Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage
February 8th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
9 months ago

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don't consider it legal.

CNN has obtained excerpts of a speech Holder will deliver at the Human Rights Campaign's New York City gala event Saturday night.

Holder plans to announce that the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law."

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Same-sex marriage
Burr slams VA over lapse in disability compensation
February 8th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
9 months ago

Burr slams VA over lapse in disability compensation

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, hammered the Department of Veterans Affairs for keeping soldiers waiting for their disability checks.

In Saturday's Republican weekly address, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee scolded the VA for failing to deliver on its promise to address the backlog of disability claims. Burr called the department's inaction a "national embarrassment."

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Filed under: GOP weekly address • Richard Burr • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
Crist: End the Cuba embargo
February 8th, 2014
12:01 PM ET
9 months ago

Crist: End the Cuba embargo

Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Friday his support for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, a policy shift that shows how far the former Republican has moved since switching parties.

"The embargo has done nothing in more than 50 years to change the regime in Cuba," Crist said in a statement. "If we want to bring democracy to Cuba, we need to encourage American values and investment there."

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Cuba