Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC posts substantial 2013 fundraising haul
January 7th, 2014
09:10 PM ET
11 months ago

Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC posts substantial 2013 fundraising haul

Washington (CNN) – Who says you need a candidate to raise a bundle of cash?

Ready for Hillary, the grassroots Super PAC urging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, raised over $4 million from roughly 33,000 donors in 2013, Seth Bringman, the group's spokesman, said Tuesday.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Ready for Hillary
Obamacare ads to run during Winter Olympics
A picture taken on December 17, 2013, shows a view of the construction site of 'Fisht' Olympic Stadium in the Imereti Valley in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
January 7th, 2014
08:48 PM ET
11 months ago

Obamacare ads to run during Winter Olympics

(CNN) - The Obama administration will run television ads in some cities during next month's Winter Olympics pushing health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

An official with the Department of Health and Human Services said the ads will run in markets with the highest rate of uninsured people during the Olympics. The official would not confirm the cost of the ad buy.
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Trey Radel returns to Capitol Hill after cocaine bust, treatment
January 7th, 2014
08:06 PM ET
11 months ago

Trey Radel returns to Capitol Hill after cocaine bust, treatment

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Florida, returned to work on Capitol Hill Tuesday for the first time after pleading guilty to cocaine possession last November.

He repeatedly apologized for his actions and insisted he's not yet thinking about re-election to another term.
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January 7th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN Poll: Americans say marijuana is less dangerous than booze or tobacco

Washington (CNN) - Americans appear to view marijuana in a class by itself.

According to a new national poll, marijuana is not as wicked as other illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine, and much less dangerous than legal substances like alcohol and tobacco.
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January 7th, 2014
07:23 PM ET
11 months ago

Republicans use Gates’ new book to hammer Clinton, Biden

Updated 10:02 a.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) – Republicans quickly pounced Tuesday on some controversial details from former Defense Secretary Bob Gates’ new book in which he highlights an admission from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he found “dismaying” and fiercely lambasts Vice President Joe Biden.

Both are potential 2016 presidential contenders.

Gates, who led the Pentagon under two presidents from 2006 to 2011, also offered scathing critiques of President Barack Obama and Congress in the memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” which was obtained by CNN and is set to hit bookshelves next week.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Robert Gates
January 7th, 2014
07:07 PM ET
11 months ago

Gates' tell-all rattles White House, Congress

Updated 12:05 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

(CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates set off shock waves in Washington with accounts from his upcoming memoir, in which he unleashes blistering criticism of Congress and his former colleagues in the Obama administration.

He also claims the President lost faith in his own Afghanistan policy.
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Filed under: Obama administration • Robert Gates • White House
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 7, 2014
January 7th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 7, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 7, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES’ NEW BOOK “DUTY” CAUSING A PRE-PUBLICATION STIR

Bob Woodward reports: Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’
In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” – Washington Post

GATES SEES SIMILARITIES BETWEEN G.W. BUSH & OBAMA, In an excerpt for the Wall Street Journal, Gates writes: “Stylistically, Bush and Obama had much more in common than I expected. Both were most comfortable around a coterie of close aides and friends (like most presidents) and largely shunned the Washington social scene. Both, I believe, detested Congress and resented having to deal with it, including members of their own party. They both had the worst of both worlds on the Hill: They were neither particularly liked nor feared. Nor did either work much at establishing close personal relationships with other world leaders. Both presidents, in short, seemed aloof from two constituencies important to their success.”

GATES QUESTIONS VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S JUDGMENT: "I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
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White House: Judge us not by what passes Congress
January 7th, 2014
06:02 PM ET
11 months ago

White House: Judge us not by what passes Congress

Washington (CNN) – Signaling what could be a difficult year for enacting legislation in Washington, a top Obama administration official said the White House is taking a realistic view on what can pass Congress in the months leading up to the fall's mid-term election.

Don't judge us by what makes its way through Capitol Hill, the senior administration official cautioned.
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Filed under: Congress • White House
Poll: Republicans more than Democrats looking forward to midterm elections
January 7th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Republicans more than Democrats looking forward to midterm elections

(CNN) - A national survey released Tuesday shows just over half of Americans are looking forward to this fall's congressional elections, and indicates Republicans are more excited to head to the polls in November than Democrats.

As campaigning picks up in the new year for the midterm elections, the Pew Research Center survey shows 63% of Republicans are anticipating the congressional elections, compared to 53% of Democrats. Fifty-one percent of all respondents said they are "especially looking forward to" the elections, with 49% saying they are not.
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Filed under: Congress • Poll
Fact check: Reid overstates claim on emergency spending offsets
January 7th, 2014
02:43 PM ET
11 months ago

Fact check: Reid overstates claim on emergency spending offsets

(CNN) – As Congress debates a proposed $6.4 billion package extending unemployment insurance benefits for another three months, Democratic and Republican leaders continue to argue over whether the additional spending should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told CNN that Congress has "never offset emergency spending."

"That's foolishness," he declared.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
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