Cole won't seek Coburn's seat
January 19th, 2014
11:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Cole won't seek Coburn's seat

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Cole, thought of as a likely choice to seek retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's Senate seat, took himself out of consideration Sunday evening.

Coburn announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current congressional session, ending his six-year term two years early.

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Did Snowden get Russian help? Some lawmakers think yes
January 19th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
6 months ago

Did Snowden get Russian help? Some lawmakers think yes

Washington (CNN) – While former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been holed up in Russia pending an asylum request, some in the intelligence community openly wonder if he’s received more help from the Russians than just a safe place to stay.

“Let me just say this: I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, in the loving arms of an FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service) agent in Moscow. I don't think that's a coincidence,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

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Obama would not let his son play football
January 19th, 2014
03:20 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama would not let his son play football

Washington (CNN) - As the Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers prepare to battle for two spots in the Super Bowl, President Barack Obama says if he had a son, he wouldn’t let him play pro football.

With an ever-growing amount of evidence linking the brutal sport with serious head and brain trauma, the President, who has two daughters, told New Yorker editor David Remnick he would bar his son from playing the sport.

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Filed under: President Obama
Giuliani: Bridgegate a 'witch hunt'
January 19th, 2014
02:29 PM ET
6 months ago

Giuliani: Bridgegate a 'witch hunt'

Washington (CNN) - One prominent Republican who isn't concerned about the controversy over the George Washington Bridge scandal is Rudy Giuliani.

The former Republican presidential candidate and New York City mayor dismissed the forthcoming investigation into the flap as a "partisan witch hunt." Charges that the closing of lanes was politically motivated have enveloped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration - and potentially his presidential ambitions.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Rudy Giuliani
January 19th, 2014
11:40 AM ET
6 months ago

U.S. lawmakers: Winter Olympics aren’t safe

Washington (CNN) - Members of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees say they are extremely concerned about security surrounding next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wouldn’t go to the games himself – “and I don't think I would send my family,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.

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Filed under: Angus King • Mike Rogers • Russia
January 19th, 2014
11:21 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’

Washington (CNN) – Marijuana, which is still placed in the same category as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms by the federal government, is no more dangerous than alcohol, President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday.

Speaking to New Yorker editor David Remnick, Obama said he still viewed pot smoking negatively – but that on the whole, the drug wasn’t the social ill that it’s been viewed as in the past.

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Filed under: Obama administration
January 19th, 2014
10:49 AM ET
6 months ago

Emotional speech – and the Dougie - mark Michelle Obama’s 50th

Washington (CNN) – After the sun went down, the stars came out for Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash on Saturday night – Beyoncé, John Legend and Stevie Wonder among them.

But even the high-wattage crowd couldn’t outshine the evening’s most memorable moment: President Barack Obama breaking out in the “Dougie” on the dance floor.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
January 19th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
6 months ago

Hoboken mayor: 'I didn't think anyone would believe me'

Washington (CNN) – A day after Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer rankled the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with allegations that his office withheld Superstorm Sandy relief funding over her refusal to push through a redevelopment project, Zimmer now says the threat was "a direct message from the governor."

"It's stunning. It's outrageous. But it's true," Zimmer told CNN's Candy Crowley in an interview Sunday morning.

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Filed under: Chris Christie
Bush family spokesman: Barbara wasn't telling Jeb not to run
January 19th, 2014
09:26 AM ET
6 months ago

Bush family spokesman: Barbara wasn't telling Jeb not to run

Washington (CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush is not trying to pull the rug out from under a possible presidential bid by her son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Bush family spokesman tells CNN.

The spokesman tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that Barbara Bush feels misinterpreted by the media coverage of her most recent comments.

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Filed under: 2016 • Barbara Bush • Jeb Bush