June 18th, 2014
08:13 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry sticks by alcoholism and homosexuality comparison

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood by his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday, Perry was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter whether he believes homosexuality is a disease.

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Filed under: 2016 • Gay rights • Rick Perry
June 18th, 2014
08:02 PM ET
1 month ago

Bergdahl deal scrutinized at congressional hearing

(CNN) - Emotions ran high Wednesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the circumstances surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban in 2009 and the deal that led to his release in late May.

Bergdahl was captured after he walked off his base in Afghanistan's Paktika province, and several of his former platoon-mates have since accused Bergdahl of desertion and endangering the lives of his comrades.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Capitol Hill
June 18th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry weighs in on U.S. options in Iraq

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the door open to possible U.S. airstrikes against Iraq.

"The bottom line on this one is they need to leave this to the commanders in the field," Perry said on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Crossfire • Iraq • Rick Perry
Michelle Obama challenges Republicans over child nutrition law
June 18th, 2014
07:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Michelle Obama challenges Republicans over child nutrition law

Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama is continuing to question Republicans who want to roll back some of the key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, telling a group of medical journalists on Wednesday "We're not even thinking about the possibility of rolling back because we just can't afford for that to happen."

The first lady said school nutrition has improved for the first time in 30 years and that 90% of schools are currently in compliance.

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Jindal announces plan for Louisiana to back out of Common Core
June 18th, 2014
04:56 PM ET
1 month ago

Jindal announces plan for Louisiana to back out of Common Core

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he plans to pull his state out of the Common Core academic standards, announcing an executive order aimed at blocking the testing program in the state.

At a news conference, Jindal said he's sent a letter requesting his state's withdrawal from the program to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) - a conglomerate of states developing the standards for students in the subjects of English and math.

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Filed under: Education • Bobby Jindal • Louisiana • 2016
June 18th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 18, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CONFIRMED: BAGHDAD REQUESTS U.S. AIR SUPPORT ... Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that the United States has received a request from the Iraqi government to use air power to help roll back gains won by Sunni militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It’s in America’s "national security interest to counter (ISIS) where we find them," Dempsey said. – Laura Smith-Spark, Ashley Fantz and Nic Robertson
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
June 18th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
1 month ago

Jay Carney gives last White House press briefing

(CNN) - Press secretary Jay Carney gave his last White House press briefing on Wednesday, telling reporters "it's always been a pleasure."

"...no matter how hard it can get it here; how hot it can sometimes be, and contentious it sometimes is," he said.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • White House
June 18th, 2014
04:07 PM ET
1 month ago

King on Cruz control

(CNN) - An on-going feud playing out in the Republican Party between lawmakers Rep. Peter King and Sen. Ted Cruz sounds like the very beginning of a GOP presidential primary battle.

Perhaps underscoring an establishment v. tea party division the GOP, King, a longtime congressman from New York, said Wednesday Cruz "has decided to be the center of his own universe" after the conservative powerhouse from Texas dismissed King's criticism of his style of politics.

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Filed under: 2016 • Peter King • Republican Party • Ted Cruz
Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall
June 18th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
1 month ago

Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's frenetic book tour appears to have paid off: In its first week on the market, her memoir "Hard Choices" was the most purchased hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Nielsen Bookscan data.

Booksellers who report to Nielsen – which makes up roughly 85% of all retail book sales – have sold approximately 86,000 physical copies of "Hard Choices" since June 10, according to the data provided to CNN by Nielsen.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions
June 18th, 2014
02:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama opened the first 'Maker Faire' at the White House Wednesday, by asking why there was an 'e' at the end of ‘Faire’ He then quipped, “This is America, we don't have 'e's at the end of 'fair'."

He then asked jokingly if there would be jousting.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
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