Zeroed out: Minority kids disproportionately impacted by zero-tolerance laws
Kyle Thompson , 15, of Farmington, Michigan was arrested and kicked out of school after a tug-of-war with a teacher over a note.
January 24th, 2014
08:28 PM ET
6 months ago

Zeroed out: Minority kids disproportionately impacted by zero-tolerance laws

(CNN) – A year ago, Kyle Thompson was a soft-spoken, 115 pound, football-playing freshman whose tug-of-war with a teacher over 'the hit list," a note about kids he wanted to tackle on the field, landed him in handcuffs and ultimately led to his expulsion.

He's still soft spoken, but after eight months on house arrest and self-imposed isolation from friends, he's grown.

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January 24th, 2014
07:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton lurks in corners of Republican meeting

Washington (CNN) -- Even though it was Republican party leaders meeting in Washington this week, Hillary Clinton might as well have been there.

In the halls between Republican National Committee meetings, the former secretary of state's name came up in conversation regularly. At a rules committee meeting on Thursday night, Clinton - the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 - was referred to as "she who should not be named." And at the powwow's most-watched events, Republicans pledged a laser-like focus on winning back the White House in 2016.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • RNC
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 24, 2014
January 24th, 2014
06:11 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 24, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING …THE NUNS BEAT OBAMACARE … Some religious affiliated non-profits will remain temporarily exempt from requirements in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to cover birth control and other reproductive health coverage they oppose for religious reasons.
That is the result of a Supreme Court decision on Friday that extended an injunction for a Catholic charity run by nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The exemption stands while the case is being considered by the lower courts. It is a clear victory for the religious group and its insurer. – CNN’s Bill Mears

SCOOP FROM “THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER: Feds hesitated to probe Christie administration: For a time, federal authorities were reluctant to get involved in the Christie controversy. Some officials didn't readily see a federal crime and were wary of opening what one official called potentially "a can of worms." – CNN’s Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Behind the scenes: Gearing up for the State of the Union address
January 24th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
6 months ago

Behind the scenes: Gearing up for the State of the Union address

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night, his words will have been months in the making. So will his chief speechwriter's beard.

Cody Keenan began sporting stubble in November, just before White House officials first met to discuss the big speech and plans to shave after Obama delivers his speech before Congress.
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Charity gets win for now over Obamacare on contraception
January 24th, 2014
04:25 PM ET
6 months ago

Charity gets win for now over Obamacare on contraception

(CNN) – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday will enable a religious-affiliated non-profit and other groups like it to remain temporarily exempt from Obamacare requirements to cover birth control and other reproductive health they oppose for religious reasons.

The justices extended an injunction first granted on an emergency basis just before the New Year for a Catholic charity for the elderly run by nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
Does Obama secretly support Hillary Clinton for 2016?
January 24th, 2014
03:12 PM ET
6 months ago

Does Obama secretly support Hillary Clinton for 2016?

(CNN) - Political observers are trying to read the tea leaves after the largest super PAC that backed President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is now raising money for a potential Hillary Clinton bid.

The group, Priorities USA Action, also added Obama's top re-election campaign official, Jim Messina, to its roster as co-chairman.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
PHOTO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers SOTU preparations mix with motherhood
January 24th, 2014
03:08 PM ET
6 months ago

PHOTO: Cathy McMorris Rodgers SOTU preparations mix with motherhood

(CNN) – Talk about multitasking.

A baby in one arm and State of the Union preparations in the other, the House GOP's highest ranking woman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers readied for the Republican response to President Barack Obama's annual address while caring for her two-month old baby.

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January 24th, 2014
01:54 PM ET
6 months ago

When rising political stars fall to Earth

(CNN) - Political rock stars in the night sky. Chris Christie is in early retrograde but he could pull out, Wendy Davis twinkles a little less brightly, while the only star associated with Bob McDonnell these days are worn by lawmen trying to put him in jail. And Rob Ford is, well, Rob Ford – a blinding star.

As long as there has been politics, there have been political rock stars tumble to fallen stars at their own hand.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Chris Christie • Wendy Davis
Jay Carney is clean-shaven
January 24th, 2014
01:21 PM ET
6 months ago

Jay Carney is clean-shaven

Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emerged in the daily press briefing Friday with a fresh look: His recent beard was gone.

"The time had come to shave. Here I am, the old me," Carney said to amused reporters.
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Ex-Senate aide who faced child porn charges found dead
January 24th, 2014
12:58 PM ET
6 months ago

Ex-Senate aide who faced child porn charges found dead

Updated 2:02 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

(CNN) - A former U.S. Senate aide who was charged last month with possessing child pornography was found dead Thursday in a Maryland home where he's been living with relatives, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in Maryland said.

Investigators preliminarily believe Jesse Ryan Loskarn "may have taken his own life," the office said.
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