Paul Ryan to spell out proposal to help the poor
July 24th, 2014
08:06 AM ET
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Paul Ryan to spell out proposal to help the poor

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan will lay out his plan Thursday to fight poverty, a pilot program that would combine 11 federal programs into one pool of money for participating states.

According the plan, part of which the Wisconsin Republican detailed in an opinion piece for USA Today, states would voluntarily submit their own anti-poverty proposals in order to get money.

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Obama: Tax avoidance akin to renouncing citizenship
July 24th, 2014
06:06 AM ET
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Obama: Tax avoidance akin to renouncing citizenship

Los Angeles (CNN) - American-based firms that use legal loopholes to avoid paying U.S. taxes have effectively renounced any allegiance to their home country, President Barack Obama will claim during remarks at a community college here on Thursday.

Taking up a harsh new attack against companies that establish residency in tax havens like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda while keeping the bulk of their operations in the United States, Obama will call on Congress to mend a loophole allowing billions in tax revenue to slip through the government's fingers.

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Filed under: Democrats • Economy • Jack Lew • President Obama • Republicans • Taxes • Treasury • Treasury Department • White House
Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration influx and urges House Republicans to push comprehensive reform
July 24th, 2014
12:51 AM ET
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Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration influx and urges House Republicans to push comprehensive reform

Washington (CNN) – After several weeks in which the influx of tens of thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border into the United States has dominated the headlines, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote an op-ed about the issue, calling for a change in how the children are handled after they are arrested - and also urging his fellow Republicans not to use this as an "excuse" to abandon comprehensive immigration reform.

His Wall Street Journal opinion piece that published Wednesday evening is similar to the statement he released to CNN last week and is just the second time he's spoken on the issue that has caused national debate as unaccompanied children continue to cross the border at an increasing rate.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate wrote in the in the Wall Street Journal, "We now have a humanitarian crisis on our Southern border that demands strong leadership that respects the rule of law."

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Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'
July 24th, 2014
12:36 AM ET
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Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'

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(CNN) – Olivia Pope may be the best crisis manager - real or fictional - to ever grace Washington.

But that doesn't mean the situations on "Scandal" are anything close to what President Barack Obama wants to see play out in real life.

Speaking during a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, Obama used a now-familiar phrase - "phony scandals" - to describe what he sees as a petty obsession among the political class.      FULL POST


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In Colorado, Christie doesn’t shy away from pot comments
July 23rd, 2014
07:52 PM ET
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In Colorado, Christie doesn’t shy away from pot comments

(CNN) – While in Colorado on Wednesday, Chris Christie said he’s “not backing off an inch” from his previous comments against the state’s decision to legalize marijuana.

“What I said is what I believe,” the New Jersey Republican governor said. “I think legalizing marijuana is the wrong thing to do from a societal perspective, from a governmental perspective.”

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Colorado • Marijuana
Top Democrat predicts – again – his party can win back the House
July 23rd, 2014
07:00 PM ET
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Top Democrat predicts – again – his party can win back the House

Washington (CNN) – Defying virtually all political analysis, the No. 2 House Democrat said his party has "a good shot" at winning enough seats in November to regain control of the House of Representatives.

Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer made a similar prediction in February, but no veteran political observers believe the House Democrats are in a position to pick up the 17 seats they would need to win back the chamber. In fact most national observers believe Republicans will keep or slightly expand the 234 GOP seat majority they hold now in the House.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • Steny Hoyer
Hillary’s spin on the Reagan vs. Clinton economies off-mark
July 23rd, 2014
06:16 PM ET
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Hillary’s spin on the Reagan vs. Clinton economies off-mark

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, throughout much of her book tour, has made bold claims comparing the Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton economies.

Last week, Clinton stepped up those claims in an interview with Charlie Rose when she asserted “if I just were to compare Reagan's eight years with Bill's eight years, it's like night and day in terms of the effects, the number of jobs that were created, the number of people lifted out of poverty 100 times more when Bill was president. And did policies have something to do with that? I would argue that they did.”

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Filed under: Economy • Hillary Clinton
July 23rd, 2014
05:37 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 23, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 23, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ON CNN… BLOOMBERG SAYS FLIGHT BAN REWARDS HAMAS … Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a combative interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in Israel, said he was there “to show support for Israel's right to defend itself" and to underscore, in his opinion, that U.S. flight restrictions there are a mistake that only helps Hamas.
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Dole back on Hill to try and push through U.N. disabilities treaty
July 23rd, 2014
04:19 PM ET
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Dole back on Hill to try and push through U.N. disabilities treaty

(CNN) – Hoping to spur more Republican support, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole returned to the U.S. Capitol to urge ratification of a global disability rights treaty.

The one-time Kansas GOP lawmaker, who had two stints leading the chamber before resigning to run for president in 1996, joined veterans and rights groups at a news conference on Wednesday on the U.N. measure.

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Filed under: Bob Dole • Congress
Game on in pivotal Georgia Senate race
July 23rd, 2014
04:08 PM ET
14 hours ago

Game on in pivotal Georgia Senate race

(CNN) - The general election race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat is kicking into high gear now that the GOP has a nominee.

"Michelle Nunn: Perfect for Obama. Wrong for Georgia," says the narrator in TV commercial by the Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group that's been very critical of the new health care law.

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Filed under: 2014 • Georgia • Michelle Nunn
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