Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks
July 24th, 2014
10:48 PM ET
5 months ago

Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks

(CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama jumped into the White House fundraising spree on Thursday, prodding supporters in Chicago to hand over the maximum campaign contribution in an attempt to shore up Democrats' chances in upcoming midterm elections.

Her entreaty came as her husband, President Barack Obama, capped a three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast, bringing in millions of dollars for the committees charged with electing Democrats to office.

"We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write," Mrs. Obama told a crowd of donors in Chicago, her hometown. "Writing those checks is the single-most impactful thing that you can do right now."

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July 24th, 2014
06:51 PM ET
5 months ago

White House: ‘Alarming if Congress leaves for the August recess without acting’

(CNN) - In yet another sign that Congress will leave town next week without addressing the influx of young migrants at the southern border, a senior White House official acknowledged there are major doubts that lawmakers will approve President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with the crisis.

"Alarming if Congress leaves for the August recess without acting," the official told reporters ahead of the visit of three Central American presidents to the White House on Friday.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • President Obama • White House
Obama offers populist message on corporate taxes at end of fundraising trip
July 24th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama offers populist message on corporate taxes at end of fundraising trip

Los Angeles (CNN) - Ramping up his populist economic message as midterm elections near, President Barack Obama on Thursday singled out large companies that maneuver through legal loopholes to avoid paying U.S. taxes as “corporate deserters.”

Those firms have effectively renounced any allegiance to their home country, Obama claimed during remarks at a community college here.

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Filed under: Democrats • Economy • Jack Lew • President Obama • Republicans • Taxes • Treasury • Treasury Department • White House
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 24, 2014
July 24th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
4 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 24, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN … CNN POLL: MOST SAY BORDER KIDS COULD STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES TEMPORARILY: According to a CNN/ORC International poll, a bare majority of Americans view migrant youth crossing the southern border as refugees rather than illegal immigrants. Most say they'd be willing to have the federal government temporarily relocate some of them to their communities or their city. – Paul Steinhauser
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Flight ban ‘could go back into place’
July 24th, 2014
06:01 PM ET
5 months ago

Flight ban ‘could go back into place’

(CNN) – Even as the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv, two U.S. officials say the facts on the ground in Israel are the same as they were before the FAA freeze was put into place.

A State Department official says, "The circumstances in Tel Aviv from 72 hours ago are no different than the circumstances now."

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CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration
July 24th, 2014
05:01 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration

Washington (CNN) - The current crisis on the nation's southern border appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released on Thursday also indicates that a majority of those surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return migrant youth from Central America who have surged across the U.S. border with Mexico this year.

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Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad
July 24th, 2014
03:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad

(CNN) – U.S. figure skating legend Michelle Kwan has been featured in endorsements for Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and Campbell's Soup.

Now she's promoting something else: Her husband's political campaign.

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Filed under: 2014 • Rhode Island
Hillary Clinton stands by 'Russian reset' in face of recent events
July 24th, 2014
12:35 PM ET
5 months ago

Hillary Clinton stands by 'Russian reset' in face of recent events

Washington (CNN) - It worked.

That is the argument former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made during a Thursday interview about her much talked about 2009 reset of U.S.-Russia relations.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Russia
July 24th, 2014
11:55 AM ET
5 months ago

Do you want the drinking age lowered?

(CNN) - When it comes to the drinking age, the vast majority of Americans don't want to go back to the future.

Thirty years after 21 became the minimum age to drink alcohol in all 50 states, a new national poll indicates that nearly three-quarters of the public opposes lowering the age to 18.

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First on CNN: RGA urged Astorino to avoid meeting after Christie clash
July 24th, 2014
11:46 AM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: RGA urged Astorino to avoid meeting after Christie clash

Washington (CNN) — Rob Astorino, New York’s GOP candidate for governor, was urged not to attend a Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen this week after publicly clashing with the group’s chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, over support for his underdog campaign, which Christie called “a lost cause.”

Astorino rebuffed the request — which was made by an unidentified RGA staffer who said the group wanted to “avoid conflict” at the meeting — and went ahead with an overnight trip to the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen to meet with donors and other governors, GOP sources familiar with incident told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New York • RGA
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