July 27th, 2014
12:14 PM ET
2 months ago

Amid world crises, Pelosi praises Obama's 'strong leadership,' while Graham blasts his 'passive responses'

Washington (CNN) – Amid the push for peace in the Middle East and the push for reduced tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, how much has President Barack Obama's leadership helped mitigate those dire situations?

Two top members of Congress offered starkly different characterizations on Sunday.  While one praised the President's "strong" leadership, the other accused Obama of being "AWOL," serving up "passive responses to naked aggression all over the world."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services Committee, offered their thoughts to CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union."

Is it bad optics, Pelosi was asked, for the president to attend fundraisers as parts of the world seemingly blow up around him?


Pelosi changes position on border bill
July 16th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
3 months ago

Pelosi changes position on border bill

Washington (CNN) – Under pressure from Hispanic lawmakers and outside immigration advocates House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has changed her position on a key flashpoint in the debate over the border crisis.

Pelosi indicated Wednesday she opposes altering a 2008 immigration law that would expedite the deportation of children crossing the southwest border from Central American countries.


Filed under: Immigration • Nancy Pelosi • White House
House GOP leaders: Keep Iran out of the mix in Iraq
June 18th, 2014
02:00 PM ET
4 months ago

House GOP leaders: Keep Iran out of the mix in Iraq

Washington (CNN) - Ahead of a White House meeting Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner called on President Barack Obama to lay out a "broader strategy" for how to deal with sectarian violence in Iraq, but the Ohio Republican said the United States should "absolutely not" talk to Iranians about the crisis.

"I can just imagine what our friends in the region, our allies will be thinking by reaching out to Iran at a time when they continue to pay for terrorists and foster terrorism not only in Syria, in Lebanon but in Israel as well," Boehner told reporters after the House GOP weekly conference meeting.


Filed under: Buck Mckeon • Harry Reid • Iraq • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
Democrats to join Benghazi select committee
May 21st, 2014
01:57 PM ET
4 months ago

Democrats to join Benghazi select committee

(CNN) – Democrats will participate in the Republican-led House Select Committee investigation of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would name five lawmakers to the 12-member panel looking into the 2012 armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya.


Filed under: House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
May 14th, 2014
07:30 PM ET
5 months ago

Pelosi: Dems still uncertain on Benghazi panel, Rove comments make Hillary stronger

(CNN) – Nearly a week after the Republican-led House approved a select committee to investigate the terror attack in Benghazi, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi indicates there’s been no decision from her caucus on whether to join the effort.

"We'll see," the California congresswoman said on Wednesday when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if Democrats would participate.


April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
5 months ago

Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she was an elected official.

“If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”


Filed under: 2008 Election • Al Franken • Alaska • Harry Reid • Indiana • Nancy Pelosi • NRA • Sarah Palin • Terrorism
Pelosi suggests Republicans not acting on immigration because of race
April 10th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
6 months ago

Pelosi suggests Republicans not acting on immigration because of race

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested House Republicans were blocking action on immigration reform because of racial issues.

"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday.

Filed under: Congress • Immigration • Nancy Pelosi
April 6th, 2014
11:10 AM ET
6 months ago

Pelosi: Cheney is ‘proud’ of Bush-era CIA that misled public

(CNN) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said former Vice President Dick Cheney "set a tone and attitude for the CIA" that allowed for the controversial techniques used by the agency in the Bush-era detention and interrogation program.

Her comments follow a Senate Intelligence Committee vote last week to release key parts of a report that concludes the CIA misled the government and public about aspects of the agency’s practices in the post-9/11 program.


Filed under: CIA • Dick Cheney • Mike Rogers • Nancy Pelosi • TV-State of the Union
April 4th, 2014
04:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Nancy Pelosi on Hillary Clinton, women in politics: 'I never expected anything but a double standard'

(CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday if there's a double standard for women in power, Hillary Clinton's felt it.

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, the top House Democrat said, "If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard - she's been in the main event, and that is a presidential race - then I respect that."

Watch more of Pelosi's interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Sundays at 9 a.m. / 12 p.m. ET


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Nancy Pelosi • TV-State of the Union
March 20th, 2014
02:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Pelosi: Obamacare a winning issue

Washington (CNN) – Marking Sunday's fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi brushed off any notion the controversial health care law was hurting Democrats politically, and predicted the measure would help those running in competitive districts in the midterm elections this fall.

"I believe that it's a winner," Pelosi replied when asked Thursday how the issue would play in swing districts.

Filed under: 2014 • Nancy Pelosi • Obamacare
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