June 3rd, 2014
05:22 PM ET
2 months ago

GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi

Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 6/3/2014

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.

With 87% of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. ET, state Sen. Chris McDaniel was narrowly ahead of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 49.9% to 48.4%, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.

In Iowa, CNN projects state Sen. Joni Ernst, who garnered support from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, will win the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. But the two races that are grabbing the most attention are the contests in Mississippi and Iowa.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
June 1st, 2014
04:17 PM ET
2 months ago

Members of Congress waiting for briefing on Bergdahl release

(CNN) – More than 24 hours after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he still has not been briefed by administration officials on the swap.

The California Republican plans to hold hearings about the Bergdahl exchange, he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buck Mckeon • Congress • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama • Terrorism
House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers
May 29th, 2014
08:29 PM ET
2 months ago

House approves more money for background checks on gun buyers

(CNN) - The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan measure that would provide more money for background checks on gun buyers nearly a week after a mass murder in California left seven people dead, including the killer.

The Republican-led chamber added $19.5 million to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is a federal database that states access when processing gun sales.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • House
May 29th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
2 months ago

After 'Blackfish,' lawmakers urge action to protect orcas

(CNN) – Over three dozen members of Congress want the government to ensure the humane treatment of orca whales and other marine animals in captivity, following an outcry sparked by the documentary "Blackfish."

The letter, released Thursday and signed by 37 Democrats and one Republican to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, cites outdated regulations protecting those sea mammals and asserts that the current rules don’t reflect “updated science."

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Republicans, Democrats not pleased with immigration policy delay
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
May 29th, 2014
04:20 PM ET
2 months ago

Republicans, Democrats not pleased with immigration policy delay

Washington (CNN) - Members of both parties on Thursday questioned the Obama administration's decision to delay a review of its immigration policies in the hope of helping to propel a reform package.

"We can only expect DHS's efforts to evade its immigration law enforcement responsibilities to escalate. President Obama asked Secretary Johnson to perform an inventory of the department's enforcement practices to see how it can conduct them more humanely. These are simply code words for further ratcheting down enforcement of our immigration laws," Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said at the opening of a Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’
May 29th, 2014
01:05 PM ET
2 months ago

91-year-old defeated incumbent: ‘I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!’

Washington (CNN) – Ninety-one-year-old Ralph Hall may have lost his primary on Tuesday - the first incumbent defeated this year - but the Texas Republican was greeted with a standing ovation by his House GOP colleagues Thursday morning and cracked jokes about his political future.

A smiling Hall, who lost to tea party-backed candidate John Ratcliffe, told reporters after a closed-door meeting: "I figured it out – damn guy got more votes than I did!"
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Filed under: Congress • Texas
May 27th, 2014
03:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Michelle Obama to Congress: 'This is unacceptable'

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama argued Tuesday that it's "unacceptable" for House Republicans to consider making major changes to the 2010 child nutrition law - a hallmark of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.

"The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health," she said. "Now is not the time to roll back everything that we have worked for. Our kids deserve so much better than that."
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Filed under: Congress • Michelle Obama
Conservatives float alternative to Boehner
House GOP conservatives have been critical of John Boehner's leadership and are floating Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling as a possible replacement.
May 26th, 2014
11:21 AM ET
2 months ago

Conservatives float alternative to Boehner

Washington (CNN) – Some conservatives unhappy with House Speaker John Boehner's leadership are looking for a replacement, and recent moves by Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling are fueling speculation he wants Boehner's job in the next Congress.

Hensarling, who was part of Boehner's leadership team two years ago but left to chair the House Financial Services Committee, gave an expansive speech last week hosted by Heritage Action for America, a group that frequently and publicly clashes with Boehner.

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Filed under: Congress • Jeb Hensarling • John Boehner
Rand Paul: It's a 'misnomer' to say McConnell isn't conservative
May 23rd, 2014
04:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Rand Paul: It's a 'misnomer' to say McConnell isn't conservative

(CNN) – Rand Paul is defending his relationship with Mitch McConnell after helping his fellow Kentuckian defeat a tea party-backed challenger in a GOP Senate primary.

"I came out of the tea party movement. I'm very concerned about the debt. I'm very concerned about big government," Paul said on Friday. "But I think the misnomer is to think somehow Senator McConnell isn't. That's what his whole entire career has been predicated upon - fighting against big government."
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul • Senate
May 23rd, 2014
10:05 AM ET
2 months ago

Three more charged in Mississippi GOP primary scandal

Updated 1:41 p.m. ET, 5/23/14

(CNN) – Police charged three more men in connection to the blogger who's been accused of taking a picture of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife in her nursing home bed and creating a political video against the longtime senator from Mississippi.

Authorities on Thursday arrested Mark Mayfield, an attorney and local tea party leader, and Richard Sager, an elementary school P.E. teacher and high school coach, according to The Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Police also charged a third individual, John Beachman Mary, but did not take him into custody because of "extensive medical conditions."

All three face conspiracy charges, the newspaper reported.

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Filed under: Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
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