Hillary Clinton to stop in Austin, San Francisco for book tour
May 20th, 2014
08:14 PM ET
3 months ago

Hillary Clinton to stop in Austin, San Francisco for book tour

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's book tour is starting to take shape.

The former secretary of state has added two speaking engagements to her schedule centered around "Hard Choices," her upcoming memoir due out June 10.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
May 20th, 2014
07:11 PM ET
3 months ago

McConnell, Grimes win GOP primaries in Kentucky, CNN projects

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bested his tea party-backed rival on Tuesday, cruising to a Republican primary victory in Kentucky, CNN projects.

McConnell will face Alison Lundergan Grimes, who CNN projects will win the Democratic nomination, in November. Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, would be its first woman senator.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday
May 20th, 2014
06:36 PM ET
3 months ago

Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday

(CNN) – The judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, who has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones, is expected to clear a major hurdle on Wednesday.

Senators are likely to break a filibuster of Harvard Law professor David Barron to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which is based in Boston.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • Senate
Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book
May 20th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
3 months ago

Hillary Clinton to sit down with Diane Sawyer for first interview on her new book

(CNN) - Promotion of Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices" will begin in earnest on Monday, June 9 when ABC's Diane Sawyer interviews her in a one-hour prime time special.

The prime time hour was announced on Tuesday by ABC, ending months of jockeying to land Clinton's first TV interview tied to the book.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
May 20th, 2014
06:12 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 20, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 20, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

GAME DAY: FIVE PRIMARIES TO WATCH

IN KENTUCKY ... Tuesday's marquee battle is in Kentucky, where Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell is being challenged by businessman Matt Bevin, who enjoys strong support from many tea party groups and influential conservative anti-establishment organizations. While this race has seen big spending by the campaigns and outside groups, McConnell is expected to cruise to re-nomination for a sixth term.

See HOT SOTS: Final pitches are in for the Kentucky primary contenders

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
May 20th, 2014
06:00 PM ET
3 months ago

Michelle Obama hosts White House talent show

Washington (CNN) - Students participating in a White House talent show got a surprise visit Tuesday when President Barack Obama showed up at the end of their performance – and wondered why he wasn't part of the act.

"I've got talent, but I wasn't invited to participate,” Obama joked.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
Dinesh D'Souza pleads guilty to campaign finance fraud
May 20th, 2014
05:10 PM ET
3 months ago

Dinesh D'Souza pleads guilty to campaign finance fraud

(CNN) – Conservative commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza has pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance law, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

D'Souza, 53, of San Diego, admitted to exceeding donor limits in 2012 by arranging for others to give to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long. He also admitted to making false statements about those donations, the office Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

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Filed under: Elections
Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different
May 20th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Boehner: Tea party and GOP aren't that different

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the tea party and conservative Republicans are basically one in the same.

As establishment Republican candidates try to fend off a series of tea party challengers in Tuesday's midterm primaries, Boehner sought to quell the apparent divide between the two factions in his caucus.

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Filed under: John Boehner • Republican Party • Tea Party
Under pressure to fix budget gap, Christie will slash pension payments
May 20th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
4 months ago

Under pressure to fix budget gap, Christie will slash pension payments

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie will cut planned pension payments for state employees by almost $2.5 billion over the next two fiscal years, the New Jersey Republican announced Tuesday.

The move is part of the governor's plan to close an unexpected $807 million budget shortfall that his administration was made aware of last month.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
House committee chair calls VA response 'unacceptable'
May 20th, 2014
02:31 PM ET
4 months ago

House committee chair calls VA response 'unacceptable'

Washington (CNN) - House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller says the response by the Department of Veterans Affairs to a subpoena from his committee over allegations of deadly health care delays has been "very weak" and "unacceptable."

The Florida Republican told CNN that if the embattled agency doesn't provide more details about the information sought earlier this month, the committee could move to hold the VA in contempt.

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Filed under: Veterans • Veterans Affairs
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