U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes
July 2nd, 2013
07:55 PM ET
1 year ago

U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes

(CNN) - James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has apologized to a Senate committee for giving members a "clearly erroneous" answer about U.S. surveillance programs this year.

In a June 21 letter to Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein that is just coming to light now, Clapper said he wanted to "set the record straight."

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Filed under: James Clapper
July 2nd, 2013
06:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Key Obamacare provision delayed

Updated at 11:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 2

Washington (CNN) - The requirement that businesses provide their workers with health insurance or face fines – a key provision contained in President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law – will be delayed by one year, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.

The postponement came after business owners expressed concerns about the complexity of the law’s reporting requirements, the agency said in its announcement. Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses employing 50 or more full-time workers that don't provide them health insurance will be penalized.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Manchin
July 2nd, 2013
06:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Manchin

Washington (CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser at his home for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, later this month, a source familiar with the event confirms to CNN.

Bloomberg, because of his wealth, has become one of the most prominent backers of gun control. He has praised Manchin for his leadership since he co-sponsored a measure, ultimately defeated by the Senate in April, to expand background checks for purchases at gun shows and over the internet.
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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Michael Bloomberg
Kagan hunts with buddy Scalia, bags deer
July 2nd, 2013
05:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Kagan hunts with buddy Scalia, bags deer

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Washington (CNN) - Justice Elena Kagan has some exciting news: "I shot myself a deer."

New York City native Kagan revealed over the weekend that she and conservative colleague Justice Antonin Scalia have expanded their hunting forays.

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Filed under: Elena Kagan • Supreme Court
White House petition backing Tesla hits 100,000 signatures
July 2nd, 2013
05:10 PM ET
1 year ago

White House petition backing Tesla hits 100,000 signatures

New York (CNNMoney) – Tesla has been battling auto dealerships around the country in its effort to sell cars directly to consumers. Now, the White House will have to weigh in on the fight.

A petition on whitehouse.gov in support of the electric-car maker reached 100,000 signatures Tuesday, crossing the threshold required to earn a response from the Obama administration.

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Filed under: White House
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 2, 2013
July 2nd, 2013
04:47 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 2, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 2, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TICK TOCK: DEADLINE LOOMS FOR EGYPT'S MORSY One deadline passed Tuesday for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, and another hangs over his head for Wednesday. The opposition Tamarod ("rebel") campaign has called for nationwide protests, civil disobedience and a march on the presidential palace if Morsy doesn't leave office Tuesday. When that did not happen, anti-Morsy protesters gathered outside the Ithadya Presidential Palace. – Salma Abdelaziz. Reza Sayah and Ben Brumfield

FIRST ON CNN: PERRY TO ANNOUNCE POLITICAL FUTURE ON MONDAY Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned. – Peter Hamby

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Christie threatened to use the f-bomb in GOP convention speech
July 2nd, 2013
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie threatened to use the f-bomb in GOP convention speech

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign surrogate for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, threatened to say "f***" during his live, prime time convention speech last August, according to an upcoming book by The Washington Post's Dan Balz.

The title, "Collision 2012," details a tense moment when the director of the Republican National Convention ordered his crew to cut an introduction video for Christie just minutes before he was set to take the stage.
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McConnell vs. Grimes: Let's get ready to rumble
Sen. Mitch McConnell released a video Tuesday bashing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
July 2nd, 2013
03:12 PM ET
1 year ago

McConnell vs. Grimes: Let's get ready to rumble

(CNN) - It's game on in Kentucky, in what could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate race in the country.

One day after Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many in the Democratic party consider their best hope to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's midterm elections, announced that she'll challenge the longtime GOP senator, and the emails from both sides are flying.
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First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday
July 2nd, 2013
02:05 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday

Washington (CNN) - Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned.

Perry "will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans," according to a "Save the Date" email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state.
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Filed under: Rick Perry • Texas
July 2nd, 2013
02:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Dennis Rodman, Nobel Laureate?

(CNN) – Former Chicago Bull's basketball player Dennis Rodman thinks he should be in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year.

In Sports Illustrated's annual "Where Are They Now" issue, the hall of famer applauds Kim Jong Un for what could be called restraint on behalf of the reclusive leader. "Fact is, he hasn't bombed anywhere he's threatened to yet. Not South Korea, not Hawaii, not … whatever," Rodman said.
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Filed under: Nobel Peace Prize • North Korea • President Obama
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