Senators fail to reach ‘nuclear option’ deal, but some hopeful as deadline nears
July 15th, 2013
10:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Senators fail to reach ‘nuclear option’ deal, but some hopeful as deadline nears

Washington (CNN) – In a rare, private meeting with nearly all 100 senators Monday night, the upper chamber failed to come up with a deal to avert the so-called nuclear option—a partisan threat by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that would eliminate filibusters for executive-branch nominees.

But after the nearly four-hour meeting, senators said Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are expected to keep talking before a Tuesday deadline.
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Filed under: Senate
July 15th, 2013
08:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Tweet of the Day: Bush gives Obama some socks

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush, who's become known for his colorful socks, gifted President Barack Obama with a pair during his stop at the White House on Monday.

White House photographer Pete Souza captured the moment.

The 41st president and former first lady Barbara Bush were at their old stomping grounds Monday for the 5,000th award presentation for the Points of Light Foundation, a volunteer organization started under the former president's administration.

Bachmann aide arrested, charged with theft
July 15th, 2013
08:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Bachmann aide arrested, charged with theft

(CNN) – A top staff member for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, was arrested and faces theft charges involving objects stolen from a House office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Police said they arrested Javier Sanchez, 37, of Virginia, last Thursday after an investigation, but the matter just came to light publicly on Monday night.
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Filed under: House • Michele Bachmann
Obama to Bush 41: We are a ‘gentler nation’ because of you
July 15th, 2013
06:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to Bush 41: We are a ‘gentler nation’ because of you

(CNN) – It was a homecoming for former President George H.W. and former first lady Barbara Bush at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Monday where they joined President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, in presenting the Points of Light honor for extraordinary work in community service.

The Points of Light Foundation, now the world's largest service organization coordinating volunteer projects, started during the Bush administration. The 41st president serves as the non-partisan, non-profit foundation's honorary chairman and his son, Neil Bush, is the president.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • President Obama • White House
Sources: Reid, McCain engaged in secret weekend talks on 'nuclear option'
July 15th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Sources: Reid, McCain engaged in secret weekend talks on 'nuclear option'

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. John McCain engaged in quiet negotiations over the weekend and got close to averting the so-called nuclear option over a dispute surrounding President Obama's nominees, but they failed to seal the deal, sources in both parties tell CNN.

“The door opened a crack,” according to a senior Democratic source.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • John McCain • Senate • Uncategorized
Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama
July 15th, 2013
05:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama

(CNN) – She tried to run against President Barack Obama as last year's GOP nominee.

But with that dream dashed, Rep. Michele Bachmann has another idea.
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Filed under: Michele Bachmann • President Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 15, 2013
July 15th, 2013
05:11 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 15, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 15, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

A DAY OF CONTRASTS:

A “MORE TOXIC” CONGRESS: A last-ditch effort to head off the “nuclear option” will come Monday night, when all senators are scheduled to attend a closed session that Republicans requested in the historic Old Senate chamber. – Ted Barrett

OBAMACARE ON THE TRAIL… Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says its “premier” issue of 2014 and Jeremy Funk of Americans United for Change counters that it will be a new “third rail in politics.

MEANWHILE… OBAMA PRAISES BUSH: President Barack Obama honored former President George H.W. Bush by celebrating the Republican leader’s service initiative – the “Daily Point of Light Award.” Neil Bush, the former president’s son, showered praise on both his father and Obama: “We are so blessed in America to have two points of light in your own ways and we thank you for your leadership in the area.”

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Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster
July 15th, 2013
04:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster

(CNN) – Her quest to stop a bill placing new restrictions on abortions may have been stymied, but Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is seeing an upside: a spike in fundraising.

The Democrat brought in $933,000 between June 17 and June 30, according to figures provided by her political organization. That brought her cash-on-hand to more than a million dollars.
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Filed under: Texas • Wendy Davis
Polls: Spitzer, Weiner both in top spot in redemption bids
July 15th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Polls: Spitzer, Weiner both in top spot in redemption bids

(CNN) – With less than two months to go until primary day in New York City, a new poll indicates that two candidates hoping to come back from scandals that sidetracked their political careers are both edging out their opponents.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, former New York state Gov. Eliot Spitzer leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48%-33% in the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller, the city's chief budget officer. Spitzer, who resigned as governor in 2008 after revelations he spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes, jumped into the comptroller race just over a week ago.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Eliot Spitzer • New York • Polls
Republican odds for winning Senate next year just improved
Democrats had hoped that Montana's popular Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer would run for the Senate seat that Max Baucus is retiring from.
July 15th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican odds for winning Senate next year just improved

Washington (CNN) - It's the biggest storyline heading into next year's midterm elections: Will Republicans succeed in taking control of the U.S. Senate?

Republicans argue that an announcement over the weekend vastly improves their chances. Democrats vehemently disagree.

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Filed under: 2014 • Senate
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