(CNN) - The Democratic frontrunner to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan on Thursday picked up the support of Levin and the state's other Democratic senator, Debbie Stabenow.
Rep. Gary Peters, a three-term Democrat whose district includes parts of Detroit, got a boost after Democratic activist Debbie Dingell, wife of a veteran congressman, and former two-term Gov. Jennifer Granholm each announced they would sit out the race.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 23, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA, TERRORISM AND THE FUTURE: President Barack Obama in a major counterterrorism speech Thursday defended the American drone program, saying that despite the controversies around it, the strikes are legal and save lives. – Jamie Crawford and Joe Sterling
ON DRONES: “America does not take strikes when we have the ability to capture individual terrorists – our preference is always to detain, interrogate, and prosecute them. America cannot take strikes wherever we choose – our actions are bound by consultations with partners, and respect for state sovereignty. … And before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured – the highest standard we can set.”
ON GUANTANAMO: “When I ran for President the first time, John McCain supported closing GTMO. No person has ever escaped from one of our super-max or military prisons in the United States. Our courts have convicted hundreds of people for terrorism-related offenses, including some who are more dangerous than most GTMO detainees. Given my Administration's relentless pursuit of al Qaeda's leadership, there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that should never have been opened.”
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's solemn remarks on drones and counterterrorism were interrupted at length Thursday by a protester who loudly advocated for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison – the same position Obama was stressing in his speech.
The woman shouting was identified as peace activist Medea Benjamin of the group Code Pink, whose members have been loudly interrupting congressional hearings and official speeches for years.
(CNN) - It's take two for Tom Tancredo.
After making a bid for Colorado governor as a third party candidate in 2010, the former GOP congressman known nationally for his outspoken and hardline stance on illegal immigration, Thursday announced he's running for governor again, in 2014, but this time as a Republican.
(CNN) – Justice Department probes leading to the seizure of journalists' phone and e-mail records have prompted a review of the government's practices in investigating leaks of secret information, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
In a speech that also detailed the government's use of drones to kill American citizens – acts which were originally made public through leaks of classified information – Obama said reports of investigations targeting journalists had him worried for the future of a watchdog press.
(CNN) - Normally, the disclosure of lewd photos and messages exchanged in a sexting scandal would derail a campaign. But for Anthony Weiner, that would be old news.
He said as much in an interview Thursday, repeating a statement he made prior to yesterday's launch of his New York mayoral campaign. Weiner acknowledged it is possible that more photos from the scandal which led him to step down from Congress in 2011 could come out.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama announced changes to American counterterrorism policy Thursday in a speech at the National Defense University in Washington. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery.
Washington (CNN) – As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarks on her new career as a paid speaker, she joins a lucrative family business that already has earned her husband more than $100 million since leaving office in 2001.
And despite the sluggish economy, business is booming.
(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker heads to Iowa Thursday, stoking speculation that he's considering a run for the White House in 2016. But the Republican governor is downplaying the visit to the state that votes first in the presidential caucus and primary process.
Walker will headline the Polk County, Iowa Republican Party fundraising event, at the invitation of Iowa's GOP governor, Terry Branstad. Polk County, home to the capital city of Des Moines, is the most populous county in the Hawkeye State.
(CNN) – A top Internal Revenue Service official who declared Wednesday she hadn't broken the law – and then refused to answer lawmaker questions – will be called to appear again in front of a congressional oversight panel, a spokesman for the committee's chairman said Thursday.
Lois Lerner, who oversees the IRS division responsible for tax exempt organizations, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Wednesday at a Capitol Hill hearing meant to probe the tax agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups.