Texas attorney general jumps into governor's race
July 14th, 2013
04:38 PM ET
9 months ago

Texas attorney general jumps into governor's race

(CNN) – Longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a political conservative, announced his candidacy for governor on Sunday.

Abbott’s move came less than a week after Gov. Rick Perry said he would not seek another term in Austin, clearing a potential path, some say, for him to run for president.
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Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm
President Barack Obama spoke about the killing of Trayvon Martin on March 23, 2012 at the White House.
July 14th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Sunday for "calm reflection" following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The president, in a statement, acknowledged an emotionally charged climate but concluded that "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

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'Nuclear option' will make Congress more toxic
July 14th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
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'Nuclear option' will make Congress more toxic

Washington (CNN) - It's hard to imagine the atmosphere in Congress getting any more toxic, but it could if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid carries out his threat to use the "nuclear option" to budge stalled presidential appointees forward.

A top Republican aide warns that important bills like the recently approved immigration measure would never pass in a post-nuclear Senate.

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July 14th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Perry defends strict abortion law in Texas

(CNN) – The bill placing new curbs on abortion that passed the Texas legislature last week isn’t anti-women, Gov. Rick Perry argued Sunday.

The contentious bill, which was filibustered last month by state Sen. Wendy Davis, bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, among several other provisions. It was approved by the Texas House on Wednesday, and the Senate voted Friday to send the bill to Perry.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry
Immigration’s prospects in House still not clear
July 14th, 2013
12:36 PM ET
9 months ago

Immigration’s prospects in House still not clear

(CNN) – Comprehensive immigration reform, approved last month by the Senate, still doesn’t have a clear path forward in the House of Representatives, lawmakers said Sunday.

Even the bill’s supporters, like Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, weren’t optimistic that the measure that passed with bipartisan support in the upper chamber would find a way forward.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Immigration • Mitch McConnell
July 14th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
9 months ago

Illinois governor jabs Perry’s ‘favorite subject’

(CNN) – Roommates can be the worst.

Take it from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who on Sunday relayed his experience bunking with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
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July 14th, 2013
10:02 AM ET
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NAACP talking to Justice Department about Zimmerman case

Updated 12:22 p.m. ET on Sunday 7/14

(CNN) – Leaders at the nation's oldest civil rights organization have spoken with senior members of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's team at the Justice Department about pursuing federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, NAACP president Ben Jealous said Sunday, though Holder himself has noted the high bar for establishing a hate crime.

Speaking to chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Jealous said he hadn't yet spoken with Holder himself, but that in conversations with Justice Department officials, he had pressed the federal government to continue investigating the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
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Filed under: Justice Department • NAACP
July 14th, 2013
07:51 AM ET
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Journalist: Snowden has more documents that could harm U.S.

(CNN) - American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has more damaging information that could be a "nightmare" for the U.S. government, a journalist who first published his documents said.

Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian told an Argentine newspaper, La Nacion, that releasing more information to hurt the United States is not Snowden's goal.

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