Christie calls Obamacare a ‘train wreck’
November 26th, 2013
08:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Christie calls Obamacare a ‘train wreck’

(CNN) - In an interview with a local radio station Monday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Obamacare a “train wreck.”

"This is just an awful law. It made no sense and that's why I didn't get into a state exchange. And no, I have absolutely no regrets. In fact, I’m really glad that the train wreck’s not mine; it’s his," Christie told listeners on New Jersey 101.5FM, referring to President Barack Obama.
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John Boehner, king of the turkey brine?
November 26th, 2013
06:18 PM ET
1 year ago

John Boehner, king of the turkey brine?

Washington (CNN) - Move over Martha Stewart - House Speaker John Boehner boasts his recipe for brining turkey is the key to a delicious Thanksgiving feast.

The Speaker is spending the holiday with his wife, Debbie, their two daughters and their husbands at his home in West Chester, Ohio.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 26, 2013
November 26th, 2013
06:13 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 26, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: DEMOCRATS LOSE 2014 EDGE FOLLOWING OBAMACARE UPROAR Democrats a month ago held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates.But the Democratic lead has disappeared. A new CNN/ORC poll released today indicates the GOP now holds a 49%-47% edge.

The 10-point swing follows a political uproar over Obamacare, which included the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov and controversy over insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new health law. – Paul Steinhauser

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Republican to ask for recount in Virginia AG race
November 26th, 2013
04:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican to ask for recount in Virginia AG race

(CNN) - The Republican in Virginia's attorney general race will request a recount after the official results released Monday showed state Sen. Mark Obenshain behind Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring by a razor-thin margin of about .007%.

Obenshain lost by 165 votes out of 2.2 million, marking the closest statewide race in Virginia's history.
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Obama tells entertainment bosses they have responsibility in gun debate
November 26th, 2013
04:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama tells entertainment bosses they have responsibility in gun debate

Updated 4:31 p.m. ET, 11/26/2013

Glendale, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama encouraged the leaders of America's movie and television studios Tuesday to portray gun violence in a way that doesn't encourage people to carry out crimes in real life.

Speaking at DreamWorks Animation's campus in Glendale, the President said entertainment decision-makers have a "responsibility" when it comes to on-screen violence.
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Obama said he can't stop deportations of immigrants, but maybe he can
November 26th, 2013
03:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama said he can't stop deportations of immigrants, but maybe he can

Washington (CNN) – A heckler standing just behind Barack Obama in San Francisco this week yelled to the President that he "has the power to stop deportation."

A clearly irritated Obama interrupted his speech and shot back that he doesn't have that authority, saying the United States is "a nation of laws."

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
IRS proposes new rules for tax-exempt organizations
November 26th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
12 months ago

IRS proposes new rules for tax-exempt organizations

(CNN) - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules Tuesday that more specifically define the political activity allowed for tax-exempt organizations.

The proposed rules may affect the way groups that played big roles in the last two election cycles operate in the future. Those groups include the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS, the Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and the Democratic group Priorities USA Action.
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Major donor to Obama: Where's the White House valet?
November 26th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Major donor to Obama: Where's the White House valet?

(CNN) - The host of a fundraiser and major donor to the Democratic Party complimented President Barack Obama for his hospitality back in Washington but joked about the lack of valet parking at the White House, offering to pay for the addition.

Billionaire Haim Saban, and his wife Cheryl, hosted the President and a group of Hollywood and political elites at their estate in Beverly Hills Monday night for a fundraiser for Democratic House and Senate campaign committees.
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Filed under: California • Democrats • Fundraising • President Obama
Official White House turkeys make media debut
November 26th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Official White House turkeys make media debut

(CNN) - The two stars stood front and center, posing for the cameras in the opulent Crystal Room of Washington's Willard InterContinental hotel. Every movement elicited a flurry of camera flashes from their captivated audience. If they were nervous they didn't let it show. They were there to meet with the media ahead of their visit to the White House, but they took no questions. All they could do was gobble.

That's because the guests of honor at this particular event were two turkeys, Popcorn and Caramel, soon to be named the official and alternate National Thanksgiving Turkeys.
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Sebelius says Obamacare website improvements 'on track'
November 26th, 2013
01:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Sebelius says Obamacare website improvements 'on track'

(CNN) - Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that "we are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month" with the problem-plagued Obamacare website.

In a conference call with state and local officials, Sebelius added that "this isn't a magic 'turn on the on switch'" to fix HealthCare.gov and that "the experience is vastly improved each day."

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