Clinton polling well in key presidential battleground
July 24th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
1 hour ago

Clinton polling well in key presidential battleground

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is the clear 2016 frontrunner in the nation's largest presidential battleground state, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Florida voters indicates the former secretary of state, who's seriously considering a second bid for the White House, with leads from seven to 21 percentage points over potential GOP presidential candidates in possible 2016 showdowns.

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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Poll • President Obama
Report: Montana Senator plagiarized grad school paper
July 24th, 2014
09:33 AM ET
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Report: Montana Senator plagiarized grad school paper

(CNN) - A significant portion of a paper Montana Sen. John Walsh had to complete to obtain his Master’s degree was taken directly from two sources and given no attribution, according to the New York Times.

At least one-quarter of the 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” from the United States Army War College was copied from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report and a 1998 Harvard scholar's essay, the Times reports.

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Paul Ryan lays out new poverty plan
July 24th, 2014
08:06 AM ET
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Paul Ryan lays out new poverty plan

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan spelled 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 to the plan, which the Wisconsin Republican detailed at the American Enterprise Institute, 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
4 hours ago

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


Filed under: Democrats • Elections • President Obama
In Colorado, Christie doesn’t shy away from pot comments
July 23rd, 2014
07:52 PM ET
4 hours ago

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
4 hours ago

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
4 hours ago

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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