McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence
January 4th, 2014
06:13 PM ET
4 months ago

McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence

Washington (CNN) - As the Iraqi army and al Qaeda-linked militants battle for control of the city of Falluja, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are slamming the Obama administration for its Iraq policy.

More than two years after the administration failed to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq and withdrew all American combat troops from the country, the two senior Republican senators are blaming President Barack Obama for the violence erupting there this week.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Obama administration
NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress
January 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
4 months ago

NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress

Washington (CNN) - Congress is just like everyone else. That's the message the National Security Agency has for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont sent a letter to the agency Friday, asking whether it has or is "spying" on members of Congress and other elected American officials.
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Congress • NSA
January 4th, 2014
01:21 PM ET
4 months ago

MSNBC host offers tearful apology to Romneys

Updated 1:49 p.m., 1/4/2014

(CNN) - MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry made a tearful apology to Mitt Romney’s family on her show Saturday, after she and a panel poked fun at a photo of the former Republican presidential candidate with his wife and 21 grandchildren by zeroing in on his adopted African-American grandson.

"Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, of that segment, was poor judgment. So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family," said the anchor at the open of her show, "Melissa Harris-Perry."
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • MSNBC
GOP congressman urges Senate to pass children’s cancer bill
January 4th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
4 months ago

GOP congressman urges Senate to pass children’s cancer bill

Updated 1:00 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, urged his Senate colleagues to pass the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act in the GOP's weekly address Saturday.

The legislation, which passed the House in December, would take $126 million in federal money set aside over 10 years for political conventions and apply it to pediatric research. Harper co-sponsored the legislation with Democrat Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.
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Filed under: Congress • GOP weekly address
Obama: Extend unemployment insurance
January 4th, 2014
09:16 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama: Extend unemployment insurance

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday called for bipartisan legislation to extend unemployment insurance, an all-important benefit for the longtime out-of-work.

"Just a few days after Christmas, more than 1 million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline - the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job," Obama said in his weekly address.
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Filed under: President Obama • unemployment