May 3rd, 2014
10:05 PM ET
4 months ago

Celebs, jokes, Obama all part of big time at press dinner

Hollywood heavies and other glitterati descend on Washington on Saturday night to light up the capital and lighten up the press corps. Here are social media highlights for what some refer to as #nerdprom.

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Obama hails job growth, slams GOP in weekly address
May 3rd, 2014
03:36 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama hails job growth, slams GOP in weekly address

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama welcomed the growth in employment in Friday's jobs report and took a shot at Republicans in Congress for their staunch opposition to his economic proposals.

In his weekly address, the President tried to link the economy's growth to his "Year of Action" initiative, his attempt to work around Republican opposition in Congress by signing executive actions to push forward his policies.

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Filed under: Minimum wage • Obama address
Rubio: Obama must enforce tougher sanctions on Russia
May 3rd, 2014
01:34 PM ET
4 months ago

Rubio: Obama must enforce tougher sanctions on Russia

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, slammed President Obama for not taking strong enough action against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, arguing that the president is setting a precedent that regional powers can hold vulnerable countries hostage to achieve their economic goals.

“We must never allow any nation or terror group to hold any region of the world hostage to their demands,” Rubio said in a weekly GOP address. “We should never have to ask a regional power for permission in order to conduct commerce with any nation. And we should always stand on the side of the vulnerable and the oppressed.”

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Filed under: GOP weekly address • Marco Rubio
Grimes, McConnell pick horses in Kentucky Derby
May 3rd, 2014
01:18 PM ET
4 months ago

Grimes, McConnell pick horses in Kentucky Derby

(CNN) – The political horse race between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes takes on a different meaning Saturday, as the Senate candidates picked different favorites for the Kentucky Derby.

McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and Senate Minority Leader, picked "Ride on Curlin," according to his campaign.

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Rice backs out of Rutgers Commencement
May 3rd, 2014
12:58 PM ET
4 months ago

Rice backs out of Rutgers Commencement

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is backing out from delivering this month’s commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey after her slated appearance resulted in protests on campus about her Iraq War record and controversy within the community.

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said statement posted on her Facebook page Saturday. “Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”

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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice