May 16th, 2014
10:45 PM ET
7 months ago

60 years after Brown v. Board, Michelle Obama tells Topeka students they are its ‘legacy’

(CNN) – Sixty years after the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education challenged segregation in Topeka, Kansas, and changed the makeup of American classrooms forever, first lady Michelle Obama looked out at a crowd of Topeka’s soon-to-be high school graduates and saw its “living, breathing legacy.”

In 1954, Oliver Brown, an African-American welder and assistant pastor, brought the case against the Topeka Board of Education for not allowing his 9-year-old daughter, Linda, to attend Sumner Elementary School, an all-white school near the family’s home. Friday night in Topeka, the nation’s first African-American first lady looked out at the diverse faces of soon-to-be graduates and said they reminded her of her own daughters.

“Graduates, it is clear that some of the most important parts of your education have come not just from your classes but from your classmates,” said Obama. “Ultimately, that was the hope and dream of Brown,” Obama said, speaking at a “Senior Appreciation Day” event attended by students, families and faculty of area schools.
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Prospects for immigration reform grow dimmer
May 16th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
7 months ago

Prospects for immigration reform grow dimmer

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The chances that any significant immigration legislation will be enacted before the midterm election grew more remote on Friday, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office said it would not allow debate on a narrowly crafted proposal sponsored by a fellow Republican.

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats made a major push this week on the issue, hoping to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote before the August summer break.

But Boehner and other House GOP leaders have repeatedly rejected calls to vote on a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill. They insist the only way the House will act is using a step by step approach.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Immigration • White House
Christie to speak at Jewish event, weeks after 'occupied territories' comment
May 16th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
7 months ago

Christie to speak at Jewish event, weeks after 'occupied territories' comment

(CNN) - If Chris Christie lost favor with some in the Jewish community with what he called a misstatement about Israel earlier this year, then the New Jersey governor may have a chance to make up for it.

The Republican, who's thinking about running for president in 2016, will deliver the keynote address Sunday at an awards gala hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "This World: Values Network" in New York.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
May 16th, 2014
05:07 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 16, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 16, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

VA OFFICIAL RESIGNS IN WAKE OF SCANDAL OVER WAIT TIMES, CARE … A top official at the Department of Veterans Affairs has resigned amid the growing scandal about wait times and care at veterans’ hospitals, the department’s leader said Friday. News about the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, came one day after he spoke at a Senate hearing about the issue alongside Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Petzel was scheduled to retire sometime this year, the department said in 2013.

HOUSE VETERANS' AFFAIRS CHAIRMAN JEFF MILLER: “Today’s announcement from VA regarding Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel’s ‘resignation’ is the pinnacle of disingenuous political doublespeak.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Rick Santorum's endorsement splurge
May 16th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Rick Santorum's endorsement splurge

(CNN) – With key Republican Senate primary showdowns in Georgia and Oregon on tap for next Tuesday and a faceoff in Iowa just a couple of weeks away, Rick Santorum isn't sitting idle.

The former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 Republican presidential candidate – who's seriously considering another bid for the White House – fired off three endorsements the past two days.
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Filed under: 2014 • Georgia • Iowa • Oregon • Rick Santorum
ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat
May 16th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
7 months ago

ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat

(CNN) – The American Civil Liberties Union echoed Sen. Rand Paul's call to delay a Senate vote Friday on a controversial judicial nominee.

A day after the Kentucky Republican announced his intention to stall the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU backed his threat to stage a talking filibuster until President Barack Obama's administration turns over legal opinions on much-debated drone program to senators.
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Filed under: Congress • Rand Paul
May 16th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
7 months ago

Inside Politics: Clinton war of words - 'It's just the beginning'

Washington (CNN) – Who needs the Kardashians - or has time for them, anyway - when "Keeping up with the Clintons" is so entertaining. Not to mention exhausting.

Karl Rove raises the idea that Hillary Clinton suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the debate rages:

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
White House wants to take on sports concussions in kids
May 16th, 2014
03:12 PM ET
7 months ago

White House wants to take on sports concussions in kids

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is taking on an issue causing alarm at schools and kitchen tables across the country: the increasing rate of concussions in young athletes.

The White House said on Friday that Obama would host a “safe sports” summit convening coaches and experts in the coming weeks, where he’ll announce vows from public and private partners to raise awareness of brain and head injuries in kids’ sports.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
May 16th, 2014
02:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Peter King tells Hillary Clinton: 'Get ready'

(CNN) - Rep. Peter King said Friday he warned Hillary Clinton that she should prepare for a potential presidential showdown.

The longtime congressman from New York is still considering a White House bid and has traveled to New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary, to try and make inroads with voters.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Peter King
Same-sex marriage in the U.S.
May 16th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
7 months ago

Same-sex marriage: That was then, this is now

(CNN) – How times have changed.

Ten years ago on Saturday, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage following a ruling months earlier by the state's Supreme Court.

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Filed under: Massachusetts • Same-sex marriage
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