House GOP leaders prepare for debt ceiling fight
September 25th, 2013
11:47 PM ET
10 months ago

House GOP leaders prepare for debt ceiling fight

After the Treasury Secretary notified Congress that the nation's borrowing authority runs out in mid-October, House Republican leaders met Wednesday evening to discuss a number of GOP policy priorities they plan to attach to a bill to raise the debt limit.

The draft bill includes several policy priorities the GOP-led House has already passed, and it is still being finalized, according to several Republican aides and members leaving the meeting. The bill is expected to be introduced on Thursday, with a vote on the House floor as soon as Saturday.
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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner
Former President George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage
September 25th, 2013
11:41 PM ET
10 months ago

Former President George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage

(CNN) - George H.W. Bush was an official witness to a same-sex marriage this past weekend in Maine, a spokesman for the former president told CNN.

Bush and his wife attended the wedding of two friends, Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement, as private citizens, said spokesman Jim McGrath.
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Filed under: George H. W. Bush
Virginia gubernatorial debate starts ugly, works its way down
September 25th, 2013
10:50 PM ET
10 months ago

Virginia gubernatorial debate starts ugly, works its way down

(CNN) – The Virginia governor’s race that has become known for its caustic back-and-forth between candidates didn’t disappoint Wednesday, with personal attacks dominating the debate between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

In the second of three debates, this one held in northern Virginia and sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, both candidates launched into personal attacks in their opening statements and never let up.
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Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe
Christie: ‘Meghan McCain has no standing to be criticizing me’
September 25th, 2013
09:20 PM ET
10 months ago

Christie: ‘Meghan McCain has no standing to be criticizing me’

(CNN) – New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s only response to Meghan McCain being “over” him is that he has no response.

In his monthly “Ask the Governor” session on the NJ101.5 radio station Wednesday night, Christie mostly fielded questions about the state’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy. But the questions briefly turned to Meghan McCain, daughter of former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Meghan McCain
September 25th, 2013
08:45 PM ET
10 months ago

Casey: GOP has no plan for health care

Sen. Bob Casey says the GOP wants to repeal Obamacare but offers no solution. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss disagrees.


Filed under: Bob Casey • Crossfire • Saxby Chambliss
September 25th, 2013
08:42 PM ET
10 months ago

A government shutdown looks like this

CNN's Tom Foreman explains that a government shutdown's effect depends on its length. You may not notice much at first.


Filed under: Government Shutdown
Anatomy of very long speech: How Ted Cruz did it
September 25th, 2013
08:39 PM ET
10 months ago

Anatomy of very long speech: How Ted Cruz did it

Washington (CNN) - The critical moment for Sen. Ted Cruz and his allies came around 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.

The Texas Republican's suit was still crisp, despite more than four hours into what would become a rhetorical marathon of more than 21 hours on the Senate floor aimed at derailing Obamacare

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D.C. mayor: City will not shut down
September 25th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
10 months ago

D.C. mayor: City will not shut down

Washington (CNN) – If city leaders have their way, the nation’s capital will not come to a standstill if the federal government shuts down next week.

Mayor Vincent Gray told the White House on Wednesday that all city operations are essential and would continue if Congress fails to renew spending, which expires September 30.
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Drama obscures concerns over Obama approach to Mideast
September 25th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
10 months ago

Drama obscures concerns over Obama approach to Mideast

United Nations (CNN) - The drama over whether President Barack Obama would shake hands with his Iranian counterpart detracted from what diplomats at the U.N. General Assembly described as an acute disappointment with his handling of Mideast turmoil.

A perceived lack of leadership in Syria during its civil war coupled with U.S. handling of the political crisis in Egypt has forced the Obama administration to confront a growing lack of confidence among Middle East allies.

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
CNN's GUT CHECK for September 25, 2013
September 25th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
10 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for September 25, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

21 HOURS LATER : WITHOUT HAVING EVER LEFT THE SENATE FLOOR, TED CRUZ STOPS HIS “EPIC” OBAMACARE SPEECH Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday finally ended his oral assault on Obamacare – an all-night blend of political rhetoric and emotional pleas for all of his GOP colleagues to join him in blocking any government funding for the health care reforms. – Tom Cohen, Josh Levs and Alan Silverleib

SENATE MOVES AHEAD: The Senate voted unanimously to move ahead on a spending plan needed to avoid a government shutdown next week, with Sen. Ted Cruz, unexpectedly reversing himself and voting for the measure after previously trying to block it over their objection to spending for Obamacare.

HOW IT PLAYED AT HOME: The Houston Chronicle, Cruz's hometown paper, highlights "Cruz's voice loud on Obamacare" but also notes "Texas to have array of insurance options."

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