Oregon State fires Michelle Obama's brother as basketball coach
May 5th, 2014
02:16 PM ET
6 months ago

Oregon State fires Michelle Obama's brother as basketball coach

(CNN) – Oregon State University canned men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, the brother of first lady Michelle Obama, on Monday, saying in a statement that the decision is in the best interests of the school.

A national search for a new coach has begun, Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
Clay Aiken's star power put to the test in North Carolina
May 5th, 2014
02:16 PM ET
6 months ago

Clay Aiken's star power put to the test in North Carolina

(CNN) – Second place won't cut it this time.

North Carolina voters head to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary. And that means it's show time for Clay Aiken, the 2003 "American Idol" runner-up-turned Democratic congressional candidate.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Renee Ellmers
First on CNN: Biden to raise money for South Carolina Democrats
May 5th, 2014
02:07 PM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Biden to raise money for South Carolina Democrats

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser for the South Carolina Democratic Party on Friday, a source familiar with the event told CNN.

Biden, who has kept his name in the 2016 mix even as Hillary Clinton consumes much of the presidential oxygen, will be in the early primary state to deliver the University of South Carolina commencement address on May 9.

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Filed under: Joe Biden
State lawmaker likens Obamacare sign-ups to Nazi 'train rides'
May 5th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
6 months ago

State lawmaker likens Obamacare sign-ups to Nazi 'train rides'

Updated 2:56 p.m. ET, 5/5/2014

(CNN) – The Tennessee state Republican Party condemned a member of its own Monday after state Sen. Stacey Campfield compared Obamacare sign-ups to Nazi "train rides."

"While Stacey Campfield routinely makes remarks that are over the top, today's comments are ignorant and repugnant," Tennessee GOP Chairman Chris Devaney said in a statement.
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Filed under: Tennessee
Justices allow public prayers at New York town's council meetings
May 5th, 2014
11:22 AM ET
6 months ago

Justices allow public prayers at New York town's council meetings

(CNN) - The Supreme Court gave limited approval on Monday to public prayers at a New York town's board meetings, citing the country's history of religious acknowledgment in the legislature.

The 5-4 ruling came in yet another contentious case over the intersection of faith and the civic arena. It was confined to the specific circumstances and offered little guidance on how other communities should offer civic prayers without violating the Constitution.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
GOP Senate candidate fires off rounds in new ad
May 5th, 2014
11:09 AM ET
6 months ago

GOP Senate candidate fires off rounds in new ad

(CNN) – Iowa GOP candidate Joni Ernst is continuing to mix things up in her Senate bid with the release of another nontraditional ad, this time showing off her motorcycle-riding and shooting skills.

In her first campaign spot back in March, she made headlines for touting her hog castration talents. But in her latest ad the state senator isn't boasting her ability "to cut pork."
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Filed under: 2014 • Iowa • Senate
May 5th, 2014
10:03 AM ET
6 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: The Obama drag

The Obama drag: Republicans have a great advantage heading into the 2014 midterm elections, according to another poll. But this poll, conducted by the PEW Research Center and USA Today, suggests their advantage could be starker than it was even in 2010, when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.

In a generic question about whether a voter supports the Democrat or the Republican in their own district, Republicans got 47% and Democrats got 43%. That’s a switch from October, when Democrats held an advantage in a PEW poll.

More troubling, perhaps, for Democrats is that President Obama is not a draw for their voters. Just 31% of Democrats think of their vote as “for” the President. Four years ago, 47% of Democrats felt that way.

Numbers like these could have implications for Democrats in 2014, for sure. But they could also influence how Democrats run for president. Sixty-five percent of the people in the poll said they hope the next president has policies that are not similar to Obama’s.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
GOP establishment looks nervously at North Carolina Senate primary
The Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads have stepped in with ads to prop up U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.
May 5th, 2014
09:55 AM ET
6 months ago

GOP establishment looks nervously at North Carolina Senate primary

Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) - For a Republican establishment still spooked by the ghosts of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock - grassroots-backed conservatives who threw away winnable Senate races in recent elections with tone-deaf remarks about abortion - Tuesday can't come soon enough.

In North Carolina, Republicans are watching closely to see if Thom Tillis, the state House speaker and maybe the party's best bet to unseat endangered Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan this November, can capture 40% of the vote in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Senate
May 5th, 2014
09:39 AM ET
6 months ago

New polls favor GOP in midterm showdown

Washington (CNN) - With six months to go until November's midterm elections, new national polling suggests that Republicans have the edge over Democrats in the battle for Congress.

A USA Today/Pew Research Center survey indicates that the GOP's advantage is due in part to an uneven economic recovery, an unpopular national health care law, and President Barack Obama's lackluster standing among Americans.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • House of Representatives • Poll • Senate • Senate Race
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