August 4th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
1 month ago

Rand Paul argues that he never proposed ending foreign aid to Israel

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul denied Monday that he had ever proposed legislation that would halt U.S. foreign aid to Israel, despite previously calling for an end to foreign aid for all countries.

“I haven’t really proposed that in the past,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters when asked if he still stood by his call to stop all foreign aid, given the unrest in Israel and Gaza.

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Filed under: 2016 • Israel • Nebraska • Rand Paul
Six weeks later, McDaniel challenges Mississippi runoff result
August 4th, 2014
06:59 PM ET
1 month ago

Six weeks later, McDaniel challenges Mississippi runoff result

Washington (CNN) – Chris McDaniel on Monday officially contested results showing he lost a Republican primary to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, revealing what his camp alleges is evidence of voter fraud and other irregularities.

"They asked us to put up or shut up. Here we are. Here we are with the evidence," McDaniel said at a news conference in Jackson.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi
Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option
August 4th, 2014
05:34 PM ET
1 month ago

Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option

(CNN) – Critics are pouncing on remarks Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois, made to supporters earlier this year that a government shutdown was an option to help the state deal with its financial troubles.

Video of his comments picked up steam on Monday as the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which recently threw its support behind Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, circulated the clip, posted to the union's YouTube page, of Rauner addressing the Tazewell County Republican Party at its Lincoln Day dinner in March.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Illinois • Ronald Reagan
August 4th, 2014
05:20 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 4, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 4, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS AGREE TO 3-DAY CEASE-FIRE: Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that Israel has agreed to a three-day cease-fire proposed by Egypt. A Palestinian delegation has also agreed to the cease-fire, according to senior Hamas official Izzat Risheq. The ceasefire starts 1am EST, or 8am local time.
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Biden calls on African leaders in fight for democracy, pledges U.S. support
August 4th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
1 month ago

Biden calls on African leaders in fight for democracy, pledges U.S. support

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden laid the interests of the United States, and the world, alongside the success of African countries in a pledge to support regions of the continent where he says democracy is threatened.

Citing an old African proverb, Biden encouraged the attendees to work with partners for a better future: “'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ There is no time when that is more true than today. We’re prepared to go with you, if you want us to.”

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James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies
August 4th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
1 month ago

James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies

(CNN) – James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, the White House said on Monday.

He was 73.

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Filed under: Gun control • Ronald Reagan • White House
August 4th, 2014
11:51 AM ET
1 month ago

Montana newspapers to Sen. Walsh: Drop out of Senate race now

Washington (CNN) – Under fire for plagiarism, Democratic Sen. John Walsh of Montana is now feeling the pressure at home.

Newspapers from the two largest cities in Montana are calling for Walsh to end his Senate campaign in light of charges that he plagiarized part of a paper needed to complete his master's degree at the Army War College.

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Filed under: 2014 • Montana
First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser
August 4th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser

Washington (CNN) — Mitt Romney is Jersey bound.

The former Republican presidential nominee will team up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a fundraiser benefiting the New Jersey Republican Party next month, sources familiar with the plans told CNN.

The event is billed as a birthday celebration for Christie, who turns 52 next month.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • New Jersey
August 4th, 2014
09:59 AM ET
1 month ago

From end to end: Rand Paul launches campaign-style barnstorm across Iowa

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul kicks off a three-day swing Monday across Iowa, holding campaign-style events and fund-raisers with local politicians as the potential Republican presidential contender barnstorms the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Paul's route will take him through nine cities from the state's western border to its eastern edge. The Kentucky Republican will also help the state Republican Party open multiple offices ahead of the midterm elections.

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Filed under: Iowa • Rand Paul
Poll: Only 3% of voters think Congress is very productive
August 4th, 2014
09:13 AM ET
1 month ago

Poll: Only 3% of voters think Congress is very productive

Washington (CNN) – Democrats are fond of labeling the 113th Congress "the least productive Congress in modern history."

And according to a new poll, a strong majority Americans agree with them.

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Filed under: Congress • Polls