Christie dings Hillary Clinton, defends flags at half-staff for Gandolfini
June 26th, 2013
09:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Christie dings Hillary Clinton, defends flags at half-staff for Gandolfini

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s sports loyalty on Wednesday, saying the former senator from New York pretended she was a Yankees fan when she ran for office in the state.

During a wide-ranging interview with New Jersey 101.5 radio, Christie also defended his decision to order flags at state buildings to fly at half-staff after the death of actor James Gandolfini, a New Jersey native.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • New Jersey
Tennessee man charged in Romney tax return extortion scheme
June 26th, 2013
09:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Tennessee man charged in Romney tax return extortion scheme

Washington (CNN) - A Tennessee man was indicted Wednesday, accused of making a false claim that he had obtained tax returns for then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and then trying to extort money for them, federal prosecutors said.

Michael Mancil Brown, 34, of Franklin is charged with six counts of wire fraud and six counts of extortion. It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether Brown had an attorney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Taxes • Tennessee
2016 watch: Potential contenders take a stand on Supreme Court rulings
June 26th, 2013
08:38 PM ET
2 years ago

2016 watch: Potential contenders take a stand on Supreme Court rulings

(CNN) – With the Supreme Court announcing decisions on two big cases involving same-sex marriage Wednesday, an array of possible 2016 presidential candidates weighed in on the matter, positioning themselves in a highly-charged debate that could continue for years as states begin adapting to changes in the law.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed a same-sex marriage law in his state last year, said he did not agree with the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a significant section of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies more than a thousand federal benefits to legally married, same-sex couples.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Marco Rubio • Paul Ryan • Rick Santorum • Same-sex marriage • Ted Cruz
June 26th, 2013
07:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Same-sex marriage rulings complicate path forward for GOP

Washington (CNN) - Moments after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a pair of same-sex marriage cases, the handful of Democrats considering running for president in 2016 stumbled over themselves in a rush of celebratory reaction, blasting out a salvo of congratulatory press releases and tweets.

Voting 5-4 in each of two decisions, the justices struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gays and lesbians to once again marry in California.

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Filed under: Republicans • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
Gay, married congressman still seeks state recognition
June 26th, 2013
06:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Gay, married congressman still seeks state recognition

(CNN) – As he heard Wednesday's rulings from the steps of the Supreme Court, the sole married, gay member of Congress thought about how his own marriage remains unrecognized by his home state.

"We have to be thinking about Wisconsin and the other [35] states where same-sex couples can't make end-of-life decisions, can't be notified as next of kin," Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin told CNN.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court • Wisconsin
June 26th, 2013
06:37 PM ET
2 years ago

California Lt. Gov.: Gay marriage ruling 'was about human beings, human dignity'

The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday that private parties do not have "standing" to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure (known as Proposition 8) barring gay and lesbian couples from state-sanctioned wedlock.

The ruling clears the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

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Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage
June 26th, 2013
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Chief Justice's cousin 'excited,' can marry partner

(CNN) - Jean Podrasky, first cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts, said she had mixed feelings Wednesday about her relative's decisions on same-sex marriage cases at the Supreme Court.

"I have to say I am disappointed. I was completely stunned by the split rulings, but I'm sure this is just in keeping with his conservative beliefs," she said in an interview to air Wednesday night on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."
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Filed under: John Roberts • Same-sex marriage
Deal on student loans unlikely before rates rise
June 26th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Deal on student loans unlikely before rates rise

Washington (CNN) - An agreement to stave off the doubling of interest rates on some student loans is unlikely before a July 1 deadline, despite a late push by a handful of lawmakers to reach a compromise, senators from both parties said Wednesday.

“Time is running out but we’re still working on it,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.
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Perry calls special session for Texas legislature
June 26th, 2013
05:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry calls special session for Texas legislature

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry called another special session of the state Legislature on Wednesday after a Democratic filibuster killed a bill that would have imposed strict new regulations on abortion providers in the state.

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Filed under: Rick Perry • Texas
Polls: Weiner gaining ground in NYC mayoral battle
June 26th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Weiner gaining ground in NYC mayoral battle

(CNN) - Politics is full of second chances.

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, now Rep. Sanford, is living proof.

Two new polls suggest that former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York may follow in Sanford's footsteps in winning political redemption.
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