February 24th, 2014
10:05 PM ET
6 months ago

Nugent insists 'subhuman mongrel' comments not racist, promises to stop 'calling people names'

(CNN) – Conservative activist and rocker Ted Nugent, whose comments referring to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel" sparked outrage across the political spectrum, insisted Monday that his remarks were not racist.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront," Nugent said he would "stop calling people names," but he didn't back off the incendiary rhetoric that landed him in the political spotlight in recent weeks.

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Filed under: President Obama
February 24th, 2014
09:33 PM ET
6 months ago

Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: 'I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona'

Washington (CNN)- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tells CNN she will make her decision in the “near future” about whether to sign or veto a bill that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents call discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

“I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona,” Brewer told CNN in an exclusive interview at the site of the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
Republicans pounce on Obamacare report; Democrats cry foul
February 24th, 2014
08:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Republicans pounce on Obamacare report; Democrats cry foul

Updated 3:19 p.m. ET, 2/25/2014

Washington (CNN) -- Republicans are seizing on a new report in which the Obama administration itself concludes that the President's signature health care law would raise premiums for roughly two-thirds of small companies.

But Democrats point out that Republicans designed and ordered the report, which they say ignores billions of dollars in small business tax credits that will decrease those premiums for some companies.

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Filed under: Democrats • Obamacare • President Obama • Republicans
Texas Gov. race: Davis outraises Abbott in the last month
February 24th, 2014
07:56 PM ET
6 months ago

Texas Gov. race: Davis outraises Abbott in the last month

(CNN) - Democrat Wendy Davis outraised Republican Greg Abbott in the last month in the Texas gubernatorial to race to succeed outgoing GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

Davis' campaign announced Monday that it raised $2.85 million between January 24 and February 22, compared to Abbott's reported $2.45 million over the same period.

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Filed under: Greg Abbott • Texas • Wendy Davis
Top N.J. Dem: Documents raise questions about Christie Port Authority appointee
George Washington Bridge between New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey on December 17, 2013.
February 24th, 2014
07:49 PM ET
6 months ago

Top N.J. Dem: Documents raise questions about Christie Port Authority appointee

(CNN) - The Democratic co-chairman of a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal has reviewed subpoenaed documents, and has concerns about the role of a top appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the agency overseeing the bridge.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski told CNN that David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is "deeply involved" in its operations.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 24, 2014
February 24th, 2014
06:32 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 24, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 24, 2014| 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JEB BUSH … BRINGING IT ON
Bush was the featured guest Monday at the Long Island Association's biannual luncheon, a popular stop for White House hopefuls, and his comments added to the buzz around his own potential 2016 run:
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Christie’s poll numbers still tumbling
February 24th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
6 months ago

Christie’s poll numbers still tumbling

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating is continuing to take a hit, more than a month after the George Washington Bridge controversy made national headlines, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Monday.

While the Republican’s approval ratings were sky-high last year during his re-election campaign, only 49% of the state’s registered voters approve of the job he’s doing now, down from 58% in January and from 70% a year ago.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Polls
February 24th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Vintage Rahm: Emanuel supports Obama's executive actions '1000 percent'

(CNN) – Former White House chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended President Barack Obama's accelerated use of executive actions "1,000 percent," in an interview with CNN.

"Do you think Japan or China is able - or Taiwan looks to the future and says, well, let's see what the United States Congress does before we invest? So I'm proud that the President took executive action, because he can't allow America's future to be held hostage by a Congress that won't do anything," Emanuel said.
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Filed under: President Obama • Rahm Emanuel
Gov. Haley: Cuts to National Guard a 'slap in the face'
February 24th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
6 months ago

Gov. Haley: Cuts to National Guard a 'slap in the face'

Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose husband is in the National Guard and recently returned from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, blasted the Obama administration's decision to make cuts to the reserve military force.

"It really is a slap in the face to anyone who has served over this past decade multiple times and left their life to do this," the Republican governor said Monday. "We have active duty, but the active duty hasn't felt the pain that the National Guard has felt, and this is not how you show your thanks."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Military • Nikki Haley
Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals
February 24th, 2014
04:35 PM ET
6 months ago

Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals

(CNN) – The Supreme Court for now is staying out of the hot-button issue of concealed weapons laws.

The Justices on Monday declined to review two cases brought by the National Rifle Association that deal with whether those age 18-20 can buy and then carry handguns in public for self-defense.

The justices gave no reason for denying those cases and a third gun-control appeal on out-of-state weapon transfers.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Supreme Court
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