January 21st, 2014
08:11 PM ET
6 months ago

Cuccinelli calls on Christie to 'step aside' as RGA chairman

Updated 9:02 p.m. ET, 1/21/2014

(CNN) – A prominent Virginia Republican, Ken Cuccinelli, said embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should step down from his new role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

The former Virginia attorney general and 2013 gubernatorial candidate said current investigations into suggested political misconduct by top Christie administration appointees would hinder his ability to successfully campaign for GOP candidates.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Ken Cuccinelli • Virginia
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 21, 2014
January 21st, 2014
05:51 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 21, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for January 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … FORMER VIRGINIA GOV. ROBERT MCDONNELL FACES CHARGES OVER GIFTSFormer Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been charged with accepting illegal gifts, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The federal charges were filed in Richmond. McDonnell, a Republican who left office earlier this month, was once considered a potential White House contender in 2016. – Evan Perez

#GIFT ENVY?
The list of gifts accepted by the McDonnell’s (not including travel and vacation home rentals) is featured on the final page of the indictment:
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January 21st, 2014
03:47 PM ET
6 months ago

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell indicted in gift scandal

Updated 7:17 p.m. ET, 1/21/2014

(CNN) – Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party who was considered potential presidential material, was indicted along with his wife on Tuesday on federal charges of accepting illegal gifts.

The 14-count indictment, culminating a lengthy investigation of their relationship with a Virginia business executive, alleges fraud by a public official, false statements, and obstruction.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
NAACP leader compares Tim Scott to 'dummy' for tea party 'ventriloquist'
January 21st, 2014
03:37 PM ET
6 months ago

NAACP leader compares Tim Scott to 'dummy' for tea party 'ventriloquist'

(CNN) – Sen. Tim Scott declined Tuesday to "reflect seriously" on comments made by a civil rights activist who accused Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, of being a puppet for the tea party.

"Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in holding the door for others and serving my fellow man," Scott said in a statement. "And Rev. (William) Barber will remind me and others of what not to do."
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Filed under: NAACP • Tim Scott
Crist controversy resurfaces in new Netflix film
January 21st, 2014
02:15 PM ET
6 months ago

Crist controversy resurfaces in new Netflix film

Washington (CNN) – A buzzy new political documentary coming to Netflix won't do much to heal Charlie Crist's reputation as an unprincipled, say-anything politician.

“Mitt,” debuting on Netflix this Friday, chronicles Mitt Romney’s two campaigns for the White House with intimate behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with the candidate and his family.

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Mitt Romney
Poll: Controversies hurt Christie's 2016 standing
January 21st, 2014
02:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Poll: Controversies hurt Christie's 2016 standing

(CNN) – In the wake of ongoing controversies, Gov. Chris Christie's losing ground to a potential 2016 Democratic presidential opponent and to possible GOP rivals, according to a new national poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey also indicates that Christie's standing among voters has dropped, as the Republican Governor from New Jersey has faced multiple controversies the past two weeks, including investigations of the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, allegedly carried out by top Christie aides as punishment for a New Jersey mayor who didn't endorse Christie's 2013 re-election.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Polls
First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion
Anti-abortion supporters and pro-abortion rights supporters crowd into the rotunda of the Texas capitol, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Austin, Texas.
January 21st, 2014
12:09 PM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion

Washington (CNN) – A faction of conservatives will introduce a resolution at this week's meeting of the Republican National Committee urging GOP candidates to speak up about abortion and respond forcefully against Democratic efforts to paint them as anti-woman extremists.

The "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy," drafted by Delaware National Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse and co-sponsored by 15 other RNC members, urges the party organization to "support Republican pro-life candidates who fight back against Democratic deceptive 'war on women' rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents."
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Filed under: Abortion • RNC
Sen. Vitter announces bid for Louisiana governor
January 21st, 2014
11:26 AM ET
6 months ago

Sen. Vitter announces bid for Louisiana governor

Updated 5:41 p.m. ET, 1/21/2014

(CNN) - Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana announced Tuesday that he's running for governor of his state in 2015.

"I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana," the two-term Republican lawmaker said in a video release by his campaign.

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Filed under: David Vitter • Louisiana
Michelle Obama dunks with the Miami Heat
January 21st, 2014
11:19 AM ET
6 months ago

Michelle Obama dunks with the Miami Heat

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama shows off her basketball moves in a new video with The Miami Heat, last year's NBA champions.

Released by her "Let's Move" campaign against obesity, the video features the first lady giving tips about healthy eating and drinking water with stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, and coach Erik Spoelstra.
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Filed under: Basketball • Michelle Obama
January 21st, 2014
10:42 AM ET
6 months ago

Trump: Christie 'one email away from a disaster'

(CNN) – Donald Trump says he's worried about his friend, Chris Christie.

"He's a friend of mine. He's a good friend of mine. He's a good guy, but you know, he's one email away from a disaster," said Trump, at an event Tuesday morning at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Donald Trump
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