Obama remembers college professor at White House LGBT Pride event
June 30th, 2014
09:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama remembers college professor at White House LGBT Pride event

White House (CNN) - President Obama thanked his gay college professor Monday for being an influence on shaping his thoughts about gay rights issues.

During remarks to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, the President lauded his freshman year professor, Dr. Lawrence Goldyn.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama
Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance'
June 30th, 2014
06:34 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton applauded efforts in a Republican Senate runoff election in Mississippi to reach out to voters outside its usual voting bloc.

Clinton said Monday the contest between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel "was of historical importance because the Republican Party of Mississippi expanded its base."

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
June 30th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 30, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

POTUS VOWS TO TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION ... President Barack Obama said Monday he was starting "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress," adding that he directed his team to recommend steps he can take this summer and that he would then act on those steps "without delay." Obama said he would act because House Speaker John Boehner told him last week the chamber wouldn’t vote on a comprehensive bill this year. – Tom Cohen and Cassie Spodak

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER IN A STATEMENT: “It is sad and disappointing that … President Obama won't work with us, but is instead intent on going it alone."
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Hillary Clinton: Obamacare contraceptive decision 'deeply disturbing'
June 30th, 2014
05:46 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton: Obamacare contraceptive decision 'deeply disturbing'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton called the Supreme Court's ruling throwing out the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for certain businesses "very troubling."

"This is a really bad slippery slope," Clinton said Monday on the heels of the 5-4 decision, which said for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Obamacare
June 30th, 2014
03:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama to take executive action on immigration

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Monday he was starting "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress," adding that he directed his team to recommend steps he can take this summer and that he would then act on those steps "without delay."

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
June 30th, 2014
01:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Do Democrats win by losing Obamacare decision?

Washington (CNN) - At first glance, Monday's Supreme Court ruling that closely held companies cannot be required to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees appears to be a defeat for the White House, Democrats and the health care reform measure they pushed into law.

Most Republicans were quick to celebrate the ruling.

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Filed under: Abortion • Supreme Court
New Jersey committee investigating bridge lane closures to call more witnesses
June 30th, 2014
12:34 PM ET
6 months ago

New Jersey committee investigating bridge lane closures to call more witnesses

(CNN) - Despite calls from Republicans to wrap it up the Democratic co-chairs of the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September will issue a new round of subpoenas for witnesses as early as Monday.

Working off a list of 13 potential new witnesses, committee co-chair John Wisniewski said there are many more questions to be asked of people in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration in the wake of testimony from the governor’s chief of staff earlier this month.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
June 30th, 2014
11:48 AM ET
6 months ago

Kissing congressman reverses decision, announces plan to seek re-election in Louisiana

(CNN) – Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday he will run for re-election in November despite previously announcing he would not seek another term in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District.

McAllister – who is married with children – was caught on video kissing an aide in his office, sparking calls for the Republican congressman to step down. Three weeks after the video was posted by a local newspaper, he announced he would not seek re-election, only to reverse that decision on Monday.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • Louisiana • Vance McAllister
June 30th, 2014
11:13 AM ET
6 months ago

Supreme Court rules against Obama in contraception case

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held companies cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees, ending its term with a narrow legal and political setback for a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court's conservatives essentially ruled that some for-profit corporations have religious rights.

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Filed under: Obamacare • Supreme Court
Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low
June 30th, 2014
11:08 AM ET
6 months ago

Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low

(CNN) – The same day the Supreme Court issued a high-stakes ruling on a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care law, a new national survey indicates confidence in the high court is at a record low, as Americans' trust in all three branches of government has fallen.

The release of a Gallup poll Monday coincides with the high court's decision that the government can't require that closely held companies pay for some types of contraceptives for its employees.

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Filed under: Congress • Supreme Court • White House
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