Chris Christie plays ball
June 23rd, 2014
10:19 PM ET
3 months ago

Chris Christie plays ball

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a catcher on his high school baseball team, stepped up to the plate again Monday.

The New Jersey Republican joined a number of sports stars and celebrities to play in an annual charity softball game fundraising for the Boomer Esiason Foundation - an organization aimed at finding a cure for cystic fibrosis - as well as for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Christie said the biggest difference between Monday's game, held at Yankee stadium, and his days as a high school catcher in New Jersey is about 40 years’ time.

"I'm 40 years older, you know 35 years older, that's about it. So that's the biggest difference. And then probably the way I play but we'll have to wait to see that," he told reporters before the game.

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Michelle Obama: Woman president should happen ASAP
June 23rd, 2014
08:26 PM ET
3 months ago

Michelle Obama: Woman president should happen ASAP

(CNN) – Michelle Obama said Monday she's "definitely" not jumping into politics, but suggested the United States might not be too far away from having its first woman commander in chief.

Asked at the Washington event if she would consider a political career once her husband leaves the White House in 2017, Mrs. Obama gave a flat no.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Michelle Obama • Minimum wage • President Obama
June 23rd, 2014
05:47 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 23, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 23, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

KERRY TO IRAQIS: WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK IF YOU UNITE AGAINST MILITANTS ... U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011. "The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks," Kerry said after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the man who some observers say needs to step down ... “Our support will be intense, sustained," and will be effective if Iraqi leaders unite to face the militant threat, he said. – CNN’s Chelsea J. Carter, Hamdi Alkhshali and Susanna Capelouto

Gut Check Full Service: Half the public says the U.S. doesn't have a responsibility to do something about escalating bloodshed in Iraq, according to a new national poll.
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Obama recalls own family's struggle with work-life balance in vow to help working families
June 23rd, 2014
04:55 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama recalls own family's struggle with work-life balance in vow to help working families

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama talked about his own family's struggle to balance work and family life at Monday's White House Summit on Working Families, calling on Congress to act to make finding that balance easier.

“Before I moved into the White House, I was away a lot, sometimes with work, sometimes with campaigning. Michelle was working full-time and was at home with the responsibility all too often of dealing with everything that the girls needed,” the President said.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Washington D.C.
June 23rd, 2014
12:22 PM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Is U.S. doing enough to quell Iraqi fighting?

Washington (CNN) - Half the public says the U.S. doesn't have a responsibility to do something about escalating bloodshed in Iraq, according to a new national poll.

The CBS News/New York Times survey released Monday also indicates a plurality of Americans say President Barack Obama has had the appropriate response so far to the aggressive drive by radical Sunni militants in capturing city after city in northern and central Iraq as they march towards Baghdad.

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Filed under: Iraq • Poll
June 23rd, 2014
11:57 AM ET
3 months ago

How many ways can Romney say no to 2016?

Washington (CNN) – Guys, I think he means it.

With no clear frontrunner or obvious "next-in-line" candidate in the field of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders, Mitt Romney keeps getting asked if he's thinking about throwing his hat in the ring one more time.

But it's not entirely a far-fetched question.

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Filed under: 2016 • Mitt Romney
Veterans neglected for years in VA facility, report says
June 23rd, 2014
11:47 AM ET
3 months ago

Veterans neglected for years in VA facility, report says

By: Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
CNN Investigations

(CNN) – Two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment, according to a scathing letter and report sent Monday to the White House by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC.

In one case, a veteran with a service-connected psychiatric condition was in the facility for eight years before he received a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; in another case, a veteran only had one psychiatric note in his medical chart in seven years as an inpatient at the Brockton, Massachusetts, facility.

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Filed under: Veterans Affairs
June 23rd, 2014
11:44 AM ET
3 months ago

Congress had chances over the years, but action on VA not enough

(CNN) – The day before Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in May, nearly 25 senators signed a letter calling for him to step down amid a widening scandal over delayed medical care for vets.

In the weeks before that, lawmaker after outraged lawmaker rose to denounce systemic problems at the sprawling agency that provides medical and other care to more than 8.5 million veterans. Reports of "cooked books," dying patients on waiting lists, and a warped management culture made headlines.

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Filed under: Congress • Veterans Affairs
Biden touts modest finances as Clinton wealth controversy swirls
June 23rd, 2014
11:36 AM ET
3 months ago

Biden touts modest finances as Clinton wealth controversy swirls

Washington (CNN) - He's long joked about his modest financial standing, but on Monday Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged he's come a long way since being listed among the poorest members of Congress.

The vice president's comments came a day after Hillary Clinton rekindled debate over her and her husband's wealth by making a comparison to other wealthy people who the former secretary of state said were "truly well off." Biden's comments seemed to contrast his modest finances with those of Clinton, who could be a rival on the presidential campaign trail if both decide to run for the White House again in 2016.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden
CNN/ORC Poll illustrates Democrats turnout problem
June 23rd, 2014
11:07 AM ET
3 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll illustrates Democrats turnout problem

Washington (CNN) -- It's the biggest question surrounding this year's midterm elections: how many people will turn out to vote?

The answer is crucial, because a smaller, more typical midterm electorate should favor the Republican Party. That's because single women, and younger and minority voters, who are big supporters of Democrats in presidential election years, tend to cast ballots in smaller numbers in the midterms.

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Filed under: 2014 • CNN/ORC International poll • CNN/ORC poll
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