(CNN) – Democrat Eliot Spitzer, a former state attorney general and governor of New York, said Wednesday that prosecutors went too far in seeking a second-degree murder charge of George Zimmerman, and argued as a result “justice has not been served” in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
In an interview with CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” the New York City comptroller candidate also said he hopes President Barack Obama will address the racial and legal tensions surrounding the recent trial.
Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative agreement on a student loans package Wednesday night, multiple aides from each party said.
Sen. Tom Harkin, Democratic chairman of the committee that oversees federal education programs, agreed to the deal, one of those sources close to the negotiations told CNN.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A Washington state man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to illegally firing a shotgun to scare people off his property, saying he was just following Vice President Joe Biden's advice.
Jeffery Barton, 52, said at his arraignment in Clark County that he thought people were trying to break into his car and fired his shotgun to frighten them away.
Washington (CNN) – House Judiciary Committee members sharply questioned senior Justice Department and national security officials on Wednesday about the classified surveillance programs revealed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
Lawmakers from both parties expressed frustration with how the law involving the collection of phone numbers and other “metadata” had been applied over the years via the authority of a secret national security court.
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed two bills Wednesday postponing two key provisions of Obamacare, marking nearly 40 times that the Republican-controlled House has attempted to repeal or roll back parts of the president's signature first term accomplishment.
One measure, which passed 264-161, delayed for one year the requirement that employers provide health insurance, something the Obama administration already announced it was doing earlier this month. Thirty-five Democrats joined Republicans on the vote.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
NO MORE AIRPORT FOOD: Fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is likely to leave the transit zone in Moscow's airport, where he's been holed up for weeks, "in the next few days," his lawyer said Wednesday. He "will leave (the airport) in the next few days because some legal papers are still required to be formalized," Russian attorney Anatoly Kucherena said in Moscow.
ENZI TELLS CNN’s DANA BASH HE WILL WIN WYOMING PRIMARY: “I'm absolutely not too old to be senator. I'm the median age,” he argued in an exclusive CNN interview Wednesday.
THE BUZZ: Scandal-tarred Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was never vetted for Romney’s VP slot, despite being on all the public short lists. – Peter Hamby
(CNN) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexual harassment, will speak at an event next month on the issue of combatting sexual assault in the military.
Filner, a former Democratic congressman, was originally slated to be honored at the National Women Veterans Association of America event. In an telephone interview Tuesday with CNN, National Women Veterans Association of America President Tara Jones said Filner would no longer be honored or appear at the event. In a subsequent interview Wednesday, Jones said Filner would appear and noted that the organization will hold a news conference on Saturday to discuss the matter.
(CNN) - The U.S. Senate race in Wyoming has it all: A popular incumbent Republican facing a primary challenge, a GOP feud, a generational divide, and Dick Cheney, one of the most polarizing figures in politics.
Liz Cheney was to meet with reporters at two events in Wyoming one day after she announced her bid for Senate. Her announcement came on the same day that three-term Republican Sen. Mike Enzi said he would run for re-election.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key portion of the landmark Voting Rights Act, activists and those in states with a history of disenfranchisement at the polls are pinning their hopes on congressional action.
But those hopes may be long deferred.FULL STORY