Obama, Putin 'exchange views' on Ukraine in phone call
February 21st, 2014
06:55 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama, Putin 'exchange views' on Ukraine in phone call

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin "exchanged views" on the need to quickly implement the political agreement reached on Friday in Ukraine and for all sides to "refrain from further violence."

A White House statement said the two leaders spoke by phone and also discussed Syria, including the "importance of efforts to advance a political solution" to the civil war.

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Filed under: President Obama • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
First on CNN: Group backing Rick Perry airing TV ad in Illinois
February 21st, 2014
05:43 PM ET
2 months ago

First on CNN: Group backing Rick Perry airing TV ad in Illinois

Washington (CNN) - An independent group supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running a new television ad in Illinois aimed at luring new business to the Lone Star State.

The 30-second commercial stars Perry, standing before the state capitol building in Austin, looking straight into the camera and highlighting Texas' business-friendly tax and regulatory climate.

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Filed under: Illinois • Rick Perry
February 21st, 2014
05:38 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

NUGENT APOLOGIZES: Ted Nugent apologized Friday for the “subhuman mongrel” comment he used to describe President Obama after multiple calls from Republican lawmakers to apologize, including from Sen. Rand Paul:

Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul)
Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize.
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Obamacare customers get alternative to HealthCare.gov
February 21st, 2014
04:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Obamacare customers get alternative to HealthCare.gov

Washington (CNN) – With less than six weeks left to purchase health insurance before open enrollment closes on new Obamacare exchanges, customers still shopping for a plan finally have an online option other than the government-run HealthCare.gov.

GetInsured, a private online insurance exchange, announced Wednesday that it has begun enrolling subsidy-eligible customers in Affordable Care Act plans entirely online.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obama administration • Obamacare
Obama loses bet, Canada gets more beer
February 21st, 2014
03:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama loses bet, Canada gets more beer

(CNN) – It didn't take long for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to remind President Barack Obama that the U.S. President now owes Canada two cases of beer, following the loss of the U.S. men's hockey team at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

About 15 minutes minutes after his country's team bested the U.S. on the ice, the Prime Minister claimed his prize on Twitter.

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Filed under: Olympics • President Obama
Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
February 21st, 2014
03:03 PM ET
2 months ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

(CNN) – The Supreme Court will take another look at government regulation of air pollution in a high-stakes environmental and economic fight pitting the Obama administration against a coalition of states and utilities.

The justices on Monday will hear six separate appeals, which have been consolidated into an hour of oral arguments. A ruling is expected by June.

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Filed under: climate change • Supreme Court
Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous
February 21st, 2014
02:24 PM ET
2 months ago

Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous

Washington (CNN) – The Internet is kind of like that annoying friend from college who remembers you at your sloppy drunk worst and keeps telling the stories over and over again.

While combing through 25,000 documents related to the now-closed investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, when he was the Milwaukee County executive, we came across this gem.

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Christie to headline fundraiser in Atlanta with Gov. Deal
February 21st, 2014
02:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie to headline fundraiser in Atlanta with Gov. Deal

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia–two governors associated with recent traffic controversies–will appear together at a fundraiser next month for the Republican Governors Association.

Christie will continue his fundraising swing as RGA chairman, traveling to Atlanta for the private March 7 luncheon, according to Deal's campaign.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Georgia • Nathan Deal • RGA
February 21st, 2014
12:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Nugent apologizes for using term 'subhuman mongrel'

Updated 1:03 p.m.

(CNN) - Conservative activist and rocker Ted Nugent apologized Friday for using the term "subhuman mongrel" to describe President Barack Obama.

"I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who's also a CNN political commentator.
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Filed under: Greg Abbott • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • Ted Cruz
February 21st, 2014
10:19 AM ET
2 months ago

Chris Christie: The $18 million man

Washington (CNN) - It appears the controversies New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dealing with back in the Garden State haven't affected his standing as one of the GOP's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

As Christie convenes two days of Republican Governors Association meetings here in the nation's capital Friday and Saturday, an RGA official tells CNN that the group has raised $18 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first three months of a new RGA chairman's tenure. The previous record holder was then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber, who chaired the RGA from June 2009 through the end of 2010.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • RGA • Washington D.C.
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