Potential 2016 GOP candidates tout conservative principles in Iowa
June 14th, 2014
10:17 PM ET
1 month ago

Potential 2016 GOP candidates tout conservative principles in Iowa

(CNN) – Traveling to the first caucus state of 2016, where presidential candidates will meet a much-anticipated test, three potential Republican candidates took the stage Saturday at the Iowa GOP state convention to tout conservative principles and a new GOP message.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, declared that if the GOP sticks to conservative principles, it will “be the dominant party again.”
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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Iowa • Rand Paul • Rick Santorum
June 14th, 2014
07:39 PM ET
1 month ago

King: Obama wrong to hold news conference on Iraq

(CNN) – Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the President shouldn’t have announced that the United States will not be sending troops to Iraq.

“I don’t think you should ever tell the enemy what you are going to do and what you’re not going to do,” King, R-New York, told CNN on Saturday, a day after the President Barack Obama made remarks at the White House. “I would have thought that with a crisis like this, he should not have called the (news) conference to announce he will look at it.”
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash
June 14th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
1 month ago

IRS says it's unable to recover subpoenaed Lerner e-mails in computer crash

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers are slamming the Internal Revenue Service, with one calling for an immediate investigation, after the agency notified Congress Friday that it was unable to recover former official Lois Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011 because of a computer crash.

The agency made the disclosure in a letter sent to Congressional investigators Friday afternoon, according a statement from Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-Louisiana.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Dave Camp • IRS • Orrin Hatch • Ron Wyden
June 14th, 2014
04:13 PM ET
1 month ago

Climate change deniers ‘serious threat’ to future, Obama says

Anaheim, California (CNN) — Describing lawmakers and pundits who deny manmade climate change as a “fairly serious threat to everybody’s future,” President Obama on Saturday called for less debate and more action in combating warming trends.

Delivering the address at University of California Irvine’s commencement, Obama underscored the view of some scientists that the effects of climate change are already being felt nationwide and said he was allocating new funds for communities recovering from natural disasters.
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President George H.W. Bush fights for Georgia Senate seat
June 14th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
1 month ago

President George H.W. Bush fights for Georgia Senate seat

Programming note: CNN will air "41ON41," a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, at 9 and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, June 15.

Washington (CNN) – With Democrats investing a lot of hope and money in Michelle Nunn’s bid to capture the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, Republicans have turned to one of their most popular leaders to help raise money to keep it in GOP hands.

Former President George H.W. Bush wrote a fundraising letter to Republicans saying he is giving to the Senate Battleground Fund, run by the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and “I am writing today to ask you to consider doing the same.”
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Georgia • Michelle Nunn
Supreme Court justice, civil rights icon stop by Clinton book signing
June 14th, 2014
02:45 PM ET
1 month ago

Supreme Court justice, civil rights icon stop by Clinton book signing

Arlington, Virginia (CNN) - At Costco, even the book signings are in bulk.

Flanked a steady stream of admirers - some of whom camped overnight - and surrounded by pallets of water bottles, paper towels and desk chairs, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed more than 1,000 copies of her book "Hard Choices" at a Northern Virginia Costco on Saturday.

In addition to the stream of fans, Clinton was also greeted by Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, who both unexpectedly attended the signing.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ready for Hillary
Obama’s California weekend: Iraq, climate, and Father’s Day
June 14th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama’s California weekend: Iraq, climate, and Father’s Day

Palm Springs, California (CNN) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are trading Washington’s late spring humidity for Southern California’s scorching desert heat, spending a long Father’s Day weekend near Palm Springs.

Like all presidential getaways, the Obamas’ Californian oasis comes equipped with a cadre of aides and secure communications equipment to ensure the business of running the country isn’t far away.
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Filed under: climate change • Iraq • President Obama
Physician senator to Obama:  VA needs great manager at the helm
June 14th, 2014
02:05 PM ET
1 month ago

Physician senator to Obama: VA needs great manager at the helm

Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician and three-time cancer survivor, says he knows firsthand “how frustrating the wait to see a doctor can be.”

That’s why, the Republican from Oklahoma says, President Barack Obama should nominate a new Veterans Affairs secretary with the “management skills, leadership ability and determination” to fix the problems at the scandal-plagued department.
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Obama reflects on fatherhood, helping modern families
June 14th, 2014
11:53 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama reflects on fatherhood, helping modern families

(CNN) - As someone who grew up without a father figure at home, President Obama says he knows how detrimental it can be not having a dad present for guidance and support. That’s why, he said in his weekly presidential address, he tries every day “to be the husband and father my family didn’t have when I was young.”
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Filed under: Obama address • Obama family • President Obama