Updated 12:15 p.m. ET, 6/18/2014
(CNN) - While Hillary Clinton said Tuesday “there are still some unanswered questions” on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, Sen. Ted Cruz argued the former secretary of state is blocking those questions from being answered.
“Secretary Clinton from the beginning has stonewalled on this rather than acting as a partner getting to the bottom of what happened,” the Texas Republican said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
(CNN) - About eight minutes before the start of CNN’s town hall meeting Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s motorcade pulled off to the side of the street and the former secretary of state stepped out to greet a giant orange squirrel.
"Hello, Mr. Squirrel, how are you?" she said as she walked toward him and handed him a signed copy of her book “Hard Choices.”
Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday the United States "should be considering" airstrikes in Iraq to counter the insurgency from militant groups sweeping the country.
Speaking to reporters about Iraq, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, blamed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the deteriorating conditions in the region now.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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HAPPENING NOW: 5 THINGS TO WATCH IN HILLARY CLINTON'S CNN TOWN HALL ... CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour moderates a CNN town hall meeting with Clinton and takes questions from the audience and Tumblr at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday. Here are five things to watch for:
1. Talk of Iraq, the capture of a key Benghazi suspect, and other danger zones ... 2. Mention of marijuana and what else she hasn't been asked ... 3. Whether she is as open as she says she is ... 4. Her tone with the media ... 5. Questions from people all over the world – Dan Merica
(CNN) - Mitt Romney is back on the campaign trail, this time in Virginia.
The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a fundraiser Tuesday evening in the Richmond area for GOP Senate nominee Ed Gillespie.
Pittsburgh (CNN) - President Barack Obama praised U.S. forces on Tuesday for capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a militia leader alleged to have been a mastermind of the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
"We are all aware of the tragedy that happened in Benghazi where four Americans, including our ambassador there, Chris Stevens, was killed in an attack on a consulate office there," Obama said in Pittsburgh.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama is about to do something he's never done before.
The President will headline a roundtable event for the Senate Majority PAC Tuesday evening in New York City. It's the first time Obama has served as the main attraction at a fundraiser for the organization, which is the major outside group assisting Democratic Senate incumbents and candidates running in this year's midterm elections.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden reunited with the U.S. soccer team at the World Cup in Brazil, and this time he celebrated a win.
The U.S. team beat Ghana 2-1 Monday, the same score that marked Ghana's victories over the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
(CNN) - A week after a major primary upset that rocked the Republican primary, Dave Brat, the little-known economics professor who defeated Rep. Eric Cantor, kicked off his general election campaign.
CNN caught up with Brat outside his home in Glen Allen, Virginia two days after his primary win. But his remarks Tuesday at a Rotary Club breakfast in Richmond mark his first official public appearance since toppling the majority leader in the GOP primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.
Editor's note: What do you want to hear from Hillary Clinton? CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour moderates a CNN town hall meeting with Clinton and takes questions from the audience and CNN's event Tumblr at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - Do you have a positive impression of Hillary Clinton?
Do you think the former secretary of state will win the White House if she runs for president? And how excited would you be if she does run, and wins?