February 20th, 2014
03:07 PM ET
5 months ago

A depressing 'House of Cards' analogy on chained CPI

Washington (CNN) - Thought bubble: The White House removing chained CPI from their budget arguably shows that Washington is even more cynical than "House of Cards."

The plot lines are similar between today's headlines and the first few episodes of the second season of the Netflix show, in which lawmakers raise the age of retirement to 68. Specifically, Democratic leaders push a Republican proposal to raise to the retirement age through Congress even after Republicans, out of pique, abandon negotiations.
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Filed under: Congress • White House
February 20th, 2014
02:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz jokes Washington would need a whole lot of 'Alka Seltzer' if he became president

Beaumont, Texas (CNN) - Can Ted Cruz imagine being in the Oval Office in 2017?

He didn't say no, but he did pause to acknowledge how much heartburn that would cause the people he likes to call the Washington establishment.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz • Texas
Christie says he can't 'let go' of Springsteen, talks about weight loss
February 20th, 2014
02:18 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie says he can't 'let go' of Springsteen, talks about weight loss

(CNN) - It doesn't look like Bruce Springsteen will ever lose a fan in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie - no matter how much the rock legend and the Republican governor disagree on politics.

In his first town hall since last summer, Christie was encouraged Thursday to abandon his longtime loyalty to the liberal musician. The governor also drew some laughs when he talked about his weight loss, about a year after undergoing lap-band surgery.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Sperling cautiously optimistic on economy, offers few hints on budget
February 20th, 2014
11:14 AM ET
5 months ago

Sperling cautiously optimistic on economy, offers few hints on budget

Washington (CNN) - While warning there is much more to be done to get to a healthy economy, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling said, "I would still be cautiously optimistic that the general notion is that there are positive trends in the economy."

Sperling said that he believes data that has been coming out about the economy weakening, including slow housing starts, will probably turn out to be weather related. But he did concede that while the economy is on the right track it is, "not good enough," adding that the country "needs stronger growth."

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Filed under: Budget • Economy • Gene Sperling • President Obama
2016 Poll: Clinton tops GOP field in crucial state
February 20th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
5 months ago

2016 Poll: Clinton tops GOP field in crucial state

(CNN) – Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in each election since 1964.

So who do Buckeye State voters say may win their state in the next race for the White House?
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Filed under: 2016 • Ohio • Polls
February 20th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
5 months ago

Video: Abbott dodges Nugent questions from CNN

CNN's Ed Lavandera tries to ask Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott about his campaign appearances this week with conservative activist Ted Nungent, who's known for making outlandish comments about President Obama.

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Ted Nugent hits campaign trail after calling Obama 'subhuman mongrel'

Cruz disagrees with Nugent, but doesn't rule out campaigning with him

Palin backs Abbott after Nugent appearance, endorses Sessions' challenger


Filed under: 2014 • Greg Abbott • Texas
February 20th, 2014
09:40 AM ET
5 months ago

Biden on health care sign-ups: 'Hell of a start'

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that the Obama administration may fall short of its original unofficial target of signing up seven million people to the new health care law by the end of March. But the Vice President said that signing up five to six million would be a good start.

"Initially we talked about by the end of this period having seven million people lined up. We may not get to seven, we may get to five or six, and that's a hell of a start," Biden said Wednesday in Minneapolis.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Obamacare
February 20th, 2014
08:49 AM ET
5 months ago

Cruz disagrees with Nugent, but doesn't rule out campaigning with him

Beaumont, Texas (CNN)  GOP Senator Ted Cruz told CNN he doesn't agree with 65 year old rocker Ted Nugent's explosive comments – calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" –  but the Texas Republican would not rule out campaigning with Nugent in the future.

"Those sentiments there, of course, I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing and nor would I," Cruz told CNN in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Ted Cruz • Texas
First on CNN: Petition calls on Congress to 'give up their paychecks'
February 20th, 2014
07:52 AM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: Petition calls on Congress to 'give up their paychecks'

Washington (CNN) - MoveOn.org will announce on Thursday that nearly 30,000 Americans have signed a new petition by the progressive group that calls on Congress to return their paychecks "if they are not planning to do any more work this year."

The group tells CNN the signatures were collected in the past 48 hours.

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Filed under: Congress • MoveOn
February 20th, 2014
01:34 AM ET
5 months ago

Ted Cruz assails fellow Republican senators for 'trickery'

Beaumont, Texas (CNN) –  Sen. Ted Cruz  accused his own Republican leadership of  “trickery” in trying to force a “show vote” on raising the debt ceiling last week, warning Republicans will get “clobbered in the polls” for not standing up for principle.

"What Republican leadership said is we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote no and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it. And listen, that sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the - to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.

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Filed under: Congress • Ted Cruz
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