Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst
May 22nd, 2014
11:54 AM ET
2 months ago

Mitt Romney returning to Iowa...to campaign for Joni Ernst

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is returning to Iowa next Friday for the first time since barely losing the state's GOP presidential caucuses in 2012.

The former GOP nominee will campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Cedar Rapids and Davenport, her campaign announced Thursday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate
May 22nd, 2014
08:15 AM ET
2 months ago

House VA chairman: ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg’

(CNN) - The chairman of the congressional committee charged with investigating allegations of cooked books, a secret wait list and cover-ups in the Veterans Affairs health care system says the findings are "just the tip of the iceberg."

"I know there's more to come," Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee said on New Day on Thursday. "We've received some information and some tips that will make what has already come look like kindergarten stuff."

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Filed under: Congress • Veterans Affairs
May 21st, 2014
07:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Mitch McConnell wins primary in Kentucky; CNN projects he'll face Grimes

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) - It was billed as the day's marquee primary battle, but in the end it was an easy night for Mitch McConnell.

The five-term senator from Kentucky - who's the top Republican in the chamber - defeated tea party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday
May 20th, 2014
06:36 PM ET
2 months ago

Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday

(CNN) – The judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, who has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones, is expected to clear a major hurdle on Wednesday.

Senators are likely to break a filibuster of Harvard Law professor David Barron to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which is based in Boston.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • Senate
May 18th, 2014
10:37 AM ET
2 months ago

Dianne Feinstein on Benghazi panel: ‘It’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob’

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein had some biting words Sunday about the newly formed House select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

“I think it's ridiculous,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it's a hunting mission for a lynch mob.”

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Filed under: Congress • Dianne Feinstein • Libya • TV-State of the Union
ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat
May 16th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
2 months ago

ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat

(CNN) – The American Civil Liberties Union echoed Sen. Rand Paul's call to delay a Senate vote Friday on a controversial judicial nominee.

A day after the Kentucky Republican announced his intention to stall the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU backed his threat to stage a talking filibuster until President Barack Obama's administration turns over legal opinions on much-debated drone program to senators.
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Filed under: Congress • Rand Paul
Strange times: Republicans block tax credits - as a protest
May 16th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Strange times: Republicans block tax credits - as a protest

(CNN) - It is a rare, strange day when Senate Republicans vote to block billions in tax cuts. But that's what happened Thursday when they chose to freeze a massive tax credit package in order to protest how Democrats are running the chamber.

By a vote of 53-40, the EXPIRE Act, which would extend $85 billion in tax credits, failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'
May 15th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
2 months ago

House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'

(CNN) – House Democrats are taking a cue from Beyonce and targeting "all the single ladies" in the hopes they can take over Republican held seats this November.

Party officials recognize that Democrats' chances of retaking control of the House are remote at best, but by zeroing-in on unmarried women, who helped propel President Barack Obama to his second term, they believe they can shrink the GOP majority.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House
May 15th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 months ago

As VA wait-list scandal grows, Senate and veterans will finally hear from Shinseki

(CNN) - A mounting crisis of deadly waiting times and allegations of cover-up at VA hospitals face Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki as he speaks to members of the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

With his job on the line and a growing number of critics calling for his resignation, Shinseki will go before the Veterans Affairs' Committee. The retired decorated Army general will be asked to explain just how the VA's wait-list scandal became such a mess.

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Filed under: Congress • Veterans Affairs
Democrat v. Democrat: Reid opposes Obama nominee
May 14th, 2014
07:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrat v. Democrat: Reid opposes Obama nominee

Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid struck a significant blow to one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations Wednesday, as the senator’s office confirmed that Reid personally opposes Michael Boggs’ nomination to the federal bench.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told CNN that the Democratic leader feels he cannot vote for Boggs’ nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, given Boggs’ past views on abortion, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
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