Boxer pleads for San Diego mayor to resign
August 9th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
12 months ago

Boxer pleads for San Diego mayor to resign

(CNN) - San Diego's Democratic mayor Bob Filner, currently undergoing "intensive counseling" after being accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen women, should resign his post, Sen. Barbara Boxer wrote in a personal letter to the mayor Friday.

Addressing Filner simply as "Bob," Boxer – who is also a Democrat - wrote, "We've known each other for a long time…So I am speaking to you now on a personal and professional level, and asking you to step down as mayor and get the help you need as a private citizen."
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Filed under: Barbara Boxer • California
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's brother arrested in Connecticut
August 9th, 2013
01:44 PM ET
12 months ago

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's brother arrested in Connecticut

(CNN) – The half brother of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was arrested Thursday in Old Lyme, Connecticut, accused of weapons charges and impersonating a police officer.

According to a press release from Connecticut State Police, Bruce Browne of Wolcott, Connecticut was arrested early Wednesday evening.
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Obama to announce surveillance transparency measures
August 9th, 2013
01:16 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama to announce surveillance transparency measures

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is set to announce new measures on Friday to "increase transparency and restore public trust" in government surveillance programs, an administration official tells CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
Spitzer takes heat in first debate of NYC race
August 9th, 2013
12:58 PM ET
12 months ago

Spitzer takes heat in first debate of NYC race

(CNN) - Eliot Spitzer's opponent tore into the former New York governor Friday as they faced off for the first time in the Democratic primary race for city comptroller.

Five minutes into the debate, barbs were already flying, with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer saying Spitzer was a "colossal failure" as a governor and pointing to Spitzer's prostitution scandal that ultimately led to his 2008 resignation.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • Scott Stringer
Tech chiefs meet with Obama on privacy
August 9th, 2013
12:50 PM ET
12 months ago

Tech chiefs meet with Obama on privacy

(CNN) – Bosses of major technology firms met with President Barack Obama Thursday alongside civil liberties advocates to discuss privacy, part of an ongoing series of talks the White House is holding after the disclosure of government surveillance programs that monitor Americans' phone and internet activity.

Web pioneer Vint Cerf, currently an executive at Google, attended the White House event, a person familiar with the meeting said, as did Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to Politico, which first reported the gathering of tech chiefs. Also present was Gigi Sohn, the president of digital rights advocacy group Public Knowledge.
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Filed under: NSA • President Obama
Before vacation, Obama will probably aim to set economic table for fall
August 9th, 2013
10:38 AM ET
12 months ago

Before vacation, Obama will probably aim to set economic table for fall

Washington (CNN) – Friday's White House news conference is likely to be an exercise in what President Barack Obama wants to talk about - his economic message - and what he feels he has to talk about - terrorism and the U.S.-Russia relationship - before he leaves Washington for a family vacation.

For the last few weeks, Obama has traversed the country to push his economic message that the White House says will be its focus going into the fall. And if the White House had its way, that's how Obama would open the news conference.

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Filed under: President Obama
Rand Paul toasts a drone program
August 9th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
12 months ago

Rand Paul toasts a drone program

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul has become known as perhaps the most vocal lawmaker on the legal use of drones, taking repeated standoffs with the administration over questions about armed and unarmed aerial vehicles.

But the Republican senator from Kentucky tweeted Friday that he approved of a certain kind of drone after all. And it can't conduct surveillance or kill people.
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Weiner mocks British reporter
August 9th, 2013
09:02 AM ET
12 months ago

Weiner mocks British reporter

(CNN) – Stopping on the campaign trail for a sidewalk interview, a clearly agitated Anthony Weiner mocked a British reporter Thursday and laughed as she asked him questions.

"It's hard to take you seriously," he said after being asked whether he was pursuing his New York City mayoral bid out of "ambition" or "hunger for the job." He then appears to repeat her question in a British accent.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
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