White House 'energetically' working on transferring Gitmo detainees
June 11th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
5 years ago

White House 'energetically' working on transferring Gitmo detainees

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's national security team is pushing forward on moving detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to other countries amid outrage in Congress at the recent transfer of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

While there aren't any "imminent transfer announcement in the works," the team assigned to moving detainees is "energetically working this issue every day from Washington, foreign capitals, and places in between," according to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

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Filed under: Guantanamo • Guantanamo Bay • White House
June 11th, 2014
10:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Hagel defends Bergdahl deal in House testimony

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel returned to Congress on Wednesday to defend the deal that resulted in the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying the agreement to release five Afghan detainees was "fully consistent with U.S. law, our nation's interests and our military's core values."

"The President's decision to move forward with the transfer of these detainees was a tough call. I supported it, I stand by it," the former lawmaker told the House Armed Services Committee.

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • Chuck Hagel
It's official: Ted Cruz a citizen of the U.S. – and the U.S. only
June 11th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
5 years ago

It's official: Ted Cruz a citizen of the U.S. – and the U.S. only

(CNN) - It's official. Sen. Ted Cruz is now a citizen of the United States - and the United States only.

If you remember, the Texas Republican was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. As such, he was a dual citizen - an American because of his mother, and Canadian because the country, like America, grants automatic citizenship to anyone born there.

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Filed under: Canada • Ted Cruz
Source: FBI now involved in VA probe
FBI Director James Comey
June 11th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
5 years ago

Source: FBI now involved in VA probe

(CNN) - The Justice Department asked the FBI to help review VA materials, a senior law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday.

But the move is still short of a full department criminal probe in the Veterans Affairs waiting-list scandal, which dozens of politicians have been pressing for.

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Filed under: FBI • Veterans Affairs
Hillary Clinton's numbers slightly edging down
June 11th, 2014
10:23 AM ET
5 years ago

Hillary Clinton's numbers slightly edging down

Program note: 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.

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans still see Hillary Clinton in a positive light, but a new national poll indicates the former secretary of state's favorable rating has edged down since earlier this year.

As Clinton kicks off her book tour of her much anticipated memoir, "Hard Choices," a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates that 54% of the public holds a favorable opinion of her, down five percentage points from February. The 54% figure is the lowest favorable rating for Clinton in Gallup polling since August of 2008, just two months after the then-Sen. Clinton of New York lost a marathon and historic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination against then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Polls
Nevada votes for none of the above
June 11th, 2014
09:04 AM ET
5 years ago

Nevada votes for none of the above

(CNN) – In a race like this, nobody wins. Actually, in a race like the primary for governor in Nevada on Tuesday night, if nobody wins, then the runner-up wins. That’s because of a nearly 40-year-old initiative in Nevada that lets voters select “none of these candidates” on the ballot.

The vote is in, and "none of these candidates" is the top vote getter in the Nevada Democratic governor's primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • Nevada
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