Spitzer says wife, family aren't the focus
Eliot Spitzer and his wife Silda Wall are pictured on March 12, 2008, when he announced he was resigning from his post as governor.
July 26th, 2013
02:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Spitzer says wife, family aren't the focus

(CNN) – She famously stood by Eliot Spitzer in the aftermath of his 2008 prostitution scandal, but Silda Wall Spitzer hasn't been hitting the trail in her husband's bid for a political comeback.

Speaking at a campaign stop Thursday, the candidate for the Democratic city comptroller nomination suggested that wouldn't change in the lead up to September's primary.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York
Bachmann, three others face continuing House ethics investigations
July 26th, 2013
01:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Bachmann, three others face continuing House ethics investigations

Washington (CNN) - The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is looking into potential ethics violations by Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and three other House members. The announcement came after a non-partisan panel referred a number of cases to the committee last month for further investigation.

In all four cases announced Friday the Ethics panel said it was taking the next step to investigate matters that were already probed by the outside panel, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
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Filed under: House • Michele Bachmann
Vandals splatter Lincoln Memorial with green paint
July 26th, 2013
08:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Vandals splatter Lincoln Memorial with green paint

Washington (CNN) - Vandals splashed green paint on the base of the Lincoln Memorial's statue overnight, prompting officials to temporarily close the marble fixture on Washington's National Mall, authorities said.

Police were alerted just before 1:30 a.m. and found paint splattered on the leg and base of the 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Park Police Capt. Steven Booker told CNN Friday. There were no discernible letters or markings.

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Filed under: Washington D.C.
July 26th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Bush on shaving head: 'It was the right thing to do'

(CNN) – The decision to shave off his hair in solidarity with a young leukemia patient was simply "the right thing to do," former President George H.W. Bush said in an interview with his granddaughter Friday.

"Little Patrick had leukemia. A lot of the agents shaved their heads and I said, 'Why not me?'" Bush said in a conversation with Jenna Bush Hager that aired on NBC's "Today." Bush Hager is a special correspondent for the network.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush
Obama group backs economic speech with ad
July 26th, 2013
08:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama group backs economic speech with ad

(CNN) – Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group aligned with President Barack Obama, has turned the much-hyped, hour-long speech the president delivered in Illinois on Wednesday into a 60-second television spot that will air on national cable.

Clips of the president are spliced together with photographs of construction workers, manufacturers, students, and families, all designed to promote the economic message the White House says will be their focus on the coming months.
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Filed under: Economy • OFA • President Obama
North Carolina lawmakers approve controversial election changes
July 26th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
1 year ago

North Carolina lawmakers approve controversial election changes

(CNN) - North Carolina lawmakers passed a measure that requires residents to present photo identification to vote, joining a handful of other states that have approved the controversial proposal.

The Republican-dominated House approved the measure late Thursday night , saying it will help prevent voter fraud. It passed the state's Senate a day earlier.

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Filed under: North Carolina
July 26th, 2013
07:16 AM ET
1 year ago

San Diego Democrats call on mayor to resign over sexual misconduct claims

(CNN) - Local Democratic leaders called on their fellow party member, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, to resign over increasing sexual harassment allegations from multiple women.

The San Diego County Democratic Party voted 34-6 Thursday in its second meeting in a week to discuss the claims.

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Filed under: California
CNN Washington AM Note
July 26th, 2013
06:44 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Source: Prosecutors offer Ariel Castro a plea deal in kidnapping case
Prosecutors have offered Ariel Castro, a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for close to a decade, a plea deal that removes the possibility of the death penalty, a Cuyahoga County courts source said Thursday. The defense is considering the deal, and there is no signed agreement. The deal would include a recommendation to keep Castro in prison for life, the source said. "We're on the home stretch," said a second source close to the case. That source said all that remains to be done to seal the deal is for Castro to plead guilty at the podium, which could happen at a hearing scheduled for Friday.
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Filed under: Washington AM Note
Christie: NSA critics should talk to 9/11 families
July 26th, 2013
12:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie: NSA critics should talk to 9/11 families

Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET on 7/26

(CNN) - Opponents of government spying programs should talk to families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a Republican governors forum Thursday.

Asked about the influence of libertarian-minded leaders in the GOP - including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky - Christie said that when it comes to national security, those who oppose National Security Agency programs that monitor Americans' electronic activity were just wrong.
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Filed under: 9/11 • Chris Christie • NSA
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