Flake to announce Senate bid
February 14th, 2011
10:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Flake to announce Senate bid

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona Monday launched a bid for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl.

"I'm announcing today that I'm a candidate for the US Senate," said the six-term congressman.
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Club for Growth wants Flake
February 10th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Club for Growth wants Flake

(CNN) - The powerful conservative group Club for Growth appears to have chosen their candidate to replace Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl: Rep. Jeff Flake.
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House Republican leaders poised to give in to conservative demands for more spending cuts
February 9th, 2011
09:05 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republican leaders poised to give in to conservative demands for more spending cuts

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republican leaders under fire from fellow conservatives for backtracking on a promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year are suddenly trying to meet that goal, according to a senior House GOP aide.

"Right now there are a lot of moving parts but the leadership is working with the RSC (Republican Study Committee), the freshmen and the (House) Appropriations Committee to coalesce around a unified strategy to cut $100 billion," the senior House GOP aide tells CNN. He would speak only off the record because he was discussing internal GOP deliberations.
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Filed under: Budget • House Republicans • Jeff Flake • Paul Ryan
Obama turns conversation to bipartisanship
January 15th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama turns conversation to bipartisanship

(CNN) - One week after the Arizona shootings, President Obama dedicated his weekly address to the memory of the victims and pivoted the conversation toward political bipartisanship.

"As shrill and discordant as our politics can be at times, it was a moment that reminded us of who we really are – and how much we depend on one another," Obama said in Saturday's address. "While we can't escape our grief for those we've lost, we carry on now, mindful of those truths."
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Filed under: GOP weekly address • Jeff Flake • President Obama
March 24th, 2010
08:56 AM ET
4 years ago

Lawmakers hope to be playmakers in charity game

Washington (CNN) - They were key players in Sunday's health care vote. Now a group of Washington lawmakers hope to be just as pivotal on the basketball court as they face off Wednesday night in an annual charity game against Georgetown University Law Center faculty.

Among the members of the 12-man congressional "Hill's Angels" team are Democratic Reps. Michael Arcuri of New York, John Boccieri of Ohio, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, and Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, whose votes were heavily courted in the run-up to the late Sunday night vote.

House Democrats hold an overwhelming majority on the team, but the roster does include two Republicans, Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and South Dakota Sen. John Thune. Thune co-chairs the squad with Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

The lawmakers narrowly defeated the Georgetown professors 48 to 42 in last year's game, in which Flake, Kratovil, and Thune were top scorers.

Proceeds from the 23rd annual "Home Court" match-up benefit a D.C.-area homeless program.

October 15th, 2009
04:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Flake camped alone because he 'felt like a pansy'

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Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake says he spent a week alone on an uninhabited island made him feel like he was 'was actually doing something again.'(Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) – So why did Rep. Jeff Flake really spend a week alone on a deserted island? Because, he told CNN Wednesday, he "felt like a pansy."

"Ever since leaving the ranch and the farm years ago, I've kind of felt like a pansy, I guess," the Arizona Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "And this made it feel like I was actually doing something again."

Flake spent a week in isolation on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean last summer, subsisting on coconuts and fish and sleeping in a hammock.

Despite the flawless photographs that show him posing shirtless in front of the sunset and with a fish caught on his spear, Flake promised that he was the only one on the island. His secret: a tripod and a timer.

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Filed under: Jeff Flake • The Situation Room
October 14th, 2009
08:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Flake camped alone because he 'felt like a pansy'

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Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake says he spent a week alone on an uninhabited island made him feel like he was 'was actually doing something again.'(Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) – So why did Rep. Jeff Flake really spend a week alone on a deserted island? Because, he told CNN Wednesday, he "felt like a pansy."

"Ever since leaving the ranch and the farm years ago, I've kind of felt like a pansy, I guess," the Arizona Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "And this made it feel like I was actually doing something again."

Flake spent a week in isolation on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean last summer, subsisting on coconuts and fish and sleeping in a hammock.

Despite the flawless photographs that show him posing shirtless in front of the sunset and with a fish caught on his spear, Flake promised that he was the only one on the island. His secret: a tripod and a timer.

Related: From Congressman to Survivorman


Filed under: Extra • Jeff Flake • Popular Posts • The Situation Room
October 14th, 2009
08:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Podcast: Lawmaker survives week alone on deserted island

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CNN=Politics Daily is The Best Political Podcast from The Best Political Team.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the latest edition of CNN=Politics Daily: First Lady of California Maria Shriver caught on tape, breaking the law. What did she do that has her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, up in arms? Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton has the answer.

Meanwhile: A day after an historic vote on health care reform, some congressional Democrats are pushing back hard on what they're calling a "sucker punch" by the insurance industry. National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin reports on the move that could potentially mean major profit cuts for insurance companies.

Finally: Survivorman - a member of Congress, alone for a week on a deserted island. Rep. Jeff Flake, (R-Arizona) is in the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to reveal the story behind his dream vacation.

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Filed under: Health care • Jeff Flake • Maria Shriver
October 14th, 2009
04:48 AM ET
5 years ago

From Congressman to Survivorman

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After two years of planning, Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - This past summer, Rep. Jeff Flake went into the wild.

After two years of planning, the Arizona Republican spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, eating coconuts and fish he caught with a spear, purifying his own water, sleeping in a hammock on the beach, and writing daily in his journal.

He listed a number of reasons for going on this trip, calling them "more physical than spiritual." And while he didn't end up talking to a volleyball, like Tom Hanks did in "Cast Away," he did find some unlikely friends - a few hermit crabs.

"I picked up a hermit crab, and, spotting the sharpie, wrote the number '1' on the back of his shell, and put a circle around it. I repeated this act whenever I felt a bit lonely," Flake wrote. Later, he added, "I've labeled 102 at this point with a sharpie marker. I just saw number one again today. He's remains one of my favorites, as is number 12, long since forgiven for pinching my toe."


Filed under: Jeff Flake
October 13th, 2009
07:44 PM ET
5 years ago

From Congressman to Survivorman

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After two years of planning, Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - This past summer, Rep. Jeff Flake went into the wild.

After two years of planning, the Arizona Republican spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, eating coconuts and fish he caught with a spear, purifying his own water, sleeping in a hammock on the beach, and writing daily in his journal.

He listed a number of reasons for going on this trip, calling them "more physical than spiritual." And while he didn't end up talking to a volleyball, like Tom Hanks did in "Cast Away," he did find some unlikely friends - a few hermit crabs.

"I picked up a hermit crab, and, spotting the sharpie, wrote the number '1' on the back of his shell, and put a circle around it. I repeated this act whenever I felt a bit lonely," Flake wrote. Later, he added, "I've labeled 102 at this point with a sharpie marker. I just saw number one again today. He's remains one of my favorites, as is number 12, long since forgiven for pinching my toe."


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