Sen. Susan Collins expresses support for same-sex marriage
June 25th, 2014
08:53 PM ET
3 months ago

Sen. Susan Collins expresses support for same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, indicated her support Wednesday for same-sex-marriage, becoming the fourth sitting Republican senator to do so.

“A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins said according to the Bangor Daily News in response to one of its reporter's questions.

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Filed under: Maine • Same-sex marriage • Susan Collins
June 25th, 2014
07:10 PM ET
3 months ago

Cochran’s strategy: Good or bad for the GOP?

(CNN) – A number of high-profile conservative activists are steamed over Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to court traditionally Democratic voters – including African-Americans – in his primary runoff victory over tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

“I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days,” Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show. “Uncle Toms for Thad?”

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Republican Party • Thad Cochran
Hillary Clinton wants 2014 Democrats to run on Obamacare
June 25th, 2014
06:31 PM ET
3 months ago

Hillary Clinton wants 2014 Democrats to run on Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton has yet to announce whether she is running for president in 2016, but in an interview that aired Wednesday, Clinton outlined how she would run in favor of Obamacare "if [she] were a Democrat running for reelection in 2014."

Clinton, who in the past has said she is both supportive of Obamacare and of fixes to change the law, told PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill in an interview taped Tuesday that Democrats "need to" run on President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Obamacare
June 25th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
3 months ago

Charlie Rangel on slim victory: My opponent was more popular than I thought

(CNN) – Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, who was first elected in 1971, claimed victory in what he says is his last race, looking like he'll survive a second straight narrow victory against the same opponent he faced two years ago when he barely kept his political career alive.

Rangel blamed the changing district for his slim margins of victory.

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Rangel • New York
Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records
June 25th, 2014
06:04 PM ET
3 months ago

Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records

Washington (CNN) - Expanding his IRS investigation by more than two decades, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, has sent a subpoena to the Federal Elections Commission for all communications involving former IRS administrator Lois Lerner from January 1, 1986 to the present day.

This new search is the broadest-yet for records in a year-long investigation by Issa and congressional Republicans, who are trying to assess why the agency targeted tea party and other political groups for extra scrutiny.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • FEC • IRS
June 25th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 25, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 25, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

COCHRAN’S STRATEGY: GOOD OR BAD FOR GOP? ... A number of high-profile conservative activists are steamed over Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to court traditionally Democratic voters – including African-Americans – in his primary runoff victory over tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

“I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days,” Rush Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated radio show. “Uncle Toms for Thad?”
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In rare bipartisan achievement, Senate easily passes jobs bill
June 25th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
3 months ago

In rare bipartisan achievement, Senate easily passes jobs bill

Washington (CNN) – Talk about something you don’t see very often anymore.

In an unusually strong bipartisan vote, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a rewrite of federal workforce training programs that are designed to improve job skills and drive down the unemployment rate.

The legislation passed 95-3.

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Filed under: Congress • Jobs
Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together
June 25th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
3 months ago

Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together

Washington (CNN) - After more than six decades of public service, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid his last official visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader discussed with President Barack Obama the wavering stability in the Middle East as civil uprisings in Iraq and Syria plague the region, as well as Iran's nuclear program – an issue Israel sees as a major threat to its security.

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Filed under: Iran • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • President Obama • Syria • White House
Christie warns of budget fight at town hall
June 25th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
3 months ago

Christie warns of budget fight at town hall

(CNN) - With a budget deadline just days away and New Jersey facing a billion dollar shortfall, Gov. Chris Christie told a town hall audience on Wednesday that he will veto any bill that crosses his desk containing a tax hike.

The Republican governor was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the gymnasium at an elementary school in Haddon Heights, a suburb of Philadelphia, for his 122nd town hall. Before taking questions, Christie said he will not approve any budget that raises taxes and fees.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
'Clinton: The Musical' to make U.S. debut in July
June 25th, 2014
02:31 PM ET
3 months ago

'Clinton: The Musical' to make U.S. debut in July

(CNN) - The Clintons and Monica Lewinsky will be sharing the stage this summer, but probably not in the way you would expect.

"Clinton: The Musical" will make its U.S. debut at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Chelsea Clinton • Hillary Clinton
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