April 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET
4 months ago

Bush 41 greets Obamas in Houston

(CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush greeted President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama as they disembarked from Air Force One in Houston on Wednesday.

The former president, seated in a scooter, smiled and spoke with the Obamas for several minutes, according to pool reports.

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Filed under: George H. W. Bush • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Texas
CNN's GUT CHECK for April 9, 2014
April 9th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
4 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 9, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 9, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

AT LEAST 20 HURT IN PA HIGH SCHOOL STABBING SPREE … A teenage boy went on a stabbing spree at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, early Wednesday, the town's police chief said. At least 20 people at Franklin Regional Senior High School, about 15 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, were injured, and the alleged attacker is in custody, Thomas Seefeld said. – Ashley Fantz

EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN TELLS CNN: “Schools are generally the safest places in communities. And until we as a nation are willing, really willing to take on the larger issue of violence in our broader communities, schools will continue to have some challenges.”

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Christie on minimum wage, marijuana
April 9th, 2014
05:53 PM ET
4 months ago

Christie on minimum wage, marijuana

Fairfield, New Jersey (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explained Wednesday where he stands on a recent push by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to increase the minimum wage, saying he’d only support it if it was done in a “commonsense way” and phased in “over a period of time.”

At a town hall in Fairfield, the Republican governor was also pressed twice on the question of improving the availability of edible marijuana for sick children, a product that was made legal last year but has been scarce and difficult to obtain.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Judge: Two in N.J. bridge scandal don’t have to comply with subpoenas
April 9th, 2014
05:16 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge: Two in N.J. bridge scandal don’t have to comply with subpoenas

(CNN) – Two key figures caught up in the George Washington Bridge traffic controversy that has upended the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will not have to hand over information sought by a state legislative committee investigating the matter.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson on Wednesday dismissed the panel’s complaints that Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly had not complied with requests for documents, citing their constitutional right against self-incrimination.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Hillary Clinton, through the lens
April 9th, 2014
05:12 PM ET
4 months ago

Hillary Clinton, through the lens

(CNN) – The photojournalist behind the iconic image of Hillary Clinton that spawned the viral phenomenon "Texts from Hillary" is releasing a book of behind-the-scenes photos of the potential 2016 presidential contender.

Diana Walker has been taking photos of Clinton for decades. Her photo essay, “Hillary,” features snapshots from November 1992, following Bill Clinton's election to the White House, through the end of Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
April 9th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
4 months ago

Republicans on key House committee ask for former IRS official to be prosecuted

Washington (CNN) -- House Republicans took two significant swings at former IRS official Lois Lerner on Wednesday, voting to refer her to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution and releasing previously confidential documents related to her role in the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

Those documents indicate she paid specific attention to the Karl Rove-founded group Crossroads GPS and at one point mentioned or joked about taking a job with the pro-Obama group Organizing for America.

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Filed under: House Republicans • IRS • Sander Levin
Biden to South Carolina for commencement address
April 9th, 2014
04:18 PM ET
4 months ago

Biden to South Carolina for commencement address

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commence address next month at the University of South Carolina.

The Vice President's speech at the May 9th ceremony, announced Wednesday by the school, is sure to spark more speculation about a Biden bid for the White House in 2016, as South Carolina holds the first southern contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

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Filed under: 2016 • South Carolina • Vice President Biden
April 9th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
4 months ago

Scott Walker: College degree not a 'requirement' for higher office

(CNN) – Scott Walker suggested it's not necessary for a presidential candidate to have a college degree - after all, he didn't need one to become governor of Wisconsin.

Walker, who's a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, was asked at an event Wednesday if he thinks someone seeking the Oval Office should have a college degree.

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Filed under: 2016 • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
2016 Iowa Poll: Clinton vs. TBA Republican
April 9th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
4 months ago

2016 Iowa Poll: Clinton vs. TBA Republican

(CNN) - There's no frontrunner in the very early hunt for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in the state that votes first in the race for the White House, according to a new survey.

A Suffolk University poll of Iowa voters also indicates what just about every other national and state survey has indicated, that Hillary Clinton would be the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, should the former secretary of state launch a second campaign for the White House.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
Hillary Clinton memoir to release June 10
April 9th, 2014
01:29 PM ET
4 months ago

Hillary Clinton memoir to release June 10

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's latest memoir on the years she spent heading the State Department has an official release date - June 10, 2014.

The book is an important one for Clinton – the overwhelming favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination should she run. Critics have charged that her time as America's top diplomat was marked by no crowning achievement, while Clinton confidants have looked to frame those years as a success and see the book as the most potent way to do that.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
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