Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference
May 29th, 2014
09:29 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference

(CNN) – Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he's against Common Core, the academic standards that have many conservatives decrying the program as an overreach of the federal government.

"I'm against the Common Core, and I don't want Louisiana to be in the Common Core,” he said to booming applause at the Republican Leadership Conference - the annual conservative confab, held this year in New Orleans.

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Oregon governor wants to sue contractor over health insurance site
May 29th, 2014
09:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Oregon governor wants to sue contractor over health insurance site

(CNN) – Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday he's asked Oregon's attorney general to sue Oracle, the contractor responsible for building the glitch-filled Cover Oregon health insurance website.

The Democratic governor is urging Ellen Rosenblum to put in place "immediate" legal action in order to recover funds paid to the California-based technology company.

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Filed under: Health care • John Kitzhaber • Obamacare • Oregon
House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers
May 29th, 2014
08:29 PM ET
2 months ago

House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers

(CNN) - The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead, including the killer.

The Republican-led chamber added $19.5 million to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is a federal database that states access when processing gun sales.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • House
Christie, Martinez hit the trail in New Mexico
May 29th, 2014
06:41 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie, Martinez hit the trail in New Mexico

(CNN) - Govs. Chris Christie and Susana Martinez certainly weren't trying to tamp down their mutual admiration Thursday, making a joint appearance that could further fuel speculation of a potential presidential ticket.

Talking to reporters after a meet-and-greet in Roswell, New Mexico, Christie labeled Martinez "one of my best friends in the entire Republican Governors Association."

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New Mexico • RGA • Susana Martinez
Obama, Clinton have 'informal, private' White House lunch
May 29th, 2014
05:39 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama, Clinton have 'informal, private' White House lunch

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had an "informal, private" lunch together Thursday, according to a White House official.

The lunch was not on Obama's public schedule and only became public when People Magazine tweeted a photo of a Sandra Westfall, the magazine's Washington bureau chief, with Clinton that suggested the former first lady was having lunch with Obama.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama • White House
May 29th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 29, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 29, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

MORE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR SHINSEKI TO RESIGN ...The Democratic dam has burst. It started Wednesday afternoon when Mark Udall became the first Democrat in the Senate to call for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Udall was soon joined by other members of the chamber, including John Walsh of Montana, an appointee, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Al Franken of Minnesota, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Warner of Virginia and Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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May 29th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
2 months ago

After 'Blackfish,' lawmakers urge action to protect orcas

(CNN) – Over three dozen members of Congress want the government to ensure the humane treatment of orca whales and other marine animals in captivity, following an outcry sparked by the documentary "Blackfish."

The letter, released Thursday and signed by 37 Democrats and one Republican to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, cites outdated regulations protecting those sea mammals and asserts that the current rules don’t reflect “updated science."

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Republicans, Democrats not pleased with immigration policy delay
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
May 29th, 2014
04:20 PM ET
2 months ago

Republicans, Democrats not pleased with immigration policy delay

Washington (CNN) - Members of both parties on Thursday questioned the Obama administration's decision to delay a review of its immigration policies in the hope of helping to propel a reform package.

"We can only expect DHS's efforts to evade its immigration law enforcement responsibilities to escalate. President Obama asked Secretary Johnson to perform an inventory of the department's enforcement practices to see how it can conduct them more humanely. These are simply code words for further ratcheting down enforcement of our immigration laws," Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said at the opening of a Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Michelle Obama's 'sideline' interview with Richard Sherman
May 29th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
2 months ago

Michelle Obama's 'sideline' interview with Richard Sherman

(CNN) – Richard Sherman lent a hand to Michelle Obama's hallmark "Let's Move" campaign, spoofing his widely aired NFL postgame rant - this time, in the kitchen.

As a part of the first lady's efforts to combat childhood obesity, the Seattle Seahawks star appeared in a video released by the White House on Thursday promoting healthy eating.

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91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’
May 29th, 2014
01:05 PM ET
2 months ago

91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’

Washington (CNN) – Ninety-one-year-old Ralph Hall may have lost his primary on Tuesday - the first incumbent defeated this year - but the Texas Republican was greeted with a standing ovation by his House GOP colleagues Thursday morning and cracked jokes about his political future.

A smiling Hall, who lost to tea party-backed candidate John Ratcliffe, told reporters after a closed-door meeting: "I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!"
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Filed under: Congress • Texas
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