Wendy Davis supports medical marijuana
February 11th, 2014
08:37 PM ET
6 months ago

Wendy Davis supports medical marijuana

(CNN) – Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said she supports medical marijuana use as well easing the state's legal consequences for possessing small amounts of the drug.

Davis' comments echo those of current Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who said he supports less stringent penalties in Texas for marijuana use.

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Filed under: Marijuana • Rick Perry • Texas • Wendy Davis
Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote
February 11th, 2014
08:19 PM ET
6 months ago

Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner threw in the towel on Tuesday.

After multiple attempts to lead his members to force some sort of concession in return for raising the nation’s debt limit, Boehner allowed a vote on a so-called “clean” debt limit increase that passed by a 221-201 margin before the House left town until the end of the month.

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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner • national debt
De Blasio intercedes after supporter arrested
February 11th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
6 months ago

De Blasio intercedes after supporter arrested

Updated 2:29 p.m. ET, 2/12/2014

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called a top city police official to ask that she "take care" of an arrest that involved a member of his inaugural committee, two law enforcement sources said Tuesday.

The revelation that the mayor's supporter was released after perhaps receiving special treatment is helping spawn what could be his first political scandal, just over a month after taking office.

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Filed under: Bill de Blasio • New York
Rand Paul to sue Obama administration over NSA
February 11th, 2014
06:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Rand Paul to sue Obama administration over NSA

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul will sue President Barack Obama and top officials in the National Security Agency over surveillance.

Paul's political action committee, RandPAC, announced plans by the Kentucky senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate to file a class-action challenge on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • James Clapper • James Comey • Ken Cuccinelli • NSA • President Obama • Rand Paul
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2014
February 11th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … HOUSE PASSES DEBT CEILING BILL: U.S. House voted 221-201 Tuesday on a debt-ceiling measure that allows continued borrowing by the government to pay its bills. Twenty-eight Republicans joined almost all of the Democrats to pass the proposal that lacked any deficit-reduction provisions sought by the GOP conservative wing. The so called "clean" debt-ceiling measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote on Wednesday.

CHRISTIE ON THE MESSAGE OFFENSIVE: “HAVE FAITH”
GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE TO REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES TRYING TO GET ELECTED IN ILLINOIS: “Have faith baby! I won twice in New Jersey! It can happen!”

… INVESTIGATIONS WON’T “CURTAIL” AGENDA … His administration is facing multiple investigations, but Chris Christie said he's moving forward. "Time will tell, but I believe that we are focused on the things we need to be focused on," the Republican governor said Tuesday afternoon at a question and answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago. – Dana Bash and Paul Steinhauser
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Blair Papers offer window into Hillary Clinton
Bill Clinton in 1979 with Hillary Clinton (L) and Diane Blair (R)
February 11th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
6 months ago

Blair Papers offer window into Hillary Clinton

(CNN) –  Monica Lewinsky was the headline from newly accessed writings of a Hillary Clinton confidant, but a closer look at Diane Blair’s private notes reveal other personal struggles and frustrations.

These include how the former first lady coped with severe back pain from wearing heels and her belief that no one in her husband’s early White House, as Blair’s notes indicate, was “tough and mean enough.”
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
February 11th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Christie: Investigations won't 'curtail' agenda

Chicago (CNN) - His administration is facing multiple investigations, but Chris Christie says he's moving forward.

"Time will tell, but I believe that we are focused on the things we need to be focused on," the Republican governor of New Jersey said Tuesday afternoon at a question and answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Illinois • RGA
House votes to restore military pensions
February 11th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
6 months ago

House votes to restore military pensions

Washington (CNNMoney) - The House on Tuesday passed a bill to restore pension increases for some 750,000 military retirees.

The House voted 326 to 90 to undo cuts to cost-of-living hikes for military pensions for all current retirees and anyone who enlisted before Jan. 1. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday.

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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Military
February 11th, 2014
02:28 PM ET
6 months ago

New delay ensures Obamacare to be issue in 2014, 2016 elections

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's latest decision to delay an aspect of the Affordable Care Act, saying the move was about "smoothing out" the health care law's rocky implementation.

Obama acknowledged that "challenges" exist in implementing the massive Affordable Care Act. During a joint news conference Tuesday with French President François Hollande, Obama said his administration was responding to the central question: "How do we make it work for the American people and for their employees in an optimal way?"

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Obamacare • President Obama
Christie can use campaign funds for some legal fees
February 11th, 2014
02:25 PM ET
6 months ago

Christie can use campaign funds for some legal fees

Updated 7:31 p.m. ET, 2/11/2013

Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie got some good news Tuesday.

He can use campaign funds to cover the cost of complying with subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey and a state legislative committee to his reelection committee.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
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