Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by state judge
May 9th, 2014
06:57 PM ET
4 months ago

Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by state judge

(CNN) - Arkansas became the latest state to have its ban on same-sex marriage overturned, after a state judge Friday declared the voter-approved measure to be unconstitutional.

Twenty-one gay and lesbian couples were part of a group of plaintiffs challenging Amendment 83 to the Arkansas constitution, saying it violated their federal and state rights of equal protection and privacy.

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Filed under: Arkansas • Same-sex marriage
Rand Paul criticizes the Clintons, urges GOP to engage minorities
May 9th, 2014
06:29 PM ET
4 months ago

Rand Paul criticizes the Clintons, urges GOP to engage minorities

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul sharply criticized Hillary Clinton for her handling of Benghazi, which he argued should disqualify her to serve as U.S. president, in remarks Friday to members of the Republican National Committee.

He charged that when Clinton served as Secretary of State, the agency was spending money on items that were not needed instead of boosting security for the U.S. diplomats serving in Libya.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul • RNC • State Department
CNN's GUT CHECK for May 9, 2014
May 9th, 2014
05:38 PM ET
4 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 9, 2014

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

BENGHAZI PANEL CREATED, DEMS STILL WEIGHING OPTIONS … Will it be a boycott or a chaperone? House Democrats remained undecided Friday on whether they would join a select committee created by majority Republicans to investigate the Benghazi terror attack. The chamber's Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, described a split in her caucus over the matter in remarks to reporters that lambasted Republicans for what she called a "political stunt," "subterfuge" and a "diversionary tactic."

Boehner, meanwhile, named the seven Republicans to serve on the new panel chaired by GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a former prosecutor. Joining Gowdy will be Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

In a letter sent to Speaker Boehner later Friday afternoon, Pelosi stated that her caucus is still reviewing Boehner’s proposal, saying it “does not prevent unacceptable abuses by Chairman Issa in any meaningful way.” – Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen

FUN FACT: Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia is the only lawmaker of the seven GOP members named to the select committee that is not an attorney. (h/t Virginia Nicolaidis)

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
First solo weekly address by first lady to focus on abducted girls
May 9th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
4 months ago

First solo weekly address by first lady to focus on abducted girls

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver Saturday's weekly address for Mother's Day weekend, the White House announced Friday.

The White House said her remarks will focus on the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by an Islamist militant group and, more broadly, about education around the world.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • White House
May 9th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
4 months ago

Tax-writing congressman violated tax law

Washington (CNN) – In Washington, Republican Rep. Todd Young helps write the nation’s tax laws, but back home in Indiana he violated state tax law, claiming a property tax deduction for a house he didn’t live in.

In 2012, Young, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, claimed a house in Bloomington was his primary residence and deducted more than $200,000 from his property taxes - saving himself almost $5,000. Turns out, Young was renting the property, not living in it, according to documents obtained by CNN.

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Filed under: Congress • House Republicans • Taxes
Jindal to warn of religious intolerance by left, slam HGTV
May 9th, 2014
03:05 PM ET
4 months ago

Jindal to warn of religious intolerance by left, slam HGTV

(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal will strike a familiar refrain in a commencement address on Saturday, warning of an increasingly secular culture driven by a government that stifles religious liberty.

According to advance excerpts of his speech at Liberty University, the Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 White House hopeful will point to legal controversies of late, blaming the Obama administration, Democrats and the entertainment industry for an infringement on religious freedoms.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal
North Korea insults Obama with racist barbs, South Korea's Park with sexist ones
North Korea's state media is not a fan of President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
May 9th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
4 months ago

North Korea insults Obama with racist barbs, South Korea's Park with sexist ones

(CNN) - Vitriolic insults hurled by North Korea's state-run media are so frequent that they're usually not news.

But recent KCNA articles use such racially-charged rhetoric that they have drawn criticism from the White House's National Security Council, which called them "particularly ugly and disrespectful."

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Filed under: North Korea • President Obama
RNC exerts more control over presidential debates
May 9th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
4 months ago

RNC exerts more control over presidential debates

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) – The Republican National Committee overwhelmingly approved a measure Friday that will punish candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination if they participate in debates that are not sanctioned by the national party.

The penalty is meant to give the RNC more control over the presidential nominating process after party leaders watched a nasty, drawn-out primary in 2012 that included 20 major debates. Only seven RNC members opposed the new “rule,” while 152 supported it. The RNC also created a new committee that will oversee the GOP primary debate process including the timing, location and media partners for the debates.

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Filed under: 2016 • Presidential Debate • Republican Party • RNC • Tennessee
Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration
May 9th, 2014
12:50 PM ET
4 months ago

Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration

Updated 2:17 p.m. ET, 5/9/2014

(CNN) - A leading pro-Democratic outside group is up with a new television commercial that attacks the GOP's new Senate nominee in North Carolina.

But the most interesting part of the ad by Senate Majority PAC is that the woman narrating the spot infiltrated Tuesday's victory celebration for the candidate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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Filed under: 2014 • Senate • Senate Majority PAC • Senate Race
Rahm Emanuel backs Hillary Clinton for president
May 9th, 2014
10:24 AM ET
4 months ago

Rahm Emanuel backs Hillary Clinton for president

Washington (CNN) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his support for Hillary Clinton official on Friday, announcing through a pro-Clinton super PAC that he supports the former secretary of state for president, if she runs.

The former political adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama said he has seen Clinton's work firsthand and encouraged her to seek the office.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rahm Emanuel • Ready for Hillary
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