Poll: Iowa Democrats want 'fresh face' in '16 over experienced candidate
September 28th, 2013
10:30 PM ET
12 months ago

Poll: Iowa Democrats want 'fresh face' in '16 over experienced candidate

Washington (CNN) - Between them, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden boast almost 70 years' experience in public life. But a new poll out of Iowa indicates their deep résumés may work against them if either elects to run for president in 2016.

A Des Moines Register poll of the state's Democratic adults shows that, when asked what kind of candidate would have the best chance of winning a race for the nation's highest office, 50% said they want a "fresh face who will represent a new generation with new ideas."

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden
VA says veterans' benefits would stop in long shutdown
September 28th, 2013
07:47 PM ET
12 months ago

VA says veterans' benefits would stop in long shutdown

Washington (CNN) – The Department of Veterans Affairs clarified itself Saturday, saying that if a government shutdown occurs, and lasts at least a month, not all compensation and pension payments would continue.

“Those benefits are provided through appropriated mandatory funding, and that funding will run out by late October. At that point, VA will be unable to make any payments,” spokeswoman Victoria Dillon said in a statement to CNN.

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GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill
September 28th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP adds 'conscience clause' to spending bill

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.

A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.

The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.

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Reid: House votes 'pointless'
September 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
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Reid: House votes 'pointless'

Washington (CNN) - Harry Reid is never one to mince words.

The Senate majority leader made it abundantly clear Saturday that a House vote on the two proposed amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which funds the Affordable Care Act, is "pointless" and that a revised bill would go nowhere in the upper chamber, declaring that "the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."

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September 28th, 2013
02:14 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP leadership: House to vote on continuing resolution Saturday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government shutdown looked increasingly likely on Saturday as Republican leaders said the House would vote on two potentially deal-killing amendments to the stopgap spending bill the Senate passed Friday.

"The American people don't want a government shutdown and they don't want Obamacare," House Republican leaders said in statement.

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Cruz to Obama: Don't meet with Rouhani's until Iran releases 'prisoners of conscience'
September 28th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
12 months ago

Cruz to Obama: Don't meet with Rouhani's until Iran releases 'prisoners of conscience'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It didn't take long.

Just a day after President Barack Obama answered a phone call from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani - the first contact a U.S. president has had with an Iranian leader since Jimmy Carter spoke by phone with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1979 - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says Iran needs to meet certain preconditions, or the leader of the free world should send Rouhani's next call to voice-mail.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • President Obama • Ted Cruz
The Obamacare echo chamber: Neither side will budge
September 28th, 2013
11:16 AM ET
12 months ago

The Obamacare echo chamber: Neither side will budge

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As a potential government shutdown inched closer Saturday morning, the Obama administration reiterated that it will not negotiate with Republicans over delaying the president's signature health care law.

A day after President Barack Obama said any attempt to "gut" or repeal the Affordable Care Act "will not happen under the threat of a shutdown," a White House official echoed the commander-in-chief, telling CNN's Jim Acosta a continuing resolution that alters or delays Obamacare will not merit the president's signature.

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Republicans defend bundled debt-ceiling package in weekly address
September 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

Republicans defend bundled debt-ceiling package in weekly address

Washington (CNN) – The Republicans' latest weekly address makes no mention of the government funding bill whose passage they spent recent weeks tying to an effort to defund Obamacare. Instead, the focus is now on the debt limit.

In Saturday's address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the GOP conference chairwoman, calls the debt limit debate “a golden opportunity to fix the problems coming out of Washington."
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Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Congress • GOP
Obama defends Obamacare, warns GOP against shutdown in weekly address
September 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama defends Obamacare, warns GOP against shutdown in weekly address

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama in his weekly Saturday address praised his signature health care legislation while lashing out at congressional Republicans who would seek to defund it.

Tuesday is going to be a big day, Obama tells viewers, because “it’s the day a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in” - the opening of new exchanges for private health insurance. He praised the accessibility to health insurance that the exchanges will provide.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama