Boehner to push for short-term government funding extension
August 22nd, 2013
10:19 PM ET
11 months ago

Boehner to push for short-term government funding extension

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told a conference call of GOP members Thursday he would push for a short-term spending bill to avoid the potential of a government shutdown, a GOP aide told CNN. But he said that measure, known as a continuing resolution, will include the forced spending cuts, known as the sequester, which could force a budget showdown with the White House.

"When we return, our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels. Our message will remain clear: until the president agrees to better cuts and reforms that help grow the economy and put us on a path to a balanced budget, his sequester – the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on, and signed into law – stays in place," Boehner said, according to someone on the call.
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Filed under: Budget • John Boehner
August 22nd, 2013
07:11 PM ET
11 months ago

Crossfire: Is college worth it?

Crossfire hosts S.E. Cupp and Stephanie cutter debate whether a college education is necessary.


Filed under: Crossfire
Coburn: Obama a 'friend,' but his actions nearing grounds for impeachment
August 22nd, 2013
06:31 PM ET
11 months ago

Coburn: Obama a 'friend,' but his actions nearing grounds for impeachment

(CNN) – Sen. Tom Coburn became the latest Republican lawmaker to link President Barack Obama to potential grounds for impeachment during a town hall Wednesday.

The Oklahoma Republican – who also said Obama was a "personal friend" – responded to a question from a constituent by asserting that the president's policies were approaching a legal standard for impeachment.
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Filed under: President Obama • Tom Coburn
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 22, 2013
August 22nd, 2013
05:30 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 22, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HOLY MARKET WATCH: NASDAQ trading suspended for 3 hours due to a “trading glitch.” In the second significant trading glitch this week, most major exchanges were forced to halt trading in more than 2,700 Nasdaq-listed stocks for several hours Thursday. … It's yet another black eye for a stock market that has become increasingly automated. It's also another blow to NASDAQ, which has been under intense scrutiny since trading issues at its exchange marred the initial public offering of Facebook. NASDAQ attributed the problems to technical issues at a central clearinghouse known as the "UTP SIP," which is the security information process where 13 public exchanges send bid and offer prices on NASDAQ -listed stocks.

FILNER WATCH: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexually harassing women, will resign if the San Diego City Council accepts a proposed mediation agreement, local TV stations reported Thursday.

Gut Check DVR: President Barack Obama sits down in an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo for CNN’s “New Day.” Watch CNN Friday at 6 a.m. ET.

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Biden superfan tweets her way into event
August 22nd, 2013
04:41 PM ET
11 months ago

Biden superfan tweets her way into event

(CNN) – Thursday was a very good day for the Temple University student who tweets under the handle @MovesLikeBiden.

Lauren Waksman – a self-declared superfan of Vice President Joe Biden – was initially in a state of dismay when she discovered she wouldn't be able to obtain tickets for a joint Biden-President Barack Obama event Friday in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Filed under: Joe Biden
Conservatives embrace Ashton Kutcher's straight talk
August 22nd, 2013
04:00 PM ET
11 months ago

Conservatives embrace Ashton Kutcher's straight talk

(CNN) – Not everyone taking note of the Teen Choice Awards fits neatly into the target demographic.

Take Sen. Ted Cruz. Earlier this week, the possible 2016 Republican contender for the White House took the time to tweet Ashton Kutcher's remarks accepting the Awards' main honor, calling it a "remarkable speech."
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Filed under: Glenn Beck • Mike Huckabee • Rush Limbaugh • Sarah Palin • Ted Cruz
In the eye of the cameraman: This takes the cake
August 22nd, 2013
03:19 PM ET
11 months ago

In the eye of the cameraman: This takes the cake

(CNN) - I first started covering the White House beat for CNN in 1988, during President Reagan's last year in office. Ever since then, through all 50 states and 80 different countries, I've followed the man that lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. At most of those presidential events, a local caterer is hired to supply meals for a hungry press corps as we have little time to run to get anything (paid for by the news organizations) and as a result we are well fed.

Most of the time local fare is highlighted. In New Orleans, I have had jambalaya and ribs in Memphis and buffalo wings in Buffalo, New York. Yes, today I am in Buffalo, at the University at Buffalo. It's the first stop of President Obama's two day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania.

In all my years of covering the President, I've never seen a caterer present a sheet cake like this one pictured here. At lunch, Three Pillars Catering brought out a marbled cake with a welcome message and the Presidential Seal. The decorating alone took them an hour and a half, according to Laurie Richeal of Three Pillars. How'd it taste? While it looked good enough to eat, I stuck to my diet and took a pass… the "road food" covering this beat adds up.


Filed under: White House
McConnell sees 'tipping point' on Egypt aid
August 22nd, 2013
03:01 PM ET
11 months ago

McConnell sees 'tipping point' on Egypt aid

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a "tipping point" because of the Egyptian military's behavior and predicted a vote soon to block US military aid even though a proposal to do just that was roundly defeated only weeks ago.

"I think we've all kind of reached a tipping point," the Kentucky Republican said when asked by CNN . "We've appreciated our alliance with Egypt. The Israelis have certainly thought it was important for the Camp David Accords to be adhered to.
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Filed under: Egypt • Mitch McConnell
Colin Powell blasts N.C. voting law in front of governor who signed it
August 22nd, 2013
02:19 PM ET
11 months ago

Colin Powell blasts N.C. voting law in front of governor who signed it

(CNN) – A new voter ID law in North Carolina will end up hurting Republicans among minority voters, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told a gathering of business executives in the state Thursday.

The retired four-star general, speaking in Raleigh, made his remarks immediately following a session featuring North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who was a supporter of the new voting measure and signed it into law earlier this month.
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Rubio to raise bucks in Beverly Hills
August 22nd, 2013
01:48 PM ET
11 months ago

Rubio to raise bucks in Beverly Hills

(CNN) - One day after pow-wowing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Sen. Marco Rubio mingles with some political donors with deep pockets at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California.

The reception and dinner for the Florida Republican will be held at the famed Beverly Hills Hotel off Sunset Blvd, a source with knowledge of the event confirms to CNN. Tickets for the reception cost $2,600 per person, while $10,000 will allow one to co-host the dinner.
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Filed under: California • Marco Rubio • Senate
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