(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.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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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%
(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."
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.
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.
(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.FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
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.
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.