Obama officials try to sway House Democrats on Syria
September 2nd, 2013
03:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama officials try to sway House Democrats on Syria

Washington (CNN) - Making a case for military action in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry and other top administration officials told House Democrats in a phone call Monday to expect more international support in the coming days and argued the collateral damage of any strike would be low, according to two sources on the call.

While both sources said the tone among House Democrats was more positive than expected–given their anti-war fervor over the years–one source said there was still a "healthy dose of skepticism and concern."
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • President Obama • Syria
Group to advance southern Democrats takes shape
August 5th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Group to advance southern Democrats takes shape

(CNN) – As Republicans retool their own 50-state strategy, a southern Democrat is on a mission to make his party competitive in the Deep South again, too.

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is launching a new political action committee today called the Southern Progress Fund that seeks to build a farm team of Democratic candidates. The organization will focus on statewide legislative and down-ballot races, which Musgrove argues are typically overlooked for bigger races, like senatorial and gubernatorial elections.
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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Democrats
IRS interviews show no political bias, Democrats say
July 16th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
1 year ago

IRS interviews show no political bias, Democrats say

Washington (CNN) – In the latest salvo of a pitched political battle over Internal Revenue Service targeting, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday that interviews with 15 tax agency employees found no evidence of bias or White House manipulation alleged by Republicans.

"Despite an extremely aggressive investigation involving thousands of documents and more than a dozen interviews of IRS employees, the overwhelming evidence before the committee reveals no political motivation or White House involvement in this process," said the memo made public by Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's ranking Democrat.

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Filed under: Democrats • IRS
National park on moon proposed
July 9th, 2013
07:31 PM ET
1 year ago

National park on moon proposed

(CNN) – Yorktown. Independence Hall. The moon?

The site of man's first lunar landing could join battlefields, presidential birthplaces and other major American historical sites on a roster of protected places if two Democrats have their way.

U.S. Reps. Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas have proposed legislation that would designate artifacts at the site of American moon landings as comprising a National Historical Park, citing potential commercial traffic on the moon that could damage the areas.
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Filed under: Democrats • NASA
One after the other, Dem senators endorse same-sex marriage
March 27th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
1 year ago

One after the other, Dem senators endorse same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina on Wednesday became the latest Democratic senator to unveil support for same-sex marriage, saying on Facebook the "time has come."

"After much thought and prayer, I have come to my own personal conclusion that we shouldn't tell people who they can love or who they can marry," she wrote.
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Filed under: Democrats • Kay Hagan • Same-sex marriage • Senate
U.S. reaction to Chavez's death: from mourning to celebration
March 5th, 2013
09:08 PM ET
2 years ago

U.S. reaction to Chavez's death: from mourning to celebration

(CNN) – Minutes after the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was announced, scores of his fellow citizens made their way to El Arepazo, a Venezuelan restaurant outside Miami.

The colors of the Venezuelan flag - red, blue and yellow - predominated among the crowd of about 200 people, many of whom cheered and waved tiny flags as they bellied up to a buffet stocked with "pabellon criollo," the traditional Venezuelan dish of rice, beans, shredded beef and stewed black beans.

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Filed under: Democrats • Hugo Chavez • Republicans
Unlikely bedfellows: Colbert headed for Democrats' retreat
February 7th, 2013
07:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Unlikely bedfellows: Colbert headed for Democrats' retreat

(CNN) - To the people of Colbert Nation, a retreat for Democratic House members may be the last place they'd expect to find Stephen Colbert.

Unless the comedian who plays a conservative on television is plotting to take the Democrats down.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
Democrats Talk Tax Hikes, Part II
February 7th, 2013
06:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats Talk Tax Hikes, Part II

(CNN) - Senate Democrats are working on a temporary measure, which includes new tax measures, to avoid steep automatic spending cuts looming on March 1, CNN has learned.

While a source familiar with the plan did not specify any cuts that would be part of the package, he did outline three areas for possible revenue increases to be proposed "in the next couple of weeks."
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Filed under: Democrats • Senate • Taxes
Obama plans fundraising tour for Democrats
February 7th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama plans fundraising tour for Democrats

Washington (CNN) – House and Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014 will get a boost from their party's most recognizable face when President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail in 2013.

Democratic Party officials confirmed Thursday that the president would hold 14 fund-raising events this year for Congressional Democrats, details that appeared first in the New York Times.
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Filed under: Democrats • President Obama
Democrats gather to re-elect president's pick to run party
January 22nd, 2013
02:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats gather to re-elect president's pick to run party

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee formally re-elected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as DNC chair Tuesday, a move that was widely expected since President Barack Obama requested she remain in the position.

If there is little drama surrounding the re-election of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus later this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was even less drama for the Democrats.
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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • Democrats
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