(CNN) – Wisconsin became the latest state Friday to legislate tighter abortion laws after Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a controversial bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.
"This bill improves a woman's ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future," the governor's office said in a statement.
(CNN) – Never mind that the Tennessee Republican thus far has no primary challenger. Sen. Lamar Alexander is already putting out radio and TV ads for the 2014 midterm elections.
His 30-second television spot also features a popular senator from the neighboring state of Kentucky, Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 5, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
POST-COUP VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN EGYPT:
- Morsy accused of inciting violence
- At least 17 people were killed Friday across Egypt, state-run media says
- Egyptian police and army personnel are attacked in the Sinai Peninsula
Cairo (CNN) – Fighting erupted Friday night in Cairo between hundreds of supporters of Mohamed Morsy and their opponents, with the two sides facing off on a bridge, raising fears of widening violence after the military ousted the country's first democratically elected president. – Ben Wedeman and Tom Watkins
STATE DEPARTMENT OFF MESSAGE? STATE DEPARTMENT ADMITS KERRY WAS ON YACHT DAY OF EGYPT COUP… After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. – Jake Tapper
(CNN) - Missouri's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that sought to make federal gun laws unenforceable in the state.
In a carefully worded statement that prominently addressed his pro-gun bona fides in a state Mitt Romney carried 54% to President Obama's 44% in 2012, Gov. Jay Nixon argued that the legislation violated a provision in the U.S. Constitution called the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause gives preference to federal laws over state laws.
(CNN) - When it comes to public relations, John Kerry can't seem to keep his head above water.
After initially denying the report, the State Department released a correction Friday morning acknowledging that the Secretary of State was indeed yachting on Wednesday, the day Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy was overthrown by a coup staged by the Egyptian military.
(CNN) - The first website dedicated to Alison Lundergan Grimes' Democratic challenge to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had no connection to the candidate. Instead it belonged to the GOP.
Two days after Kentucky's secretary of state announced Monday that she would launch a bid to take on the five-term senator, GrimesForSenate.org went up online, courtesy of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
(CNN) - After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.
Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News’ Mosheh Oinounou that: “A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted ‘Morsi.’”
Washington (CNN) - The issues of abortion and illegal immigration will be in the spotlight over the next week, but all eyes will be on Texas on Monday for a major player to announce his political plans.
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona on Tuesday to attend a memorial service in the Prescott Valley area for the 19 firefighters killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire, according to a senior administration official.
The bodies are currently at a medical examiner's office in downtown Phoenix but will be transferred in a public procession Sunday to Prescott Valley.
Washington (CNN) – Both the White House and Republicans are weighing in on the new unemployment report. And as expected, their reactions were completely different.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better than expected jobs report Friday, with 195,000 jobs added to the economy while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.