Political vendettas 'as American as apple pie'
January 12th, 2014
05:35 PM ET
3 months ago

Political vendettas 'as American as apple pie'

(CNN) – The world of political intrigue with backstabbing revenge against troublesome foes and threats against friends all in the name of winning an election or consolidating political power - is not just for Netflix’s hit drama “House of Cards.”

“Revenge and payback in politics is as American as apple pie,” said Princeton University presidential historian Julian Zelizer.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Gates says Clinton would make a good president
January 12th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
3 months ago

Gates says Clinton would make a good president

(CNN) – Republicans were quick last week to use former Defense Secretary Bob Gates' new book as ammunition against Hillary Clinton should she decided to run for president again.

But when asked if he thinks the former secretary of state would make a good president, Gates gave an answer that Clinton opponents will likely leave out of future attack ads.

"Actually, I think she would," Gates said in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning."
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • President Obama • Robert Gates
Iran to start eliminating uranium stockpile January 20, White House says
January 12th, 2014
02:20 PM ET
3 months ago

Iran to start eliminating uranium stockpile January 20, White House says

(CNN) – Save the date: Iran has pledged to start eliminating some of its uranium stockpile on January 20, the White House said Sunday.

That gives an official start time for the six-month interim deal with Iran, which was first announced in November.

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Filed under: Iran
January 12th, 2014
02:08 PM ET
3 months ago

Priebus doubts there’s a direct link between Christie and bridge scandal

(CNN) – While some Republicans are taking a wait-and-see approach on the question of whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the now-famous plot to close access lanes to the nation’s busiest bridge, the chairman of the Republican National Committee said Sunday he doubts investigators will find any direct link between Christie and the politically motivated scheme.

“I don't think there will be one,” Reince Priebus said. “Because I think we've got a really smart person in Chris Christie, who's a former U.S. attorney, who understands what's out there.”
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Reince Priebus • RNC
January 12th, 2014
01:38 PM ET
3 months ago

Gates defends controversial book

(CNN) – Bob Gates defended his new book Sunday, after some pundits blasted the former defense secretary for criticizing a sitting president and an administration in which he recently served.

In an interview with CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” Gates said the partisan culture of Washington was quick to focus on the negative statements in the book, but less interested in the positive marks he gave President Barack Obama.
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50 years of the 'war on poverty'
January 12th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
3 months ago

Lawmakers agree poverty level is high, disagree on how to solve it

Washington (CNN) - Nearly 50 million. That’s how many Americans are living in poverty today. It’s an obvious problem, but unfortunately without an obvious solution.

President Barack Obama last week announced economic “Promise Zones,” aimed at hard-hit areas, where the administration is trying to attract investments for improving job creation, education, affordable housing and overall economic security.
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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • Economy
January 12th, 2014
11:32 AM ET
3 months ago

Gov. Martin O'Malley on 2016, Christie

(CNN) - After Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is one of the most talked-about potential candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

The two-term governor reiterated Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he's considering the opportunity, but his attention is mostly on his current job.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Martin O'Malley • Maryland • TV-State of the Union
January 12th, 2014
10:50 AM ET
3 months ago

McCain: Send Petraeus back to Iraq

(CNN) - President Barack Obama should send David Petraeus, a retired four-star general who ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, back to Iraq to help deal with the growing unrest in the country, Sen. John McCain said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Arizona Republican also weighed in on a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying he would have waited a bit longer to release the book, which offers a blistering critique of the Obama administration.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • Robert Gates • TV-State of the Union