Source: Obama will have 'nice things to say' about DWS
September 19th, 2014
12:51 PM ET
18 hours ago

Source: Obama will have 'nice things to say' about DWS

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will introduce President Obama at the party's Women's Leadership Forum on Friday, a well-placed Democratic source says.

"He'll have nice things to say about her," the source said. As for Politico's story on Democratic and White House grumblings about Schultz, the source said "it didn't come from the White House." But nobody at the White House is pushing back on it either, the source added.

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Filed under: 2014 • Debbie Wasserman Schultz • President Obama
Chris Christie accuses 'Bridgegate' panel of playing politics
September 18th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
2 days ago

Chris Christie accuses 'Bridgegate' panel of playing politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had harsh words Thursday for the committee investigating allegations of abuse of power and the orchestrated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, known to many as the "Bridgegate" scandal.

"It's absolutely not true and it is a completely, a completely partisan act to be doing the leaking that they are doing," he said in response to a reporter's question about claims that his lawyers would not hand over certain documents, citing executive privilege.

The governor lambasted Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chairman of the Select Committee on Investigation, saying he wanted to keep his name in the newspapers and his face on TV.

"We have fully cooperated, absolutely fully cooperated with them, and I am really growing tired of him," Christie said at a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Filed under: Chris Christie
NRA hopes to influence three key Senate races
September 17th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
3 days ago

NRA hopes to influence three key Senate races

The National Rifle Association will weigh in on three of this year's key Senate races with a multimillion dollar ad buy beginning Wednesday.

The NRA effort is aimed at boosting Republican Senate challengers in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina - the outcomes of which could likely determine which party controls the chamber.

The group's campaign is expected to top $4 million in these states, spokesman Andrew Arulanandam confirmed to CNN. It will spend $1.4 million to boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan.

"Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the Obama Administration, and we need leaders like Thom Tillis in the Senate to fight back," states the ad.

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Filed under: 2014 • NRA
Democrats use Romney strategy on Scott Brown
September 16th, 2014
09:19 AM ET
4 days ago

Democrats use Romney strategy on Scott Brown

A new political ad against Republican Scott Brown could easily have been an attack ad against Mitt Romney in 2012.

One of the toughest spots to hit Brown this cycle, the 30-second ad paints the former senator from Massachusetts as a "yes man" to a large corporation that has outsourced jobs.

While the ad never mentions Romney, who campaigned for Brown this summer, the outsourcing attack was a key strategy used by Democrats two years ago when Romney, a former private equity executive, was running for president.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
September 15th, 2014
09:46 AM ET
4 days ago

Clinton in Iowa: Fresh start or deja vu?

"It's been seven years, and a lot has changed," Hillary Clinton said Sunday in her first visit to Iowa since the state dealt her presidential campaign a devastating body blow.

But there was a moment in the afternoon when it seemed like not much had.

Roughly 200 credentialed media were gathered in a far corner of the Indianola Balloon Field, the grassy expanse where Sen. Tom Harkin was convening his 37th and final Steak Fry, an annual fundraiser that doubles as a point of entry for ambitious Democrats curious about the Iowa caucuses.

After a 90-minute wait, the press scrum - scribblers and photographers alike - were herded like cattle through a series of gates and escorted up to a hot smoking grill, waiting to capture the same image: a staged shot of Bill and Hillary Clinton, fresh out of their motorcade, ritualistically flipping steaks with Harkin.

The Clintons ignored the half-hearted shouted questions from reporters - "Mr. President, do you eat meat?" - with practiced ease. They were two football fields away from the nearest voter. Mechanical, distant, heavy-handed: The afternoon spectacle felt a lot like Hillary's 2008 caucus campaign, a succession of errors that crumbled under the weight of a feuding top-heavy staff and the candidate's inability to connect with her party's grassroots.

And then the head fake - and something different.

Read Peter Hamby's report from Indianola in full.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
September 8th, 2014
02:34 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Five reasons Obama's delay on immigration is political

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama says he won't act on immigration reform until after the November congressional elections.

The news angered Latino groups pushing him to make good on past promises to halt or substantially reduce deportations of immigrants living illegally in the country.

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Bill Clinton and George W. Bush yuk it up
September 8th, 2014
02:24 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush yuk it up

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sounded like old college buddies when they appeared in Washington on Monday.

You'd never know that Clinton was the candidate who made Bush's father a one-termer, or that Bush ran for office in 2000 promising to restore "honor and dignity to the White House" after Clinton left.

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September 8th, 2014
02:22 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Finger-pointing over immigration delay begins

(CNN) – President Barack Obama postponed executive action on immigration, but Democrats want voters to know the delay isn't his fault.

Blame Republicans instead, according to the latest Democratic latest talking points.

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Casu Marzu (Italy)
September 8th, 2014
02:19 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Foodies beware: The FDA is coming for your French cheese

WASHINGTON (CNN) – America's food police are patrolling and arresting suspicious French dairy products, which are either delicious cheese or a bacteria-laden menace. You decide.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Food and Drug Administration rules could effectively ban age-old recipes for cheeses like Roquefort, St. Nectaire, Morbier and Tomme de Savoie.

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Filed under: Uncategorized
September 8th, 2014
02:16 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Lyndon Johnson's 'Daisy' ad, which changed the world of politics, turns 50

Washington (CNN) - The screen is black and white.

A little girl, no taller than the weeds that surround her, stands in a field and picks petals from a delicate daisy. She quietly counts each one.

Suddenly an ominous voice can be heard counting down from 10. She looks up as the camera zooms in on her face, all the way into her iris. And then the unthinkable happens: A mushroom cloud.

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