Poll: Quinn, De Blasio neck-and-neck in NYC mayoral race
August 15th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Quinn, De Blasio neck-and-neck in NYC mayoral race

(CNN) - Another poll indicates continued shuffling in the Democratic race for New York City's mayor.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are tied at 24% among likely primary voters, while former Rep. Anthony Weiner remains at the back of the pack, according to the new NBC4/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday.

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Bill de Blasio • Christine Quinn • New York • Polls
August 15th, 2013
08:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Memories of White House butler who served for 34 years

How often can you say, 'He served in the White House for 34 years?' No president can ever say that. But the late Eugene Allen could.

Allen served eight presidents and bore witness to some of the most powerful figures and tumultuous times in U.S. history – often while wearing a tuxedo.

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Filed under: The Lead
Rand Paul adviser jabs 'content-free' Christie
August 15th, 2013
06:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul adviser jabs 'content-free' Christie

Boston (CNN) – A top adviser to Rand Paul fired back at Chris Christie on Thursday after the New Jersey governor urged Republicans to focus their energies on winning elections instead of squabbling over ideology.

"So if I translate Gov. Christie correctly, we shouldn't be the party of ideas," Paul adviser Doug Stafford told CNN in an email. "We shouldn't care what we stand for or even if we stand for anything. We reject that idea. Content-free so-called 'pragmatism' is the problem, not the solution."
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Filed under: Uncategorized
August 15th, 2013
06:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Another Paul takes on Chris Christie

(CNN) - If Chris Christie becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, former GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said flatly he would not be able to vote for the New Jersey governor.

“He offers nothing,” Paul said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Rand Paul • Ron Paul • The Situation Room
Howard Dean returning to Iowa
August 15th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Howard Dean returning to Iowa

(CNN) – Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who says he's open to making another bid for president, will travel next week to Iowa, a move that will surely stoke further speculation that Dean may run in 2016.

The former presidential candidate will speak Wednesday at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, taking him back to the same state where he finished third in the 2004 Iowa caucuses and made his infamous "Dean Scream."
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Filed under: 2016 • Howard Dean • Iowa
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 15, 2013
August 15th, 2013
05:11 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 15, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 15, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

AL QAEDA ON EGYPT: 'I TOLD YOU SO': Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst writes in an opinion piece, “Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born leader of al Qaeda, has seen this movie before: An Islamist party does well at the polling booth only to be overthrown by a military coup that then plunges the country into chaos.. This is what happened in Algeria in 1991. Tens of thousands died in the subsequent Algerian civil war that ripped the nation apart during the 1990s. The lesson that Zawahiri drew from the Algerian war was that participating in democratic elections was strictly for suckers; far better to seize power through violence and then impose Taliban-style sharia … For more on Egypt, scroll down to What Caught Our Eye.

CHRIS CHRISTIE DISSES GOP ‘NAVEL GAZING’: At a closed door meeting of the RNC summer meeting, a source tells CNN’s Peter Hamby that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie popped two Republicans, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “My job is to win. I believe my job is to win. Our job is not to be college professors,” Christie said. “I'm not going to be one of these people who goes around and calls our party stupid. We need to stop navel gazing. There's nothing wrong with our principles. We need to focus on winning again. … We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
John King analysis: Obama's losing bet in Egypt
August 15th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
1 year ago

John King analysis: Obama's losing bet in Egypt

Washington (CNN) – President Obama on Thursday sharply criticized the Egyptian military's deadly crackdown. In doing so, he also acknowledged an administration bet gone bad.

No, the administration still won't use the term "coup" to describe the forced ouster of Egypt's democratically elected government. But, in the president's words, "the United States strongly condemns" the action of an interim government it was counting on to take a measured path after seizing power.
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Filed under: Egypt • President Obama
Christie raps potential 2016 rivals at Republican confab
August 15th, 2013
03:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie raps potential 2016 rivals at Republican confab

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET on 8/15

Boston (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie planted himself firmly in the Republican Party’s establishment wing Thursday with a pugnacious speech calling on his party to focus on pragmatism rather than ideology and crippling internal debates.

"We are not a debating society,” Christie told a lunchtime audience at the Republican National Committees summer meeting in Boston. “We are a political operation that needs to win."
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Filed under: Chris Christie • RNC
Bush daughter wants Clinton to run
August 15th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Bush daughter wants Clinton to run

(CNN) – Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, wants Hillary Clinton to run for president.

The 31 year-old CEO of the nonprofit Global Health Corps said she wants to see a Clinton run in 2016 in the upcoming Aug. 26 issue of People Magazine. During an interview that focused primarily on her volunteer work, Barbara Bush called Clinton "unbelievably accomplished."
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Gingrich: Hillary Clinton to pursue 'left-wing ideas'
August 15th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
1 year ago

Gingrich: Hillary Clinton to pursue 'left-wing ideas'

Boston (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is back to tangling with the Clintons.

In an interview with CNN, the former House speaker and presidential candidate accused Hillary Clinton of planning to pursue "left-wing ideas" in a series of upcoming speeches that may be setting the stage for her own White House run in 2016.
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Filed under: Crossfire • Hillary Clinton • Newt Gingrich
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