July 19th, 2013
08:22 PM ET
9 months ago

Video: Reggie Love, Obama's friend and former aide, says perspective is powerful

(CNN) - Wolf Blitzer talks with President Barack Obama's former personal aide, Reggie Love, about the president's comments on Trayvon Martin.


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Republicans pass ‘No Child Left Behind’ replacement
July 19th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Republicans pass ‘No Child Left Behind’ replacement

Washington (CNN) – A Republican-backed attempt to give local and state governments greater power over their school systems, while reducing federal education funding, passed the U.S. House on Friday, though it was expected to face Democratic resistance in the Senate and President Barack Obama has vowed to reject it.

The measure was the first major attempt to replace the “No Child Left Behind” law that was signed by President George W. Bush in 2002, but later expired and has not been renewed.
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Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark
July 19th, 2013
06:59 PM ET
9 months ago

Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s suggestion that state “Stand your Ground” laws should be examined after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin could amount to an assault on the right of Americans to own guns, Sen. Ted Cruz said in Iowa Friday.

Speaking after addressing a Republican group, Cruz told reporters he hadn’t yet watched Obama’s remarks. But when asked to respond to Obama’s call for a review of laws in individual states, Cruz responded by saying the president was trampling on constitutionally guaranteed rights.
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Filed under: President Obama • Ted Cruz
July 19th, 2013
06:49 PM ET
9 months ago

Cohen: ‘I still think of her as my daughter’

Washington (CNN) – "I was totally stunned."

That's how Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, described his reaction upon finding out the woman he thought was his long lost daughter, really wasn't.
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Filed under: Steve Cohen • Tennessee
Cummings: ‘I cross the street’ when white women walk toward me
July 19th, 2013
05:44 PM ET
9 months ago

Cummings: ‘I cross the street’ when white women walk toward me

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, has been a member of Congress for almost two decades.

Yet when he is walking down the street in Washington, D.C., at night and white women walk toward him, he says "I cross the street" to avoid making them uncomfortable.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 19, 2013
July 19th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 19, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA: TRAYVON COULD HAVE BEEN ME: POTUS SPEAKS OUT ON THE ZIMMERMAN VERDICT President Barack Obama said Friday that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." It was his first live, public comment since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman last weekend in the teenager's shooting death. Obama also said protests over the verdict should remain nonviolent. – Tom Cohen

On the verdict: “The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries (sic) were properly instructed that in a - in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant. And they rendered a verdict. And once the jury's spoken, that's how our system works.”
On his own experience regarding profiling: “There are very few African-American men in this country who have not had the experience of being followed when they are shopping at a department store. That includes me.”
On the chance of civil rights charges against George Zimmerman: “I think it's important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government. The criminal code and law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.”
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July 19th, 2013
04:02 PM ET
8 months ago

Gingrich and Cutter on Zimmerman verdict

'Crossfire' hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter talk about the Zimmerman verdict and Obamacare.


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Biden says U.S. looking at Detroit situation closely
July 19th, 2013
03:13 PM ET
9 months ago

Biden says U.S. looking at Detroit situation closely

(CNN) - The Obama administration is looking closely at the bankruptcy of Detroit, but there is no indication yet that it might intervene.

Vice President Joe Biden, asked about it by a reporter on Friday, said the matter was being reviewed but less clear was whether action would follow.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Michigan
Roundup: Reaction to Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin case
July 19th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
9 months ago

Roundup: Reaction to Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin case

(CNN) - After President Barack Obama delivered lengthy remarks Friday on the Trayvon Martin case, many turned to Twitter to offer reaction.
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Kerry announces agreement for resuming Mideast peace talks
July 19th, 2013
02:32 PM ET
9 months ago

Kerry announces agreement for resuming Mideast peace talks

(CNN) - The long-dormant Middle East peace efforts got new life on Friday.

An agreement has been reached that "establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between" Palestinians and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Amman, Jordan.

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Filed under: Israel • John Kerry • Palestine
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