Congressman will not face charges in domestic incident
March 7th, 2014
07:16 PM ET
8 months ago

Congressman will not face charges in domestic incident

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida will not be charged in a domestic incident with his wife, according to his office.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department made that decision on Friday, Lauren Doney, a spokeswoman for the Florida Democrat, said in a statement.

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RNC questions timing of Clinton document release
March 7th, 2014
06:24 PM ET
3 weeks ago

RNC questions timing of Clinton document release

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee alleged Friday that previously confidential papers from the Clinton White House were improperly withheld from the public for over a year and requested the National Archives provide its correspondence with the offices of Bill and Hillary Clinton regarding the review and release of the material.

David Powers, the RNC's senior counsel, requested in a letter Friday to the Archives that the agency turn over "any documents, correspondence, and e-mails" it exchanged with representative of the Clintons regarding the "review, consideration, or withholding" of the documents, which he says includes "some communications with Hillary Clinton."

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • RNC
March 7th, 2014
06:05 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 7, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 7, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CPAC PROVES THE GAME IS ON FOLKS

RAND PAUL TO THE GOP: DON’T DILUTE OUR MESSAGE … “It isn’t good enough to pick the lesser of two evils. We must elect men – we must elect men and women of principle and conviction and action who will lead us back to greatness. There is a great and tumultuous battle underway for the future – not of the Republican Party, but the future of the entire country. The question is will we be bold and proclaim our message with passion or will we be sunshine patriots retreating under adverse fire? Will we be firm in our convictions or will we cower, defeated and meekly dilute our message?”

RAND PAUL TO THE GOVERNMENT: LEAVE OUR CELL PHONES ALONE: “We will not submit and we will not trade our liberty for security. Not now and not ever! Yet, as our voices rise in protest the NSA monitors your every phone call. If you have a cellphone you are under surveillance. I believe what you do on your cellphone is none of their damn business!”

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Cruz’s comments draw fire from Dole, McCain
March 7th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Cruz’s comments draw fire from Dole, McCain

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole and John McCain are pushing back against Sen. Ted Cruz for comments he made Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

As Cruz was talking about how the Republican Party had not been successful in recent campaigns and what it needed to do to win, he said if “you want to lose elections, stand for nothing.”
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Filed under: Bob Dole • CPAC • John McCain • Ted Cruz
March 7th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
8 months ago

CPAC crowd stands for Rand

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul stepped on stage Friday at CPAC-and into his element.

The Kentucky Republican, whose libertarian fight in the Senate is often met with a tepid response, spoke before an audience Friday that treated him like a rock star.
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Filed under: CPAC • Rand Paul
Perry: 'Time for a little rebellion'
March 7th, 2014
04:00 PM ET
8 months ago

Perry: 'Time for a little rebellion'

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) - Day two of the Conservative Political Action Conference – better known by its initials, CPAC – is underway at a major convention center at National Harbor, just south of the  nation's capital.

The conference is the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, and when there's no Republican in the White House, it's a must-attend cattle call for GOP presidential hopefuls looking to pass the conference's conservative litmus test.

One of those possible presidential contenders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, said it was "time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” while another potential White House candidate, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, gave what sounded like a presidential campaign stump speech.

Here are the latest developments:

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • CPAC • Mike Huckabee • Rick Perry
March 7th, 2014
03:11 PM ET
8 months ago

Political Circus: McConnell comes strapped to CPAC...sort of

Mitch McConnell came strapped to the Conservative Political Action Conference this week.

The Senate minority leader, 72, held his rifle mightily overhead before presenting it to his pal, Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, as part of the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award.

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Clinton ties 'broader human development' with women’s reproductive rights
March 7th, 2014
01:55 PM ET
8 months ago

Clinton ties 'broader human development' with women’s reproductive rights

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a Friday speech at the United Nations to tie women’s reproductive rights with the broader goal of human development.

“There is one lesson from the past, in particular, that we cannot afford to ignore: You cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights,” Clinton said near the end of a speech marking International Women's Day. “That is a bedrock truth.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Perry hoping for ‘a second chance’ from voters
March 7th, 2014
01:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Perry hoping for ‘a second chance’ from voters

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) – On the heels of a rousing morning address to the Conservative Political Action Conference that brought a sleepy audience to its feet many times over, Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a bounce in his step.

He hosted a meet-and-greet with conservative activists, young and old, in a corner room at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington. The line snaked out the door and down the hall. He crossed paths with major conservative donors.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • CPAC • Rick Perry • Texas
March 7th, 2014
08:17 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama tries to show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Washington (CNN) - President Obama celebrated the music that shaped "our American story" with some of the biggest female music legends Thursday night at the White House but came up a little lacking when he tried to show his R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

The White House welcomed the performances by American musical icons Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, and Patti Labelle as well as contemporary female artists Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, and Jill Scott.

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Filed under: President Obama
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