Napolitano defends record at DHS as she prepares to step down
August 27th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Napolitano defends record at DHS as she prepares to step down

Washington (CNN) - Janet Napolitano has a few words of advice for whoever succeeds her as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: "You will need a large bottle of Advil."

Napolitano said Tuesday her job is "very big and complex" but is also very rewarding.
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Controversial Wal-Mart bill headed to Washington mayor's desk
August 27th, 2013
06:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Controversial Wal-Mart bill headed to Washington mayor's desk

Washington (CNN) - The controversial "living wage" bill that retailer Wal-Mart has said would cause it to stop development projects in the nation's capital will go to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray for consideration on Friday, a city council official told CNN Tuesday.

If signed, the bill, officially known as the Large Retailer Accountability Act, would require big retailers in the District of Columbia to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 - a 50% hike above the district's current minimum wage.
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Obama: "King would be amazed" about civil rights progress
August 27th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: "King would be amazed" about civil rights progress

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama joked that his address marking the 50th anniversary of the historic "I Have A Dream" speech "won't be as good" as Dr. Martin Luther King's original.

King's 1,600-word address – arguably one of the most important speeches of the 20th century – became a crucial moment in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S.
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Many in Congress want consultation before Syria action
August 27th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Many in Congress want consultation before Syria action

Washington (CNN) - As the U.S. prepares for a possible military strike on Syria, more than three dozen lawmakers - among them a handful of Democrats - demanded the Obama administration consult them, saying taking action without congressional approval is unconstitutional.

"While the founders wisely gave the office of the president the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate - and the active engagement of Congress - prior to committing U.S. military assets," the 37 congressmen and women wrote to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. "Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution."
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August 27th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 27, 2013

CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 27, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

U.S. MILITARY “READY TO GO” … Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tells the BBC that American forces are “ready” should President Obama order a strike on Syria. “We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take," Hagel told the BBC. … “We are ready to go." LINK

“ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL NORM HAS BEEN VIOLATED” ... Vice President Joe Biden at the American Legion National Convention in Houston, “There is no doubt that an essential international norm has been violated. Chemical weapons have been used. Everyone acknowledges their use. No one doubts that innocent men women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria and there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime. … At President Obama’s direction, all of us and his national security team have been in close touch with our foreign counterparts. The president believes and I believe that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men women and children should and must be held accountable.” LINK

GINGRICH: “STAY OUT OF SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR” … In an opinion piece on CNN.com, Newt Gingrich writes: “A brief bombing campaign in Syria might make the United States and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing. … Both sides in Syria are bad. One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance. We will not spend the time, money and blood to create a desirable side in Syria. There is no victory to be had there.” LINK
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Biden: Chemical weapon use violates 'essential international norm'
August 27th, 2013
04:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden: Chemical weapon use violates 'essential international norm'

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday "there is no doubt" that the Syrian government is responsible for alleged chemical weapons use and that he has been in touch with foreign leaders as the U.S. contemplates a military response.

"There is no doubt that an essential international norm has been violated," he said in Houston at the American Legion National Convention. "No one doubts that innocent men women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria and there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime."
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Syria
August 27th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Crossfire Classic: Falwell opposes MLK day in 1983

Crossfire returns to CNN this fall. As we prepare for the re-launch, we’ve dug into our archives and found some classic –and controversial- moments that are worth seeing again. Crossfire host Van Jones has a 1983 classic featuring Rev. Jerry Falwell, that’s especially timely with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.


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Newspaper fires back after Christie unleashes on reporter
August 27th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Newspaper fires back after Christie unleashes on reporter

(CNN) - Chris Christie has been clear he's no fan of reporters.

But after he called one an "idiot" on Monday, one newspaper fired back.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Nation's capital makes a play for the 2024 Olympic Games
August 27th, 2013
12:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Nation's capital makes a play for the 2024 Olympic Games

Washington (CNN) – Washingtonians are paying close attention the quadrennial contest for a major job on the global stage.

But this time it's not the race for the White House - the nation's capital is in the early stages of an effort to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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Filed under: Olympics • Washington D.C.
Budget brawl: Just the facts
August 27th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Budget brawl: Just the facts

New York (CNNMoney) - Treasury Secretary Jack Lew just put a rush on looming fiscal fights this fall.

Lew said Monday that Congress must raise the country's debt ceiling before mid-October, which is when Treasury estimates it will have exhausted the extraordinary measures it has taken to keep a U.S. default at bay.

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