Despite Paul's opposition, controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle
May 21st, 2014
10:59 AM ET
6 months ago

Despite Paul's opposition, controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a 31-minute speech in opposition to the judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, David Barron.

Barron 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.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama • Rand Paul • Senate
With VA, Obama management style under fire again
May 21st, 2014
09:54 AM ET
6 months ago

With VA, Obama management style under fire again

Washington (CNN) - The White House is once again brushing aside questions about President Barack Obama's management style.

Amid the growing scandal over the apparent cover-up of patient wait times at some Veterans Affairs facilities, Republicans and even some Democrats have complained Obama's public posture has been detached, relying too heavily on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
May 21st, 2014
09:41 AM ET
6 months ago

5 things we learned on Tuesday

(CNN) - Six states held primaries on Tuesday, and once again anti-establishment candidates came up short in high-profile Republican showdowns.

That's a sharp difference with what we have seen over the last two election cycles, when establishment Republicans were overwhelmed by the insurgency in their own party and did little to stop it. But they appear to have turned the tables on the conservatives so far in this election cycle and have a string of victories to show for it.

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Obama to make Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a national monument
The Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument is near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
May 21st, 2014
09:30 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama to make Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a national monument

(CNN) – Half a million acres will be protected Wednesday when President Barack Obama establishes the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

It's "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to head off development on the swath of land in south-central New Mexico that has "unique Pre-American, New Mexican, and American history," the monument's official website says.

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'Cowboy' beats 'normal guy' in Idaho governor primary
May 21st, 2014
08:36 AM ET
6 months ago

'Cowboy' beats 'normal guy' in Idaho governor primary

(CNN) - Two-term Gov. Butch Otter has won the Republican primary in Idaho, narrowly beating out tea party challenger state Sen. Russ Fulcher.

That would be the "cowboy" beating the "normal guy."

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Filed under: 2014 • Idaho
May 21st, 2014
07:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Mitch McConnell wins primary in Kentucky; CNN projects he'll face Grimes

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) - It was billed as the day's marquee primary battle, but in the end it was an easy night for Mitch McConnell.

The five-term senator from Kentucky - who's the top Republican in the chamber - defeated tea party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Obama administration to release drone strike justification memo
A destroyed car that was carrying militants in the Sawmaa area of al-Bayda province, Yemen on April 19, 2014.
May 21st, 2014
06:45 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama administration to release drone strike justification memo

(CNN) – The Obama administration is preparing to publicly disclose for the first time a secret memo offering the legal justification for targeted drone strikes on U.S. citizens on foreign soil, multiple administration officials told CNN.

Solicitor General Don Verrilli decided not to appeal the April 21 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mandating the disclosure of the memo, and Attorney General Eric Holder agreed with that decision.

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Filed under: Justice Department • President Obama
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