowd.
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Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • NSA
Justices to rule soon on divisive voting rights case
June 23rd, 2013
08:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Justices to rule soon on divisive voting rights case

Columbiana, Alabama (CNN) - Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change is afoot in this bedroom community, at least on the surface.

But the federal government thinks an underlying threat of discrimination remains throughout Alabama and other parts of the country in perhaps the most hard-fought franchise in the Constitution: the right to vote.

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Filed under: Supreme Court