Republican Rand Paul: There 'should be a struggle to make the party better'
March 5th, 2014
09:44 PM ET
6 months ago

Republican Rand Paul: There 'should be a struggle to make the party better'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul delivered a fervent plea Wednesday to expand the Republican Party and make the GOP more compassionate toward those "who aren't treated fairly by the criminal justice system," noting African-Americans and Hispanics in particular.

Speaking to a group of conservatives, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate also acknowledged a rift within the party over budgetary issues and civil liberties.

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Filed under: Rand Paul • Republican Party • Republicans
March 5th, 2014
09:41 PM ET
6 months ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham defends blaming Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Benghazi

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham defended blaming Russia's invasion of Ukraine on the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, explaining Wednesday that the Obama administration has set a precedent of weakness on the international stage by not following through on threatened consequences.

In an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, the South Carolina Republican pointed to Russia granting national intelligence leaker Edward Snowden asylum, as well as President Barack Obama's supposed "red line" on chemical weapon use in Syria, as examples of threats without subsequent action.

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Important for the U.S. to elect a woman President? Hillary Clinton says: ‘The right female President, yes’
March 5th, 2014
08:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Important for the U.S. to elect a woman President? Hillary Clinton says: ‘The right female President, yes’

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton, whose every move now is seen through the prism of her possible presidential aspirations, was asked on Wednesday whether it was important for the United States to elect a female president.

Clinton responded quickly and bluntly: “Well, the right female President, yes.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
CNN's ‘Inside Politics’ is on Flipboard
March 5th, 2014
07:56 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's ‘Inside Politics’ is on Flipboard

(CNN) – Every story, every angle, every minute. Now, all of the leading political articles, videos and social media content that the best reporters in the business talk about on CNN’s newest show, “Inside Politics” can be found in one place - on the show’s Flipboard Magazine.

CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, the host of the show, sat down with Flipboard to discuss the changing landscape of political coverage including new technologies, how he uses the infamous “Magic Wall,” and what it’s like covering political races from every state across the country.

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Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate
March 5th, 2014
07:22 PM ET
6 months ago

Bipartisan senators block civil rights nominee after charged debate

(CNN) – In a surprisingly strong vote, the Senate on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s controversial choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

The bipartisan rejection came after the widow of a slain Philadelphia officer pleaded with senators to vote “no.”

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Filed under: Congress • Senate
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2014
March 5th, 2014
06:39 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2014

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

CLINTON EXPLAINS HITLER COMMENTS … Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought on Wednesday to explain her remarks comparing Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's European aggression ahead of World War II. The former secretary of state told an audience in Los Angeles that her comments on Tuesday were an attempt for "people to have a little historic perspective." – Dan Merica

The Los Angeles Daily News has the audio of Clinton’s original remarks

AS FEARS OF INSTABILITY RISE IN CRIMEA … Tensions mounted on the ground in Crimea when U.N. Ukraine Envoy Robert Serry was threatened by armed men in Sevastopol.
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House passes 50th bill to undo Obamacare
March 5th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
6 months ago

House passes 50th bill to undo Obamacare

(CNN) - The House on Wednesday passed another bill aimed at derailing Obamacare - the 50th time the GOP-led chamber has tried to repeal or alter President Barack Obama's signature health law in the past three years.

Obama joked last week ahead of the vote.

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Filed under: House of Representatives • Obamacare
GOP campaign group tries to define candidates early with new video
March 5th, 2014
03:51 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP campaign group tries to define candidates early with new video

Washington (CNN) - At the Republican National Convention in 2012, Mitt Romney's campaign featured a series of touching, biographical videos that showed a more personal side to the former Massachusetts governor.

But it was too late. By that point, just a little more than two months before Election Day, Democrats had spent millions trying to define Romney as a greedy, heartless politician.
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Filed under: 2014 • NRSC • Senate
March 5th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama frames minimum wage fight in global terms

New Britain, Connecticut (CNN) – In the midst of managing the nation's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama enlisted the help of some fellow executives on Wednesday to continue his fight for an increase in the nation's minimum wage.

To help make his case, Obama put his domestic fight in an international context, making a veiled reference to incidents abroad by characterizing the struggles of protesters around the globe as a search for American-style opportunity.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Minimum wage • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine
First on CNN: Republican group ties Clinton to Obama handling on Ukraine
March 5th, 2014
01:24 PM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: Republican group ties Clinton to Obama handling on Ukraine

Updated 2:57 p.m. ET 3/5/2014

Washington (CNN) – As Hillary Clinton made waves for her remarks about Russian incursions into Ukraine, a Republican super PAC sought to tie the former secretary of state to the Obama administration's handling of the unfolding crisis.

A 30-second web video by America Rising PAC stitches together public statements by then-Secretary of State Clinton and President Barack Obama on their attempted reset of U.S. relations with Russia. The video includes a 2009 meeting when Clinton famously presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset" button to signify the start of closer ties between the two superpowers.

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Filed under: America Rising • Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Russia
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