Bush 41 spokesman apologizes for premature Mandela condolences
September 1st, 2013
06:58 PM ET
8 months ago

Bush 41 spokesman apologizes for premature Mandela condolences

(CNN) – A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush apologized Sunday for mistakenly sending condolences for the passing of Nelson Mandela, even though the former South African president is alive and was discharged from the hospital later in the day.

Jim McGrath explained via Twitter that the statement he sent was the result of misreading the headline on a news flash from The Washington Post. "Stupid mistake by me. Apologies to all," he wrote.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush
September 1st, 2013
06:30 PM ET
8 months ago

Questions, skepticism make Congressional vote on Syria uncertain

Washington (CNN) - The odds of the Obama administration winning congressional support for military action against Syria were unclear Sunday as lawmakers got a classified briefing on the administration's case against the Syrian government.

Roughly 100 members of the House and Senate came back from recess for the briefing with top administration officials, according to those who attended the meeting. Many of those lawmakers - Republicans and Democrats alike - left the session skeptical and with major concerns about the language of the president's proposal.
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Filed under: Congress • Syria
September 1st, 2013
03:01 PM ET
8 months ago

Mary Cheney says sister is 'dead wrong' on same-sex marriage

Updated 3:04 p.m. ET, 9/1

(CNN) – Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister of Wyoming GOP Senate candidate Liz Cheney, said her sister was "dead wrong" in her statements about same-sex marriage last week.

"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," Mary Cheney wrote in a private Facebook post Friday night, according to The New York Times.
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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Liz Cheney • Same-sex marriage
September 1st, 2013
01:18 PM ET
8 months ago

Members of Congress split over Syria decision

(CNN) - Lawmakers were divided Sunday on whether to support President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria.

Obama announced Saturday he believes the United States should take limited action, but he pledged to seek approval from Congress first.
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Filed under: Congress • John McCain • Mike Rogers • Rand Paul • Syria • TV-State of the Union
Rand Paul: U.S. involvement in Syria a 'mistake'
September 1st, 2013
10:47 AM ET
8 months ago

Rand Paul: U.S. involvement in Syria a 'mistake'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday the United States should avoid military involvement in Syria. He challenged Secretary of State John Kerry on his assertion America should launch a strike.

"He's famous for saying, 'How can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?' I would ask John Kerry, 'How can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?'" Paul said on NBC's "Meet The Press."
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Syria
September 1st, 2013
09:03 AM ET
8 months ago

Kerry: 'Signatures of sarin' found in Syria

Updated 3:20 p.m. ET, 9/1

(CNN) - Blood and hair samples from eastern Damascus, Syria, have "tested positive for signatures of sarin" gas, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, arguing that with "each day that goes by, this case is even stronger."

Kerry said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. obtained the samples independently from "first responders" and through an "appropriate chain of custody"," not the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors.
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Filed under: John Kerry • State of the Union • Syria