First on CNN: New PAC launches ads to limit flood of outside spending
July 30th, 2014
10:32 PM ET
52 minutes ago

First on CNN: New PAC launches ads to limit flood of outside spending

(CNN) - A new group that advocates full disclosure of campaign spending says it's going up Thursday with newspaper ads calling on both the Democratic and Republican candidates in three key congressional races to reject spending by outside groups.

CounterPAC, which is backed by around a half-dozen tech entrepreneurs, says the ads are the first step in what the group says is its national campaign pushing candidates to pledge to reject what it calls "dark" money expenditures by outside groups during this year's midterm elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Campaign finance
House Republicans changing border bill with Cruz-backed measure to appease conservatives
July 30th, 2014
09:59 PM ET
1 hour ago

House Republicans changing border bill with Cruz-backed measure to appease conservatives

Still struggling to secure the votes to pass their border funding bill, House GOP leaders are discussing a way to add a provision that would bar the President from allowing any more deferments for children of undocumented workers in the U.S. now, according to a senior House GOP aide.

The change to the 2012 Obama administration policy known as "DACA" has been pushed by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, and a group of House Republicans has also pressed House leaders to add it to their $659 million border measure.
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Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'
July 30th, 2014
09:05 PM ET
2 hours ago

Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'

Arlington, Virginia (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul lambasted MNSBC on Wednesday, pledging not to be a guest on the network until it "apologizes" for airing "lousy lies" about his positions.

"So I was having a great day today, then I went to MSNBC," the Kentucky Republican said to laughs at a convention in Arlington, Virginia for the libertarian group, Young Americans for Liberty.

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Filed under: MSNBC • Rand Paul
July 30th, 2014
06:55 PM ET
4 hours ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BOEHNER LAWSUIT ADVANCES … The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. The vote was 225-201.

GAO: HEALTHCARE.GOV COST $840 MILLION … The cost of developing the initially-troubled website HealthCare.gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to the Government Accountability Office.- Rachel Streitfeld.
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Kansas Senate opponents come face-to-face ahead of GOP primary
July 30th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
3 hours ago

Kansas Senate opponents come face-to-face ahead of GOP primary

(CNN) - You don't see this every day on the campaign trail.

With less than a week to go until primary day in Kansas, Republican challenger Milton Wolf confronted Sen. Pat Roberts in hopes of debating him.

They crossed paths on a sidewalk in downtown Emporia as the three-term GOP senator was meeting local business owners.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kansas • Pat Roberts
Michelle Obama evokes personal story to inspire young African leaders to pay it forward
July 30th, 2014
05:32 PM ET
6 hours ago

Michelle Obama evokes personal story to inspire young African leaders to pay it forward

Washington (CNN) -- Speaking before a packed ballroom of young African leaders and innovators, first lady Michelle Obama advocated Wednesday for female empowerment through education.

“I imagine that for some of you here today, getting your degree might have meant disobeying or disappointing your families,” she said, specifically addressing the girls in the room.

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Healthcare.gov cost $840 million, study finds
July 30th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
6 hours ago

Healthcare.gov cost $840 million, study finds

Washington (CNN) - The cost of developing the initially-troubled website Healthcare.Gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office released Thursday.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
CIA interrogation report could be released publicly next week
July 30th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
6 hours ago

CIA interrogation report could be released publicly next week

Washington (CNN) – A Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA’s controversial interrogation and detention program following the 9/11 terror attacks could be released to the public as soon as next week, congressional sources in each party said Wednesday.

The document that will be released is a nearly 700 page summary of the full 6,800 page report that was approved a year and a half ago by a committee sharply divided along party lines.

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Filed under: 2014 • CIA • Senate
Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error
July 30th, 2014
03:57 PM ET
6 hours ago

Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error

Washington (CNN) - Senators trying to mount a head-on battle with the House over highway funding may have doomed their own bill with a $2 billion mistake.

“We are working to address this technical error,” wrote Tara DiJulio, spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who cosponsored the legislation along with two Democrats.

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Filed under: 2014 • Department of Transportation • Senate
Obama administration expands push against voter laws
July 30th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
6 hours ago

Obama administration expands push against voter laws

Washington (CNN) -- The Obama administration is expanding its push to stop what it calls "restrictive state laws" over the ability of voters to cast ballots.

The Justice Department said it was filing legal briefs in support of separate, private lawsuits against Wisconsin and Ohio.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Voter Problems • Wisconsin
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