December 10th, 2013
10:58 PM ET
11 months ago

Crossfire: Both sides skeptical of budget deal

(CNN) - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism about the new budget deal after negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if the bipartisan plan is approved by the House and Senate.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, rejected the deal, saying on CNN's "Crossfire" he would not vote in favor of the budget compromise.
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Filed under: Budget • Crossfire
The budget deal in plain English
December 10th, 2013
10:26 PM ET
11 months ago

The budget deal in plain English

Washington (CNN) – Hey! Republicans and Democrats agreed on something! Woo hoo… er, whoa. What is this deal, exactly? The summary is written in Washington-speak. To make it easier, here’s our user-friendly version of highlights and what they mean.

The money: The deal sets the government’s spending level at $1.012 trillion for the current fiscal year and $1.014 trillion for next year. So what? Keep reading.
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Filed under: Budget • Congress
December 10th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
11 months ago

Kerry tells Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions for now

Washington (CNN) - He doesn't trust Iran, vows it won't get nuclear weapons, and believes past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel is unacceptable and kind of insane.

So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting time to try to negotiate an agreement that would further curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions?

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Filed under: Congress • Iran • John Kerry • Nuclear weapons
Will challenges from right hurt GOP chances to retake Senate?
December 10th, 2013
08:15 PM ET
11 months ago

Will challenges from right hurt GOP chances to retake Senate?

Washington (CNN) -- Sen. John Cornyn, welcome to the club.

The two-term Texas lawmaker is now the seventh Republican Senator up for re-election next year to face a primary challenge from his right.

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Filed under: John Cornyn • Lamar Alexander • Mike Enzi • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Thad Cochran
First on CNN: Dem group goes after Chris Christie on bridge controversy
December 10th, 2013
07:55 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Dem group goes after Chris Christie on bridge controversy

(CNN) - A Democratic group is going up with one of their first attacks against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over his administration's lane closures to one of the nation's busiest bridges, allegedly for political purposes.

Correct the Record, formed in part to defend Hillary Clinton, is an arm of American Bridge, an pro-Democratic group that specializes in opposition research. The group launched a graphic Tuesday showing the Republican Garden State leader in front of the George Washington Bridge with a traffic sign that says "political retribution" and "Lane closed. Expect Christie?"
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Filed under: American Bridge • Chris Christie • New Jersey
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 10, 2013
December 10th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 10, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … BUDGET DEAL REACHED. CNN’s Lisa Desjardins reports that bipartisan budget negotiators have reached a deal that would set government spending levels and eliminate arbitrary forced spending cuts scheduled to hit early next year. The House and Senate must still vote on the agreement and opponents in both parties are already raising concerns. If passed by Congress, the agreement would mark a significant departure from repeated congressional showdowns over the budget. Watch the press conference with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as they unveil the agreement on CNN television at 6 p.m. ET.

OBAMA GOES ON SECOND TERM OFFENSIVE, ADDS PODESTA: Podesta, who served as former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff during the last tumultuous three years of his presidency, announced via Twitter that he is joining the White House during a critical time in the Obama's tenure. He plans to stay for a year as presidential counselor. – Leigh Ann Caldwell

OBAMA MENTIONS INCOME EQUALITY AT MANDELA’S MEMORIAL SERVICE: “There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.” Read the full transcript of Obama’s eulogy: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/10/transcript-obamas-speech-at-nelson-mandela-service/
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Obama at 42% approval in new average of latest polls
December 10th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama at 42% approval in new average of latest polls

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 42% in a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages four new national surveys, with 53% saying they disapprove of the job the President's doing in the White House.

The Poll of Polls averages the four non-partisan, live operator national surveys conducted over the past week that measure Obama's approval rating: Gallup daily tracking poll (Dec. 7-9); Quinnipiac University (Dec.3-9); Pew Research (Dec.3-8) and Marist/McClatchy (Dec. 3-5). Since it is an average of multiple surveys, the Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
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Filed under: CNN Poll of polls • President Obama
House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
December 10th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
11 months ago

House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, would set spending levels, reduce the deficit, and relieve some of the arbitrary, forced spending cuts - known as sequestration.

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Bush 41 praises Mandela in first tweet
December 10th, 2013
05:37 PM ET
11 months ago

Bush 41 praises Mandela in first tweet

Washington (CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush – the skydiving, colorful sock wearing, octogenarian – is now on Twitter.

Bush, who is tweeting from @GeorgeHWBush, used his first tweet to herald the late Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died this month. Bush also addressed the fact that he was unable to attend Tuesday's Mandela memorial.
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Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal
December 10th, 2013
03:53 PM ET
11 months ago

Ryan says budget negotiators are closing in on deal

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican involved in budget talks, told reporters Tuesday that negotiators were closing in on a deal with a Friday deadline for doing so fast approaching.

"We're making really good progress. We're getting close. Don't have a timeline for you," Ryan said.
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Filed under: Budget • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
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