Wehby addresses stalking accusations, says Dems engaged in 'politics of personal destruction'
May 21st, 2014
08:24 PM ET
2 months ago

Wehby addresses stalking accusations, says Dems engaged in 'politics of personal destruction'

(CNN) – Monica Wehby, who won this week’s Republican primary for Senate in Oregon, is addressing separate instances of alleged harassment brought to light during her campaign.

A pediatric neurosurgeon, Wehby told conservative radio host Lars Larson that Democrats have turned to "politics of personal destruction" by digging up these accusations.

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Filed under: 2014 • Oregon
May 21st, 2014
03:41 PM ET
2 months ago

Aiken: 'Buck has to stop' with Obama on VA

(CNN) – American Idol star turned congressional nominee Clay Aiken called the Department of Veterans Affairs "unwieldy," and said President Barack Obama is ultimately responsible for holding the VA accountable.

Asked by CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday whether the President should take a more hands-on approach to dealing the growing controversy, Aiken said, "I certainly think the President is responsible for it at the end of the day."

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • President Obama • Renee Ellmers • Veterans Affairs
Republicans pounce on Margolies' defeat
May 21st, 2014
03:29 PM ET
2 months ago

Republicans pounce on Margolies' defeat

Washington (CNN) – Republicans didn't waste much time in trying to score some political points off of Tuesday's loss by Marjorie Margolies in her bid to re-capture the House seat she lost 20 years ago.

Margolies, the mother-in-law to Chelsea Clinton, was handily defeated as she ran in the Democratic Primary for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. State Representative Brendan Boyle soundly defeated Margolies by 13-percentage points.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
All tied up in Wisconsin gubernatorial race
May 21st, 2014
03:26 PM ET
2 months ago

All tied up in Wisconsin gubernatorial race

(CNN) - Republican Scott Walker appears to have lost his lead in this year's gubernatorial race, according to a new survey of Wisconsin voters.

A Marquette University Law School survey released Wednesday indicated the contest all tied up between the incumbent and Democratic challenger Mary Burke at 46%. That's a significant change from March when the same poll showed Walker up 7 points.

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Filed under: 2014 • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
May 21st, 2014
02:32 PM ET
2 months ago

The gloves are off in the marquee Senate battle

(CNN) - Kentucky residents awoke Wednesday to a new wave of negative campaign television commercials.

They're just a taste of things to come over the next five months in what's already a very ugly and expensive Senate contest. When it's all over in November, the Bluegrass showdown could break records and become the most expensive Senate campaign in history.

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Support for same-sex marriage increases as momentum grows in states
May 21st, 2014
02:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Support for same-sex marriage increases as momentum grows in states

(CNN) – As a string of federal judges across the country have struck down several state bans on same-sex marriage, over half of Americans support the move to allow same-sex couples to legally wed.

A Gallup survey released Wednesday showed 55% of respondents approve of laws granting same-sex couples equal rights to traditional marriages. That's an all-time high in a Gallup survey since it started asking about the issue in 1996, when only 27% surveyed said same-sex marriages should be valid.

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Democrats to join Benghazi select committee
May 21st, 2014
01:57 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrats to join Benghazi select committee

(CNN) – Democrats will participate in the Republican-led House Select Committee investigation of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would name five lawmakers to the 12-member panel looking into the 2012 armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya.

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Filed under: House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
FIRST ON CNN: Congressman: Obama should let some vets get private care
May 21st, 2014
01:18 PM ET
2 months ago

FIRST ON CNN: Congressman: Obama should let some vets get private care

(CNN) – The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is calling on the Obama administration to permit veterans waiting for care at VA hospitals to seek treatment outside that system, if they want.

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, called on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order that would allow those veterans to act on their own and charge the government for outside care.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 21, 2014
May 21st, 2014
01:12 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 21, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 21, 2014 | 12 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN … OBAMA DEFENDS SHINSEKI, CALLS V.A. ALLEGATIONS “DISHONORABLE, DISGRACEFUL”…"I will not stand for it," President Barack Obama said today about allegations of misconduct at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. Obama said he understands that the public wants a "swift reckoning" in the VA scandal, but he asked for time to allow the investigation into allegations of fraudulent record-keeping to run its course.

Obama met today with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and said he told him there will be accountability throughout the VA system.

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Christie defends RGA chairmanship amid fiscal mess in N.J.
May 21st, 2014
12:47 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie defends RGA chairmanship amid fiscal mess in N.J.

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, argued Wednesday that fiscal problems back at home in New Jersey aren't clouding his leadership abilities at the RGA.

The group has been aggressively pushing a message that states are better off economically under Republican governors. Christie was asked at a press conference in New York whether that same argument can be made in the Garden State.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Nikki Haley • RGA
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