Play Ball! Obama surprises Little Leaguers
Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
May 19th, 2014
06:50 PM ET
2 months ago

Play Ball! Obama surprises Little Leaguers

(CNN) - Talk about a little pre-game motivation.

President Barack Obama made a surprise stop Monday at a Little League baseball field in D.C. to greet players before their game.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama • Washington D.C.
Support for Shinseki holding for now among Senate Democrats
May 19th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Support for Shinseki holding for now among Senate Democrats

(CNN) - Despite mounting calls from congressional Republicans for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign following the escalating scandal at his department, support among Senate Democrats appears to be holding for now, according to several senior Senate Democratic aides.

The aides, who asked not to be identified discussing how Democrats are generally responding to the issue, agreed the embattled Cabinet official needs to take bold steps to show he is dealing with the problem.

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Filed under: Senate Democrats • Veterans Affairs
Same-sex marriage in U.S.
May 19th, 2014
06:05 PM ET
2 months ago

Federal judge strikes down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban

(CNN) - A federal judge struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Monday.

"Because Oregon's marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest, the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution," U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said in his ruling.

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Filed under: Oregon • Same-sex marriage
Former Sen. Jim Webb thinking about White House run
May 19th, 2014
05:26 PM ET
2 months ago

Former Sen. Jim Webb thinking about White House run

(CNN) - Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is stoking presidential speculation, suggesting in a radio interview that he's considering a White House run in 2016.

The former Virginia Democrat was asked Monday on NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" by guest host Susan Page from USA Today, whether he was considering running.

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Filed under: 2016 • Jim Webb
May 19th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 19, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 19, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

U.S. CHARGES CHINA WITH CYBERSPYING … Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that members of the Chinese military have engaged in the hacking of American businesses and entities, including U.S. Steel Corp., Westinghouse, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies, the United Steel Workers Union and SolarWorld. The victims operate in Pennsylvania, and a grand jury there returned an indictment against members of the Chinese military, accusing them of hacking to spy and steal secrets, Holder said. – Ashley Fantz

CARNEY: “We have consistently and candidly raised these concerns with the Chinese government and today’s announcement reflects our growing concern that this Chinese behavior has continued.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
May 19th, 2014
04:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Girl asks Biden to prom, he sends corsage

(CNN) - A high school senior who had asked Joe Biden to her prom got quite the surprise last week when she received a corsage and a hand-written note from the vice president.

Talia Maselli of Newington, Connecticut, invited Biden last fall to be her guest.

Maselli told CNN she addressed her letter to "Mr. Vice President; Man of Many Chuckles."

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Filed under: Joe Biden
Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama
May 19th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
2 months ago

Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama

(CNN) - A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters addressed to President Barack Obama and other public offices, the Justice Department said on Monday.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo pleaded guilty in January to possessing and mailing the threatening letters, which were dusted with the ricin - a natural and highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans.

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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Florida • Justice Department • Marco Rubio • Mississippi • President Obama • Roger Wicker
Carney: President first learned about VA allegations from CNN report
May 19th, 2014
03:40 PM ET
2 months ago

Carney: President first learned about VA allegations from CNN report

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama first learned through news reports on CNN about accusations that officials at a Veterans Affairs medical facility in Phoenix had allegedly used fraudulent lists to conceal wait times for veterans receiving care, a top White House spokesman said Monday.

"If you mean the specific allegations that I think were first reported by your network out of Phoenix I believe, we learned about them through the reports," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in reference to CNN's story on April 23.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
American Crossroads back in the game
May 19th, 2014
03:02 PM ET
2 months ago

American Crossroads back in the game

(CNN) - It was the poster child for outside spending the last two elections cycles, but so far in the 2014 midterms, American Crossroads has been relatively quiet.

That apparently ends now.

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Filed under: Alaska • American Crossroads • Arkansas • Colorado • Jeanne Shaheen • Kay Hagan • Mark Udall • New Hampshire • North Carolina • Sen. Mark Pryor
May 19th, 2014
01:54 PM ET
2 months ago

Police commissioner in N.H. town resigns over Obama slur

(CNN) - A small-town police commissioner in New Hampshire, who originally said he wouldn't apologize for calling President Barack Obama the n-word, resigned on Monday.

Joseph Balboni, Police Commission chairman of Wolfeboro, confirmed to CNN that he received a resignation email from Robert Copeland.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
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