Under Christie's chairmanship, RGA shatters fundraising record
June 5th, 2014
07:20 PM ET
6 months ago

Under Christie's chairmanship, RGA shatters fundraising record

By: Mark Preston
CNN Executive Editor, Politics

Washington (CNN) – The Republican Governors Association has raised $50 million since Chris Christie took over as head of the political organization, shattering the previous six-month fundraising record by $25 million, an RGA official tells CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • RGA
June 5th, 2014
06:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Nancy Reagan lays wreath at husband's grave site

(CNN) - Nancy Reagan laid a wreath at her husband's grave site on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's death.

Nancy Reagan lays a wreath every year, but this year marks the first time she's allowing media to attend since his funeral.

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Filed under: Nancy Reagan • Ronald Reagan
June 5th, 2014
05:53 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN exclusive: Doctor in Senate says Bergdahl was drugged in video

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, who is a also a physician, told CNN he is convinced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was drugged in the so-called "proof of life" video shown to senators during a closed briefing Wednesday.

When news broke of Bergdahl's release in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, administration officials cited Bergdahl's health as a driving factor in the decision to make the deal and get him home.

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Filed under: Senate • Tom Coburn
Another controversy plagues GOP Senate battle in Mississippi
June 5th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Another controversy plagues GOP Senate battle in Mississippi

(CNN) – In another bizarre twist in the ugly showdown for the GOP Senate nomination in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel's campaign is on the defense Thursday after a few of its staffers were found locked inside a local courthouse.

McDaniel is the tea party-backed state senator who's challenging Thad Cochran for the incumbent senator's seat. He edged out Cochran by just 1,300 votes in Tuesday's primary, but since neither cracked 50% of the vote, they'll face off again in a runoff on June 24.

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Filed under: Mississippi • Thad Cochran
With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty
June 5th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
6 months ago

With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty

(CNN) - It got ugly pretty quickly in the Senate battle in Iowa, a crucial contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

The campaign of Republican nominee Joni Ernst Thursday charged that the Democratic nominee in the race, Rep. Bruce Braley, is "degrading women by comparing Joni Ernst to a 'chick' in his latest campaign ad."
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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst
June 5th, 2014
05:19 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 5, 2014

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

LAWMAKERS TOLD BERGDAHL WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED IF DEAL WAS LEAKED ... Senators were informed at a classified Sen ate briefing on Wednesday with the White House that the U.S. obtained credible information that if anything about the Bergdahl prisoner exchange swap became public, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be killed. Obama administration officials showed a so-called "Proof of Life" video of Bergdahl at the briefing, but the session failed to convince numerous skeptics that swapping Taliban terror detainees for the captured Army sergeant was the right thing to do. Meanwhile, other senators said they believed that Bergdahl’s health appeared to be in poor condition in the video. (See reactions from both sides in HOT SOTS below.)

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Senate reaches deal on VA bill
June 5th, 2014
04:38 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate reaches deal on VA bill

(CNN) – Bipartisan Senate negotiators struck a deal on Thursday on a far-reaching bill to respond to the health care scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The crisis around veterans on long waiting lists to get medical appointments led to the resignation last week of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'
June 5th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'

Washington (CNN) – The timing of when the Obama administration told Harry Reid about Bowe Bergdahl's release doesn't matter, the Senate Majority Leader argued Thursday.

"Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?" the Nevada Democrat said at a press conference.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
June 5th, 2014
03:46 PM ET
6 months ago

The groups that have Hillary's back

Washington (CNN) - It's a daily war of words playing out on multiple battlefields from the cable news networks to social media - pro-Republican groups criticize Hillary Clinton.

The fire is quickly returned by pro-Democratic groups that defend the former secretary of state, who's seriously considering a 2016 White House run.

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Senate confirms Burwell as health secretary
June 5th, 2014
03:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate confirms Burwell as health secretary

(CNN) - The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next health secretary on Thursday, paving the way for new leadership at the agency heavily criticized for the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Lawmakers voted 78-17 in confirming Burwell, 48, who was previously White House budget director.

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Filed under: 2014 • HHS • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Sylvia Mathews Burwell
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