(CNN) – Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota didn’t shy away from Iowa’s presidential politics while giving the keynote address at a fundraiser on Friday in Iowa.
“You are the state that has gained notoriety for picking the country's presidents, and we are the state - thanks to the great Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale - that supplied the country with vice presidents,” she said at the 10th annual North Iowa Democratic Wing-Ding in Clear Lake.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday that would ban certain long-range rifles and sent several gun-related bills back to the state Legislature for changes, his office announced.
The Republican governor, who has worked with the Legislature on a number of bills to curb gun violence this year (he signed 10 last week), did not approve a proposed ban on firearms with a caliber of .50 or greater, saying it criminalizes a firearm that has not been used in crimes.
(CNN) - A Pittsburgh judge on Friday barred enforcement of Pennsylvania's voter-identification law for the Nov. 5 general election, as well as any election that may come before.
State Judge Bernard McGinley's preliminary injunction means Pennsylvania will again go the polls with no enforcement of the law - a different judge made similar ruling a month before the 2012 presidential election.
CNN’s Crossfire is coming back! Starting today – and every day as we count down to the debut of CNN’s Crossfire – our hosts will be presenting classic moments from the program’s 23-year history.
As we started pulling these tapes off the shelf, we were surprised to find so many guests who went on to become household names. Newt Gingrich looks back at one of them in today’s Classic Crossfire moment.
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(CNN) – Taking issue with a New York Times report this week on the financial health of the Clinton Foundation, former President Bill Clinton on Friday released an open letter explaining why the organization ran multi-million dollar deficits in 2007 and 2012.
"The reporting requirements on our tax forms, called 990s, can be misleading as to what is actually going on," he wrote in the letter posted on the foundation's website. "Here's why."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
CLINTON GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE: Former President Bill Clinton hits back at the New York Times reporting on his foundation… “The New York Times recently reported that the Foundation ran a deficit of $40 million in 2007 and 2008 and $8 million in 2012. The reporting requirements on our tax forms, called 990s, can be misleading as to what is actually going on. Here’s why. When someone makes a multi-year commitment to the Foundation, we have to report it all in the year it was made. In 2005 and 2006 as a result of multi-year commitments, the Foundation reported a surplus of $102,800,000 though we collected nowhere near that.” NYT STORY FULL LETTER
DEVELOPING: GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE SENDS BACK MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL… The governor signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature made two changes: that edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone and that both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday sent back a medical marijuana bill that could expand options for patients seeking the drug and make it easier for children to qualify for the program.
The governor signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature made two changes:
- That edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone;
- That both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election bid will get a boost from Rudy Giuliani later this month when the former New York City mayor hosts a fundraiser for his fellow Republican in the Hamptons.
The cocktail event – which will cost attendees $3,800 a ticket – will take place August 24 at a beachfront mansion in Southampton owned by Clifford Sobel, who served as ambassador to Brazil under former President George W. Bush, and his wife Barbara.
Boston (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee backed a resolution Friday calling on state legislatures to pass legislation "supporting the changing and teaching" of American history to put a greater emphasis on the country's "founding principles."
"School children of the United States of America should understand the sacrifice that has been made for the God-given liberty so that a strong Constitutional Republic in the United States may be secured for future generations," reads the resolution, which passed by a voice vote at Friday's general session of the RNC.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday is expected to announce whether he'll sign a medical marijuana bill that could expand options for patients seeking the drug and make it easier for children to qualify for the program.
Current law allows New Jersey patients to get medical marijuana, but the bill, S2842, would eliminate a limit on the number of marijuana strains that the state's dispensaries can cultivate - ostensibly making it more likely that they would carry versions that certain patients seek.