Louisiana's Bill Cassidy says teen daughter pregnant, report says
July 3rd, 2014
07:19 PM ET
2 months ago

Louisiana's Bill Cassidy says teen daughter pregnant, report says

(CNN) - The unmarried 17-year-old daughter of conservative Republican congressman and Louisiana Senate candidate Bill Cassidy is pregnant, according to a published report on Thursday.

"Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer," Cassidy, a physician, said in a statement to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 3, 2014
July 3rd, 2014
06:30 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 3, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 3, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

PERRY VS. POTUS: THE BATTLE OVER THE BORDER ... The White House responded Thursday to Rick Perry’s statement on Fox News that if President Barack Obama doesn’t travel to the southern border to deal with the ongoing immigration crisis, “it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern” of what’s happening there.
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Perry urges Obama, Congress to work together on border security
July 3rd, 2014
04:55 PM ET
2 months ago

Perry urges Obama, Congress to work together on border security

(CNN) - Unlike some of his fellow Republicans, Texas Gov. Rick Perry declined to place direct blame on President Barack Obama for the recent influx of children illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the United States.

Perry was given multiple opportunities at a congressional hearing Thursday in Texas to fault the Obama administration for what the White House and Republicans are calling a "humanitarian crisis."

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House Ethics Committee does U-turn on travel requirement
July 3rd, 2014
02:24 PM ET
2 months ago

House Ethics Committee does U-turn on travel requirement

updated 4:10pm ET

Washington (CNN) – Two days after a little-known rules change became public, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee announced a complete reversal Thursday, and the committee reinstated a requirement for how members disclose privately-funded trips.

Ethics Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, revealed the U-turn during a local radio interview in Texas Thursday morning. A few hours later, the committee sent out an official seven-page statement confirming the reversal.

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Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives
No polling fireworks for Obama or Congress this July 4th
July 3rd, 2014
01:40 PM ET
2 months ago

No polling fireworks for Obama or Congress this July 4th

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks his sixth Independence Day in the White House, his approval ratings remain near the lowest of his presidency.

Just 41% of Americans approve of the job the President's doing in office, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls. But while Obama's numbers are anything but impressive, the approval rating for Congress is significantly lower.

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Christie vetoes bill to limit gun magazine capacity
July 3rd, 2014
12:50 PM ET
2 months ago

Christie vetoes bill to limit gun magazine capacity

(CNN) - Pushing back against gun control advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Wednesday that would reduce ammunition magazine limits from 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

Explaining his decision, the Republican governor bristled at the argument that reducing the legal maximum would spare lives in a mass shooting.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Gun control • Gun rights • New Jersey
Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq
July 3rd, 2014
09:18 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Obama gets thumbs up and thumbs down on Iraq

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush gets more blame than his successor in the White House for the situation in Iraq, according to a new national poll which also indicates that majority of voters nationwide say President Barack Obama's move to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 was the right thing to do.

But a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates voters give Obama negative grades on how he's handling the current unrest in war torn Iraq.

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Filed under: Iraq • Poll • President George W. Bush • President Obama