June 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
5 months ago

Big upset: No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor loses primary

Updated 8:50 a.m. ET, 6/10/2014

(CNN) – In the biggest upset of the year, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, has lost to his tea party opponent in his primary in Virginia.

With all precincts reporting, Cantor was defeated by his opponent Dave Brat 55% to 44%, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website.

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Filed under: Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Virginia
Clinton blasts opponents of immigration reform
June 10th, 2014
08:23 PM ET
5 months ago

Clinton blasts opponents of immigration reform

Chicago (CNN) - Hillary Clinton took a break from her frenetic book tour on Tuesday and blasted people who opposed immigration reform during a speech to two food producing trade organizations in Chicago.

The speech to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute was dramatically different than Clinton's earlier book signing in New York City. At a Manhattan Barnes & Noble earlier in the day, Clinton was flanked by devotees who waited overnight for her to sign her new book. In Chicago, Clinton was met with a less enthusiastic crowd of mostly food company employees and representatives, some of whom left before he speech was over.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Immigration
Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles
June 10th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
5 months ago

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton sings a 'sad song' about financial struggles

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul went toe-to-toe in the media this week, amplifying 2016 tension between perhaps the two most active potential presidential candidates.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican argued Clinton was out of touch for saying she was "dead broke" after she and her husband left the White House.

"She's going to have some surprises once she gets out of her limousine and meets the American people," Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to reports by Politico and Breitbart.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
Pre-2016 globetrotting competition?
June 10th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Pre-2016 globetrotting competition?

(CNN) – Frequent fliers and potential Democratic presidential candidates - Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have been touting their travel creds lately as 2016 speculation heats up.

Busy at the start of her book tour, Clinton made sure to note in her new memoir the number of miles she logged during her tenure as secretary of state.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden
June 10th, 2014
05:08 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 10, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN CLEANUP: Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sought to clarify her "dead broke" comment that generated a critical reaction in social media and energized her detractors, saying simply that she and her husband have known periods in their lives when they struggled financially to pay off debt ... Clinton made the comment in defense of the hefty speaking fees she now commands as she weighs a presidential bid.Clinton told Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she understood the critical reaction to her comments, but remembers that they were "something like $12 million in debt" in the winter of 2001. – Dan Merica
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Obama makes an unannounced trip to grab a burger
Obama having lunch at FireFlies Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Obama was joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. June 10, 2014 (CNN)
June 10th, 2014
04:59 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama makes an unannounced trip to grab a burger

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) – It's not everyday you get to have lunch across the table from the President.

But that happened Tuesday afternoon, as President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made an unannounced visit to FireFlies restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, as this producer was eating lunch.

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Filed under: Arne Duncan • President Obama • Virginia
Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote
June 10th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote

Washington (CNN) - When the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee missed the vote on his bill allowing veterans waiting for health care to access non-VA facilities, he got a do-over.

"It's on me," Miller told reporters Tuesday outside the House chamber, admitting that he was the reason the House was voting twice on his legislation.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Veterans Affairs
Director of National Intelligence: Bush-Cheney released 171 Gitmo prisoners who returned to battlefield, compared to Obama's 7
June 10th, 2014
03:29 PM ET
5 months ago

Director of National Intelligence: Bush-Cheney released 171 Gitmo prisoners who returned to battlefield, compared to Obama's 7

(CNN) – Among the many points of controversy to emerge following the swap of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the question of whether the five mid- to high-level Taliban fighters will return to the battlefield.

It's really no secret that according to the administration these five – two of whom are wanted by the UN for possible war crimes, including the murder of thousands of Shiites – very well may return to the battlefield.

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Was Rand Paul's red meat joke a bit too raw?
June 10th, 2014
02:48 PM ET
5 months ago

Was Rand Paul's red meat joke a bit too raw?

Washington (CNN) – More than any other Republican lawmaker, Sen. Rand Paul has aggressively gone after nontraditional GOP voters in the past year, trying to lure Democrats and independents into his party's column as he considers a presidential bid.

So it seemed odd last week when the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky made a partisan joke about the prisoner swap that secured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bowe Bergdahl • Rand Paul
Cantor takes nothing for granted against conservative challenger
June 10th, 2014
12:56 PM ET
5 months ago

Cantor takes nothing for granted against conservative challenger

(CNN) – The No. 2 Republican in the House and potential speaker has been hitting back at a primary challenger who accuses him of abandoning GOP principles.

David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College outside Richmond, isn't likely to come close to ousting Eric Cantor in Tuesday's vote in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Virginia
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