(CNN) – As the Texas Senate debated a controversial measure placing new curbs on abortion on Friday, protesters at the state Capitol in Austin were prevented from bringing potential projectiles into the galleries, including feminine hygiene products.
Multiple people tweeted photos and descriptions of the search process and a Texas Department of Public Safety officer confirmed to CNN that security officers confiscated unopened feminine hygiene products for a time, but later allowed those items in.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
WIN ONE FOR JOURNALISTS: “Federal prosecutors can no longer obtain search warrants for information obtained by journalists unless reporters are the subject of a criminal investigation, a Justice Department official said Friday.”- Carol Cratty
MR. PUTIN, CAN YOU LEND A HAND? SNOWDEN SEEKS TEMPORARY ASYLUM IN RUSSIA… NSA leaker Edward Snowden said he was requesting asylum from Russia while he awaited safe passage to Latin America, according to Wikileaks released transcript of Snowden’s remarks to human rights groups. – Phil Black, Laura Smith-Spark and Alla Eshchenko
(CNN) – The mayor of Jersey City has added a high-profile and potentially controversial member to his administration, naming former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey to a major post on Friday.
Democrat Steven Fulop announced that McGreevey will be executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Commission. McGreevey will oversee a major overhaul of the commission, adding on a component that will focus on guiding former prison inmates back into the workforce.
Washington (CNN) – The grassroots group Organizing for Action, the successor to President Barack Obama's campaign organization, reported Friday it almost doubled the amount of money it brought in during the second quarter of this year compared to the preceding three months.
OFA, a non-profit, is a private advocacy group formed following the 2012 election to push the policy priorities of the White House. It has access to the Obama re-election campaign's list of supporters. Several former officials from the campaign now work with OFA.
(CNN) – After an election year break in vacations to Martha's Vineyard, the President Barack Obama will return to the island off Massachusetts in August for a week-long getaway from the White House.
A White House official said the president and first lady would travel to the summer resort on August 10, staying for a week. The official added that there were no public events currently scheduled for the stay.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats revealed new documents on Friday indicating the Internal Revenue Service subjected both liberal and conservative organizations to additional tax scrutiny in recent years, raising new questions about assertions of unfair politically based targeting.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House committee investigating the matter, asked his GOP counterpart to summon the Treasury Department's chief investigator, J. Russell George, to a panel hearing scheduled for next Thursday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Federal prosecutors can no longer obtain search warrants for information obtained by journalists unless reporters are the subject of a criminal investigation, a Justice Department official said Friday.
It is one key change in guidelines stemming from controversial federal investigations that resulted in efforts by prosecutors to obtain journalist records about reporting on national security issues.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Eliot Spitzer's main rival in the New York City comptroller race will not challenge his petition signatures.
A spokesperson for Scott Stringer confirmed Friday that the Manhattan borough president will not attempt to drag out the qualifying process for the Democratic primary ballot.
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(CNN) - Marion Barry, former Washington D.C. mayor and now city councilman, is standing by his vote to raise the district's minimum wage for large retailers–a move that throws a wrench in Walmart's plans to open its doors in the nation's capital.
"What really tipped me over the edge was the fact that Walmart was sticking us up. By saying if you don't do this, we're going to do that–we're going to leave here," the Democrat said Thursday on Fox News.
(CNN) – Crossroads GPS is not waiting for the dust to settle on the debate over student loans in the U.S. Senate. The Karl Rove-backed super PAC has already launched a small online ad campaign against four Democratic senators it blames for not stopping the rate hike.
Display ads launched on Facebook Friday will target college students and young people in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, calling out their respective senators Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan. All are Democrats.