Hillary Clinton on releasing medical records: 'I would do what other candidates have done'
June 6th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
4 months ago

Hillary Clinton on releasing medical records: 'I would do what other candidates have done'

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been dogged by Republican questions about her health and age as she mulls a run at the presidency in 2016, told ABC in an interview on Friday that her health is "very good."

Clinton added that she had "no lingering effects" from a late-2012 health scare in which she suffered a blood clot as the result of a fall. Karl Rove, the well-known Republican strategist, questioned whether Clinton was healthy enough to run for president, something the former first lady is admittedly considering.

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Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban
June 6th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
4 months ago

Rand Paul: Let's trade 5 Democrats, not 5 Taliban

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky got some laughs Friday with a line inspired by the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release, but the political opposition found his remarks out of line.

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade. But this time, instead of five Taliban, how ‘bout five Democrats,” Paul said to cheers at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Rand Paul • Texas
Bill Clinton’s farewell speech advice from Paul Begala
June 6th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Bill Clinton’s farewell speech advice from Paul Begala

(CNN) – Paul Begala, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and now a CNN contributor, wrote a draft of Clinton’s farewell speech, but said in a memo to the President that he didn’t include any mention of his wife, Hillary Clinton, and suggested Clinton himself should write that portion of the speech.

"The only thing I did not take a crack at is a nod to Senator-Elect Clinton. That has to come from your pen,” he wrote in the memo dated January 2, 2000.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2014
June 6th, 2014
04:59 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 6, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

D-DAY: OBAMA, PUTIN MEET IN FRANCE ... A much anticipated encounter between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, came on the sidelines of a lunch held Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day ... During their informal aside, Obama told Putin that to reduce tensions in Ukraine, Russia must recognize Poroshenko as the country's legitimate leader and stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine. Obama also told Putin that Russia must stop the flow of weapons across the border into Ukraine, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said ... The talk lasted 10 to 15 minutes. – Laura Smith-Spark and Ray Sanchez

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Will the race for the White House go through Brooklyn?
June 6th, 2014
04:15 PM ET
5 months ago

Will the race for the White House go through Brooklyn?

(CNN) - New York City's progressive mayor wants Brooklyn to anchor his city's bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

In a letter to the Democratic National Committee, Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote that the two-year-old Barclays Center, home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, would serve as the principal venue site for the city's convention bid, with other events and accommodations spread across Brooklyn, Manhattan and New York's three other boroughs.

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More Clinton documents released
June 6th, 2014
03:03 PM ET
5 months ago

More Clinton documents released

(CNN) – A fifth batch of confidential memos, notes and other papers from the Clinton White House were released Friday by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Collectively, the documents open a window into the Clinton years and cover a variety of topics, including the office of former first lady Hillary Clinton, who's now considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 if she decides to run.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
Bobby Jindal's busy weekends
June 6th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Bobby Jindal's busy weekends

(CNN) - For many Americans, Friday's ringing in of the weekend brings two days off from work.

But that's definitely not the case over the next three weekends for Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • South Carolina
Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism
June 6th, 2014
01:13 PM ET
5 months ago

Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism

Washington (CNN) – Top White House adviser John Podesta defended the administration on criticism about its decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, the proposal to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent and the mishandling of veterans health care.

"The President will make tough decisions," Podesta told a group of reporters Friday at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Bush 41 socks raked in $1 million for RNC
Former President George H.W. Bush sports some Superman socks for his 89th birthday.
June 6th, 2014
12:28 PM ET
5 months ago

Bush 41 socks raked in $1 million for RNC

(CNN) - Fundraising off President George H. W. Bush's vibrant sock fashion has proven to be a boon for the Republican National Committee.

The RNC told CNN Friday it's raised around $1 million in fundraising off of a pair of striped yellow, orange, green and blue socks it created under Bush's name.

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Filed under: George H. W. Bush • RNC
Rice: United States is leading with ‘lethal and non-lethal’ aid to Syria
June 6th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
5 months ago

Rice: United States is leading with ‘lethal and non-lethal’ aid to Syria

Colleville-sur-Mer, France (CNN) - Defending President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as one of global leadership – rather than the passive stance his critics portray – National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Friday the United States was taking important steps in Syria by offering both "lethal and non-lethal" aid to the moderate opposition fighting a bloody civil war.

“The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars,” she said in an interview with CNN. “That's why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition.”

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • President Obama • Susan Rice • Syria
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