August 5th, 2014
07:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul attempts to clear up stance on U.S. aid to Israel

Davenport, Iowa (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul tried to clarify his position Tuesday on U.S. foreign aid to Israel, saying he strongly supports sending money to the country but added he believes Israel will be better off without foreign assistance in the long run.

“I've spent the last four years trying to put conditions on aid to people who hate us and burn our flag,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I've also talked about that every country ultimately would be better off to be independent.”

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Flipping the primary script: GOP establishment candidate challenges tea party incumbent
August 5th, 2014
06:54 PM ET
2 months ago

Flipping the primary script: GOP establishment candidate challenges tea party incumbent

Updated 11:06 p.m. ET, 8/5/2014

(CNN) – The familiar 2014 narrative - tea party challenger takes on establishment GOP incumbent - was turned on its head Tuesday as Michigan voters headed to the polls in the state's Republican primary.

Challenger Brian Ellis, a wealthy businessman who has support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hoping to unseat two-term Rep. Justin Amash, came up short.

Amash will beat Ellis in the GOP contest for the state's 3rd Congressional District, CNN projects.

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Filed under: 2014 • Michigan • Republican Party
August 5th, 2014
05:41 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 5, 2014

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

U.S. GENERAL KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN … An American general was killed Tuesday after a shooter wearing an Afghan military uniform opened fire at a training facility in Kabul, U.S. officials told CNN. The gunman, who was killed, was believed to be an Afghan soldier who had served for some time, according to a Pentagon official. At least 15 coalition troops, including other Americans, were wounded in the attack, U.S. officials said. – Ashley Fantz and Jim Sciutto
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Congress defined: 'Useless,' 'worthless,' a 'joke'
This word cloud represents the most frequently used words from more than 5,000 submissions on Facebook and Twitter to our #CongressInOneWord challenge.
August 5th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Congress defined: 'Useless,' 'worthless,' a 'joke'

(CNN) – It can be tough to agree on a single word to describe something that affects every single American.

But when it comes to Congress, the task suddenly doesn't seem so insurmountable.

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Filed under: Congress • Politics • Polls • Social Media
Bill Clinton: America has 'barely scratched the surface' on African investment
August 5th, 2014
11:03 AM ET
2 months ago

Bill Clinton: America has 'barely scratched the surface' on African investment

Washington (CNN) - With the vast majority of African leaders in town for a White House summit on the future of the continent, former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that partnering with African business is a "massive opportunity for American business."

Clinton, who moderated the opening panel at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, said that although the conventional wisdom is that Africa needs the United States far more than America needs Africa, the reality is that the U.S. business community "needs this relationship as much or more as Africa and its business community.”

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Filed under: Africa • Bill Clinton • President Obama
Poll: Majority of Americans feel their representative is part of the problem
August 5th, 2014
09:14 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Majority of Americans feel their representative is part of the problem

Washington (CNN) - Note to Congress: Your constituents are turning on you.

For the first time, a majority of Americans said they disapproved of their representative and thought they were part of the problem in Washington, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll out Tuesday. The poll found that 51% of Americans disapprove of the way their own member of Congress is handling his or her job, while 41% approve.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Polls
Senate primary vote could end ugly Kansas GOP race
August 5th, 2014
08:10 AM ET
2 months ago

Senate primary vote could end ugly Kansas GOP race

Washington (CNN) - Tuesday's Senate primary in Kansas could end another ugly showdown that pits a tea party-backed challenger against an establishment Republican incumbent.

The race between Sen. Pat Roberts and challenger Milton Wolf, a second cousin of President Barack Obama, has seen controversies over residency and Facebook photos, and a rare streetside confrontation.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kansas
August 5th, 2014
08:05 AM ET
2 months ago

Undocumented immigrant confronts Rep. Steve King at fundraiser

Okoboji, Iowa (CNN) – Republican Rep. Steve King was confronted Monday night at his own fundraiser by an undocumented immigrant and activist who argued with the Iowa congressman over his stance on immigration.

Erika Andiola, who’s involved with the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, mostly took issue with King’s vote last week to curb the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows certain young people - who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children - to delay deportation.

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Filed under: Immigration • Iowa • Steve King
August 5th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 months ago

White House preparing for ‘state dinner times 50’

Updated 12:15 p.m. ET, 8/6/2014

Washington (CNN) — Planning and executing a White House dinner for one foreign leader is hard enough — for every perfectly arranged place setting is a sari-wearing party crasher or a recently separated French president.

The careful display of protocol will only be multiplied Tuesday when fifty African leaders — in town for an historic summit convened by President Barack Obama — arrive at the White House for a formal dinner.

Battle-tested White House staffers have been busy ensuring the menu (tomato soup, aged beef) and entertainment (Lionel Richie) align with rules of etiquette and diplomacy that dictate these kinds of events.

To wit: servers are prepared to identify who will drink wine, and who will abstain because their Islamic faith forbids it.

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Filed under: State Dinner • White House
August 5th, 2014
12:56 AM ET
2 months ago

In Iowa, Rand Paul makes case for more compassionate GOP

OKOBOJI, Iowa (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul brought his recent crusade for a more compassionate Republican Party to the northwest part of Iowa on Monday, appealing to a crowd of social conservatives at a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King.

The Kentucky Republican made his push for sentencing reform in the criminal justice system, the laws of which "disproportionately affect African Americans and Hispanics," Paul said.

"Until you show that you care about them and that you want to do something about them, you're not going to win," he told the audience. "So if we want to win, we're going to have to change."

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Filed under: GOP • Iowa • Rand Paul • Republican • Republican Party