Source: U.S. to allow ATF agent to write 'Fast and Furious' book, not profit from it
October 16th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Source: U.S. to allow ATF agent to write 'Fast and Furious' book, not profit from it

Washington (CNN) - A federal agent will be allowed to write a book with an insider's account of Operation Fast and Furious, reversing an earlier government attempt to block publication for "morale" reasons. However, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, won't be allowed to make money on the book.

A U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the matter says the Justice Department, ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will review Dodson's manuscript and, after making redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement information, will clear it for publication. However, federal employee guidelines prohibit Dodson and other active agents from making a profit from their work in law enforcement, the official said.

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Filed under: Justice Department
October 16th, 2013
09:13 AM ET
12 months ago

Republican senator wants Cruz to stay out of the way in debt vote

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Wednesday she hopes her Republican colleague Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't try to hold up a Senate vote to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit before Thursday's deadline to avoid default.

"It's up to him. I would hope he wouldn't," the New Hampshire Republican said on CNN's "New Day." "Senators can cause to you run out the clock, but what's he trying to gain at this point? I would hope that whatever comes forward, that we would allow a vote on it as soon as possible."
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Kelly Ayotte • New Hampshire • Ted Cruz
October 16th, 2013
09:07 AM ET
1 year ago

More talks, but no deal yet as borrowing deadline looms

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. government taps out its credit cards at midnight, and there is no deal yet in Washington.

The wearyingly difficult process of trying to make a deal resumes Wednesday, as the government enters day 16 of the partial shutdown.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown
Debt ceiling countdown: What happens next
What happens on Thursday and what are the risks? The Treasury Department and Wall Street gird for the worst.
October 16th, 2013
08:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Debt ceiling countdown: What happens next

New York (CNNMoney) – Thursday, October 17, is now just hours away.

And Congress still has not raised the country's debt ceiling.

At this point, there's a very good chance it won't make the Thursday deadline.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown
October 16th, 2013
08:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Steve King: 'I don't believe it's a hard break tomorrow'

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Steve King said he doubts any vote in the House to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit will include legislation he can support, and reiterated his stance that Thursday's deadline to avoid default is nothing more than a date "picked on a calendar."

In an interview on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday, King said conservatives must continue to dig in and insist that any deal include long-term entitlement reform and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, two requests that are highly unlikely to make it into any agreement.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown • Steve King
October 16th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown key issue in special Senate election

(CNN) – New Jersey voters head to the polls on Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election that's become a proxy fight over the federal government shutdown and the bitter partisan battle in the nation's capital over the rollout of the national health care law.

Wednesday's election between two-term Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican nominee Steve Lonegan will also result in a slight shift in the current balance of power in the Senate.

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Filed under: 2013 • Cory Booker • New Jersey • Senate • Steve Lonegan
First on CNN: House Dems target Republicans on eve of debt limit deadline
October 16th, 2013
07:40 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: House Dems target Republicans on eve of debt limit deadline

Washington (CNN) – As the House makes its next move in the ongoing fight to end the government shutdown and avoid a default, the House Democratic campaign arm will target Republicans in 60 districts on Wednesday, blaming them for a possible downgrading of the government's rating with a Wall Street bond-firm.

Rating agency Fitch on Tuesday warned of a downgrade of gold-plated U.S. bonds, citing "political brinkmanship" as the reason for the default risk.
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Filed under: Congress • DCCC • Debt • Government Shutdown
Obama: Obamacare website glitches are unacceptable
October 16th, 2013
01:24 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Obamacare website glitches are unacceptable

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed disappointment with glitches in the Obamacare website, more than two weeks after the launch of HealthCare.gov.

“I am the first to acknowledge that the website that was supposed to do this all in a seamless way has had way more glitches than I think are acceptable and we’ve got people working around the clock to do that,” Obama told KCCI, a CNN affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa. “We’ve seen some significant progress but until it’s 100% I’m not going to be satisfied.”

A high volume of visitors to the health insurance exchange portal contributed to the technical problems that have plagued the website, making it more difficult for individuals to begin the enrollment process.
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Filed under: Healthcare • President Obama
In final, fiery debate, Christie hits hard
October 16th, 2013
12:01 AM ET
1 year ago

In final, fiery debate, Christie hits hard

(CNN) - In their final face-to-face meeting, New Jersey's candidates for governor held nothing back. The nationally known incumbent, Republican Chris Christie, and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, traded personal and political barbs in a heated exchange three weeks before election day.

The 90-minute debate was interrupted twice by audience members and featured dueling narratives. Christie described himself as a bipartisan governor with overwhelming public support who has brought New Jersey out of the depths of the recession. Buono, on the other hand, pitched herself as a fierce underdog who has fought for the working class all her career.
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Filed under: Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey
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