Orlando, Florida (CNN) – Former Rep. Ron Paul said Friday he was happy that his son, Sen. Rand Paul, opposed recent legislation that would send financial assistance to Ukraine.
“Congress just last week, they rushed to pass this guaranteed loan of a billion dollars, which is really just opening up the door for endless loans,” the Texas Republican said. “There were two senators who voted against it, and I’m very pleased my son voted against it–not that I had any doubts, I tell ya.”
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 4, 2014| 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
MIDEAST PEACE TALKS ON LIFE SUPPORT: After more than a dozen trips to the Middle East and 14 months of unbridled optimism on the prospects for Mideast peace, and his own ability to negotiate it, John Kerry on Friday finally sounded defeated. “We have an enormous amount on the plate,” he said. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.” – Elise Labott
GIRL POWER… A DOUBLE STANDARD? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a question-and-answer session with the IMF’s Christine Lagarde at the Women in the World Forum in New York. … (Clinton) and Lagarde provided the largely female audience with a memorable image when the two clasped hands in a high-five celebrating women's political power.
“The double standard (for powerful women) is alive and well,” said Clinton. “I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence.”- Rachel Streitfeld
BUT FOR PELOSI, IT WAS ALWAYS EXPECTED … The House Democratic leader tells CNN’s Candy Crowley that she has “had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me,” in an exclusive interview that will run in full Sunday on “State of the Union.”
Asked if she agreed with Clinton that the media does have a double standard for women in power, Pelosi said, “If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard, she’s been in the main event – and that is a presidential race – then I respect that. From my own standpoint, I never expected anything but a double standard. I don’t know if it’s the media or whether people say things that’s news that you have to cover.”
(CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday if there's a double standard for women in power, Hillary Clinton's felt it.
In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, the top House Democrat said, "If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard - she's been in the main event, and that is a presidential race - then I respect that."
Watch more of Pelosi's interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Sundays at 9 a.m. / 12 p.m. ET
(CNN) – It was all fun and games cheesing it up with the President. That is until it was discovered that David “Big Papi” Ortiz had a deal with Samsung to snap shots with their Galaxy mobile phone during the Red Sox visit to the White House and tweet those pictures.
(CNN) - House conservatives on Friday blocked a narrow immigration reform measure, showing how hard it is an election year for the GOP-led chamber to make even small changes to the nation's immigration laws.
And this proposal was from a fellow Republican.
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(An earlier version of this report stated incorrectly that Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage was to be declared unconstitutional.)
(CNN) - A federal judge signaled Friday that he'll declare unconstitutional Ohio's current refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states - the latest instance in which courts have challenged restrictions on the rights of legally-married gays and lesbians.
A hearing was held Friday where lawyers for several same-sex couples asked the judge to dismiss on equal protection grounds all aspects of the state's voter-approved ban on recognizing gay and lesbian couples who were legally wed elsewhere. The judge– a 2010 appointee of President Barack Obama– announced from the bench he would officially do so in coming days.
Washington (CNN) - We're seven months to the day before Election Day 2014.
Up for grabs in November's midterms is control of the U.S. Senate, where the Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the chamber, but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those seats in red or purple states.
(CNN) - Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal are teaming up.
The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, who are both considered possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders, appear together in a new television commercial that promotes NewRepublican.org.
New York (CNN) - Though Hillary Clinton demurred Thursday about any chance she'll run for president in 2016, she seemed every bit the candidate during an evening appearance.
The former secretary of state participated in a question and answer session with International Monetary Fund chair Christine Lagarde at the Women in the World forum in New York, and an enthusiastic audience seemed to see the pair as future world leaders.