Source: Why Obama decided to talk about Egypt
In an official White House photo, President Obama speaks with National Security Staff members regarding the violent situation in Egypt on Thursday. He's currently vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.
August 15th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
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Source: Why Obama decided to talk about Egypt

(CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke out against violence in Egypt Thursday, saying the United States "deplored" violence against civilians.

The speech was a call for calm on both sides.

A senior White House official told CNN's Jake Tapper that Obama was briefed on the situation in Egypt by National Security Adviser Susan Rice Wednesday.

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Polls: You don't want the U.S. involved in Egypt
August 15th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Polls: You don't want the U.S. involved in Egypt

Washington (CNN) - The United States should stay out of Egypt.

That seemed to be the sentiment from Americans regarding the upheaval in the Middle East nation after Egypt's military deposed President Mohamed Morsy, according to polling conducted last month, prior to the outburst of violence this week.
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August 15th, 2013
11:10 AM ET
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Full Remarks: Obama condemns violence in Egypt

(CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke out against violence in Egypt Thursday, saying the United States "deplored" violence against civilians.

Below is a full transcript of his remarks.
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August 15th, 2013
11:01 AM ET
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Christie confronted over medical marijuana bill

Updated 8/15/2013 at 11:35 a.m. ET

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a desperate father Wednesday that he will decide by Friday whether or not to sign a medical marijuana bill that would make a version of the drug available to the man's epileptic daughter.

The bill, S2842, was passed by the state assembly June 24 with a large majority in the Democratically-controlled legislature, 55-13, but Christie has so far not said whether or not he will sign it. The measure would expand to children the medical marijuana access already in place for adults.
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Rand Paul sees no evidence of voter discrimination
August 15th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
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Rand Paul sees no evidence of voter discrimination

(CNN) – As new voter ID laws take effect in states across the country – to the objections of civil rights leaders and Democrats – GOP Sen. Rand Paul says he doesn't see evidence African-Americans are facing obstacles casting ballots.

The Kentucky Republican's remarks came the same week a new measure was signed into law in North Carolina requiring voters present a valid government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Similar laws are being proposed in several other states after June's Supreme Court decision gutting the federal Voting Rights Act. That ruling effectively invalidated a key provision of the 1965 law that gives the federal government oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination.
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Obama says U.S. 'deplores' Egyptian violence
August 15th, 2013
09:16 AM ET
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Obama says U.S. 'deplores' Egyptian violence

(CNN) – President Obama said Thursday the United States "deplores" the violence against civilians in the recent Egyptian military crackdown against protests in Cairo.

He said the United States believes the Egyptian government's "state of emergency should be lifted" and a process of reconciliation must begin.

He also announced the cancellation of Bright Star - next month's joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercise.


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August 15th, 2013
09:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Steve King: 'Spell' cast over GOP on immigration

(CNN) – Leaders in his party have been blinded to the consequences of immigration reform by the potential for gaining votes among Latinos, Rep. Steve King claimed in an interview Thursday.

Speaking to Kate Bolduan on CNN's "New Day," King said the push to overhaul the nation's immigration system was being adopted by Republicans, despite their opposition in the past to similar efforts.
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McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad
August 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad

(CNN) - A progressive group targeting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a television ad Thursday, calling on the Senate minority leader to expand Social Security as the powerful Republican fights to hold on to his seat next year.

The 30-second spot features Kirk Gillenwaters, who says he started working at the Ford plant in Louisville when he was 18.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare
August 15th, 2013
12:01 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare

(CNN) - The independent political group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda will on Thursday release a new television commercial promoting the successes of his signature healthcare law.

Entitled “Every Day,” the Organizing for Action ad tells the story of a Huntersville, North Carolina, family who received an insurance rebate because of reforms implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
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