Washington (CNN) - U.S. officials have told Chinese officials that they're disappointed with the way China and Hong Kong handled the case of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
President Barack Obama expressed "disappointment and concern" over the matter during an Oval Office meeting with Chinese officials on Thursday, the White House said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - North Carolina's House of Representatives passed a restrictive abortion bill Thursday with a 74-41 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate for approval.
The bill would place requirements on clinics that family planning advocates say would make it hard for them to stay in business. Among the requirements is the presence of a doctor when an abortion is being performed.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Democrats took steps towards dramatically limiting Senate filibusters Thursday over the angry objections of Republicans who warned the move would destroy bipartisan cooperation in the chamber.
For months, Democrats, in the majority, have threatened to use the so-called "nuclear option" to jam through rules changes for filibusters, and a showdown is now likely early next week.
(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry's wife was set to leave a Boston hospital on Thursday after doctors upgraded her condition from fair to good and confirmed she had suffered a seizure.
Teresa Heinz Kerry, 74, took ill on Nantucket in Massachusetts over the weekend and underwent tests at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital this week.
Washington (CNNMoney) - A bipartisan group of senators has reached a tentative deal to help students facing a doubling of interest rates to 6.8% on government-backed student loans.
The deal, which would have to pass a Senate vote, calls for interest rates on all government Stafford loans for students to be pegged to rates on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on a 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans joining the Democratic majority to send the measure drafted by a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" to the GOP-controlled House.
President Barack Obama pushed for the House to quickly take up the measure that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living illegally in the country while bolstering security along the Mexican border.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
GOING NUCLEAR: ‘VAST MAJORITY’ OF DEMOCRATS WANT TO CHANGE SENATE RULES, SAYS REID… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that his fellow Democrats were supportive of a controversial change to Senate rules that would prevent filibusters against executive branch nominees. “The President deserves to have a qualified team he has selected to help our economy grow. And he needs his whole team, not half of it, or a few that the Senate Republicans let through here and there,” Reid said. “That's not how this works.”
REPUBLICANS CRY FOUL: ‘WORST.LEADER.EVER’… “This is really a sad, sad day for the United States Senate,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in regards to the rules changes. “And if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever.”
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House approved revised legislation on Thursday to overhaul the nation's farm programs - one that doesn't include an extension of food stamps.
The farm bill vote in the Republican-controlled chamber fell along party lines, 216-208, and the next step would be joint House-Senate negotiations to hammer out a compromise version.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised version of the farm bill - one that doesn't include a food stamps extension. The vote was 216-208. The bill now heads to a conference committee with the Senate. The White House has threatened a veto of the House's version.
Updated 7/12, 8:01 a.m. ET
(CNN) - It's no secret that Jay-Z is close with President Barack Obama. The hip hop artist held big fundraisers for the president, and his megastar wife, Beyoncé, performed at Obama's second inauguration.
But Jay-Z said this week their friendship also plays out on the small screen–a very small screen. In an interview with New York radio station Hot97, the rapper confirmed that he and Obama exchange text messages.