Rand Paul aide known as 'Southern Avenger' steps down
July 22nd, 2013
11:52 AM ET
9 months ago

Rand Paul aide known as 'Southern Avenger' steps down

(CNN) - An aide to Sen. Rand Paul who had taken heat recently for his past as a pro-Southern secessionist has resigned his position as the senator's new media director.

Moira Bagley, Paul's spokesperson, confirmed Monday that Jack Hunter had submitted his resignation and the senator has accepted it.
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Spitzer's opponent gets boost from Sen. Gillibrand
July 22nd, 2013
10:56 AM ET
9 months ago

Spitzer's opponent gets boost from Sen. Gillibrand

(CNN) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York threw her support Monday behind Scott Stringer, the Democrat and Manhattan borough president competing with Eliot Spitzer in this year's New York City comptroller race.

"I believe Scott Stringer is clearly the best choice to serve New Yorkers as the next comptroller of the City of New York," Gillibrand said in a statement, released by Stringer's team. "Scott will fight hard for middle class families and has the temperament and judgment to be extraordinarily successful."
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Kirsten Gillibrand • New York
Potential McConnell challenger to announce Senate decision
July 22nd, 2013
10:22 AM ET
9 months ago

Potential McConnell challenger to announce Senate decision

Updated 1:50 p.m. ET, 7/22

(CNN) - After months of speculation, Republican Matt Bevin will announce Wednesday whether he'll take on the Senate's most powerful Republican in a GOP primary for next year's election.

Bevin, a Louisville, Kentucky businessman with tea party ties, has been considering a possible challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
July 22nd, 2013
09:32 AM ET
9 months ago

Growing emotional, Cohen talks about the daughter he thought he had

(CNN) – With tears welling up in his eyes, Rep. Steve Cohen talked about his disappointment Monday in learning that the long-lost daughter he found out about three years ago was not in fact his daughter.

"She was my family," the longtime bachelor said on CNN's "New Day." "She was my only family."
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Iowa poll: Who wins a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?
July 22nd, 2013
09:18 AM ET
9 months ago

Iowa poll: Who wins a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie are dead even in the key battleground state of Iowa in a hypothetical 2016 presidential showdown, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Iowa voters also indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating among Iowa voters has edged down since May. And according to the poll, which was released Monday morning, Hawkeye State voters are divided on the recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden • Polls • Scott Walker
Obama getting a little help from his friends
July 22nd, 2013
08:08 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama getting a little help from his friends

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is teaming up with some of his biggest supporters, who hope to push the president's agenda over the next month.

The president speaks Monday to Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama advocacy group that was spun off from the president's 2012 re-election campaign. The "Action August" conference, to be held at a downtown hotel in the nation's capital, is designed to plan the group's activities during the August congressional recess in support of the president's policy agenda.
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Filed under: OFA • President Obama
Cuomo on 2016: 'I'm focused' on being governor
July 22nd, 2013
07:49 AM ET
9 months ago

Cuomo on 2016: 'I'm focused' on being governor

updated 8:05 a.m. ET, 7/22

(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, repeating a line often heard by potential presidential candidates, says he's focused on his current job.

And while talking about the political comeback attempts by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Cuomo referred to the New York City campaigns of the fellow Democrats as "political theater."
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Filed under: 2016 • Andrew Cuomo • New York
As Senate vet Dole celebrates 90th birthday, he laments tone in Washington
Former Sen. Bob Dole, second from right, who was wounded in World War II, made friends with a number of servicemen wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center two years ago.
July 22nd, 2013
07:13 AM ET
9 months ago

As Senate vet Dole celebrates 90th birthday, he laments tone in Washington

Washington (CNN) - Robert Dole knew his share of Washington fights - as the Republican vice presidential and presidential nominee and as both Senate majority and minority leader.

But as he celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday, he told CNN he believes the tone in Washington is much more bitter - and that is not helping the country.

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Filed under: Bob Dole • Senate
CNN Washington AM Note
July 22nd, 2013
06:10 AM ET
9 months ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: Royal baby is on the way; Catherine enters hospital
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labor, Buckingham Palace announced early Monday morning. The duchess and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, his office at Clarence House announced. The hospital, next to Paddington Station in London is where William was born, as was his brother, Harry.
WATCH: VIDEO CNN: CNN's Max Foster and Tom Foreman explain the royal succession in the British monarchy.
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Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
July 22nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

‘Stop Hillary’ group ramps up anti-Clinton efforts

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton may or may not run for president in 2016, but the conservative effort to derail her potential candidacy is already underway.

Iowa poll: Who wins a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?

The organizers behind Stop Hillary PAC, a political action committee quietly incorporated in May, are stepping into public view this week as they ramp up their efforts to harangue Clinton as she mulls over her political future.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
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