September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
12 months ago

Op-ed for Op-ed: McCain to strike back in 'Pravda'

(CNN) - Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's controversial opinion piece in the New York Times, Sen. John McCain jokingly told CNN's Jake Tapper he'd like to write a commentary for Pravda, the historic Russian newspaper connected to the Communist Party.

Well, now it looks like McCain may get his wish.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 13, 2013
September 13th, 2013
05:23 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for September 13, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

UP FOR DISCUSSION: ENDING SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR: TALKS CONTINUE BETWEEN KERRY and LAVROV Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart announced Friday that while negotiating a solution to the crisis over Syria's chemical weapons, they also would try to restart parallel talks on the broader issue of ending the Syrian civil war. The mind-numbing prospect of yet another round of negotiations in the next few weeks signaled a potentially bigger endgame for the United States and Russia in the hastily arranged meeting they began on Thursday in Geneva and continued Friday. – Tom Cohen and Laura Smith-Spark

TEEING UP…: Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd." – Paul Steinhauser and Steve Brusk

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Yahoo fight among new NSA court documents to be made public
September 13th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
12 months ago

Yahoo fight among new NSA court documents to be made public

A new batch of secret court orders that govern the National Security Agency's surveillance programs soon could be public following major legal victories on Friday by transparency advocates.

Yahoo, which lost a battle with the government in 2008 over the legality of an NSA foreign surveillance program, will soon get its wish to have the public see the court rulings in that fight.

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McCain says he's 'probably' in last term, or not
September 13th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
12 months ago

McCain says he's 'probably' in last term, or not

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Friday sought to clarify some comments he made about his political future.

"I've long said I'll wait a few yrs before thinking about whether to seek reelection in 2016. Focused on our present challenges," McCain tweeted.
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September 13th, 2013
12:43 PM ET
12 months ago

A few drops of criticism for Michelle Obama's new initiative

Updated 9/13/2013 at 1:31pm

Washington (CNN) – The truth about water, first lady Michelle Obama says, is that drinking more can make you healthier. Except some health experts are critical of the advice, arguing that it simply doesn't hold water.

Obama this week was joined by the Partnership for a Healthier America in encouraging Americans to "drink up."
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Bloomberg won't endorse a candidate for replacement
September 13th, 2013
11:14 AM ET
12 months ago

Bloomberg won't endorse a candidate for replacement

(CNN) – The man who once courted Hillary Clinton to be his successor won't be making any endorsements in the coming election, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's deputy confirmed via Twitter Friday morning.

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson tweeted Friday that Bloomberg "will not be making an endorsement in Mayor's race. Will focus on governing and transition," he wrote.
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Biden: House Republicans "Neanderthals"
September 13th, 2013
09:34 AM ET
12 months ago

Biden: House Republicans "Neanderthals"

Washington (CNN) - Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd."

"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said at an event at the vice president's residence in Washington Thursday night to celebrate the 19th anniversary of act, which is designed to protect women from domestic violence.
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Obama to name new top economic adviser
September 13th, 2013
08:34 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama to name new top economic adviser

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama is set to name Jeffrey Zients as the director of the National Economic Council, one of the top economic policy roles in the White House, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN.

Zients would replace Gene Sperling, who has held the post since January 2011 and also held it during the final years of the Clinton administration.

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Joe Biden courts presidential speculation with Iowa trip
September 13th, 2013
07:15 AM ET
12 months ago

Joe Biden courts presidential speculation with Iowa trip

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will be in Iowa on Sunday, which will once again trigger speculation he may make a run for the White House in 2016.

Biden will headline the annual steak fry put on by longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

The event, which dates nearly four decades, is one of the signature events for Iowa Democrats, drawing top politicians, and it has a rich history of attracting presidential hopefuls.

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