December 9th, 2013
10:53 PM ET
7 months ago

Ron Paul: Rand 'probably will' run in 2016

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul indicated Monday that his son, Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky, will likely run for president in 2016.

"I think he probably will. I mean, he's been on TV hinting that he very well might," Paul, a former congressman from Texas, said of his son's presidential aspirations to CNN's Jake Tapper appearing on "Erin Burnett OutFront."
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With weakened filibuster, Senate Republicans deliver promised nomination blocks
December 9th, 2013
10:34 PM ET
7 months ago

With weakened filibuster, Senate Republicans deliver promised nomination blocks

Washington (CNN) - The partisan battle over presidential nominations heated up again in the Senate Monday and threatened to dominate the remaining days before the winter recess and crowd out legislation important to both parties.

Senate Republicans, still angry over filibuster changes Democrats made last month, blocked a series of largely non-controversial nominations Democrats tried to clear.
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Bipartisan Senate group nears deal on new Iran sanctions
December 9th, 2013
09:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Bipartisan Senate group nears deal on new Iran sanctions

(CNN) – A bipartisan group of Senators is close to an agreement on tougher Iran sanctions in opposition to the White House, which is easing them as part of an interim accord Tehran struck with world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions, CNN has learned.

A Senate deal would include a new round of sanctions to begin in six months and would not allow for the enrichment of uranium. But it would permit commercial nuclear power as long as it was monitored by the international community.
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Facing deadline, lawmakers try to salvage defense bill
December 9th, 2013
08:52 PM ET
7 months ago

Facing deadline, lawmakers try to salvage defense bill

Washington (CNN) - As Congress struggles to complete its lengthy to-do list before a holiday recess, bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate defense committees are pushing a compromise that would allow them to quickly pass a critical defense bill that is currently stalled in the Senate.

The bill, which Congress has passed for 52 straight years, has been held up over a bitter disagreement on how many amendments would receive votes.
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Filed under: Congress • Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in Texas GOP primary
December 9th, 2013
08:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Steve Stockman to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in Texas GOP primary

Updated 9:39 p.m., 12/9/2013

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is launching a primary challenge against fellow Texan Sen. John Cornyn.

The Senate's second-ranking Republican, Cornyn is up for re-election next year.
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Netflix to premiere Mitt Romney documentary
December 9th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
7 months ago

Netflix to premiere Mitt Romney documentary

(CNN) - Netflix will premiere a behind-the-scenes look chronicling the Presidential aspirations of Republican Mitt Romney.

The subscription screening service will continue its original documentary series with "Mitt," airing exclusively on Netflix January 24. The film will debut a week prior at the Sundance film festival in Salt Lake City.
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Colorado enrollment spikes, but age may be a problem
Colorado state capitol
December 9th, 2013
07:03 PM ET
7 months ago

Colorado enrollment spikes, but age may be a problem

(CNN) - Health insurance enrollment in at least one state appears to be picking up.

Colorado’s state-based insurance exchange Connect for Colorado announced on Monday that more than 5,000 new customers have purchased private insurance since November 30, increasing the state’s total enrollment numbers in private plans by more than 50 percent.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius
Senate approves gun screening bill, sends to Obama
December 9th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
7 months ago

Senate approves gun screening bill, sends to Obama

(CNN) – The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to renew a 10-year ban on guns that cannot be picked up by metal detectors commonly found in airports, court houses and government buildings.

The law, which prohibits firearms made mostly of plastic, was set to expire at day's end.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 9, 2013
December 9th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 9, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OH, WHAT A FLIGHT! PRESIDENT OBAMA EN ROUTE TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH GEORGE W. BUSH AND HILLARY CLINTON: The high-profile figures mostly congregated in the plane's conference room, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. When not in the conference room, the Obamas stayed in the President's cabin while the Bushes sat in the medical office directly behind. Clinton sat in the senior staff cabin behind the medical office, according to the White House pool report.

REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TO COMMEMORATE MANDELA IN SOUTH AFRICA
More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz are traveling to South Africa to honor and mourn the loss of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
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December 9th, 2013
03:52 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama flies to South Africa with Bushes, Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.

Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip to Nelson Mandela's memorial was former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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