June 16th, 2014
09:28 PM ET
2 months ago

Former U.S. envoy to Iraq: U.S. needs special forces on ground in Iraq

(CNN) - Paul Bremer, former presidential envoy to Iraq, said Monday that there will have to be special forces on the ground to fight the insurgency from militant groups in Iraq.

In a tense exchange with CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront," Bremer also blamed President Barack Obama for pulling out all forces in 2011 instead of leaving a residual troop presence to ensure security in the region.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
June 16th, 2014
09:12 PM ET
2 months ago

IRS faces volley of new scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - A new round of scrutiny hit the IRS on Monday as senators from both parties summoned the agency’s chief to Capitol Hill, one House committee set up a new investigative hearing and another issued a subpoena for the head of the agency to appear.

This came after the IRS announced that up to two years of e-mails from former agency manager Lois Lerner were destroyed when her hard drive crashed in 2011. Lerner ran the IRS division that oversaw tax-exempt status and is a key figure in the investigation into why the agency targeted tea party and other groups. The IRS says it has worked to recover the Lerner e-mails by searching through the accounts of dozens of employees who may have corresponded with her.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
June 16th, 2014
08:26 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie: Fallon can talk you into doing things you wouldn't 'normally talk yourself into'

(CNN) – Chris Christie says he expects his widely-publicized dance performance with Jimmy Fallon that lit up social media may prompt future requests for him to bust a move.

Appearing on New Jersey 101.5's monthly "Ask the Governor" program, the New Jersey Republican said Fallon "makes me feel very comfortable."

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Filed under: Chris Christie
Christie doesn’t want N.J. to wind up like Detroit due to 'unsustainable' pensions
June 16th, 2014
08:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie doesn’t want N.J. to wind up like Detroit due to 'unsustainable' pensions

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie believes the state will resolve its budget problems, but reiterated he won’t raise taxes to do it and will stick to his plan to cut pension payments to stem the red ink.

Appearing on the “Ask the Governor” program on New Jersey 101.5 on Monday, Christie argued again that public pension and health care obligations are unsustainable over the long term, and tough medicine is needed to close an $807 million budget shortfall.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • New Jersey
June 16th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 16, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 16, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

UNLIKLEY ALLY: COULD THE U.S. WORK WITH IRAN IN IRAQ? The United States could end up cooperating with Iran to stop militant gains in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Monday in an interview with Yahoo!News. But Kerry didn't indicate that cooperation with Iran is under active discussion inside the administration.
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Jindal: Legal action 'on the table' to combat EPA rules
June 16th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal: Legal action 'on the table' to combat EPA rules

(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" in efforts to counter the Obama administration's proposed restrictions on carbon emission from power plants.

The Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said Washington is waging a "war on coal," calling the EPA rules part of a "radical ideology" in President Barack Obama's energy policy.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Energy • Environmental policy • EPA • Rick Perry
Attack on U.S. mission in Benghazi
June 16th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority dissatisfied with handling of Benghazi

What do you want to ask Hillary Clinton? Send your questions here and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour might ask it during CNN's town hall meeting with Clinton at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Newseum in Washington.

(CNN) – Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a new poll shows.

The CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday indicates only 37% are satisfied with the administration’s response to the September 2012 assault that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.

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Filed under: 2016 • CNN/ORC International poll • Hillary Clinton • Libya • Polls
Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation
June 16th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees "on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that specifics "are still being finalized," but the order would "build upon existing protections" around race, ethnicity and religion for those employed by entities doing business for the government.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton 2016 victory a sure thing?
June 16th, 2014
04:00 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton 2016 victory a sure thing?

What do you want to ask Hillary Clinton? Send your questions here and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour might ask it during CNN's town hall meeting with Clinton at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Newseum in Washington.

Washington (CNN) - Just how inevitable is a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016?

More than three-quarters of all Americans predict that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination if she runs for the White House, and two-thirds say she is likely to be the next president if she is the party's standard-bearer in 2016, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.

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June 16th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
2 months ago

White House: Lerner emails lost in computer crash

(CNN) – A top White House official blamed a computer crash for the disappearance of emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, echoing the explanation the agency gave Congress last week for the two years' worth of missing subpoenaed correspondence.

"I think it's entirely reasonable. And it's fact," incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • Josh Earnest
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