July 26th, 2013
07:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Quinn: Weiner is immature, disconnected from the truth

(CNN) – Christine Quinn, New York's leading Democratic mayoral candidate says opponent Anthony Weiner has brought a circus on the city.

"All we've seen here with Congress member Weiner is really a pattern of reckless behavior, an immaturity and a real disconnect from the truth," said Quinn, who would not go so far as to call on Weiner to drop out of the race.

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Christine Quinn • New York • The Lead
Obama to visit Capitol Hill
July 26th, 2013
07:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to visit Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a rare visit to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with House and Senate Democrats ahead of the month-long summer recess, according to two Democratic congressional sources.

"He's going to discuss our shared Democratic agenda to keep moving the country forward by growing the economy, rebuilding the middle class, implementing the affordable care act and reforming our broken immigration system," one source said.
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Filed under: Congress • President Obama
Paul continues threat to hold FBI director nomination
July 26th, 2013
06:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul continues threat to hold FBI director nomination

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul is vowing to block a confirmation vote on the next FBI director unless he gets sufficient answers from the law enforcement agency about the use of surveillance drones in the United States.

The FBI revealed in a recently unclassified letter to the Kentucky Republican that it has used unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance in 10 cases on U.S. soil - eight of them criminal and two involving national security.
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Filed under: FBI • James Comey • Rand Paul • Robert Mueller • Senate
July 26th, 2013
05:58 PM ET
1 year ago

NY voter confronts Weiner for double standard

(CNN) – At least one Staten Island resident doesn't agree with Anthony Weiner's assertion his mayoral bid is representative of the middle class in spite of the new sexting revelations.

Weiner was confronted by the voter right after telling reporters he would likely soon stop answering questions about his previous online relationships.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner
John King: Obama trying to get upper hand in looming showdown
July 26th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
1 year ago

John King: Obama trying to get upper hand in looming showdown

Washington (CNN) – Republicans are right in saying President Barack Obama's new economy road show is a rerun - full of policy proposals and political attacks the country, and the GOP, have heard before.

But there is a new goal in recycling and retooling the Obama economic pitch: a potential government shutdown looms on the horizon and the president is looking to make sure he has the upper hand as that showdown enters crunch time.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 26, 2013
July 26th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 26, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

QUINN CALLS OPPONENT “RECKLESS” & “IMMATURE”: NYC Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn in an interview on CNN’s “The Lead”: “I think what the former congressmember has done, as I've said, is reckless. It's a pattern of recklessness. It's immature. It's irresponsible. No one should have behaved this way; no one should have lied about how they behaved this way.”

FILNER GETTING HELP, BUT NOT GETTING OUT: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that he will take a two-week hiatus for “intensive counseling” in response to a tide of sexual harassment allegations. Filner said he would return to office on August 19 and “my focus will be on making sure I am doing right by this city by being the best mayor I can be and being the best person I must be.” – Tricia Escobedo

WHY WAIT FOR 2016? Gov. Chris Christie says Sen. Rand Paul’s “strain of libertarianism” might be “dangerous.” Paul equates Christie with the Republican-cum-Democrat Charlie Crist. MORE BELOW IN “WHAT CAUGHT OUR EYE.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Staff Sgt. Ty Carter awarded Medal of Honor
July 26th, 2013
04:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Second Medal of Honor for fierce Afghan battle

Editor's note: Jake Tapper is an anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN. He is author of the best-selling book about Afghanistan, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor."

It was a devastating Taliban attack, launched on an eastern Afghanistan outpost positioned so poorly it was nearly indefensible. Combat Outpost Keating was tucked in a valley surrounded by towering mountains.

On October 3, 2009, 300 insurgents used the high ground to stage an overwhelming assault on just 53 U.S. troops.

“Just every kind of weapon they could get their hands on they were throwing at us, and we hadn't seen that before,” said Spc. Tom Rasmussen.

Eight men died, but there were heart stopping heroics to defend the base.

Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was already awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for his bravery in the face of overwhelming odds during the battle.

Read An American hero: The uncommon valor of Clint Romesha

Now there will be a second White House ceremony, this time to award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Ty Carter, a member of Black Knight Troop, in the 3rd platoon nicknamed the Bastards.

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Filed under: Medal of Honor • Military • President Obama
July 26th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Weiner says he has no response to Sydney Leathers

(CNN) - In a somewhat confrontational press conference Friday, Anthony Weiner did not answer questions about the 23-year-old Indiana native who came forward this week with racy messages that she and Weiner exchanged online last summer.

The New York City mayoral candidate also indicated he may stop answering questions all together about his online relationships with women following his 2011 resignation from Congress.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
July 26th, 2013
03:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: San Diego mayor to enter counseling clinic

(CNN) – - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, publicly accused of sexual harassment by seven women, said Friday he will enter "a behavior counseling clinic" for two weeks of intensive therapy starting August 5. In a statement given at City Hall, he apologized "to the women I have offended." "The behavior I have engaged in over many years is wrong. My failure to respect women and the intimidating conduct I engaged in at times is inexcusable," he said.


Filed under: California
Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham to help out Spitzer's opponent
July 26th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
1 year ago

Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham to help out Spitzer's opponent

(CNN) - Some big Hollywood names are turning out to support Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as he tries to regain lost ground after former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer jumped into the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller.

Actress Scarlett Johansson and TV star Lena Dunham, known for HBO's "Girls," will help host a fundraiser for Stringer in the first week of August, a little more than a month before the two Democrats face off in the September 10 primary.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York • Scott Stringer
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