House GOP leaders discard two key demands for raising debt ceiling
February 5th, 2014
01:54 PM ET
8 months ago

House GOP leaders discard two key demands for raising debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders, who signaled they would push for conditions in return for raising the debt limit, have discarded two leading ideas.

One would require approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the second would repeal an Obamacare provision that helps insurance companies, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Jack Lew • John Boehner • national debt • Obamacare
Biden's one reason NOT to run for President
February 5th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
8 months ago

Biden's one reason NOT to run for President

(CNN) - As he considers another run for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden laid out one reason why he wouldn't want to be the nation's next chief executive.

"Everybody wants to know whether or not I'm going to run for president. There's a lot of reasons to run for president, but there's one overwhelming reason not to run for president," he said. "I'd like to get that (Corvette) Z06 from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds."
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Filed under: 2016 • Joe Biden
Obama nominee would be first openly gay black male on federal bench
February 5th, 2014
01:28 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama nominee would be first openly gay black male on federal bench

Washington (CNN) - The slate of judicial nominees that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday includes a judge who, if confirmed, would become the first openly gay male African-American on the federal bench.

Darrin Gayles, a state circuit court judge in Florida, was one of four nominees announced Wednesday for two different U.S. District Courts in Florida. A fifth nominee – Cheryl Ann Krause – was tapped to serve on a Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • President Obama • White House
February 5th, 2014
12:12 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN exclusive: John Kerry a 'no' for 2016

For more of CNN's exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – While his predecessor Hillary Clinton and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden may be contemplating another White House run, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is out for 2016.

"I'm out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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Filed under: 2016 • John Kerry • The Lead
Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race
February 5th, 2014
11:28 AM ET
8 months ago

Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for the Democratic nominee in a heated House special election in Florida that's widely considered a bellwether race for the 2014 midterms.

Biden will appear at a fundraising event for Democrat Alex Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer, next week, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alex Sink • Florida • Joe Biden
Poll: If not Clinton, then what kind of Democrat?
February 5th, 2014
10:12 AM ET
8 months ago

Poll: If not Clinton, then what kind of Democrat?

Washington (CNN) - It may be the least hyped but most surprising number in a new CNN/ORC International poll on the next race for the White House.

According to the survey, 70% of Democrats and independents who lean toward the Democratic Party say they'd be likely to support Hillary Clinton as their party's nominee.

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Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat
February 5th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
8 months ago

Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - After considering a run for a Congressional seat in California, women's rights activist Sandra Fluke announced Wednesday she'll run for a state Senate seat instead.

"I feel there is better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community," Fluke said in a statement. "After careful consideration, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate."
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Filed under: California • Congress • Sandra Fluke
February 5th, 2014
07:52 AM ET
8 months ago

Clay Aiken launches bid for Congress

Updated 3:14 p.m. ET, 2/5/2014

(CNN) – He may be best known as an entertainer, but Clay Aiken says his personal story qualifies him for Congress.

"I do think that story qualifies me in the sense that I understand that we all go through issues, that we all go through struggles in life and they make us who we are and we learn from them, and for that reason I think empathy and caring for the people you represent is a really important qualification for Congress," Aiken said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's "Newsroom."
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • North Carolina
CNN Poll: Majority of Americans expect terrorist attack at Olympics
February 5th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans expect terrorist attack at Olympics

(CNN) - Nearly six in 10 Americans think a terrorist attack will likely happen in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony.

Islamist militants have warned of attacks as Russia makes final preparations for the sporting events in the South Russia region.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Russia • Terrorism
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
February 5th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap

(CNN) – A majority of Americans surveyed believe the government should work to reduce the income gap between rich and the poor, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday indicates more than six in 10 Americans strongly or somewhat agree that the government should work to narrow that gap, compared to 30% who believe it should not.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
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