(CNN) – The Pentagon will permit members of the military to travel to wed same-sex partners if the community or state where they are based does not permit it, a key element of a new benefits policy unveiled Wednesday.
The Defense Department announced its intention to extended health, housing and other benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed military personnel and defense civilian employees.
(CNN) – A famous photo shows President Barack Obama hunkered down in the Situation Room in May 2011 with his national security team as U.S. Navy SEALS carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
But his former body man Reggie Love said in an interview posted online Wednesday that Obama also played cards to distract himself during the day-long ordeal.
(CNN) – A U.S. Representative from Texas known for his provocative statements wants the Missouri rodeo clown fired for mocking President Barack Obama to know he is welcome in the Lone Star state.
Rep. Steve Stockman, the Republican who invited conservative firebrand musician Ted Nugent to the 2013 State of the Union address, has put out a release inviting the rodeo clown to come and perform in his home district in Texas.
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GINGRICH’S TOUGH TALK: Republicans have 'zero' health care ideas… Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday at the Republican National Committee's summer meeting, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing “zero” alternatives to President Obama's health care reform law. – Peter Hamby
MANNING APOLOGIZES IN COURT: “I want to start with an apology,” Pfc. Bradley Manning, who faces up to 90 years in prison if the judge imposes the maximum sentence, said. “I understood what I was doing was wrong but I didn’t appreciate the broader effects of my actions.” – From CNN’s Chris Lawrence in the courtroom
(CNN) - An Indian reservation in South Dakota voted to repeal a decades-old ban on alcohol, according to preliminary results announced by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Wednesday.
The unofficial tally from Tuesday's vote at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation shows that 1,645 members voted in favor of lifting the ban, 1,494 voted against and 438 votes were challenged.
Boston (CNN) – Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing "zero" alternatives to President Obama's health care reform law.
Gingrich, who was speaking at the opening session of the Republican National Committee's summer meeting, fielded a question about "Obamacare" and recalled that Republicans were able to block Bill Clinton's health care reform effort in 1994 because they had "a positive alternative approach" to health care.
Reality star Willie Robertson from A&E's hit show "Duck Dynasty" could make a run for a Louisiana congressional seat. CNN's John Berman reports.
(CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds.
Jackson pleaded guilty in February to using campaign money for personal expenses that included buying Michael Jackson memorabilia, furs, and a Rolex watch. The judge said the sentence should be served at a facility in Alabama.
His wife Sandra Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for filing false tax returns. She pleaded guilty in February to failing to report nearly $570,000 in taxable income from 2006 through 2011.
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(CNN) - Eliot Spitzer appears to be weathering a series of harsh attacks from his opponent and has expanded his lead in Democratic primary race for New York City Comptroller, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.
Spitzer, the former New York attorney general and governor, leads his opponent, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, by a commanding 19 points – 56 to 37 – among Democratic primary voters.
Washington (CNN) - Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who misused about $750,000 in campaign funds, apologized Wednesday before he and his wife, Sandi, were set to be sentenced.
"I misled the American people," Jackson said.