April 2nd, 2014
07:05 PM ET
4 months ago

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns

Washington (CNN) - If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season.

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Rubio: Presidential candidates should only run for one office at a time
April 2nd, 2014
06:38 PM ET
4 months ago

Rubio: Presidential candidates should only run for one office at a time

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio appeared to take a jab at Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday, saying candidates shouldn't run for the presidency while trying to hold onto their Senate seat.

"I think by and large, when you choose to do something as big as that, you’ve really got to be focused on that and not have an exit strategy,” the Florida Republican said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show.
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Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul
April 2nd, 2014
05:03 PM ET
4 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 2, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 2, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUSTICES STRIKE DOWN POLITICAL DONOR LIMITS … If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can to do so. The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle.

The ruling means a wealthy liberal or conservative donor can give as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap. – Bill Mears and Tom Cohen

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Poll: Americans say Putin not like Hitler
April 2nd, 2014
03:31 PM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Americans say Putin not like Hitler

(CNN) - The vast majority of Americans say Vladimir Putin's not honest or trustworthy, but according to a new national poll they don't compare the Russian president's actions in Ukraine with the land grabs in the years leading up to World War II by Germany's Adolf Hitler.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that only 24% of the public equates Putin's annexing last month of neighboring Ukraine's Crimea peninsula with Hitler's actions, with 51% saying that's too strong a comparison. Just over one in five admitted they don't know enough about pre-Second World War history to answer the question.

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Filed under: Poll • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Ted Cruz: Religious liberty 'never been more in peril'
April 2nd, 2014
02:51 PM ET
4 months ago

Ted Cruz: Religious liberty 'never been more in peril'

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz struck a familiar refrain in a speech Wednesday, calling on Americans to defend religious liberty against the overreach of the federal government.

The freshman Republican senator from Texas cited two cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court fighting requirements in President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Filed under: Health care • Ted Cruz
Christie stabilizing in new poll, but few believe he's clear from scandal
April 2nd, 2014
02:25 PM ET
4 months ago

Christie stabilizing in new poll, but few believe he's clear from scandal

Updated 4:19 p.m. ET, 4/2/2014

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings appear to be stabilizing in New Jersey after they dropped significantly following the George Washington Bridge controversy, according to a new survey.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll was conducted after a review commissioned by Christie's administration cleared the New Jersey governor of any wrongdoing in the bridge controversy.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • Polls
Phoenix, Columbus out of the running for 2016 GOP convention
April 2nd, 2014
01:49 PM ET
4 months ago

Phoenix, Columbus out of the running for 2016 GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee has narrowed the list of cities it is considering to host the 2016 GOP convention to six, and announced Wednesday it is no longer considering Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas are still in contention to host the convention where Republicans will officially choose their presidential nominee.
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Filed under: 2016 • RNC
Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014
April 2nd, 2014
12:41 PM ET
4 months ago

Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014

Washington (CNN) - A day after the White House claimed victory in its Obamacare enrollment numbers, the group tasked with electing Democrats to the House acknowledged it's still a "tough climate" for Democrats in this year's midterms, but also insisted they still plan to campaign on the health care law.

But Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said an even bigger focus this year will be renewed attempts by Democrats to clobber Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan on the campaign trail.
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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • DCCC • Obamacare
Jindal on Obamacare sign-ups: So what
April 2nd, 2014
11:56 AM ET
4 months ago

Jindal on Obamacare sign-ups: So what

Washington (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, waved off the Obama administration's jubilance over this week’s news that more than 7 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“So what that under the threat of a government mandate they are able to get to this target of 7.1 million?” Jindal said Wednesday.
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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare
Parties tout campaign cash figures
April 2nd, 2014
11:37 AM ET
4 months ago

Parties tout campaign cash figures

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is touting that it's the first party committee to top $100 million in fundraising this election cycle.

"I'm thankful to everyone who helped the RNC raise over $100 million for the 2014 cycle, 1st committee to hit that mark. Big, big year ahead," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted Wednesday morning.

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