Mitch McConnell on allowing debt-ceiling vote: "I had to do what's best for the country"
February 15th, 2014
06:49 PM ET
6 months ago

Mitch McConnell on allowing debt-ceiling vote: "I had to do what's best for the country"

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Friday defended his decision back home in Kentucky to join Democrats in a vote to clear a filibuster hurdle that allowed a vote to raise the debt ceiling.

"My job is to protect the country when I can and to step up and lead on those occasions when it's required. That's what I did," he said at a campaign appearance in Louisville.

McConnell was one of 12 Republican senators to join Democrats on Tuesday in voting to end debate on the debt-ceiling bill that will extend the federal debt limit for a year, a move his opponents have been quick to criticize him for.

President Obama signed the bill into law Saturday in California, the White House said in a statement.
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Filed under: Debt • Mitch McConnell
Florida congressman calls Obamacare 'a breach of faith' for seniors
February 15th, 2014
02:37 PM ET
6 months ago

Florida congressman calls Obamacare 'a breach of faith' for seniors

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, slammed President Obama for not doing his part to help lower health care costs for older Americans, calling his health care promises a "breach of faith" for seniors.

"Across the country, millions of seniors are now paying more money for fewer choices, less access and far less peace of mind," Rooney said. "This goes well beyond a glitch or a pocketbook issue. This is a breach of faith."
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Filed under: GOP weekly address
Closely watched religious conservative skips Senate race in Iowa
February 15th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Closely watched religious conservative skips Senate race in Iowa

Washington (CNN) - After weeks of speculation, religious conservative Bob Vander Plaats has announced he will not run for Senate in Iowa.

Vander Plaats’ possible entrance into the June primary worried some Republicans who believed he would have hurt their chances of wresting this Senate seat from Democratic hands if he had won the GOP nomination. While Vander Plaats is a popular figure among Christian conservatives, his candidacy may have alienated centrist Republicans and politically moderate independent voters, which are key to winning in a general election.
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Filed under: Bob Vander Plaats
Survey: The best of the first ladies
1940: Eleanor Roosevelt making an address at the headquarters of the American Red Cross at Washington DC appealing for donations to a Red Cross War Relief drive.
February 15th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Survey: The best of the first ladies

(CNN) – The longest-serving first lady also outranks the others who have held the title in integrity, accomplishments and public image.

At least when it comes to a survey of historians and experts on what best epitomizes the characteristics of a first lady: Eleanor Roosevelt is their choice.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michelle Obama • White House