No easy dunk: sports analogies simplify Supreme Court argument
December 10th, 2013
03:46 PM ET
8 months ago

No easy dunk: sports analogies simplify Supreme Court argument

(CNN) - It is a familiar tactical strategy at the Supreme Court: when an oral argument gets too dense over regulatory interpretation– turn it into a sports analogy.

An Obama administration lawyer did that Tuesday in closely watched environmental appeal, comparing federal efforts aimed at curbing air pollution to basketball scores.

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Virginia governor announces millions for mental health
December 10th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
8 months ago

Virginia governor announces millions for mental health

(CNN) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia proposed $38.3 million in new funds Tuesday for mental health services over the next two years.

While officials say the budget plans and other initiatives have been in the works for a while, the announcement comes less than a month after Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed more than 10 times by his son, who then shot and killed himself.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Mental Health • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
A top Senator pops crucial question under Capitol dome
December 10th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
8 months ago

A top Senator pops crucial question under Capitol dome

Updated 1:54 p.m., 12/10/2013

Washington (CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez chose a landmark location to deliver an important proposal.

The Democrat from New Jersey Monday proposed to fellow Garden State resident Alicia Mucci in the Capitol Rotunda Monday. A spokeswoman for the Senator confirmed to CNN that the newly engaged couple soon after spread the word of their impending nuptials as they attended the White House congressional holiday ball, followed by a dinner with friends.

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Filed under: Bob Menendez • John McCain • New Jersey
Obama selfie: How did it unfold?
December 10th, 2013
12:04 PM ET
8 months ago

The Obama selfie: Harmless or tasteless?

Updated 11:06 a.m. ET, 12/11/2013

(CNN) - Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event where dozens of world leaders join thousands of South Africans in a massive stadium, all to honor the anti-apartheid icon.

Instead, it turned into a media sensation...about a selfie.

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ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
Senate enforces 'nuclear option,' confirms long-stalled judicial nominee
December 10th, 2013
11:28 AM ET
8 months ago

Senate enforces 'nuclear option,' confirms long-stalled judicial nominee

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats on Tuesday began enforcing their politically explosive rules change on presidential appointments with the chamber confirming an appeals court justice and pushing aside Republican objections to another nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and most other members of the majority party last month invoked the so-called "nuclear option" to speed consideration of most Presidential nominations by making it easier to break Republican filibusters.
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Filed under: President Obama • Senate
Obama gives warm greeting to Brazilian president
December 10th, 2013
11:10 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama gives warm greeting to Brazilian president

(CNN) – While much was made about President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, the U.S. leader also gave a warm greeting to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, despite recent tension between the two countries.

As Obama took his place among other world leaders and dignitaries before he addressed the memorial, he shook hands, embraced and patted them on the shoulder. When Obama arrived at Rousseff, he kissed her on both cheeks
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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
December 10th, 2013
10:49 AM ET
8 months ago

Is Congress getting special treatment on Obamacare?

Washington (CNN) - Congress' tangled relationship with the Affordable Care Act entered another phase Monday, raising a new question about whether lawmakers are really experiencing the exchanges the way other Americans do.

Monday night was the deadline for members of Congress and the thousands of people who work on their staffs to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges, where they must go to get any job-related health benefits. But with technical problems popping up in the past few days, House administrators gave employees (including elected members) a safety net. If they were blocked by technical problems, staff members will still be able to sign up for another week.

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Filed under: Congress • Health care • Obamacare
Congressman hosts gun safety event for kids on Newtown anniversary
December 10th, 2013
09:18 AM ET
8 months ago

Congressman hosts gun safety event for kids on Newtown anniversary

(CNN) - Rep. Ted Yoho said the date for his upcoming gun safety event for kids was not purposely chosen to coincide with the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, which left 20 young children and six adults dead.

"My thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families," the Florida Republican Congressman added, in a statement posted Monday to his Facebook page.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • House
Former Bill Clinton aide to join Obama White House
December 10th, 2013
08:42 AM ET
8 months ago

Former Bill Clinton aide to join Obama White House

(CNN) - John Podesta, longtime Democratic strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, will join President Barack Obama's team, sources familiar with discussions told CNN.

Recruited by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Podesta's official title will be "counselor to the President." He'll work on a number of issues, including climate and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • President Obama
Election Tuesday for long-held Democratic House seat
December 10th, 2013
08:29 AM ET
8 months ago

Election Tuesday for long-held Democratic House seat

(CNN) - Polls are open in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District, where voters are casting ballots to fill a vacant seat in the U.S House of Representatives that was long held by Democrat Ed Markey.

The winner of the election between Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose and Republican attorney Frank Addivinola of Boston will serve the final year of Markey's term.
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Filed under: Congress • House • Massachusetts
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