POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 15, 2013
February 15th, 2013
04:49 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 15, 2013

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CNN: Republicans stall Hagel nomination
The Senate failed to garner enough votes Thursday to stop a filibuster against Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. Fifty-eight voted to move forward with the nomination, while 40 voted to hold it up. One senator, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, announced present, and Republican Sen. David Vitter missed the vote.

CNN: NRA: Obama's State of the Union shows true colors on gun violence
Continuing his charge against the Obama administration on gun control proposals, Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association charged Thursday that President Barack Obama's proposals in the State of the Union address were "not about keeping kids safe at school" but rather part of a broad campaign to "dismantle the Second Amendment."

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 14, 2013
February 14th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 14, 2013

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CNN: Outcome of Hagel filibuster vote uncertain
Chuck Hagel’s bid to lead the Pentagon faces an uncertain outcome on a critical vote Friday as Democrats attempt to break a GOP filibuster of the defense secretary nominee.

CNN: Obama warns Democrats he has immigration bill ready if Congress doesn’t act
President Barack Obama told a group of Senate Democrats Wednesday that Congress must move forward with comprehensive immigration reform, or else he will propose his own legislation on the hot-button topic.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
February 13th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Full text: President Obama's 2013 State of the Union
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address, and his seventh address to a joint session of Congress. Here are his remarks, as prepared.

CNN Poll: 53% who watched speech give president thumbs up
A majority of Americans who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address said they had a very positive reaction to his speech, according to a survey of people across the country who viewed Tuesday night's address. But a CNN/ORC International poll also indicated that less than four in ten think the speech will lead to more bipartisan cooperation.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
February 12th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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CNN: Poll position: Where does Obama stand?
It's arguably the most important poll number for any president: his approval rating. As President Barack Obama gets ready to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, his approval rating stands at 49%, with 44% saying they disapprove of his performance in the White House, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the latest national surveys. Here's where the president stands as he prepares to lay out his second-term agenda.

CNN: Obama set to challenge and persuade
When President Barack Obama speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday night he'll have a club in one hand and an olive branch in another, figuratively speaking. According to Democrats close to the administration, he'll challenge Republicans to get on board with his economic agenda, including his plans for deficit reduction, broad tax reform and new investments.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 11, 2013
February 11th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 11, 2013

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CNN: Medal of Honor recipient Romesha to be guest of first lady at State of the Union
Former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, will also be honored by the Obamas as a guest of the first lady at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, administration officials tell CNN.

CNN: State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy
While the president laid out social issues such as immigration, gun control and gay rights as key priorities for his second term during his inauguration address, the issue of the economy – and the millions of Americans still out of work – will remain his focus during the State of the Union, according to multiple administration officials.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 08, 2013
February 8th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 08, 2013

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CNN Security Clearance: Five things we learned from John Brennan's confirmation hearing
John Brennan came well-prepared Thursday and held his own during questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing to become the 21st director of the Central Intelligence Agency. It was in stark contrast to what was considered by many as an ill-prepared, lethargic performance by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing last week. Here are five things we learned from the hearing:

CNN: Levin to press forward with committee vote on Hagel, despite GOP opposition
Democratic Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin is making clear he is fed up with Republicans dragging their feet on Chuck Hagel's nomination for Defense Secretary, and now says he will schedule a vote soon, even over Republican opposition. "We can't not vote because there is dissatisfaction on the part of people because that could be endless," said Levin, D-Michigan. "We're going to schedule a vote as soon as we're ready to have a vote."

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 07, 2013
February 7th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 07, 2013

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CNN: Obama to release document on targeted killings to Congress
The Senate Intelligence Committee will receive a classified document Thursday that seeks to justify the administration's policy of targeting Americans overseas via drone attacks, chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said.

CNN: Panetta warns of degraded military readiness from spending cuts
Furloughed workers, reduced combat readiness, shrunken naval operations and cuts to Air Force flying hours and weapons maintenance. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listed those consequences as he provided a stark warning on Wednesday about the effects of impending budget cuts on the military unless Congress acts to avert them.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
February 6th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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CNN: Obama calls for short-term fix to imminent spending cuts
President Barack Obama called on Tuesday for a short-term agreement to put off deep cuts to government spending, including the military, set to take effect next month. The president made clear that he still wanted a broader deficit reduction agreement with Republicans that included spending cuts, entitlement reforms and increased revenue from eliminating some tax breaks.

CNN: Rubio aims to avoid same-sex rights as 'central issue' in immigration debate
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday he hopes immigration rights for same-sex couples "doesn't become a central issue" in the ongoing debate, referring to it as a "landmine" that could thwart attempts to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
February 5th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, February 05, 2013

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CNN: Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain
President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.

CNN Security Clearance: Kerry: 'I have huge heels to fill'
Secretary of State John Kerry says that he has "big heels to fill" as Hillary Clinton's successor and promised to keep U.S. diplomats abroad safe. Kerry was greeted by cheering employees at the State Department as he arrived for his first day of work on Monday. As the first man in the post in eight years, Kerry referred to Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, his two most recent predecessors, asking: "Can a man actually run the State Department?" "I don't know," he joked. "As the saying goes, I have big heels to fill."

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 04, 2013
February 4th, 2013
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 04, 2013

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CNN: Home state newspaper casts doubt on Menendez during scandal
New Jersey's largest newspaper had some tough words Sunday for Sen. Bob Menendez as he faces allegations of improper travel and parties with prostitutes. The same paper endorsed the senator's bid for re-election three months ago.

CNN: As he leaves, Panetta says sequester is biggest concern
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday his "biggest concern" right now is the uncertainty over budget issues on Capitol Hill. "If the sequester is allowed to go into effect, I think it could seriously impact on the readiness in the United States," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And that's a serious issue."

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