Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'
A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands near a crossing into Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego.
June 27th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
10 months ago

Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'

Washington (CNN) - While the Senate is poised to pass sweeping immigration reform Thursday afternoon, top Republicans in the House are calling the Senate bill a nonstarter.

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday reiterated his position that the House would not vote on the Senate immigration bill.

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Filed under: House • John Boehner • Senate
June 27th, 2013
12:28 PM ET
10 months ago

Texas senator hijacked Democratic process, says Perry

(CNN) – The Texas state senator who filibustered a measure placing strict new curbs on abortion was operating outside the normal procedures for passing legislation, the state's Republican Gov. Rick Perry asserted Thursday.

Perry also claimed Democrat Wendy Davis was ignoring her own past as the daughter of a single mother in her bid to prevent abortion rights from being restricted in the Lone Star State.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas
Republicans grill acting IRS chief over targeting probe
June 27th, 2013
11:26 AM ET
10 months ago

Republicans grill acting IRS chief over targeting probe

Washington (CNN) - The acting head of the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that no evidence has emerged that liberal groups came under the same kind of extra scrutiny as some conservative groups when the agency assessed their applications for tax-exempt status.

An initial report on the IRS targeting scandal made public this week by Daniel Werfel, the IRS principal deputy commissioner, led to the disclosure that IRS workers flagged liberal groups as well as conservative groups in trying to determine if applicants were eligible for the tax-exempt status available to social welfare organizations.

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Rand Paul bestiality comment 'sarcasm,' office says
June 27th, 2013
10:24 AM ET
10 months ago

Rand Paul bestiality comment 'sarcasm,' office says

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul's criticism of Wednesday's same-sex marriage ruling, which included a rhetorical question about bestiality eventually being made legal, was sarcasm, the Kentucky Republican's office says.

Speaking to conservative radio host Glenn Beck, Paul delved into the question of whether or not lawmakers should imbue legislation with their own morals. Beck set up the statement by wondering whether the court's ruling – which found a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional – could logically lead to polygamy becoming legal.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Same-sex marriage
First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York
June 27th, 2013
10:20 AM ET
10 months ago

First on CNN: Clinton opponents plan donor meeting in New York

Washington (CNN) - The movement to "Stop Hillary" is coming to Hillary Clinton's backyard.

America Rising, the political action committee chaired by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, is organizing an "Inaugural Stop Hillary 2016 Luncheon" for Republican donors in Manhattan, CNN has learned.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
June 27th, 2013
08:40 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama calls Mandela a 'personal hero'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, who's tour of Africa this week includes a stop in South Africa, said Thursday his thoughts are with the nation's citizens as anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remains critically ill.

"He is a personal hero, but I'm not unique in that regard," Obama told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin in Dakar, Senegal, the first stop of his African tour.
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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
June 27th, 2013
08:27 AM ET
10 months ago

U.S. won't 'scramble jets' to get Snowden, Obama says

(CNN) - The United States will keep to routine channels in its efforts to bring self-avowed NSA leaker Edward Snowden back for prosecution, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker," he told reporters during a news conference in Senegal.

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Filed under: NSA • President Obama
Obama says benefits of same-sex marriages should cross state lines
June 27th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama says benefits of same-sex marriages should cross state lines

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 27

(CNN) – Same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid even in states where the practice is forbidden, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Speaking the day after an historic Supreme Court ruling striking down the key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Obama said the benefits of being married should extend to same-sex couples no matter where they live. Twelve states, plus the District of Columbia, currently allow same-sex marriage, while 35 states ban it.
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Filed under: President Obama • Same-sex marriage
Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors
June 27th, 2013
08:12 AM ET
10 months ago

Pro-Hillary group meeting with top Democratic donors

(CNN) - While Hillary Clinton considers another run for the White House, some of her most ardent supporters are moving to channel the intense political buzz and speculation surrounding a possible 2016 bid by the former secretary of state.

Some two dozen leading Democratic donors meet for breakfast in New York City Thursday morning with some top Clinton allies to discuss funding an independent political action committee that's urging Clinton to run, according to Democratic sources with knowledge of the event. The breakfast follows lunch held Wednesday with the same mission, to support the Ready for Hillary PAC.
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Filed under: Fundraising • Hillary Clinton
Same-sex couples: Beware the marriage penalty
June 27th, 2013
07:30 AM ET
10 months ago

Same-sex couples: Beware the marriage penalty

New York (CNNMoney) - After notching a major civil rights victory this week, some same-sex couples need to brace for a less exciting outcome: a tax hit known as the marriage penalty.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court shot down the Defense of Marriage Act, making it possible for same-sex couples who are married at the state level to access more than 1,000 federal benefits that were previously reserved for opposite-sex couples - including the ability to file their federal taxes jointly or "married filing separately."

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Taxes
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