Pelosi's office clarifies her position on speakership
August 30th, 2013
12:16 PM ET
11 months ago

Pelosi's office clarifies her position on speakership

(CNN) – Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office clarified on Friday her apparent disinterest in returning to her old job as House speaker.

Her spokesman suggested she would be open to resuming the speakership if elected to the position, and said they asked for a correction to the edited version of the interview published in The National Journal on Thursday.
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Filed under: House • House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
Rand Paul: Obama for stalemate in Syria
August 30th, 2013
11:28 AM ET
11 months ago

Rand Paul: Obama for stalemate in Syria

(CNN) – As President Barack Obama deliberates potential military action in Syria, Sen. Rand Paul says the administration is backing a plan that would end in stalemate for the troubled nation.

Speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the Kentucky Republican said Obama's objectives weren't clear for Syria as he weighs cruise missile strikes.
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As Obama considers Syria strikes, Bush and Carter weigh in
August 30th, 2013
09:36 AM ET
11 months ago

As Obama considers Syria strikes, Bush and Carter weigh in

(CNN) – Two of President Barack Obama's White House predecessors offered their views of his impending decision on Syria Friday as global support for strikes in the country faltered.

Former President George W. Bush, in an interview, said Obama has a "touch choice to make" on potential U.S. military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.
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Filed under: George W. Bush • Jimmy Carter • President Obama • Syria
Syrian civil war in photos
August 30th, 2013
08:14 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Half oppose military action against Syria

Washington (CNN) - Half of all Americans say they oppose possible U.S. military action against Syria, according to a new national poll.

But the NBC News survey suggests support does increase if any such attack is limited to cruise missile launches.
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Filed under: Polls • Syria
De Blasio opens lead in New York's mayoral race
August 30th, 2013
07:47 AM ET
11 months ago

De Blasio opens lead in New York's mayoral race

(CNN) – Bill de Blasio, New York City's public advocate, has opened a double digit lead over his Democratic rivals for mayor, a poll showed Friday.

The New York Times/Siena College survey also indicated Eliot Spitzer, a former governor, maintaining his healthy lead in the race for the city's top financial post, the day after another poll showed a dead heat.
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Filed under: New York • Polls
August 30th, 2013
07:03 AM ET
11 months ago

How much say will Congress have on Syrian chemical weapons response?

Washington (CNN) - Call it domestic housekeeping, a political dotting of "i"s and crossing of "t"s on a checklist for launching punitive military strikes against Syria for last week's chemical weapons attack.

The Obama administration briefed members of Congress late Thursday in a display of consultation intended to fulfill a murky obligation under law and address the inevitable complaints by minority legislators that no one ever talks to them.

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Filed under: Congress • Syria
August 29th, 2013
08:01 PM ET
11 months ago

We aren't the world's policeman, congressman says

Washington (CNN) - More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, mostly Republicans and some Democrats, sent President Barack Obama a letter demanding he consult with Congress before ordering any action.

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, outright opposes any intervention.

What he has to say | Other members speak out


Filed under: Congress • Syria
August 29th, 2013
05:42 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 28, 2013

CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SYRIA AT A STANDSTILL … A western diplomat tells CNN: "It was clear there was no meeting of minds, and no agreement on the text. It is clear that our approaches are very different.” - CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reporting from the UN.

DEMOCRAT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SYRIA: REP. ALAN GRAYSON, D-FLORIDA, HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: “I think the only people who really want in to happen are the military industrial complex. I just don't understand how this involves us, Americans. The British had estimated the strike will cost Americans billions of dollars, with a B. And at a time when the budgets are so tight, and we're cutting veterans' benefits and we're cutting education and we're cutting health care, why are we spending billions of dollars? I don't know where we got this odd notion that every time we see something bad happen in the world, we should bomb it.”

THE BUZZ: As fast food strikes hit 60 cities, Rush Limbaugh rushes into minimum wage debate: “The minimum wage has nothing to do with economics. The minimum wage is the Democrat Party's attempt, and anybody else that signed on to it, to make people think they care about them. But it's entirely arbitrary. They get $7.25 an hour for what? There are some jobs that aren't worth that. The White House interns don't make anything! Did you know Obama doesn't pay his interns anything?” LINK
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Married same-sex couples gain equal tax benefits
August 29th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
11 months ago

Married same-sex couples gain equal tax benefits

New York (CNNMoney) - Two months after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Treasury Department on Thursday ruled that legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

The decision has a host of implications, even for couples who now live in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.

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Filed under: IRS • Same-sex marriage
Jersey Shore reunion for Obama, Christie
August 29th, 2013
02:51 PM ET
11 months ago

Christie: 'I kicked the president's ass'

(CNN) - Maybe Gov. Chris Christie was striking back at President Obama for the grief Republicans gave him over their post-Sandy photo-op.

Or maybe he developed his throwing arm summer after summer on the Jersey Shore.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • President Obama
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