At Mass. high school, Obama applauds students graduating with skills ‘to fix America’
June 11th, 2014
06:48 PM ET
5 months ago

At Mass. high school, Obama applauds students graduating with skills ‘to fix America’

Worcester, Massachusetts (CNN) – One by one, as students from Worcester Technical High School walked across the stage in cap and gown to collect their diplomas they stopped to shake the hand of a very special commencement speaker, the President of the United States.

Mr. Obama gave each one a hearty congratulations and a pat on the back. Some gave the President a hug and a peck on the cheek.

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Filed under: Education • Massachusetts • President Obama
Senate approves VA reform bill
June 11th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate approves VA reform bill

Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved broad reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs less than two weeks after a health care scandal led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The vote was 93 to 3.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
June 11th, 2014
05:46 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 11, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CANTOR: THE DAY AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: The day after his stunning primary loss to political novice Dave Brat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill that he will not try for another term in the House, and that he will resign his leadership post on July 31. “While I may have suffered a personal setback last night, I couldn't be more optimistic about the future of this country," Cantor insisted.

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
June 11th, 2014
05:19 PM ET
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Senator Abraham Lincoln? Clinton misidentifies the former president

Chicago (CNN) - Abraham Lincoln rose to national prominence in the mid-1800s as a House member from Illinois, a state now affectionately known as the Land of Lincoln, and later as an iconic U.S. president.

But during a speech in Chicago on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton – who was born in Illinois – misidentified the state's most famous politician as a senator, not a congressman.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
Who wants Cantor's leadership job?
June 11th, 2014
04:12 PM ET
5 months ago

Who wants Cantor's leadership job?

Updated 6:18 p.m. ET, 6/11/2014

(CNN) – Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas said he's planning to run for the House Majority Leader position, as Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to vacate the job on July 31.

Sessions, who chairs the House campaign arm known as the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on Wednesday he will compete for the job.
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Filed under: 2014 • Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Eric Cantor • Pete Sessions
June 11th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
5 months ago

Rand Paul on immigration: GOP trapped in word 'amnesty'

(CNN) - Immigration may not have been "the paramount issue" in Eric Cantor's crushing primary loss, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday.

The Kentucky Republican, on a conference call with reporters, added that he's still in favor of immigration reform and partly blamed Republican gridlock over the issue to a misunderstanding over the word "amnesty."

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Immigration • Rand Paul
June 11th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Did Cooter bring down Cantor?

(CNN) - One of the most powerful Republicans in Washington lost his seat Tuesday to an upstart political novice named Dave Brat. When Brat heard the news, he said he was “shocked” and he wouldn’t believe it until he saw it for himself.

Cantor spent ten times the amount Brat did in an attempt to retain the seat he has held since 2001.

But maybe it wasn’t the breakout popularity of Brat or the unpopularity of Cantor that led to his defeat. Perhaps it was Cooter from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor
Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader
June 11th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
5 months ago

Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader

(CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican after losing his Virginia primary in a stunning upset, a senior GOP source tells CNN's Dana Bash.

Cantor is expected to step aside as majority leader on July 31. The decision sets up a leadership scramble among Republicans in the House, which is led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Cantor • House
In her element, Clinton cleans up some rollout missteps
June 11th, 2014
01:13 PM ET
5 months ago

In her element, Clinton cleans up some rollout missteps

Hillary Clinton will discuss her memoir "Hard Choices" in a town hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington at 5 p.m. ET on June 17. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady will take questions from moderator Christiane Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent, and members of the audience. The town hall will be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Espanol.

Chicago (CNN) – In front of a supportive audience on Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton took the opportunity to clean up a few missteps she made earlier in her much watched book roll out.

The "Hard Choices" tour sputtered at the start when she told ABC during her first interview that she and Bill Clinton were "dead broke" and in debt when they left the White House in early 2001. What Clinton left out was that her family had a massive book advance in the works, a sizable government pension, and the prospect of making millions on the speaking circuit.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rahm Emanuel
June 11th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
5 months ago

Jack Trammell is the Democrat who no longer has to face Eric Cantor

(CNN) - What a difference 24 hours makes.

Jack Trammell unanimously won the Democratic nomination for Virginia's 7th Congressional District seat at the party convention last weekend. That's because no one else wanted to to run against Rep. Eric Cantor, the second most powerful Republican in the House.

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Filed under: 2014 • Dave Brat • Eric Cantor • Virginia
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