June 27th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
1 month ago

Koskinen's donations raised questions as House GOP calls for more documents

(CNN) – Internal Revenue Service chief John Koskinen's own political leanings are coming into question as the controversy continues to unfold involving the agency’s targeting of certain political groups.

Over the past 30 years, Koskinen has given more than $100,000 to Democratic causes, according to FEC filings. But the government veteran downplayed his political activity, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday, "I've never been a partisan operative, a political operative."

FULL POST


Filed under: IRS
Nevada university students call on Clinton to return speaking fee
June 27th, 2014
05:53 PM ET
1 month ago

Nevada university students call on Clinton to return speaking fee

Washington (CNN) – When it rains, it pours for Hillary Clinton.

Students at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas are asking the former secretary of state to return the speaking fee she is set to collect when she appears at a university fundraiser in October.

FULL POST


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Nevada
June 27th, 2014
05:20 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 27, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 27, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ONE YEAR LATER: IS IMMIGRATION REFORM DEAD? Both sides in the heated debate are marking the year anniversary of Senate passage of major immigration reform legislation. Proponents of a comprehensive overhaul vow a weekend of activities trying to put pressure on the House, which has not followed the Senate’s lead, while opponents of that bill are promising to keep up their fight. – Kevin Bohn
FULL POST


Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
June 27th, 2014
12:46 PM ET
1 month ago

Tea party leader in Mississippi controversy dies

(CNN) - Mississippi tea party leader and attorney Mark Mayfield has died, according to his attorney, Merrida Coxwell.

Mayfield was one of the three men charged with conspiring to photograph Sen. Thad Cochran's wife in her nursing home and create a political video against the six-term Republican senator.

FULL STORY


Filed under: Mississippi • Tea Party
June 27th, 2014
12:33 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama’s ‘day in life’ offers opening to tout message and slam Republicans

Minneapolis (CNN) - Presidents don’t usually get to grab cheeseburgers at the corner dive.

But the normal restrictions placed on a commanders-in-chief don’t seem to hinder President Barack Obama recently, who’s continuing his effort to poke through the bubble and experience life as average Americans do – or at least an approximation of it.

FULL POST


Filed under: Minnesota • President Obama • Uncategorized
Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney escalate 'unseemly' tit-for-tat
June 27th, 2014
12:15 PM ET
1 month ago

Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney escalate 'unseemly' tit-for-tat

Washington (CNN) – Dick Cheney finds it funny that Bill Clinton thinks he is "unseemly."

The former vice president was asked by a local paper on Wednesday about Clinton calling him "unseemly" for his recent attacks on President Barack Obama. Cheney stepped up the tit-for-tat by needling Clinton for some of his more famous improprieties.

FULL POST


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Dick Cheney • Iraq
Obama: Boehner's lawsuit is 'a stunt'
June 27th, 2014
11:44 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama: Boehner's lawsuit is 'a stunt'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner's plans to file a lawsuit over the President's use of executive action "a stunt," in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"You notice that he didn't specifically say what exactly he was objecting to. I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing," the President said.

FULL POST


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
June 27th, 2014
09:26 AM ET
1 month ago

McDaniel says 'hundreds' of irregularities found in Mississippi race

(CNN) - Three days after Mississippi's bitter Republican Senate primary runoff ended, the challenger in the race refuses to concede, charging that "this was not a fair election. Activity was illegal, at worst. Unethical, at best."

And in an exclusive interview with CNN affiliate WLOX, state Sen. Chris McDaniel said he was shocked at how fellow Republicans verbally attacked him after he announced a primary challenge against six-term Sen. Thad Cochran.

FULL POST


Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Mississippi • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Thad Cochran
First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband
June 27th, 2014
07:29 AM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband

Washington (CNN) - Barack Obama's third term.

That is what the Republican National Committee wants Americans to think when they consider the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, and that’s the main point in a Web ad to be released Friday by the group.

FULL POST


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama • RNC
June 27th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
1 month ago

A year from Senate passage, foes, advocates of immigration reform battle on

Program note: Explore the journey out of the shadows led by undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. CNN Films’ “Documented” airs Sunday, June 29, at 9 p.m.

(CNN) – Both sides in the heated debate are marking the year anniversary of Senate passage of major immigration reform legislation.

Proponents of a comprehensive overhaul vow a weekend of activities trying to put pressure on the House, which has not followed the Senate’s lead, while opponents of that bill are promising to keep up their fight.

This comes as the Obama administration is trying to deal with an influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families that have streamed across the U.S. southern border.

FULL POST


Filed under: Immigration