June 26th, 2014
08:26 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama, the ‘Bear,’ is loose and trying to reconnect with voters

(CNN) President Barack Obama first said it two weeks ago during an impromptu walk from the White House to the Interior Department and then again during a quick coffee run to Starbucks just last Monday.

"The bear is loose," he said.

And now he’s modified his new-found catch phrase. At a town hall event in Minnesota on Thursday, he added for emphasis: "I'm feeling super loose today."
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Filed under: President Obama
Do you know who controls Congress?
June 26th, 2014
05:06 PM ET
6 months ago

Do you know who controls Congress?

Washington (CNN) - Just 40% of Americans know which political party controls the Senate and the House of Representatives, according to a national poll.

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday also indicates that about a third of the public can correctly name which party controls one of the two chambers of Congress, with 28% coming up completely empty.

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Filed under: Congress • Poll
June 26th, 2014
05:03 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 26, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 26, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

SCOTUS SLAPS DOWN POTUS ON RECESS APPOINTMENTS ...The Supreme Court unanimously sided with Congress on Thursday in the high-stakes power struggle over presidential recess appointments, in which officials are placed in top government jobs temporarily without Senate approval. The justices' unanimous ruling on the narrowest of grounds against the Obama administration could invalidate hundreds of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency at the center of this legal fight.
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Walker not focus of fundraising probe, prosecutor says
June 26th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
6 months ago

Walker not focus of fundraising probe, prosecutor says

(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not currently the focus of an investigation into allegations of illegally coordinated fundraising efforts between the governor's campaign and outside conservative groups in the midst of a heated 2012 recall campaign, according to a statement released Thursday by a lawyer representing the special prosecutor heading the probe.

That probe is currently on hold, pending a legal challenge from the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the conservative groups in question.

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Filed under: 2016 • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
Rangel primary opponent concedes
June 26th, 2014
03:35 PM ET
6 months ago

Rangel primary opponent concedes

(CNN) - Two days after primary day, it's finally all over in the bitter battle between longtime Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and his main primary challenger.

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat conceded Thursday to Rangel in the Democratic primary for the state's 13th Congressional District.

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Filed under: Charlie Rangel • New York
Cleveland vs. Dallas
Cleveland (top) and Dallas (bottom) are the two finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
June 26th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
6 months ago

Cleveland vs. Dallas

(CNN) - It's down to the "Big D" and the "Rock and Roll Capital of the World."

Both Dallas and Cleveland have plenty of pluses as the two finalists bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Sales of Clinton's 'Hard Choices' drop by over 40% in second week
June 26th, 2014
08:10 AM ET
6 months ago

Sales of Clinton's 'Hard Choices' drop by over 40% in second week

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's new memoir "Hard Choices" experienced a 43% drop in sales in its second week on bookshelves, according to numbers from Nielsen BookScan.

After 85,721 copies of "Hard Choices" were purchased in the book's first week, 48,227 copies of the memoir sold in the second week, according to Nielsen numbers, which make up roughly 85% of all retail book sales and were provided to CNN by a publishing source.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too
June 26th, 2014
02:24 AM ET
6 months ago

Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too

WASHINGTON (CNN) – One day after focusing on lost e-mails at the IRS, the House Oversight Committee learned Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is also having trouble recovering e-mails the committee wants as part of a separate investigation.

McCarthy: "There is a challenge"     

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Republican-led committee that the agency cannot access some e-mails belonging to a biologist who worked on a controversial mining project assessment. It is a hard drive problem, but McCarthy was careful to not call it a "hard drive crash" or destroyed hard drive.      FULL POST


Filed under: Darrell Issa • EPA • Gina McCarthy