Senate set to pull all-nighter
December 11th, 2013
09:36 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate set to pull all-nighter

(CNN) - Frustrated Republicans are retaliating for a Democratic power play to weaken their hand in opposing presidential nominations by forcing an all-night session.

Votes on judicial and other appointments were set in the early morning hours on Thursday as fallout over efforts by majority Democrats to enforce their rule change to expedite consideration of appointments, the so-called "nuclear option," grew more intense.

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Filed under: Senate
December 11th, 2013
09:13 PM ET
10 months ago

Top Democrat: Budget deal must include jobless benefits

(CNN) - The chairman of the House Democratic caucus isn't sold on the bipartisan budget compromise, demanding an extension of unemployment insurance be included in the deal.

Rep. Xavier Becerra of California said Wednesday - a day after Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray reached a fiscal agreement that would help avoid another government shutdown - that House Democrats "have not caved" and will continue to push to pass the extension.
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Filed under: House Democrats
December 11th, 2013
08:29 PM ET
10 months ago

Donald Trump on Obama's ‘selfie,’ unemployment and 2016 unknowns

(CNN) - Outspoken billionaire Donald Trump weighed in on public outrage over President Barack Obama's perceived faux pas on his trip to South Africa, as well as the possibility of a yet-to-be known political star in 2016, in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday.

The real estate titan also said the "real" rate of unemployment could be as much as double the 7 percent that's being reported with so many Americans giving up looking for a job.
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Filed under: Donald Trump • TV-Piers Morgan
Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'
December 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
10 months ago

Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'

(CNN) - The wife of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said she and her husband have moved on from last year's election.

"We don't look back," Ann Romney said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer airing on the "Situation Room" Wednesday. "Neither one of us ever look back."
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Filed under: 2016 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • Nelson Mandela
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 11, 2013
December 11th, 2013
06:19 PM ET
10 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: Facebook to join closely-watched S&P 500 index, S&P announces. (www.CNNMoney.com)

PAUL RYAN TO JAKE TAPPER: “WE HAVE THE VOTES”…
Despite criticism from Republican colleagues, and indications that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not support it, Ryan says he is confident the budget deal will have the votes to pass. "We will. We feel good about that, we feel good with where we are," he said in an interview with CNN's ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper.’ … "Others would like us to go farther in that right direction, I don't begrudge them of that, I want to go farther in that right direction. But I think this is a step in the right direction,"
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New Obama adviser won't advise on Keystone decision
December 11th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
10 months ago

New Obama adviser won't advise on Keystone decision

Washington (CNN) - John Podesta, the Democratic wise man brought on by President Barack Obama to assist on health care and climate issues, won't advise the President when he decides whether or not to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The decision to abstain from the Keystone decision-making was Podesta's suggestion, the White House said Wednesday, and was made because the former Clinton chief of staff has made his opposition to the project known.
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Filed under: Obama administration
December 11th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
10 months ago

Rep. Paul Ryan: We have the votes to pass the budget deal

(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 forged the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray.

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House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected
December 11th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
10 months ago

House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected

(CNN) – The House approved legislation on Wednesday that would take $126 million in federal money set aside over 10 years for political conventions and apply it to pediatric cancer research.

The bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act passed over the strong objections of senior Democrats, who opposed it as a publicity stunt that papers over billions in spending cuts for federal cancer research.
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Possible GOP 2016 contenders in Senate critical of budget deal
December 11th, 2013
05:11 PM ET
10 months ago

Possible GOP 2016 contenders in Senate critical of budget deal

Washington (CNN) - Three Republican Senators who are considered possible contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are all thumbs down on a bipartisan budget compromise that would prevent another government shutdown if approved by Congress.

Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ted Cruz of Texas are critical of the deal struck Tuesday between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, last year's GOP vice presidential nominee, and his Senate counterpart, Democrat Patty Murray, that would set spending levels, reduce the deficit, and relieve some of the forced spending cuts known as sequestration.
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Filed under: 2016 • Budget • Republicans • Senate
December 11th, 2013
04:32 PM ET
10 months ago

Four stories: After Obamacare 'fix,' many are still left out

Washington (CNN) – In the face of mounting criticism, President Barack Obama announced last month that he would allow insurance companies to renew so-called "subpar" plans for existing customers. But nearly a month later, not everyone is seeing the benefit of this policy change.

CNN spoke with four people in the days and weeks that followed the president's announcement to see how they have been affected. Their results are varied, and for some of them, the future remains uncertain.

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Filed under: Healthcare
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