Arizona GOP rebukes McCain for not being conservative enough
January 26th, 2014
05:48 PM ET
3 months ago

Arizona GOP rebukes McCain for not being conservative enough

(CNN) – The Arizona Republican Party censured longtime Sen. John McCain for what it called his “long and terrible” record of voting with liberal Democrats.

The voice vote Saturday came from the floor at the party’s meeting in Tempe. While the resolution does not have an impact on McCain’s work in Congress, the party pledges it would not support, campaign for or endorse the Republican senator.
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Filed under: Arizona • John McCain
Ryan supports Christie, disagrees with Cruz’s approach on budget
January 26th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
3 months ago

Ryan supports Christie, disagrees with Cruz’s approach on budget

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and former Republican vice presidential candidate, distanced himself from one of the most conservative leaders of his party and expressed reluctant support for one of its most embattled figures.

At the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ryan took a swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for not recognizing "reality" and, when pressed, expressed moderate support for Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey.

The chairman of the House Budget Committee and potential presidential contender in 2016 made the comments in a one-on-one conversation with Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith on Thursday.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Paul Ryan • Ted Cruz • Texas
January 26th, 2014
01:56 PM ET
3 months ago

Frustrated progressives start to look beyond Obama

Washington (CNN) – "I am not a member of any organized political party," Will Rogers once joked. "I am a Democrat."

Plenty has been written on the current fight for the soul of the Republican Party. But as President Barack Obama unofficially rings in the sixth year of his administration with Tuesday's State of the Union address, another intriguing struggle may be emerging - between moderates and progressives on the Democratic side.

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Filed under: Democrats • President Obama
January 26th, 2014
12:33 PM ET
3 months ago

Russian ambassador says he’s certain Olympics will be safe

(CNN) – The Russian ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday he’s “absolutely certain” the Olympic Games in Sochi next month will be safe from terrorist attacks. He pushed back against reports of a “black widow” threat.

“There was a report of some notice that (was) circulated as a kind of lookout information. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is an immediate threat,” Sergey Kislyak said in an exclusive interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Filed under: Olympics • Peter King • Russia • TV-State of the Union
Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.
January 26th, 2014
11:58 AM ET
3 months ago

Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.

Washington (CNN) – It was just over a month ago that lawmakers on Capitol Hill passed a bipartisan budget and members were singing "Kumbaya."

Those days are over.
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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Debt • Mitch McConnell
January 26th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
3 months ago

WH adviser: Obama prepared to use bully pulpit

(CNN) - White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said President Barack Obama's plan to take more action in 2014-even without congressional approval-shouldn't be considered a threat to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

"I don't think it's confrontational. It's 'Let's find areas to work together,'" he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There are some items right before Congress we can do together."
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January 26th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul says 'women are winning' the war on women, blasts Bill Clinton as predator

Updated 1:52 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that Democrats are failing in their attempts to frame the GOP as a party that wages a war against women, and argued the message comes from the party of former President Bill Clinton, whose reputation is still tarnished from his “predatory behavior” in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"The whole thing of the 'war on women,' I sort of laughingly say, 'Yeah, there might have been – but the women are winning it,'" the Republican senator from Kentucky said on CNN's "State of the Union." He said women have made great strides and, as an example, now make up more than half the students at medical and law schools.
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Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Rand Paul • TV-State of the Union
Rand Paul clarifies comments about poverty and unwanted pregnancies
January 26th, 2014
10:10 AM ET
3 months ago

Rand Paul clarifies comments about poverty and unwanted pregnancies

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday clarified comments he made last week about the government's role in discouraging women from having children out of wedlock as a way to stem poverty.

The Republican senator from Kentucky said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he didn't "come up with a policy prescription," such as limiting government aid, but rather said it's up to communities to resolve the problem, which he called the No. 1 cause of poverty in the country.
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Filed under: Economy • Rand Paul • TV-State of the Union