July 23rd, 2013
10:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Second woman accuses San Diego mayor of sexual harassment

(CNN) - A former campaign staffer for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner became the second woman to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment, saying Tuesday that the then-congressman patted her "posterior" while at a fundraising event.

Laura Fink, who now runs a political consulting firm, told CNN affiliate KPBS that it happened in 2005 when she was working as Filner's deputy campaign manager.

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Filed under: California
Huma Abedin, a Hillary Clinton adviser, known as diplomatic, private
July 23rd, 2013
08:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Huma Abedin, a Hillary Clinton adviser, known as diplomatic, private

(CNN) – When former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner admitted two years ago to sending explicit messages and photos to women online, his wife was notably absent, letting Weiner make his public mea culpa alone. But on Tuesday, Huma Abedin was front and center as Weiner confessed to having further explicit exchanges, even after the first scandal forced his resignation from Congress.

Abedin, 36, is no stranger to politics. She has worked for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for years and accompanied her husband on the campaign trail in his current bid for New York City mayor.

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Hillary Clinton • Huma Abedin
James Clapper 'very concerned' by proposed limits on NSA phone surveillance
July 23rd, 2013
08:50 PM ET
1 year ago

James Clapper 'very concerned' by proposed limits on NSA phone surveillance

(CNN) - A day before the House is expected to vote on restrictions to the National Security Agency's controversial phone surveillance program, the director of national intelligence told CNN Tuesday he would be "very concerned" if the measure were to pass.

James Clapper commented briefly as he left a classified hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which also is exploring changes to the program in the wake of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Filed under: James Clapper • NSA
California court denies bid to halt same-sex marriages in state
July 23rd, 2013
08:26 PM ET
1 year ago

California court denies bid to halt same-sex marriages in state

(CNN) - California's Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the San Diego County clerk's request to halt same-sex marriages in the state.

The decision was announced in a brief ruling, which was filed Tuesday and said: "The request for an immediate temporary stay or injunctive relief is denied."

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Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage
Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa
July 23rd, 2013
07:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa

(CNN) – The nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation amid allegations he helped obtain a special visa for an international investor after the initial application was denied by the U.S. government.

An e-mail sent to congressional lawmakers from the department's inspector general and obtained by CNN said Alejandro Mayorkas is being investigated, but at this point, "we do not have any findings of criminal misconduct."

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Filed under: Homeland Security
July 23rd, 2013
06:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Weiner, with wife at side, says lewd exchanges happened after resignation

Updated at 10:13 p.m. ET on 7/23

(CNN) - With his wife by his side, New York mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner said Tuesday that some of the sexually explicit online exchanges that were published by a gossip website happened after his resignation from the U.S. House in 2011.

"Some of these things happened before my resignation, some happened after," Weiner said at a hastily organized press conference in New York, where he also pushed back when asked if the latest revelation would prompt him to drop out of the race.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
Obama welcomes NCAA Champs to the White House
July 23rd, 2013
06:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama welcomes NCAA Champs to the White House

Washington (CNN) - It's not every day that President Barack Obama gets to mix work with play.

Tuesday in the White House East Room, he was able to do just that.
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Filed under: President Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 23, 2013
July 23rd, 2013
06:16 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 23, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 23, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

SHE SPEAKS: HUMA ABEDIN STANDS BY HER MAN… AND ADDRESSES THE CAMERAS FOR THE FIRST TIME… The wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner backed her husband Tuesday after sexually charged online chats were published by a gossip website. “What I want to say is: I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him and as I have said from the beginning, we are moving forward," Abedin said.

WEINER STAYS IN RACE, ADMITS SEXTING AFTER RESIGNATION: “Some of these things happened before my resignation, some happened after,” Weiner said at his press conference.

JUST ANOTHER DAY FOR WEINER: “I'm responsible for this behavior that led us to be in this place, but in many ways things are not that much different than they were yesterday,” Weiner said.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Rep. Steve King: 100 drug runners for every valedictorian 'DREAMer'
July 23rd, 2013
05:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. Steve King: 100 drug runners for every valedictorian 'DREAMer'

Washington (CNN) – Supporters of the Senate immigration bill's path to citizenship are blasting comments Iowa Rep. Steve King made last week where he said that for every young undocumented immigrant who is a school valedictorian, 100 more are "hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

King made the comments in an interview Thursday with conservative news organization Newsmax. They were in response to criticism from anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, himself a supporter of the Senate immigration overhaul.
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Filed under: DREAM act • Immigration • Steve King
McDonnell pays back loan money amid federal investigation
July 23rd, 2013
02:21 PM ET
1 year ago

McDonnell pays back loan money amid federal investigation

Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET on 7/23

(CNN) – Embattled Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday he was paying back more than $120,000 in loans amid federal and state investigations into gifts and financial contributions he received from a wealthy executive.

McDonnell, who has said he will not resign, added he was working toward advancing policy items in the final several months of his governorship.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
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