Finalized rules let religious groups opt out of contraception mandate
June 28th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Finalized rules let religious groups opt out of contraception mandate

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration finalized rules on Friday that allow religious-affiliated organizations opposing the use of contraception to opt out of a federal mandate requiring that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for birth control.

The mandates give women at nonprofit, religious-based organizations, like certain hospitals and universities, the ability to receive contraception through separate health policies at no charge.

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House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right
June 28th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
1 year ago

House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right

Washington (CNN) - Republicans on a House committee rejected strenuous Democratic objections in voting Friday that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner waived her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a prior hearing.

The resolution was the first step in an effort by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to force Lerner to return to answer questions about targeting of conservative groups by the unit she headed.

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Filed under: IRS
June 28th, 2013
10:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Davis shrugs off Perry's scolding

(CNN) - The deeply personal criticism that Texas Gov. Rick Perry leveled at state Sen. Wendy Davis Thursday diminished the position he holds, she said in an interview Friday.

Speaking at a national "Right to Life" conference in Dallas, Perry took aim at Davis' own background, claiming she had learned the wrong lessons from being born to a single mother and having her first daughter as a teenager.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Wendy Davis
June 28th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama not ruling out visit to ailing Mandela

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, bound for South Africa on Friday, doesn't appear to be ruling out a visit to Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital.

"We'll see what the situation is when we land. I don't need a photo op and the last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive at a time when the family is concerned with Nelson Mandela's condition," the president told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"I think the main message we'll want to deliver if not directly to him but to his family is simply a profound gratitude for his leadership though all these years and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him, his family and his country."


Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Rand Paul's Republican balancing act
Sen. Rand Paul greets supporters at a tea party movement rally in Washington earlier this month.
June 28th, 2013
07:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul's Republican balancing act

(CNN) - Rand Paul arrives in South Carolina on Friday for a handful of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with local Republicans, the latest in a series of expeditions to key primary states as he mulls a presidential bid in 2016.

If the Kentucky senator decides to embark on a White House run, a likely prospect according to those around him, his South Carolina foray crystallizes what could be a central challenge as a Republican candidate: assuaging skeptical donors in the party's establishment without rankling the grass-roots activists who helped lift him to national prominence.

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Obama heads to South Africa as ailing Mandela clings to life
President Obama speaks in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday.
June 28th, 2013
07:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama heads to South Africa as ailing Mandela clings to life

(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Friday for the second leg of a trip overshadowed by the deteriorating health of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Obama left the United States on Wednesday for Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania - his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Pelosi urges Clinton to run in 2016
June 28th, 2013
05:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Pelosi urges Clinton to run in 2016

(CNN) – The top Democrat in the House is urging Hillary Clinton to run for office, and says their party is already coalescing around the potential 2016 candidate.

In an interview Thursday with USA Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said “there’s a great deal of excitement” about a potential Clinton candidacy, adding that she personally hopes Clinton enters the race.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Nancy Pelosi
CNN Washington AM Note
June 28th, 2013
05:52 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Police are back at Hernandez home

Police on Thursday night were back at the Massachusetts home of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of an ongoing investigation into an unsolved 2012 double homicide in Boston. Hernandez, who is being investigated in connection with that 2012 case, is accused of orchestrating the killing of a man whose body was found last week less than a mile from Hernandez's home. Massachusetts State Police late Thursday said they were seeking a man as an "accessory after the fact" in the death of Odin Lloyd, who was found less than a mile from the home of former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez. A North Attleboro Police Department tweet linked to a poster that described Ernest Wallace as being armed and dangerous. In most states, accessory refers to aiding someone suspected of committing a felony. Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder in the Lloyd case.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Prosecutors: Bubble gum, texts among trail of evidence in Hernandez's case

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