House GOP split over immigration reform
July 10th, 2013
08:26 PM ET
9 months ago

House GOP split over immigration reform

Washington (CNN) – Immigration reform entered an uncertain new phase on Wednesday as House Republicans signaled some willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama and Democrats but rejected a Senate-passed bill and insisted they would take their time drafting their own version.

Following more than two hours of talks on how to proceed, GOP legislators said the biggest question was whether to give the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States a path to eventual citizenship, as provided by the Senate measure.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Immigration
Poll shows Spitzer with initial edge in city race
July 10th, 2013
07:07 PM ET
9 months ago

Poll shows Spitzer with initial edge in city race

(CNN) – Before he’s even officially on the ballot, a snap poll shows shamed ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is already edging out his potential Democratic rival in a primary contest for New York City comptroller.

The NBC 4/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed 42% of registered Democrats either supporting Spitzer or leaning toward supporting him.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York
Is Sarah Palin teasing us again?
July 10th, 2013
06:16 PM ET
9 months ago

Is Sarah Palin teasing us again?

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is stirring the pot again, suggesting she might seek office again.

"I've considered it because people have requested me to consider it. But, I'm still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that - there again, there will be some new blood, new energy," she told radio host Sean Hannity on Monday.

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Filed under: Alaska • Sarah Palin
Senators hope for student loan deal soon as rate doubles
July 10th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Senators hope for student loan deal soon as rate doubles

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic measure to temporarily reverse the doubling of interest rates on millions of government-backed student loans fell short in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but there was hope a bipartisan deal would be struck soon to remedy the situation.

"We're trying to find some common ground," said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democratic leader who spearheaded fresh talks on the dispute. "We don't have an agreement and I can't say when or if we'll come together."

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Filed under: Education
Begich: Alaskans don't like quitters
July 10th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
9 months ago

Begich: Alaskans don't like quitters

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Mark Begich, the Alaska Democrat who holds the seat Sarah Palin is considering seeking, argued Wednesday the high-profile Republican has lost touch with the values of her state.

Speaking to CNN the day after Palin said she had contemplated a run for Senate, Begich questioned whether the former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee still has enough of a connection to Alaska and its residents.
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Filed under: Alaska • Mark Begich • Sarah Palin
Obama awards medals in arts; humanities
July 10th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama awards medals in arts; humanities

Washington (CNN) - What does President Barack Obama think George Lucas, Marilynne Robinson and Joan Didion all have in common?

Aside from the fact they’re among this year's recipients of the National Medal of Arts and Humanities, the president proclaimed Wednesday, “They are all teachers.”
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Filed under: President Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 10, 2013
July 10th, 2013
05:21 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 10, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

“IT’S NUTS”: The Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy, speaking to Gut Check about Sarah Palin considering a run for Alaska Senate.

GEORGE W. BUSH IS BACK: “THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN” Former President George W. Bush at a naturalization ceremony in Dallas: “The laws governing the immigration system aren't working. The system is broken. I don't intend to get involved in the politics or the specifics of policy, but I do hope there is a positive resolution to the debate.”

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end mixed as Fed minutes show ongoing uncertainty over stimulus. Dow dips 9 points. NASDAQ adds 0.5%.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Mitt Romney to re-enter political spotlight?
July 10th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Mitt Romney to re-enter political spotlight?

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's back.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a New Hampshire Republican Party dinner and fundraiser next month. The event will take place on Tuesday August 6, in the Granite State's lakes region, near Romney's vacation home in Wolfeboro, along Lake Winnipesaukee.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
Illinois Gov. to legislators: No pension reform, no pay
July 10th, 2013
02:59 PM ET
9 months ago

Illinois Gov. to legislators: No pension reform, no pay

(CNN) – An exasperated Illinois governor Wednesday suspended pay for state legislators until they pass employee pension reform for state workers.

Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, issued a line item veto to a budget bill, House Bill 214, suspending the pay of all members of the state legislature. The veto came after the general assembly again failed to pass pension reform.
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Filed under: Illinois • State Legislatures
Bush 41 to be back at the White House
Former President George H.W. Bush's last public appearance was at the opening of his son President George W. Bush's presidential library in April.
July 10th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
9 months ago

Bush 41 to be back at the White House

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush will be back at the White House next week celebrating a milestone for a service initiative started in his administration.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the event to celebrate the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award, according to a White House official.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • President Obama
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