Political divide: 'Don't negotiate with terrorists' vs. 'Leave no man behind'
May 31st, 2014
08:56 PM ET
5 months ago

Political divide: 'Don't negotiate with terrorists' vs. 'Leave no man behind'

(CNN) - Amid the jubilation over the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some top Republicans are questioning the tactics used to get him home.

While happy that America's only soldier taken prisoner during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is being repatriated, they stressed that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. They warned that swapping American soldiers for Taliban militants sets a dangerous precedent.

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State GOP rallies behind candidate as it tries to unseat Landrieu
May 31st, 2014
05:38 PM ET
5 months ago

State GOP rallies behind candidate as it tries to unseat Landrieu

(CNN) - As the Senate race in Louisiana draws closer, the state's GOP is trying to unite around one candidate: U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Cassidy, a doctor, is one of three Republican challengers trying to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

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Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference
May 31st, 2014
03:43 PM ET
5 months ago

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

(CNN) – Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders.

The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week.

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On southern road trip, Christie preaches compromise
May 30th, 2014
10:21 PM ET
5 months ago

On southern road trip, Christie preaches compromise

Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) — Chris Christie swept into Tennessee on Friday and did all the things that Chris Christie does best.

He raised a barrel full of money, for the Republican Governors Association and the Tennessee GOP. A consummate political performer, he backslapped his way through two fawning campaign crowds, one in Memphis and one in Nashville, posing for pictures and obliging starstruck Republicans who complimented him on his weight loss.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Tennessee
Christie chides Obama over VA 'disgrace'
May 30th, 2014
06:49 PM ET
5 months ago

Christie chides Obama over VA 'disgrace'

Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) - Chris Christie sharply criticized President Barack Obama’s management of the Veterans Affairs scandal on Friday, calling the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki “long overdue.”

“I wish that the President had been more aggressive since minute one to go in and fix it himself, because what’s happened there is a disgrace,” Christie said in a brief interview on Friday, hours after Shinseki met with the President and stepped down from his post.

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May 30th, 2014
04:34 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 30, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI RESIGNS ... In the end, even Eric Shinseki knew he had to go, President Barack Obama said Friday in announcing the resignation of his only Veterans Affairs secretary over a growing scandal involving sometimes deadly waits for care at VA hospitals.

Obama went before reporters shortly after meeting with Shinseki at the White House and said the retired Army general told him that "the VA needs new leadership" to address the widespread problems chronicled in new reports this week, adding that Shinseki "does not want to be a distraction" to fixing the situation.

"That was Ric's judgment on behalf of his fellow veterans, and I agree. We don't have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem," Obama said.

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May 30th, 2014
03:24 PM ET
5 months ago

VA scandal: GOP pivots from Shinseki to Obama

Washington (CNN) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is gone, but the VA scandal isn't going anywhere.

The big political question now is whether the controversy will continue to have an impact on this year's midterm elections as it has the past few weeks.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Veterans Affairs
White House press secretary Jay Carney leaving
May 30th, 2014
02:10 PM ET
5 months ago

White House press secretary Jay Carney leaving

(CNN) - Jay Carney is stepping down as White House press secretary, President Barack Obama announced on Friday.

Carney said he'd leave in mid June.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • Josh Earnest • White House
First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
May 30th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter

Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi waved off questions Friday about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of GOP congressional investigations of the 2012 attacks in her forthcoming book “Hard Choices.”

"There is a time and a place for everything and her book tour is neither for me," Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told CNN about the chapter of the book that covers the attack in Benghazi, which left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.

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May 30th, 2014
11:32 AM ET
5 months ago

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns

(CNN) – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned, President Barack Obama said on Friday. Obama said he would demand accountability if problems were found at VA medical facilities, and accepted Shinseki's resignation. The two met at the White House before the President announced the the development, which came as political pressure mounted for the Cabinet officer to step down.

"I regret he has to resign under these circumstances," Obama said.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans Affairs
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