Biden to be first guest for Meyers' 'Late Night' debut
February 12th, 2014
07:59 PM ET
7 months ago

Biden to be first guest for Meyers' 'Late Night' debut

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will be the opening guest for Seth Meyers’ debut as "Late Night" host.

Biden’s office says he’ll appear on the February 24 premiere, as Meyers replaces Jimmy Fallon on the NBC show.

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Gay Republican candidate features partner in ad
February 12th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Gay Republican candidate features partner in ad

(CNN) – An openly gay Republican running for Congress released a video on Wednesday that appears to be the first of its kind: A political ad explicitly featuring footage of him and his same-sex partner.

Carl DeMaio, who's challenging a Democratic incumbent for a House seat in California, is seen in the video holding hands with his partner of five years, Johnathan Hale, at an LGBT pride parade.
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Obama picks Ted Kennedy's widow for Postal Service board
February 12th, 2014
07:23 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama picks Ted Kennedy's widow for Postal Service board

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will nominate Victoria Reggie Kennedy to the board of governors for the U.S. Postal Service, the White House announced on Wednesday.

Kennedy is the widow of former Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who died in 2009 of cancer. They were early supporters of Obama when he first ran for President.

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Rand Paul breaks bread with Holder after suing Obama administration
February 12th, 2014
06:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Rand Paul breaks bread with Holder after suing Obama administration

(CNN) - After suing President Barack Obama over government surveillance on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul had lunch with Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Kentucky Republican and the nation’s top law enforcement officer discussed shared support for reforms to the criminal justice system, according to a Justice Department official.

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Walter Mondale undergoes heart surgery
February 12th, 2014
06:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Walter Mondale undergoes heart surgery

(CNN) - Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent successful heart surgery on Wednesday in Rochester, Minnesota.

"He is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. His family requests privacy at this time," the Mayo Clinic said in a statement.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 12, 2014
February 12th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 12, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 12, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING… THE U.S. SENATE APPROVES RAISING DEBT CEILING … The move allows the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through early 2015.

The politically charged issue cleared the chamber 55-43 after winning House approval Tuesday. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Approval removes the prospect of another protracted political fight over fiscal policy as Democrats and Republicans gear up for November's midterm elections.

MCCONNELL PRIMARY CHALLENGER POUNCES:
Matt Bevin ‏(@MattBevin)
.@McConnellPress votes to give Obama another blank check. #DebtCeiling #tcot #cloture #KYSen #kydatenight pic.twitter.com/TT2HwblTN2

MEANWHILE … RAND PAUL SUES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OVER NSA … Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he’s suing President Barack Obama and top national security officials over the government’s sweeping electronic surveillance program made public by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The Kentucky Republican and the conservative group FreedomWorks are filing a class-action challenge against the government’s phone metadata collection effort, which stores the numbers and call times of phone calls. – Ashley Killough and Dana Davidsen

… AND AIMING FOR HISTORY: RAND PAUL IN A PRESS EVENT: “We think it may well be the largest class action lawsuit ever filed on behalf of the Bill of Rights.”

Gut Check DVR: Sen. Rand Paul will be appearing on CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett tonight at 7pm E.T. to discuss his lawsuit.
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California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire
February 12th, 2014
04:16 PM ET
7 months ago

California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire

Washington (CNN) - California Republican Rep. Gary Miller announced Wednesday he would not run for re-election in November, giving Democrats a good chance to pick up his seat in the midterm election.

"It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families. While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton.  I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of this term," Miller said in a statement.

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Senate passes debt-ceiling plan in blow to conservatives
February 12th, 2014
03:27 PM ET
7 months ago

Senate passes debt-ceiling plan in blow to conservatives

Washington (CNN) – The Senate voted Wednesday to avert at least one chronic Washington political crisis for at least a year.

With a snowstorm bearing down on the capital, it approved a House-passed measure that allows the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through March 2015.

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Obamacare sign ups jump to 3.3 million
February 12th, 2014
03:26 PM ET
7 months ago

Obamacare sign ups jump to 3.3 million

New York (CNNMoney) – Obamacare exchanges grew in popularity in January with 1.1 million people picking health insurance plans in state and federal exchanges last month.

That brings total sign-ups since the exchanges opened four months ago to 3.3 million, according to federal data released Wednesday.

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Analysis: Justice Thomas comments spark fresh debate on race
February 12th, 2014
02:32 PM ET
7 months ago

Analysis: Justice Thomas comments spark fresh debate on race

(CNN) – Justice Clarence Thomas rarely speaks from the bench but his comments in less formal settings are often illuminating, often controversial - especially on race.

It is a topic that continues to engage the national debate, especially when it comes from the mind of the Supreme Court's only African-American jurist.

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