Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge
August 29th, 2014
03:51 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge

(CNN) – A Mississippi judge has tossed out state Sen. Chris McDaniel's challenge to that state's June 24 GOP primary runoff results, ending another chapter in one of the most bitterly contested U.S. Senate primaries in recent memory and bringing longtime Sen. Thad Cochran one step closer to another term in Washington.

Special Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel waited too long to file his challenge with state Republican Party. McDaniel filed the challenge 41 days after the election; McGehee said that under state law the challenge had to be filed within 20 days.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Congress • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
August 28th, 2014
12:20 AM ET
4 months ago

McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

(CNN) – In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.

 

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Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in memorable political drama, dies
August 18th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
4 months ago

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in memorable political drama, dies

(CNN) – Jim Jeffords, who shifted the balance of power in the Senate when he left the Republican Party in 2001, died on Monday.

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Filed under: Congress
August 14th, 2014
10:29 AM ET
4 months ago

Ice Bucket Challenge: Politicians get soaked

(CNN) - Ice water is starting to drench the political scene.

A number of political figures have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Filed under: Congress
August 11th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
4 months ago

Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration

Washington (CNN) – Republicans already are steaming about President Barack Obama's expected executive action to potentially allow millions of undocumented workers to remain in the country.

But another debate on immigration will refocus on internal GOP splits and raise questions about whether the party is taking any of its own advice about being more open to Hispanics.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
August 10th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
4 months ago

Cuccinelli: Harry Reid the lead blocker

Washington (CNN) – Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservative Fund president, blames the stalemate in Congress on the Democratic “obstructionist Senate.”

He says the House, at the very least, is voting more than the Senate, and he says the government should get out of the way.

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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Ken Cuccinelli
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low
August 8th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low

Washington (CNN) – Four decades after President Richard Nixon resigned, a slight majority of Americans still consider Watergate a very serious matter, a new national survey shows. But how serious depends on when you were born.

The CNN/ORC International poll's release comes one day before the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. With the Watergate scandal escalating, the second-term Republican president had lost much of his political backing, and he faced almost certain impeachment and the prospects of being removed from office by a Democratic-dominated House and Senate.

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Incumbent GOP Senator defeats tea party backed candidate in Tennessee Senate race
August 8th, 2014
01:17 AM ET
4 months ago

Incumbent GOP Senator defeats tea party backed candidate in Tennessee Senate race

(CNN) – Longtime GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander easily won the Tennessee Republican primary Thursday, defeating tea party backed candidate state Rep. Joe Carr.

With nearly all precincts accounted for, Alexander held off Carr with just under 50% of the vote while Carr received just over 40%, according to the Associated Press.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
Tea party's last chance in 2014 primaries comes down to Tennessee Senate race
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
August 7th, 2014
08:37 AM ET
4 months ago

Tea party's last chance in 2014 primaries comes down to Tennessee Senate race

(CNN) – The Republican primary in Tennessee on Thursday is the tea party's last chance - albeit a distant one - to beat an establishment incumbent this election year.

Longtime GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is defending his seat against state Rep. Joe Carr.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
August 6th, 2014
06:07 PM ET
4 months ago

Benghazi probe presses ahead despite new report

(CNN) -- The GOP-led House Select Committee on the Benghazi terror attack shows no sign of backing down despite a report from another congressional panel that, according to a top Democrat, found no intelligence failures around the deadly 2012 assault.

"There is more work to be done and more to be investigated," a spokeswoman for House Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN on Wednesday.

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