February 20th, 2014
10:48 PM ET
5 months ago

McCain: If election were tomorrow, Clinton would be president

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain predicted if voters headed to the polls for the 2016 elections tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would be most likely be elected president - though the former secretary of state wouldn't be his pick.

Asked by CNN's Piers Morgan on Thursday about 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann's recent assessment that America isn't ready for a female president, McCain said they have a different reading on the current political landscape.

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Obama: Midterms not seen as 'sexy enough'
February 20th, 2014
09:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama: Midterms not seen as 'sexy enough'

(CNN) - Rallying Democratic governors Thursday, President Barack Obama urged his party not to overlook state-level elections because they aren't as "sexy" as national contests.

"So often, the action - how our policies are actually impacting our constituents day to day - are being determined by governors and state legislatures," Obama said at the Democratic Governors Association fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.

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Filed under: DGA • President Obama
What's the big deal about 'chained CPI'?
February 20th, 2014
09:01 PM ET
5 months ago

What's the big deal about 'chained CPI'?

Washington (CNN) - It's got a bookish sounding name - "chained CPI." The President's decision to drop the financial measure from his upcoming budget, after including it in his proposal last year, sparked sharp political reaction here Thursday.

Why is that such a big deal?

For those scratching their heads, three reasons: the fight over workers and retirement, the fight over the deficit and the fight over who is Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Budget • White House
February 20th, 2014
08:23 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama to meet with Dalai Lama

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday.

Obama has met with the Dalai Lama twice before, in February 2010 and July 2011, according to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

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Filed under: Dalai Lama • President Obama
February 20th, 2014
08:16 PM ET
5 months ago

Perry: Nugent's comments ‘shouldn't surprise anybody'

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is playing down a controversial campaign appearance for the Lone Star State’s leading Republican gubernatorial candidate by rocker Ted Nugent, who has stirred outrage with controversial comments about President Barack Obama.

"The idea that Ted Nugent has said something that's outrageous shouldn't surprise anybody. He's been saying outrageous things for a lot of years,” Perry told Wolf Blitzer on Thursday on CNN’s "The Situation Room.”

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Filed under: Rick Perry • Ted Cruz • Texas
February 20th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz to CNN: Global warming not supported by data

Beaumont, TX (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions whether global warming is real, arguing that the "data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing."

"The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that – that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn't happened," said Cruz.

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Filed under: climate change • Ted Cruz
February 20th, 2014
05:45 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 20, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | February 20, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING… THE ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT IS BACK? OBAMA BUDGET TO BOOST SPENDING, DITCH ‘GRAND BARGAIN’ – “The White House budget to be released early next month will propose $56 billion in new spending on domestic and defense priorities and drop a proposal that was included in last year's budget as a way to attract Republican support - a plan that would have included less generous payouts of Social Security benefits.”

“The budget would aim to reduce the emphasis on austerity that has been the preoccupation of American politics for the past four years and also highlights top Democratic priorities in a year when Democrats hope to save their majority in the Senate.” - Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Obama, Harper make bet over Olympic hockey games
February 20th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama, Harper make bet over Olympic hockey games

(CNN) – When the U.S. and Canada face off Friday in a men's showdown at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, there's more than just bragging rights on the line. There's beer.

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a Twitter wager Thursday, with each betting a case of beer from their country.
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Filed under: Canada • Olympics
Obamacare success not all about numbers
February 20th, 2014
04:02 PM ET
5 months ago

Obamacare success not all about numbers

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said what others have basically conceded - the Obama administration may fall short of its original enrollment target for Obamacare.

That might give critics another reason to attack the health care law, but the acknowledgment is consistent with what number crunchers have said previously.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Minnesota • Obamacare
Christie blasts Washington on Sandy aid; bridge scandal doesn't come up
February 20th, 2014
03:30 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie blasts Washington on Sandy aid; bridge scandal doesn't come up

Port Monmouth, New Jersey (CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie slammed the federal government and the Obama administration on Thursday for its handling of Superstorm Sandy relief funds at a town hall in Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

The Republican governor in particular took aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the red tape involved in filing claims with the National Flood Insurance Program, at one point repeating his line that the agency is "the new F-word."
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
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