Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive
January 8th, 2014
09:20 PM ET
9 months ago

Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive

Washington (CNN) – The heated debate over the Washington Redskins name has now moved beyond living rooms and corporate offices to the U.S. government itself, with one agency making an unequivocal ruling that the term "Redskins" is offensive slang.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected an application to trademark the name "Redskins Hog Rind," writing that the term "Redskins" is "a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians."
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White House to announce efforts for 'Promise Zones'
January 8th, 2014
09:13 PM ET
9 months ago

White House to announce efforts for 'Promise Zones'

Updated 9:34 a.m. ET, 1/9/2014

White House (CNN) – The White House is finally following on an initiative in 2013’s State of the Union, just three weeks before he lays out his new agenda for this year.

President Obama will host an event in the East Room on Thursday to announce what they refer to as “Promise Zones”- economically hard-hit areas where the White House will focus efforts to attract investments to overall improve the areas with job creation, economic security, education, affordable housing, and public safety.
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CNN Poll: Public not sold yet on Colorado marijuana law
January 8th, 2014
08:00 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN Poll: Public not sold yet on Colorado marijuana law

Washington (CNN) – Americans may support the general concept of legalizing the use of marijuana, but according to a new national poll, they are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the way Colorado is actually implementing its new law that makes the sale of marijuana to adults legal.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday also indicates that a majority seem to hope that the federal government will lay off Colorado when it comes to enforcing federal law, which still outlaws the sale or possession of pot.

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Christie bridge controversy: Traffic snarl delayed EMS, official says
George Washington Bridge between New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey on December 17, 2013.
January 8th, 2014
07:46 PM ET
9 months ago

Christie bridge controversy: Traffic snarl delayed EMS, official says

(CNN) - Rescuers faced delays during medical emergencies because of traffic jams that appear to be tied to a political scandal engulfing former appointees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to a letter obtained by CNN Wednesday.

Ambulances and paramedics in Fort Lee, New Jersey, got stuck in gridlock caused by a "new traffic pattern" on the George Washington Bridge in September, EMS Coordinator Paul E. Favia wrote in a letter to the town's mayor.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Congress cutting it close on spending deadline
January 8th, 2014
07:26 PM ET
9 months ago

Congress cutting it close on spending deadline

Washington (CNN) – Congressional negotiators are closing in on one of the most important policy decisions of the year – how to divvy up roughly $1 trillion in government funds, but they may be running out of time to get a bill through Congress by the January 15 funding deadline, according to Republican and Democratic sources.

Instead, those sources confirm that Congress may need to pass a temporary one or two-day funding bill to keep the government running next week.

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Filed under: Budget • Capitol Hill
January 8th, 2014
07:12 PM ET
9 months ago

Fort Lee mayor questions Christie's involvement in 'venomous' bridge closures

(CNN) – Fort Lee, New Jersey, Mayor Mark Sokolich on Wednesday questioned Gov. Chris Christie's involvement in the New Jersey bridge scandal, calling the closing of access lanes connecting his town to the George Washington Bridge a "venomous form of political retaliation."

After emails emerged tying a top Christie aide to the lane closures, Christie said in a statement that, "what I've seen today is unacceptable," and that he knew nothing about what had transpired. But Sokolich told CNN in an interview on "The Situation Room" that the emails revealed Wednesday suggesting political motives behind the closures has led him to believe the Christie is more clued in to the controversy than he's admitting.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Kean: Christie doesn't answer the main questions
January 8th, 2014
06:50 PM ET
9 months ago

Kean: Christie doesn't answer the main questions

Washington (CNN) – Former New Jersey Republican Governor Tom Kean tells CNN that Chris Christie's statement on the George Washington bridge controversy leaves unanswered questions and isn't enough to settle the matter.

"He's not accepting responsibility," Kean told CNN. "He doesn't answer any of the main questions."
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Filed under: Chris Christie
January 8th, 2014
06:41 PM ET
9 months ago

White House: Obama believes in Afghanistan mission

Updated 8:42 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism of his former boss President Barack Obama on Afghanistan doesn't align with the commander-in-chief's views, the White House said Wednesday.

In his memoir, which arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening, Gates states Obama "doesn't believe in his own strategy" in Afghanistan.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Hillary Clinton • Jay Carney • Joe Biden • Robert Gates
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 8, 2014
January 8th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 8, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 8, 2014| 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … CHRISTIE RESPONDS TO BRIDGE CONTROVERSY:
Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today issued the following written statement: “What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.

TEXTS, E-MAILS SUGGEST POLITICAL VENDETTA IN NJ BRIDGE CONTROVERSY:
E-mails emerged on Wednesday purportedly from top aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bolstering the case that lane closures to the George Washington Bridge were borne from a political vendetta against opponents of the governor, and were not the result of an incompetent traffic study as his administration claimed. – Jake Tapper

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” – Gov. Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Bridget Anne Kelly in an email to Christie ally David Wildstein. Read the full email exchange here: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/01/politics/christie-emails/index.html
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits
January 8th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
9 months ago

Prospects worsen for Senate passage of unemployment benefits

(CNN) - The prospects for passing an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed got significantly worse Wednesday after two Republican senators who voted with Democrats earlier this week said they will pull their much-needed support unless Democrats come up with a way to pay for the $6.4 billion bill.

Without the votes of Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who voted on Tuesday to begin debate on the bill, Democrats won’t be able to get over a 60 vote threshold needed to break a GOP filibuster and end debate on the measure, which would extend the benefits for the next three months.

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Filed under: Senate • unemployment
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