Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies
Former press secretary Mike McCurry (R) laughs with other former press secretaries Pierre Salinger ( L), Larry Speakes (2nd R) and Jerald teHorst (2nd L) prior to US President Bill Clinton dedicating the White House press briefing room to former press secretary James Brady 11 February 2000.
January 10th, 2014
08:46 PM ET
6 months ago

Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies

(CNN) - Larry Speakes, who served as the acting White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, the Bolivar County coroner said. He was 74, coroner Nate Brown said.

Speakes took over the duties as acting White House press secretary after James Brady, the press secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan on March 30,1981.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014
January 10th, 2014
05:47 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … CHRISTIE DOCUMENT DUMP RAISES MORE QUESTIONS … A New Jersey State Assembly committee on Friday released a batch of documents that are part of its investigation of top advisers to Gov. Chris Christie who closed down access lanes in September to the country's busiest bridge as an act of political retribution. Read the Key Excerpts Here: http://cnn.it/1gYvH4I

DEVELOPING … BRIDGET ANNE KELLY MAY BE SUBPOENAED
One day after an ex-official invoked his Fifth Amendment rights at a state legislative hearing on the New Jersey bridge scandal, CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports the legislative committee's chairman and staff are taking steps to subpoena Bridget Anne Kelly, a second key witness and Gov. Chris Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff.
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Former Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie expected to announce Senate candidacy
January 10th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Former Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie expected to announce Senate candidacy

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to soon announce he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Virginia currently held by Democrat Mark Warner, who is running for re-election next year, a Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

He has informed some party leaders he will mount the campaign after testing the waters and could announce his candidacy as early as next week the source said.

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Filed under: Ed Gillespie • Senate • Virginia
January 10th, 2014
02:40 PM ET
6 months ago

What's in the Christie scandal documents

Updated 10:04 p.m. ET, 1/10/2014

(CNN) – A New Jersey State Assembly committee on Friday released a large batch of more than 2,000 pages of documents that are part of its investigation of top appointees to Gov. Chris Christie who closed down access lanes in September to the country's busiest bridge as an alleged act of political retribution.

CNN dug through the documents that shed more light on the scandal. Here's what we found:

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
January 10th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
6 months ago

Another ex-official may be subpoenaed by N.J. state legislature

(CNN) – One day after an ex-official invoked his Fifth Amendment rights at a state legislative hearing on the New Jersey bridge scandal, CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports the legislative committee's chairman and staff are taking steps to subpoena Bridget Anne Kelly, a second key witness and Gov. Chris Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff.

Christie announced Thursday that he fired Kelly after recently emerged emails indicated she played a major role in the decision to shut down multiple access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as a political vendetta. The lane closures caused a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee, New Jersey, for nearly a week in September.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
House passes Obamacare website security bill
January 10th, 2014
12:38 PM ET
7 months ago

House passes Obamacare website security bill

Washington (CNN) - New year, same focus. The Republican led House of Representatives, in its first major action of the 2014 session, voted on another bill aimed at Obamacare – this one meant to fix what the GOP views as a serious security problem with the new health care website.

The House Friday passed a bill 291-122 to require the Administration to notify within two days anyone impacted by a security breach on HealthCare.gov, the website where Americans can enroll for insurance coverage.

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U.S. drops contractor for work on Obamacare website
January 10th, 2014
12:13 PM ET
7 months ago

U.S. drops contractor for work on Obamacare website

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 1/10/14

(CNN) - The Obama administration has cut ties with CGI Federal for its work as the main contractor on the Obamacare website, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.

The contract was up and not renewed, the source said.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
January 10th, 2014
12:01 PM ET
7 months ago

Breaking: Obama administration will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah

(CNN) - The Justice Department announced Friday it will recognize - for federal purposes - same-sex marriages performed for a short period in Utah.

The state on Wednesday said it would not recognize the approximately 1,000 marriages or marriage licenses issued for gay and lesbian couples, at least until the issue is fully resolved in the courts.
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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Utah
January 10th, 2014
11:35 AM ET
7 months ago

Scandal burnishes image of Christie as bully

Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) – Chris Christie's signature tough-talking style earned him plaudits from the press and politicos alike from the moment he emerged on the national stage as a candidate for New Jersey governor in 2009.

It quickly catapulted him into a wider arena, the kind of place most politicians can only dream of: Whispers started coming soon after his election that he could star on a presidential ticket for the Republican Party. He seemed authentic. The real deal.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
First on CNN: DNC puts out new web video against Christie
January 10th, 2014
11:29 AM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: DNC puts out new web video against Christie

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee, which has been blasting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for weeks over the bridge scandal, is releasing a new web video Friday, accusing him for creating a vitriolic culture among his staff.

Chris Christie bridge scandal: a primer

"Chris Christie fired a top staffer citing his 'callous' tone. Christie argued that this was not reflective of the culture he's created in his office. But, over the last four years this 'callous indifference' is exactly the tone we have seen over and over again from Christie," said Michael Czin, press secretary for the DNC.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • DNC • New Jersey
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