June 28th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
4 months ago

Controversy grows over prosecution of alleged Benghazi attack mastermind

(CNN) – While the suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi is now on U.S. soil, the political fallout related to his prosecution may just be beginning.

The criminal complaint against Ahmed Abu Khatallah was filed nearly a year ago, and he was nabbed two weeks ago in eastern Libya. He appeared in a federal court in Washington on Saturday – much to some Republicans’ chagrin.
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June 14th, 2014
04:13 PM ET
5 months ago

Climate change deniers ‘serious threat’ to future, Obama says

Anaheim, California (CNN) — Describing lawmakers and pundits who deny manmade climate change as a “fairly serious threat to everybody’s future,” President Obama on Saturday called for less debate and more action in combating warming trends.

Delivering the address at University of California Irvine’s commencement, Obama underscored the view of some scientists that the effects of climate change are already being felt nationwide and said he was allocating new funds for communities recovering from natural disasters.
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Obama attends Easter services at personally important Baptist church
April 20th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama attends Easter services at personally important Baptist church

Updated 12:29 p.m. ET, 4/20/2014

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama attended Easter services at the 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, a house of worship that he visited the Sunday before he was first inaugurated President in 2009.

There were a number of similarities between Obama’s 2009 and 2014 appearances at the historic Baptist church, including the Reverend Dr. Derrick Harkins, who oversaw both services.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 7, 2013
November 7th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
12 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … BIPARTISAN PUSH TO DELAY OBAMACARE FOR ONE YEAR: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, “introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.”

#RICH: It's official. Wall Street #hearts Twitter. Shares of Twitter soared more than 75% from their offering price in the first hour after it began trading. – Julianne Pepitone

MARKET WATCH: Twitter closed the day up 73% at $44.90, with more 117 million shares exchanging hands on the first day of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1%, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.3%. The NASDAQ was down nearly 2%.
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November 2nd, 2010
11:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Avlon: A victory for checks and balances

Editor's note: The hotly contested campaign for the midterm elections is over. As the results come in, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

So far, the election isn't quite the far-right stampede it was supposed to be. Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado and Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania were putting on strong showings in their Senate races; Independent gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island and Eliot Cutler in Maine were also hanging tough.
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November 2nd, 2010
10:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Bennett: Vice President Rubio in 2013

Editor's note: The hotly contested campaign for the midterm elections is over. As the results come in, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Tuesday was a great night for Republicans because as Marco Rubio said, we now have a second chance. It's still important to remember this country is not quite yet a Republican country, but as of Tuesday night it is saying it is most definitely not a Democratic Party country either.
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November 2nd, 2010
10:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Begala: Congratulations to Republicans – and to Nancy Pelosi

Editor's note: The hotly contested campaign for the midterm elections is over. As the results come in, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Good manners compels me to congratulate the GOP on what looks to be a historic victory. And I would be remiss if I did not recognize the historic speakership of Nancy Pelosi.

America's first female speaker has left some big (metaphorical) high heels to fill. She put the House on the side of working families. If there were a Mount Rushmore for speakers, she would be on it. Look at her historic accomplishments:

The Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act for women, credit card reform, student loan reform, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which tripled AmeriCorps, Cash for Clunkers, the Clean Energy & Security Act, the American Recovry and Reinvestment Act, and most important, fundamental health care reform. The political winds have shifted against her, but the light of history will shine favorably upon her.

Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and counselor to Clinton in the White House.

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Filed under: 2010 Election Analysis
November 2nd, 2010
10:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Erickson: GOP gains not sky-high

Editor's note: The hotly contested campaign for the midterm elections is over. As the results come in, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

The expectations game was one the Republicans built up for themselves, with, in closing days, a number of Republicans really buying the hype that they could get to a gain of 80 or 90 seats in the House.

That is not likely, but the Republicans will, after only four years, take back the House. That's a big shift in four years. They'll have to be cautious, though, because the polling is showing that voters still don't trust the GOP.

The one consistent point we have seen in the House and the Senate is that the Democrats who are holding on in swing states and swing districts are those who ran against the Democrats. Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who won a Senate seat, said he was going to take "the fight to Washington."

Exactly who is he going to fight other than his own president?

Erick Erickson is the editor-in-chief of the conservative website RedState.com

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