February 17th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
7 months ago

Hemp brings McConnell, Paul together

(CNN) - They're known for appealing to different factions of the GOP, but Kentucky's two U.S. senators - Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul - teamed up Monday for three joint appearances to roll out a hemp pilot program in their home state.

And with McConnell facing a GOP primary challenge from a candidate backed by the tea party this year, he was full of praise for Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010 with support from that wing of the party.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 17, 2014
February 17th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 17, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ON PRESIDENTS DAY, OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATINGS REMAIN NEAR THE LOWEST OF HIS PRESIDENCY … According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Monday, which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys, the President's approval rating stands at 42%, with 53% of Americans giving a thumbs down to Obama's performance in the White House. – Paul Steinhauser

Gut Check Full Service:
Obama’s Approval Rating on Past President’s Days
2014 … 42%
2013 … 51%
2012 … 45%
2011 … 48%
2010 … 49%
2009 … 64%

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Scott Brown jams on stage with Cheap Trick
February 17th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
7 months ago

Scott Brown jams on stage with Cheap Trick

(CNN) – As Scott Brown mulls another Senate bid this year, he's taking some time to rock out.

The former Massachusetts senator, who's considering a challenge against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in his new home state of New Hampshire, jammed Sunday night with the band Cheap Trick, playing their 1978 single "Surrender."
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Filed under: Scott Brown
Who's who in Christie bridge scandal
February 17th, 2014
01:05 PM ET
7 months ago

Port Authority executive seeks probe of agency police in George Washington Bridge scandal

Updated 10:15 a.m. ET, 2/18/2014

New York (CNN) – There is a new layer of scrutiny around the now notorious closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, which created traffic gridlock and touched off a political scandal in New Jersey roiling Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

The head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the nation’s busiest bridge, has ordered an investigation into the role its police force may have played around the lane closures for several days last September.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Polls: Public's immigration priorities changing
February 17th, 2014
01:03 PM ET
7 months ago

Polls: Public's immigration priorities changing

Washington (CNN) - A second-straight national poll indicates that many Americans have shifted their priorities when it comes to immigration reform.

According to a Gallup survey released Monday, 44% of those surveyed say it's extremely important for the United States to develop a plan to deal with the large number of undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Immigration • Polls
Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer in March 2012.
February 17th, 2014
12:32 PM ET
7 months ago

Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice

(CNN) - Newly uncovered documents from a confidante of Hillary Clinton are making headlines about the former first lady. But they also reveal new details about legacy moments in her husband's presidency that were frustrating and distracting to the White House.

It seemed as if Bill Clinton had too many choices in his first chance to name a Supreme Court justice and not enough for his second.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Supreme Court
Rare look into Hillary Clinton's life
February 17th, 2014
12:28 PM ET
7 months ago

Friend's papers give insight into rise of the Clintons

Fayetteville, Arkansas (CNN) – Only a few people would feel at ease to send Hillary Clinton cartoon clippings. Diane Blair was one of them.

Throughout much of Bill Clinton's eight years in the White House, Blair - a political science professor and longtime Clinton friend - exchanged political and humor cartoons with the first lady. Nothing, it seemed, was too small or inconsequential to send back and forth.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
GOP slams stimulus on fifth anniversary
February 17th, 2014
10:16 AM ET
7 months ago

GOP slams stimulus on fifth anniversary

updated 1:00pm ET

Washington (CNN) – Five years after the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law, the measure, which is better known as the Stimulus or Recovery Act, was roundly criticized once again by Republicans.

"The Stimulus That Wasn't: Five Years Later, It's Clear Obama's Stimulus Was A Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars," was the headline on an email blast from the Republican National Committee Monday morning.
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Filed under: Economy • Marco Rubio • RNC
President at 42% on Presidents Day
February 17th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
7 months ago

President at 42% on Presidents Day

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks his sixth Presidents Day in office, his approval ratings remain near the lowest of his presidency.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Monday, which averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys, the President's approval rating stands at 42%, with 53% of Americans giving a thumbs down to Obama's performance in the White House.

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Filed under: CNN Poll of polls • President Obama