Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid
April 28th, 2014
07:15 PM ET
5 months ago

Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid

(CNN) - Capitol Police in Washington said they are investigating threatening statements made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Police would not provide additional information other than to say it's an ongoing investigation.

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Filed under: Capitol Hill • Congress • Harry Reid
April 28th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
5 months ago

Kerry under fire for reported ‘apartheid’ remarks about Israel

Updated 9:00am ET 4/29/2014

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry drew strong rebukes for reportedly saying that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state" if a Mideast peace deal isn’t reached soon.

The alleged comments were reported on Sunday by the Daily Beast, which said it obtained a recording of Kerry speaking to global leaders at a closed-door meeting where the stalled peace process was discussed.

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Filed under: AIPAC • Eric Cantor • Israel • John Kerry • Palestine • Ted Cruz
April 28th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 28, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 28, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING … INDICTMENT: GRIMM HID $1M IN RESTAURANT SALES, WAGES … Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, failed to report more than $1 million in sales and wages at a Manhattan restaurant he once ran, using unreported cash to pay workers off the books, evade taxes, and “keep more money for himself," according to federal prosecutors. Grimm pleaded not guilty on Monday to 20 counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, hiring unauthorized aliens and perjury.

The two-term congressman was released on a $400,000 bond, but forced to surrender his guns and passport. He told reporters he will remain in office while fighting the charges. "I'm going to fight tooth and nail ... until I am fully exonerated," he said. – Jason Hanna, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz

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Biden goes on offense
April 28th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Biden goes on offense

Washington (CNN) - The White House launched a new front in the battle for control of the U.S. Congress on Monday, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to outline his party’s line of attack on the Republican economic agenda.

In a speech at The George Washington University, Biden condemned the Republicans’ approach to everything from health care spending to education, saying that recently his opponents have abandoned the central bargain of an American Democracy, “opportunity for all.”

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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
Kissing congressman won't seek re-election
April 28th, 2014
01:28 PM ET
5 months ago

Kissing congressman won't seek re-election

updated at 3:30pm

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, who was caught on video kissing an aide in his office, will not run for re-election in November.

"As I've said before, there's no doubt I've made a mistake. I've failed those I care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent them. I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I'm truly sorry for what I've done. I have taken this time to reconcile with my wife and kids and I'm forever grateful for their support and forgiveness," said McAllister in a statement Monday.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Vance McAllister
April 28th, 2014
12:05 PM ET
5 months ago

Grimm arrest makes re-election tougher

Updated at 4:00pm ET, 4/28/2014

(CNN) - He already faced a tough re-election this year, but things are now even tougher for Republican Rep. Michael Grimm. And national Democrats are pouncing.

The two-term Republican, who represents New York's 11th Congressional District, entered a not guilty plea Monday in federal court in Brooklyn to various charges that include mail fraud and hiring undocumented workers, according to an unsealed indictment.

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Rand Paul wants to cut off aid to Palestinian government
April 28th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
5 months ago

Rand Paul wants to cut off aid to Palestinian government

Updated 1:43 p.m. ET, 4/28/2014

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to cut foreign aid to the Palestinian government unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist, the senator announced Monday.

His proposal comes as the rival movements of Hamas and Fatah in the Palestinian territories reached a deal to form a unity government, a potentially major development as the Palestinian Authority seeks statehood.
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Filed under: Israel • Palestinian Authority • Rand Paul
From sanctions to storms: 5 takeaways from Obama's Philippines news conference
April 28th, 2014
09:28 AM ET
5 months ago

From sanctions to storms: 5 takeaways from Obama's Philippines news conference

Manila, Philippines (CNN) - Feeling the pull back to pressing matters back in Washington, President Barack Obama found his fourth and final news conference on his trip to Asia dominated by events far removed from the Pacific theater.

At a joint news conference with Philippines President Benigo "Noynoy" Aquino, the President announced the U.S. will impose a new round of sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
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Filed under: President Obama • Russia
Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good
April 28th, 2014
08:55 AM ET
5 months ago

Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good

(CNN) - Most voters in the first state to legalize recreational marijuana say the move was good for their state, according to a new poll.

But a Quinnipiac survey of Colorado voters also indicates there's wide partisan and generational divides over the issue.

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Filed under: Colorado • Marijuana • Polls
April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
5 months ago

Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she was an elected official.

“If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Al Franken • Alaska • Harry Reid • Indiana • Nancy Pelosi • NRA • Sarah Palin • Terrorism