Harry Reid mix and match with MLB teams
July 11th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
10 months ago

Harry Reid mix and match with MLB teams

(CNN) – Nevada doesn't have a major league baseball team, so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has to borrow some of his sports allegories from others.

In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, the Nevada Democrat was trying to make a point about Senate disruption of presidential appointments when he referenced the manager of the Washington Nationals, Davey Johnson. Except Reid didn't call the District's home team "the Washington Nationals."
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
Cost to win congressional election skyrockets
July 11th, 2013
02:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Cost to win congressional election skyrockets

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(CNN) - Cory Booker raised an eye-popping $4.6 million over the past three months for his bid in the New Jersey special election for the U.S. Senate.

The Newark mayor's cash haul that was announced Thursday is the latest example of the skyrocketing costs of winning election or re-election to Congress.

Last year, winning Senate candidates spent an average of $10.3 million, according to the latest edition of Vital Statistics on Congress, which was released this week. That's a 62% increase, adjusted for inflation, since 1986. The report indicates that it took, on average, $1.6 million to win a House seat in 2012, a 344% increase since 1986.

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Filed under: Congress • Cory Booker • Elections • Senate
July 11th, 2013
02:14 PM ET
10 months ago

Spitzer confident he has signatures to get on NYC ballot

(CNN) – Hours before a deadline to submit enough signatures to qualify for the New York City primary ballot, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is confident he'll get the 3,750 signatures he needs.

Spitzer, a Democrat, leapt into the fray for city comptroller Sunday and has spent the last few days scrambling to get the necessary signatures while fielding questions around his return to politics five years after resigning as New York state governor amidst a prostitution scandal. He needs nearly 4,000 registered city Democrats to sign his petition by Thursday's end.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Eliot Spitzer • New York
Senate GOP leaders look outside as they run for re-election
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
July 11th, 2013
01:29 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate GOP leaders look outside as they run for re-election

Updated 1:41 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) – They're the top two ranked Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and they're both running for re-election next year.

And now, both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas have both reached out to veterans of the grassroots conservative movement to run their re-election campaigns.
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Filed under: 2014 • John Cornyn • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Texas
Texas abortion bill a step closer to law
July 11th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
10 months ago

Texas abortion bill a step closer to law

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A Texas Senate committee approved a contentious abortion bill Thursday, moving it one step closer to becoming law.

The Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of the measure, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks and place new restrictions on clinics that provide abortions.

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
Republican ropes Clinton affair into immigration debate
July 11th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
10 months ago

Republican ropes Clinton affair into immigration debate

(CNN) – Rep. Tim Huelskamp on Wednesday linked the ongoing immigration debate to former President Bill Clinton's extramarital affair.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Immigration
Legislators' secretive abortion bill fuels #vaginamotorcycles
July 11th, 2013
11:02 AM ET
10 months ago

Legislators' secretive abortion bill fuels #vaginamotorcycles

(CNN) - If at first you don't succeed, ride in on a motorcycle.

Conservative legislators in North Carolina trying to get a new restrictive abortion bill passed have done just that.

House committee members refashioned a bill on motorcycle safety into one principally about abortion after the state's governor threatened on Wednesday to veto the anti-abortion measures.

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Filed under: Abortion • North Carolina
Palin fires back in war of words with Begich
July 11th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
10 months ago

Palin fires back in war of words with Begich

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit back Thursday against Sen. Mark Begich after the Democratic senator, also from Alaska, argued Palin had lost touch with the values of their state.

"Really, Mark? Really?" she wrote on her Facebook page.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alaska • Mark Begich • Sarah Palin
First on CNN: Reid to push for ‘nuclear option’ in filibuster fight
July 11th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
10 months ago

First on CNN: Reid to push for ‘nuclear option’ in filibuster fight

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected Thursday to push his fellow Democrats to support a controversial change to Senate rules - over the objection of Republicans - that would prevent filibusters against executive branch nominees, according to a Democratic source familiar with Reid’s thinking.

Such a move, if successful, would likely enrage Republicans who have warned of a “meltdown” in cooperation with Democrats if the new rules are enacted.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
Bieber calls Clinton after using the F-word
July 11th, 2013
08:40 AM ET
10 months ago

Bieber calls Clinton after using the F-word

(CNN) – Justin Bieber called and apologized to former President Bill Clinton after a recently-emerged video showed the artist spraying cleaner fluid on a photo of the former president and saying "F*** Bill Clinton."

An aide to Clinton confirmed the apology, and Bieber tweeted about the conversation Wednesday night.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton
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