Paul on bridge scandal: People shouldn't feel bullied by govt.
February 9th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
6 months ago

Paul on bridge scandal: People shouldn't feel bullied by govt.

(CNN) - It's no secret that Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Chris Christie - potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination - aren't each other's biggest fans.

The two have had a few high-profile exchanges in the past year over their differing opinions about government spending and national security—a rift that’s highlighted a more widespread divide between the libertarian faction of the party and the centrists.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Rand Paul
Did Schumer call Boehner’s bluff on immigration?
February 9th, 2014
02:49 PM ET
6 months ago

Did Schumer call Boehner’s bluff on immigration?

Update 2/10/2014: A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner responded to Schumer's idea.

"The suggestion is entirely impractical, since it would totally eliminate the President's incentive to enforce immigration law for the remainder of his term," said Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman.

Washington (CNN) - When House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced Thursday that he didn’t see a way forward on immigration reform this year, he said President Obama was part of the reason.

“There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws,” Boehner said. “And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Immigration • John Boehner
Will Bill Clinton be a help or a hindrance if his wife runs for president again?
February 9th, 2014
01:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Will Bill Clinton be a help or a hindrance if his wife runs for president again?

(CNN) - A new book set to release this week on Hillary Clinton includes an anecdote about the tension that arose when her husband, former President Bill Clinton, tried to edit one of her speeches.

And former Gen. David Petraeus, a Republican, is quoted in the book as saying Hillary Clinton would be a tremendous president.
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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
February 9th, 2014
11:25 AM ET
6 months ago

Star-Ledger editor on Christie endorsement: ‘We blew it’

Updated 1:56 p.m. ET, 2/9/2014

(CNN) – The Newark-based Star-Ledger, the largest newspaper in New Jersey, was already reluctant when it endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election bid. But now its editorial page editor is having a strong case of buyer’s remorse.

“We blew this one,” Tom Moran of the paper’s editorial board wrote in a column Sunday.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Napolitano: Obama’s non-visit to Sochi is not a snub to Putin
February 9th, 2014
10:31 AM ET
6 months ago

Napolitano: Obama’s non-visit to Sochi is not a snub to Putin

(CNN) - For the past 14 years, U.S. delegations to the Olympics have included a president, vice president or member of the president's family - but President Barack Obama's decision not to travel to Russia was not a snub to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Janet Napolitano said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union."

"I think the President chose delegations that represent leaders from various walks of life, former Olympians, leaders in government service," said Napolitano, who's leading the U.S. delegation in the current Winter Olympic Games and served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.
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February 9th, 2014
09:29 AM ET
6 months ago

Rand Paul warns his former home state, Texas, could turn blue

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday made a prediction that plenty of Democrats would love to see come true, but Republicans hope to avoid: “Texas will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don't change.”

The Kentucky Republican, who was in Houston at a dinner with GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, continued to push his message for change within the Republican Party, bringing that gospel straight to one of the most reliably red states in the country and his former home.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Republicans • Texas
February 9th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
6 months ago

Five takeaways from Sunday’s 'Inside Politics'

1. Avoid the landmines: That might be the best way to describe the GOP’s evolving 2014 strategy. House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to slow-walk immigration, and now his effort to get a debt ceiling increase with minimal drama, is part of an effort to keep GOP internal tensions to a minimum, and the focus on President Barack Obama and his health care law to a maximum.
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Filed under: Inside Politics
Coffee shop known for hosting White House meetings with lobbyists closing
February 9th, 2014
09:04 AM ET
6 months ago

Coffee shop known for hosting White House meetings with lobbyists closing

Washington (CNN) - Those Republican-derided “Caribou Coffee” meetings between White House staffers and lobbyists will soon be a thing of the past.

No, the Obama administration isn’t cracking down on meetings with Washington influencers, known to do business with officials outside of the White House to avoid being listed in official visitor logs.
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Filed under: White House