How low can Congress go?
August 2nd, 2013
10:57 AM ET
1 year ago

How low can Congress go?

Washington (CNN) - The numbers tell the story.

As federal lawmakers head out to their home states and districts for the five-week summer recess, the approval rating for Congress is mired near historic lows.
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Filed under: Congress • Polls
Republicans on jobs report: Grand bargain?
August 2nd, 2013
10:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Republicans on jobs report: Grand bargain?

Washington (CNN) – A few days after President Barack Obama announced his proposed "grand bargain" to spur economic growth, Republicans remain unimpressed with the United States economy, reacting harshly to the new jobs report for July.

According to the Labor Department, the economy added 162,000 jobs last month, lowering the unemployment rate from 7.6% in June to 7.4% in July. The numbers are less than the 180,000 jobs that economists had originally anticipated for the month.
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Filed under: Economy • John Boehner • President Obama • Reince Priebus • Republican
Ninth woman says San Diego mayor sexually harassed her
August 2nd, 2013
10:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Ninth woman says San Diego mayor sexually harassed her

(CNN) - A ninth woman is accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

Emily Gilbert told CNN affiliate KSWB that she was hired to sing at a fundraising event shortly after Filner took office in December. The mayor grabbed her, slide his hand down her arm and groped her behind, she told the station.

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Filed under: California
Obamacare battle heads to states
August 2nd, 2013
10:21 AM ET
1 year ago

Obamacare battle heads to states

(CNN) – Does this sound familiar? The summer before campaigning begins in earnest for midterm congressional elections, activists hit the road to wage war on President Barack Obama's health care ideas.

If August 2013 is starting to shape up like August 2009 – that steamy month of angry town halls fueled by the then-burgeoning tea party movement – it's because the Affordable Care Act remains in the crosshairs for conservatives, whose commitment to repealing the law endures.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Ted Cruz
Hiring slumps in July
August 2nd, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Hiring slumps in July

New York (CNNMoney) - The job market hit a speed bump in July, as hiring slowed and both hours worked and wages fell slightly.

The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July, falling below forecasts. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had predicted employers would add 180,000 jobs.

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Filed under: Jobs
If Wall Street's right, Obama may nix Keystone
August 2nd, 2013
07:08 AM ET
1 year ago

If Wall Street's right, Obama may nix Keystone

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama hasn't decided whether he will approve the expansion of the controversial Keystone oils sands pipeline just yet. But in a strange turn of events, some opponents of the plan are finding support for their position from an unlikely source: Wall Street.

Obama has long said that he will only approve the project if it doesn't significantly contribute to climate change. He reiterated that in a recent interview with The New York Times. The State Department has said it won't because it thinks the oil sands, which are dirtier than conventional oil, will get developed no matter what happens to Keystone. In other words, that oil is going to leave Canada somehow ... so it might as well be through the United States.

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Filed under: Energy • Wall Street
Poll: Majority oppose bailing out Detroit
August 2nd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Majority oppose bailing out Detroit

(CNN) – A new poll released Friday indicates a majority of American voters oppose a federal bailout for Detroit following the city's recent filing for bankruptcy.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 57% of registered voters oppose the idea of a federal bailout, while 33% support such a move.
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Filed under: Michigan • Polls
CNN Washington AM Note
August 2nd, 2013
05:16 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Deception, threats and abuse: Captives' hellish life inside Castro's home
From the outside, the home at 2207 Seymour Avenue looked like most any other in Cleveland's Westside neighborhood. From the inside, it looked like hell. There were the restraints - duct tape, plastic zip ties, metal chains fastened to a basement pole and bedroom walls - to ensure that Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus wouldn't leave. But, despite Ariel Castro's efforts, they did.
WATCH: VIDEO CNN: Ariel Castro's final act
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