Will scandals impact 2016 prospects for Clinton and Christie?
January 16th, 2014
09:27 PM ET
9 months ago

Will scandals impact 2016 prospects for Clinton and Christie?

(CNN) - As Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie find themselves wrapped in scandals this week, can the two potential 2016 presidential frontrunners survive the political backlash?

Republicans have renewed their criticism of Clinton after the release of a bipartisan report by the Senate Intelligence Committee that concluded the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 was "likely preventable."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Crossfire • Hillary Clinton
January 16th, 2014
07:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Gates on Iran sanctions, Biden and biggest mistakes as defense secretary

(CNN) – Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is defending his criticism of Vice President Joe Biden's record on national security.

Gates writes in his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," that Biden was "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

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Filed under: Congress • Joe Biden • Robert Gates • TV-The Situation Room
In rare bipartisan action, Congress approves $1.1 trillion budget
January 16th, 2014
06:20 PM ET
9 months ago

In rare bipartisan action, Congress approves $1.1 trillion budget

Updated 7:46 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014

(CNN) – The Senate on Thursday easily passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and sent it to President Barack Obama, a notable departure from chronic, partisan-fueled budget battles in recent years that included the government shutdown last October.

The decisive vote, 72-to-26, concluded congressional action that for the first time since 2012 determined federal spending agency by agency instead of through temporary stopgap measures that spotlighted the divisiveness in Washington.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress
January 16th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
9 months ago

Adviser: Clinton will 'never' get political with Benghazi

(CNN) - With Republicans renewing their call for accountability after the deadly 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, an adviser for Hillary Clinton said Thursday the former Secretary of State will not engage in the political debate.

"Four Americans lost their lives. We have never and will never approach this tragedy through the prism of politics. If others continue to do so for their own gain, they're going to have to do it without us," the adviser told CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Libya
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 16, 2014
January 16th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 16, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 16, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN … JEB BUSH LOSING THE MOM VOTE… Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation's highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

"I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," she said.

Though she says her son Jeb Bush is certainly qualified to run for president, the former first lady said, "I hope he won't."
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Poll: Early high marks for de Blasio
January 16th, 2014
05:34 PM ET
9 months ago

Poll: Early high marks for de Blasio

(CNN) – More than two-thirds of New York City voters feel optimistic about Mayor Bill de Blasio's next four years in office, according to a new poll released Thursday from Quinnipiac University.

Sixty-seven percent of voters say they're optimistic about his first term, compared to 21 percent who say they're pessimistic, the poll shows.
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Filed under: Bill de Blasio • New York • Polls
January 16th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
9 months ago

Barbara Bush hopes Jeb won't run for president

(CNN) - If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush makes a bid for the White House, he may not have his mother's blessing.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation's highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

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Filed under: Barbara Bush • Jeb Bush • White House
Dem group praises Democrat for blasting Obamacare rollout
January 16th, 2014
04:32 PM ET
9 months ago

Dem group praises Democrat for blasting Obamacare rollout

Updated 5:42 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014

(CNN) - A group that backs House Democratic incumbents and candidates released a new ad Thursday that praises a Democratic congresswoman for blasting the "stunning ineptitude" of the Affordable Care Act rollout.

"Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick blew the whistle on the disastrous healthcare website, called it 'stunning ineptitude,' and worked to fix it," the narrator says in the ad.
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Filed under: Arizona • House Majority PAC
Troubled nuclear company announces bankruptcy plans, rakes in millions in spending bill
January 16th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Troubled nuclear company announces bankruptcy plans, rakes in millions in spending bill

Updated 5:06 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014

Washington (CNN) – Tucked into the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill racing toward passage in Congress this week is a provision sending tens of millions of dollars to a uranium enrichment company that just last month announced it is filing for bankruptcy.

USEC, a government supported company formerly known as the United States Enrichment Corporation, has already received nearly a quarter billion in federal subsidies in the last two years, and billions over the last two decades. The latest multimillion dollar lifeline to USEC comes even though it has been rejected for loan guarantees by the federal government, despite support from House Speaker John Boehner and other members of the Ohio congressional delegation.

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Filed under: Congress
Christie trumps A-Rod and Bieber on Facebook
January 16th, 2014
02:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Christie trumps A-Rod and Bieber on Facebook

(CNN) - A-Rod and Bieber may have steroids and eggs, but Chris Christie and his bridge have created the most buzz on Facebook.

In the past week in the U.S., the New Jersey Governor was mentioned on Facebook more than pop star Justin Bieber and embattled baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Facebook
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