Obama asked Uruguay to send message on jailed American in Cuba
June 20th, 2014
07:56 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama asked Uruguay to send message on jailed American in Cuba

(CNN) - During their meeting at the White House last month, President Barack Obama asked Uruguay's president, Jose Mujica, to send a message to Cuban President Raul Castro to free imprisoned U.S. government contractor Alan Gross.

"Cuba's continued incarceration of Alan Gross represents a significant impediment to a more constructive bilateral relationship and securing his immediate release remains a top priority of the United States," National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement.

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Filed under: Cuba • Obama administration
June 20th, 2014
05:17 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 20, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 20, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

RARE FRIDAY HEARINGS TURN DRAMATIC ON CAPITOL HILL ...

1. IRS BLASTED OVER LOST HARD DRIVE: ’NOBODY BELIEVES YOU’ ... Congressional outrage over IRS targeting of conservative groups turned into a partisan back-and-forth in the House. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the agency, but he sparked an uproar from Republicans by admitting it destroyed a hard drive that contained emails wanted in the targeting probe. And he did not apologize. "I don't think an apology is owed,” Koskinen told the Ways and Means Committee. One prominent Republican questioned whether Koskinen was being truthful under oath. “Nobody believes you,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said. – Lisa Desjardins

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Obama image spotted in urinal
June 20th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama image spotted in urinal

(CNN) – A cartoonish figure of President Obama was found in a urinal at a major conservative gathering in Washington on Friday.

It's unknown who put the item there.

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Critics question Clinton's record with women as rape victim speaks out
June 20th, 2014
03:22 PM ET
6 months ago

Critics question Clinton's record with women as rape victim speaks out

Washington (CNN) - The victim of a rape case, whose attacker Hillary Clinton defended in 1975, is speaking out publicly Friday for the first time since 2008, accusing Clinton of ruining her life.

"Hillary Clinton took me through Hell,” the victim, now 52, told Josh Rogin of the Daily Beast, who agreed not to publish the woman’s name.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Ethics panel disciplines Rep. Don Young over hunting trips
June 20th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Ethics panel disciplines Rep. Don Young over hunting trips

(CNN) – Longtime Rep. Don Young misused campaign funds and accepted improper gifts relating to hunting trips he took with his family and staff over the years, the House Ethics Committee concluded on Friday.

The panel found that the 21-term Alaska Republican broke its rules when he used campaign funds for personal purposes and improperly accepted gifts for 15 trips between 2001-13.

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Filed under: Alaska • Congress • Don Young • House
Celebrity battle on the campaign trail
June 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Celebrity battle on the campaign trail

(CNN) - I'll see your Brett Favre and raise you a Chuck Woolery.

It seems Mississippi's GOP Senate runoff campaign is turning into a battle of celebrities.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Mississippi • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Thad Cochran
Obamas: Daughters should experience hard work, minimum wage job
June 20th, 2014
12:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Obamas: Daughters should experience hard work, minimum wage job

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama agreed their two daughters should have an understanding of what it's like to earn a paycheck at a minimum wage job.

In an interview with Parade magazine released Friday, the first couple was asked if they think their teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, should experience the kind of minimum wage jobs they did growing up.

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Filed under: Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • Minimum wage • President Obama • Sasha Obama
Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians
June 20th, 2014
12:24 PM ET
6 months ago

Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul intertwined his message against foreign aid on Friday with a message that appeals to the GOP's social conservative base.

"There's a war on Christianity going on, and sometimes you're being asked to pay for it," the Kentucky Republican said. "I say not one penny to any country that persecutes Christians."

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Filed under: 2016 • Faith • Iraq • Rand Paul • Syria
June 20th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
6 months ago

Chris Christie's big day

updated at 1:00pm ET Friday

Washington (CNN) - It's an important day for Chris Christie.

Of the nine potential Republican presidential candidates speaking at the fifth annual Road to the Majority conference, which is organized by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition, one may be in the glare of the spotlight more than the others. And that's Christie, the pragmatic conservative governor of New Jersey who's anything but a crowd favorite among some on the right.

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June 20th, 2014
09:53 AM ET
6 months ago

Texas governor: I stepped in it

(CNN) – Gov. Rick Perry admitted he fumbled the ball when he recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

"I stepped right in it," the Texas Republican said Thursday at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, which also aired on C-SPAN.

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Filed under: 2016 • Rick Perry • Texas
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