Son of Obama spiritual adviser dies
December 11th, 2013
07:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Son of Obama spiritual adviser dies

(CNN) - The son of a Florida megachurch pastor who is close to President Obama died on Tuesday, according to statements from two churches.

Isaac Hunter, 36, died on Tuesday, according to Northland and Summit churches, two Orlando-area congregations with deep ties to the Hunter family.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • President Obama
December 11th, 2013
07:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Patty Murray emerges as bipartisan figure after budget deal

(CNN) - "We have broken through the partisanship and the gridlock," Sen. Patty Murray, one of two chief budget negotiators, said of Tuesday's deal to avoid another government shutdown.

Murray, a Democrat from Washington state serving her fourth term, is considered a steady hand in the Senate who shuns grandstanding and garners respect from both sides of the aisle.

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Filed under: Budget • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
First on CNN: Republicans moving to overhaul 2016 primary process
A long, drawn-out primary season and a late convention date made Mitt Romney's road to the White House steeper in 2012.
December 11th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Republicans moving to overhaul 2016 primary process

Washington (CNN) – A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN.

In a series of closed-door meetings since August, handpicked members of the Republican National Committee have been meeting with party Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington to hash out details of a sweeping plan to condense the nominating calendar, severely punish primary and caucus states that upend the agreed-upon voting order and potentially move the party's national convention to earlier in the summer, with late June emerging as the ideal target date.

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Filed under: 2016 • RNC
Houston mayor a big supporter, but Wendy Davis has tough road ahead in governor’s race
December 11th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Houston mayor a big supporter, but Wendy Davis has tough road ahead in governor’s race

Washington (CNN) – Houston Democratic Mayor Annise Parker is pulling hard for state Senator Wendy Davis for Texas governor, but acknowledges it is still a “red state” and her fellow Democrat has a tough fight ahead of her.

Appearing in Washington this week, Parker expressed strong support for Davis, saying “it is possible” for her to win.
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Filed under: Texas
Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial
December 11th, 2013
01:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, part of a Congressional delegation at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, walked out of the service Tuesday while Cuban President Raul Castro delivered his speech.

"Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela," his spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said.

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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • Ted Cruz
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