Romney staffers reuniting to help anti-Hillary super PAC
July 17th, 2013
03:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney staffers reuniting to help anti-Hillary super PAC

Washington (CNN) – Some of the top members of Mitt Romney's two presidential campaigns are teaming up in the nation's capital next week for a reception and dinner designed to raise money for a new pro-GOP opposition research shop.

According to an invitation obtained by CNN, the July 23 event is being put together by Matt Rhodes, the Romney 2012 campaign manager who earlier this year was one of the founders of the America Rising PAC. The group's mission is to track and gather opposition research on leading Democrats in the 2014 and 2016 cycles. It recently was behind the startup of the Stop Hillary PAC, which was formed to attack Hillary Clinton, should she run for president in 2016.
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Boehner says Congress should address children of undocumented immigrants
July 17th, 2013
01:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner says Congress should address children of undocumented immigrants

Washington (CNN) - After dodging the issue for months, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday took a position on citizenship for undocumented immigrants, saying Congress must deal with the children of those who are in the United States illegally.

"This is about basic fairness. These children were brought here on no accord of their own. And frankly, they are in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed," Boehner said at the weekly press conference with House GOP leaders.
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Filed under: House Republicans • Immigration • John Boehner
July 17th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Enzi says Wyoming voters will stick with him

Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET on 7/17

Washington (CNN) – A GOP challenge from Liz Cheney could backfire, her new rival Sen. Mike Enzi suggested Wednesday.

The third-term Wyoming Republican said his constituents would stick with him through a primary - despite Cheney's wide name recognition and promise of a newer, younger conservative message.
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Obama glad Cordray 'finally confirmed' by Senate
July 17th, 2013
12:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama glad Cordray 'finally confirmed' by Senate

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama was "finally" able Wednesday morning to welcome the newly sworn-in consumer protection chief he first nominated two years ago.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Cordray Tuesday night as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a 66-34 vote that was the culmination of a bitter fight over presidential nominations.
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Filed under: President Obama • Richard Cordray • Senate
Graham: Boycotting Olympics would get Putin’s attention
July 17th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Graham: Boycotting Olympics would get Putin’s attention

Updated at 3:04 p.m. ET on 7/17

(CNN) - It was a suggestion made quickly to a reporter in a Capitol hallway.

But now that Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the record as suggesting a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the South Carolina Republican says it could be a consideration if Vladimir Putin allows NSA leaker Edward Snowden to remain in his country and continues supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Olympics • Russia
Virginia governor scandal: 'That's not the guy we know'
July 17th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia governor scandal: 'That's not the guy we know'

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - This southern city is a tranquil place in the summertime.

The steamy downtown streets and grand boulevards that radiate outward from the old Confederate capital are less choked as families seek shelter from the heat and clear out of town for jaunts to the beach or the river.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
Clinton gets a permanent spot in nation's capital
July 17th, 2013
08:24 AM ET
1 year ago

Clinton gets a permanent spot in nation's capital

(CNN) – He's been out of the White House for more than a decade, but former President Bill Clinton received a lasting accolade not far from the executive mansion Wednesday when the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency was re-christened in his honor.

Congress approved the name change last year, adding the 42nd president to a select list of former government officials immortalized in marble and cement in the nation's capital.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • EPA
Virginia governor's poll numbers decline amid allegations
July 17th, 2013
07:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia governor's poll numbers decline amid allegations

Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once considered a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, continues to see his poll numbers decline amid a deepening gifts controversy.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning, McDonnell's approval rating among Virginia voters now stands at 46%, down from 49% in May and 53% in March. And his disapproval rating has jumped from 28% in May to 37% now. The 46% approval rating for McDonnell is an all-time low in Quinnipiac polling, and is down dramatically from his all-time high of 62% back in October 2011.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Polls • Virginia
CNN Washington AM Note
July 17th, 2013
05:23 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: From jurors' voices to civil rights: Latest developments after Zimmerman trial
The George Zimmerman murder trial may be over, but details from the case continue to emerge at a dizzying pace. Several jurors have spoken out after the verdict. The prosecution's key witness has been offered a full ride to college. And Attorney General Eric Holder blasted "stand your ground" laws but gave no hint about whether Zimmerman will face civil rights charges. Here's the latest on the Zimmerman trial aftermath.
SEE ALSO: CNN: Hillary Clinton addresses Martin shooting death
WATCH: VIDEO CNN: Stevie Wonder announced that he will not perform in Florida until the state's "stand your ground" law is abolished.
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