June 3rd, 2014
08:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate Republican: Swapped prisoners will carry out additional attacks

(CNN) – Sen. Saxby Chambliss believes the Guantanamo Taliban detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl will reenter the terror fray.

In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the detainees "high-level individuals" with ties to al Qaeda as well as Mullah Mohammed Omar, who is credited with creating the Taliban.

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June 3rd, 2014
05:42 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 3, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 3, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

IT’S PRIMARY DAY: 5 RACES TO WATCH ... Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. Here are five contests worth watching:

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June 3rd, 2014
05:22 PM ET
5 months ago

GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi

Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 6/3/2014

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.

With 87% of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. ET, state Sen. Chris McDaniel was narrowly ahead of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 49.9% to 48.4%, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.

In Iowa, CNN projects state Sen. Joni Ernst, who garnered support from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, will win the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. But the two races that are grabbing the most attention are the contests in Mississippi and Iowa.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
CNN Poll: Public upset over VA scandal; Obama remains at 43%
June 3rd, 2014
04:00 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN Poll: Public upset over VA scandal; Obama remains at 43%

Washington (CNN) - Nearly six in ten Americans give President Barack Obama a thumbs-down on how he is handling the Veterans Affairs controversy, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that the scandal at VA hospitals doesn't seem to be affecting the President's overall approval rating, which remains at 43%, identical to the last CNN poll conducted a month ago. The survey also indicates that Obama scores some of his highest numbers on the environment and terrorism, two other issues in the spotlight this week.

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Senator: White House apologized for not notifying Congress of prisoner swap
June 3rd, 2014
02:12 PM ET
5 months ago

Senator: White House apologized for not notifying Congress of prisoner swap

Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said a top White House national security official called her Monday night and apologized for not providing Congress with 30 days’ notice, as is required by law, before transferring five Guantanamo detainees in the recent swap for prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl.

“It’s very disappointing that there was not a level of trust to justify alerting us to that,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, told reporters. “I had a call from the White House last night, from (Deputy National Security Adviser) Tony Blinken, apologizing for it.”
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Dianne Feinstein • Guantanamo
Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
June 3rd, 2014
09:15 AM ET
4 months ago

Hillary Clinton to take part in live CNN town hall

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  will take part in a live town hall meeting that will be moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour later this month.

The June 17 event will take place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and it will be the only network televised town hall that the former secretary of state participates in during the closely watched rollout of her new memoir, "Hard Choices."

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Poll: Majority back new Benghazi probe
Clinton testifies in January 2013 in front of a Senate committee hearing on Benghazi
June 3rd, 2014
08:56 AM ET
5 months ago

Poll: Majority back new Benghazi probe

Washington (CNN) - Around half the public says they support another congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack, according to a new national poll.

The reason?

The ABC News/Washington Post survey indicates that nearly six in ten say the Obama administration has tried to cover up the facts on the September 11, 2012 attack, which left U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Poll
Hillary Clinton downplays controversy around Bergdahl's release
June 3rd, 2014
02:14 AM ET
5 months ago

Hillary Clinton downplays controversy around Bergdahl's release

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the United States' "tradition" of not leaving soldiers in captivity a "noble" one in what amounted to a measured defense of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's controversial release.

Clinton was headlining an event in suburban Denver when she was asked whether she would have traded five terrorists for Bergdahl, the American soldier whose release in Afghanistan after five years of captivity has sparked controversy.

She downplayed the criticism surrounding his release and noted some of the benefits his expected return brings the United States.

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