Sen. Ted Cruz gets a coloring  book
December 9th, 2013
03:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Ted Cruz gets a coloring book

(CNN) – For about five bucks, kids can now color while learning about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The St. Louis-based Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. published "Ted Cruz to the Future," an "educational" activity and comic book for kids featuring the freshman Senator from Texas and tea party favorite.
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Filed under: Tea Party • Ted Cruz
GOP Sen. Graham latest to sign up for Obamacare, refuse subsidy
December 9th, 2013
02:47 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP Sen. Graham latest to sign up for Obamacare, refuse subsidy

Updated 3:22 p.m ET, 12/9/2013

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has decided to sign up for federal health care coverage in the South Carolina exchange, rather than through the Washington, D.C., exchange where he would qualify for a federal subsidy offered to both lawmakers and congressional aides.

"I don't think members of Congress should get a special deal," Graham said in a press release.
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Filed under: Health care • Lindsey Graham • Obamacare
Oregon governor announces historic fourth term bid
December 9th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Oregon governor announces historic fourth term bid

(CNN) – John Kitzhaber is bidding for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon governor.

Kitzhaber made it official on Monday, announcing that he'll run for re-election next year.
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Filed under: John Kitzhaber • Oregon
San Diego mayor's accusers
December 9th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner sentenced to home confinement, fines

(CNN) - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to 90 days in home confinement, three years probation, and a series of fines totaling about $1500 as part of a plea deal.

The 71-year-old pleaded guilty in October to kissing or grabbing three women at campaign events or at City Hall - one a felony false imprisonment charge, the other two misdemeanor battery charges.

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Filed under: Bob Filner
December 9th, 2013
12:33 PM ET
1 year ago

In Washington, deadlines crashed and holidays trashed

Washington (CNN) – For Washington, Christmas could come early. Or it could not come at all.

The deal to end the government shutdown in October included a new deadline - come up with a plan to fund the government by December 13 - or risk another partial government shutdown next month.

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Filed under: 2013 • Congress
Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa
December 9th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa

Washington (CNN) - With President Obama departing for South Africa just four days after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, security and logistical preparations that would usually take months were crammed into less than a week. "We've done things in less time," said a Secret Service spokesman.

The expectations for the agents assigned to protect the President are the same as if they had six months to prepare, said the spokesman, who noted the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon had been ill for some time, which allowed U.S. personnel to make some preparations in advance in conjunction with the State Department and the South African government.
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Palin goes outdoors with new show on Sportsman Channel
December 9th, 2013
12:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Palin goes outdoors with new show on Sportsman Channel

Updated 12:41 p.m. ET, 12/9/2013

(CNN) - Mama Grizzly is returning to reality TV.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will host a new show that features her widely-known passion for the outdoors. The weekly series, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," debuts on the Sportsman Channel in April, the network announced Monday.
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Democratic governors pow-wow ahead of 2014 contests
December 9th, 2013
11:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Democratic governors pow-wow ahead of 2014 contests

Updated 11:45 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013

Washington (CNN) – Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are gathering in the nation's capital Monday to plot strategy ahead of next year's elections, when three dozen governorships are up for grabs.

Eleven Democratic governors, a governor-elect, and around a dozen candidates are taking part in the Democratic Governors Association annual meeting. On the agenda: Strategy sessions and policy panels during the day, with a holiday party to cap things off in the evening. The main mission is to give a walk-through to the incumbent governors and candidates running next year of what the DGA does and how it can help them.
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Filed under: DGA • Washington D.C.
Sarah Palin meets 'Duck Dynasty' 'dudes'
December 9th, 2013
08:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Sarah Palin meets 'Duck Dynasty' 'dudes'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin met some of the stars of the popular television series, "Duck Dynasty," over the weekend while on her book tour in Monroe, Louisiana.

"Had a blast meeting the Duck Commander gang as well as the great folks who came to the book signing yesterday evening," the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee wrote Sunday on Facebook.
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Filed under: Louisiana • Sarah Palin
Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance
December 9th, 2013
07:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance

(CNN) – Some U.S. technology giants are asking the Obama administration and Congress to rein in government surveillance.

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are among the companies signing an open letter arguing that surveillance has gone too far. The companies say they're improving encryption and fighting to limit surveillance requests, but they're also asking for new legal changes to limit surveillance.

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Filed under: Facebook • NSA
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