Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration
July 10th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
5 months ago

Unusual trio pushes for action on immigration

(CNN) - An unlikely trio is pushing for an end to the deadlock in Washington over immigration reform.

Sheldon Adelson, a casino mogul and major Republican donor, teamed up with tech billionaire Bill Gates and investor icon Warren Buffett, both supporters of President Barak Obama, to urge Congress and the White House to find common ground on immigration reform.

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Poll: New Hampshire GOP still split, Hillary the favorite for Dems
July 10th, 2014
08:15 PM ET
5 months ago

Poll: New Hampshire GOP still split, Hillary the favorite for Dems

(CNN) - It's a mixed bag for a Republican 2016 favorite in New Hampshire, according to a new survey of registered voters in the state.

The WMUR Granite State poll also indicates Hillary Clinton leading the potential Democratic presidential pack but her popularity has fallen slightly over the past few months.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Elizabeth Warren • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rand Paul
House GOP backer of immigration reform throws in towel
July 10th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
5 months ago

House GOP backer of immigration reform throws in towel

Washington (CNN) – You know immigration reform is truly dead on Capitol Hill when Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart throws in the towel.

Diaz-Balart has been one of staunchest immigration reform advocates in Congress.

Thursday morning he made one final push in a meeting with Speaker John Boehner to get a House vote on a targeted reform bill he crafted with a small bipartisan group, but he was shut down.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Immigration
July 10th, 2014
06:07 PM ET
5 months ago

Republicans to sue Obama over health law

(CNN) – House Republicans plan to sue President Barack Obama over the sweeping health care law he championed.

Speaker John Boehner said the suit will follow the argument Obama violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress and changing the law's employer mandate on his own.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • John Boehner • Obamacare • President Obama
July 10th, 2014
05:57 PM ET
5 months ago

Anti-deportation activists protest outside Obama’s Austin speech

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the Paramount Theatre in Austin on Thursday, rallying against President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

The group was trying to send a message to the President, who was speaking inside, asking him to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Texas
IRS employee touted Obama to helpline callers
July 10th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
5 months ago

IRS employee touted Obama to helpline callers

(CNN) - An IRS employee has been suspended for "repeatedly" trying to convince callers to a customer service help line to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012.

The Office of Special Counsel, which handles whistle blower complaints, said the employee, whose name was not released, delivered a "chant based on the spelling of the employee's last name."

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Filed under: IRS • President Obama
July 10th, 2014
04:50 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama uses film reference to criticize GOP

Austin, Texas (CNN) - President Barack Obama is using a famous movie line to express his frustration with congressional Republicans.

During a speech in Austin, Texas on Thursday, the President compared himself to Mark Wahlberg's character in Martin Scorsese's film "The Departed," as he criticized GOP lawmakers for inaction and for threatening to sue him for his use of executive authority.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
July 10th, 2014
04:42 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 10, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

PERRY: ‘HE SHOWED UP AT SANDY. WHY NOT TEXAS?’ ... Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others are lashing out at President Barack Obama's decision not to tour border facilities overwhelmed by a flood of undocumented children, saying he was shirking a fundamental duty. "The American people expect to see their President when there is a disaster," he told CNN's Kate Bolduan in an interview that aired Thursday, citing Obama's trip to the East Coast to tour damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. "He showed up at Sandy. Why not Texas?"
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Cuomo book to get first run with 200k copies
July 10th, 2014
03:13 PM ET
5 months ago

Cuomo book to get first run with 200k copies

(CNN) - Harper Collins is banking on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring in the dough as a popular author.

The Democratic governor's memoir "All Things Possible: Success and Setbacks in Politics and Life," will have an initial printing of 200,000 copies, the publishing company confirmed to CNN Thursday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Andrew Cuomo • New York
Shaun Donovan confirmed as budget director
July 10th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
5 months ago

Shaun Donovan confirmed as budget director

(CNN) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Shaun Donovan to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The vote was 75-22 to confirm Donovan to become the next budget chief in the cabinet-level position central to the day-to-day running of the federal government.

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