Perry returns to Iowa political spotlight, hammers hard against Obama
November 7th, 2013
10:49 PM ET
12 months ago

Perry returns to Iowa political spotlight, hammers hard against Obama

(CNN) – Returning to Iowa for the first time since he campaigned in the state's Republican presidential caucuses two years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a blistering anti-Washington, anti-President Barack Obama address as he spoke Thursday night at a Polk County GOP dinner.

Normally known for his folksy, light-hearted demeanor, Perry instead remained largely serious as he sacked the Obama administration on a range of issues from health care law to foreign policy.
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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Obama: 'No way' would I have run in '12 without Biden
November 7th, 2013
09:40 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama: 'No way' would I have run in '12 without Biden

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday he would have never entertained the idea of swapping Vice President Joe Biden for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his running mate during last year's presidential election.

"If they had asked me, I would have said there is no way that I'm not running again with Joe Biden. Because I genuinely believe that he has been one of the best vice presidents in our history," Obama said in an interview with NBC News. "He also happens to be a friend."
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
Senate's Reid wants to pass minimum wage hike this month
November 7th, 2013
07:19 PM ET
12 months ago

Senate's Reid wants to pass minimum wage hike this month

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he wants to pass an increase in the minimum wage in the next two weeks.

"I'm going to try to do it this month," Reid said after leaving a closed Democratic caucus meeting on the issue in the Capitol.
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Filed under: Economy • Senate
November 7th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama apologizes for health coverage cancellations due to Obamacare

(CNN) – President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled due to the federal health law he championed even though he said repeatedly they could keep their coverage if they liked.

"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for November 7, 2013
November 7th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … BIPARTISAN PUSH TO DELAY OBAMACARE FOR ONE YEAR: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, “introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.”

#RICH: It's official. Wall Street #hearts Twitter. Shares of Twitter soared more than 75% from their offering price in the first hour after it began trading. – Julianne Pepitone

MARKET WATCH: Twitter closed the day up 73% at $44.90, with more 117 million shares exchanging hands on the first day of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1%, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.3%. The NASDAQ was down nearly 2%.
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WH: Chief technology officer too busy for congressional testimony
November 7th, 2013
05:51 PM ET
12 months ago

WH: Chief technology officer too busy for congressional testimony

Updated 7:30 p.m. ET, 11/7/2013

Washington (CNN) – The top technology expert working to repair the bug-laden federal health care website is too busy to testify next week in front of a Republican-chaired House committee, the White House wrote in a letter to the committee Thursday.

Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer and an assistant to the president, is "currently occupied full time on the critically important work of improving the website for the millions of Americans seeking affordable health insurance options," the White House wrote in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa dated November 6, suggesting instead a date next month.
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Filed under: Health care • White House
Group forms to back Christie in 2016
November 7th, 2013
04:05 PM ET
12 months ago

Group forms to back Christie in 2016

(CNN) - "Ready for Hillary": Please meet "Ready for Christie."

Two Chris Christie fans from the Midwest announced they filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form a political action committee supportive of the Republican New Jersey governor and his potential 2016 presidential bid.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie
Longtime Republican to retire from House
November 7th, 2013
02:37 PM ET
12 months ago

Longtime Republican to retire from House

(CNN) – Longtime Republican Rep. Howard Coble of North Carolina announced Thursday he plans to retire at the end of his term rather than seek re-election next year.

The 15-term Congressman announced his decision at a press conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Filed under: 2014 • House • North Carolina
Senate passes LGBT anti-discrimination bill
November 7th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
12 months ago

Senate passes LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Washington (CNN) - For the first time, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democratic-led chamber on Thursday, 64 to 32.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Senate
Pro-immigration attack ads to target House Republicans
November 7th, 2013
01:58 PM ET
12 months ago

Pro-immigration attack ads to target House Republicans

(CNN) - A new union-backed ad buy will look to drum up support for passing comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives by targeting vulnerable chamber Republicans, according to a statement.

The Service Employees International Union said Thursday they are spending more than $500,000 on attack ads targeting seven House Republicans who face tough re-elections next year, and House Speaker John Boehner. SEIU has already spent more than $2.5 million promoting immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship, the group said.
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Filed under: House Republicans • Immigration
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