Date night for the first couple
August 8th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
12 months ago

Date night for the first couple

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and wife Michelle left the White House Thursday evening to celebrate the president's birthday at a Washington restaurant.

The traveling press pool reported the Obamas were dining at Rasika in the northwest section of the nation's capital.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
Weiner still toward back of pack, according to poll
August 8th, 2013
06:37 PM ET
12 months ago

Weiner still toward back of pack, according to poll

(CNN) - Anthony Weiner, who once led the field of Democratic candidates for New York City mayor before the reemergence of a "sexting" scandal rocked his campaign, is currently in fourth place, a poll released Thursday showed.

The New York Times/Siena poll was the second survey showing the former congressman running behind three Democratic other hopefuls in the Big Apple. A Quinnipiac University poll released at the end of July also indicated Weiner had fallen in the aftermath of scandal.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Eliot Spitzer • New York
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 8, 2013
August 8th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 8, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

‘HOLDING MY NOSE’: SECRET TELEPHONE RECORDING ROILS MCCONNELL CAMPAIGN Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell. “Between you and me I'm sort of holding my nose for two years, because what we're doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand [Paul] in '16,” Benton said in the recording. “That's my long vision.” – Mark Preston and Peter Hamby

BAILOUT PROFIT? TAXPAYERS MAY SOON PROFIT ON FANNIE, FREDDIE BAILOUTS The U.S. government rescued the two mortgage finance firms in September 2008. A recovery in housing has made Fannie and Freddie hugely profitable. And those profits flow to the U.S. Treasury. – Chris Isidore

OBAMA AT THE PODIUM: President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House that he will hold a news conference on Friday. Obama responded to a shouted question at an appearance on Thursday with the Greek prime minister that he would hold a news conference the next day.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
August 8th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
12 months ago

McCain: Russia has reset relations...back to 1955

(CNN) - President Barack Obama this week cancelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, following Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who has admitted leaking secrets about U.S. national security surveillance.

The administration's hopes for a "reset" relationship with Russia have proved complicated and in some cases discouraging.

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Filed under: John McCain • Russia
August 8th, 2013
04:36 PM ET
12 months ago

Leathers makes her pick for NYC mayor

(CNN) – Sydney Leathers, the 23-year-old paralegal from Indiana who came forward about her ex-online relationship with Anthony Weiner, said in an interview published Thursday that she backs City Council Speaker Christie Quinn for mayor, not her former sexting partner.

"Obviously she doesn't have the impulse control problems that Anthony has," Leathers said in the interview with Complex, a men's lifestyle magazine.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner
Obama to answer reporters' questions Friday
August 8th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama to answer reporters' questions Friday

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House that he will hold a news conference on Friday.

Obama responded to a shouted question at an appearance on Thursday with the Greek prime minister that he would hold a news conference the next day.

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Filed under: President Obama
August 8th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
12 months ago

Secret telephone recording roils McConnell campaign

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell.

Benton made the off-message comments in a January telephone conversation with conservative activist Dennis Fusaro, a former colleague from Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Bill Clinton and Oprah among recipients of highest civilian award
August 8th, 2013
03:49 PM ET
12 months ago

Bill Clinton and Oprah among recipients of highest civilian award

(CNN) – On the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama will award the honor to a group that includes former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire media mogul.

First established by President John F. Kennedy, the medals are the highest award given by the government to civilians. Clinton and Oprah are among the sixteen recipients of this year's awards that were announced by the White House on Thursday.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Oprah Winfrey • President Obama
After heart procedure, Bush gets call from Obama
August 8th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
12 months ago

After heart procedure, Bush gets call from Obama

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called his predecessor George W. Bush Wednesday to extend good wishes after the former president underwent a procedure to put a stent in an artery of his heart.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that Obama was "glad to hear the procedure went well and former President Bush is recovering."
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Filed under: George W. Bush • President Obama
Forgiven? Eliot Spitzer gets unusual endorsement
August 8th, 2013
12:03 PM ET
12 months ago

Forgiven? Eliot Spitzer gets unusual endorsement

(CNN) – A number of New York City pastors have endorsed former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's campaign for city comptroller.

A release from Spitzer's campaign refers to the endorsements as coming from "prominent New York City pastors." It does not give a specific number of pastoral endorsements, saying only that there were dozens. The release specifically names 11 pastors.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer
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