Political Circus: Keeping it classy...
March 21st, 2014
01:53 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Political Circus: Keeping it classy...

(CNN)— Take the free-for-all nature of social media, add the oft-mean spirited commentary that punctuates political circles and you have a recipe for petty online smackdowns.

Conservative commentators Dana Loesch's and Meghan McCain's online back and forth devolved into an hours-long, Twitterverse brawl on the derogatory nature of (drumroll please)… political brawls.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • John Lewis • Meghan McCain • President Obama • Rahm Emanuel • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz • Uncategorized
February 24th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Vintage Rahm: Emanuel supports Obama's executive actions '1000 percent'

(CNN) – Former White House chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended President Barack Obama's accelerated use of executive actions "1,000 percent," in an interview with CNN.

"Do you think Japan or China is able - or Taiwan looks to the future and says, well, let's see what the United States Congress does before we invest? So I'm proud that the President took executive action, because he can't allow America's future to be held hostage by a Congress that won't do anything," Emanuel said.
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Filed under: President Obama • Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president
October 30th, 2013
07:01 PM ET
6 months ago

Emanuel thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president

(CNN) – Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he thinks that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will once again run for the White House, and pledged to support her campaign if she did.

“I’m behind Hillary if she runs,” the Chicago mayor and former senior aide to President Bill Clinton said in an interview with Jake Tapper on the Lead. “And I think she will, but that’s up to her. If she runs, I’m in.”

As for his own rumored presidential ambitions, Emanuel, a former congressman, dismissed it outright. “Absolutely not.” He added, “I have no interest.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel: “Heads are rolling” over botched Obamacare rollout
October 30th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
6 months ago

Emanuel: “Heads are rolling” over botched Obamacare rollout

(CNN) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, said he expects that people will be held accountable for the botched rollout of the healthcare website.

“I have all the confidence and all the assurance that heads are rolling, and they’re spinning right now to fix the problem,” Emanuel said in an interview with Jake Tapper on The Lead.

“That's what the president wants everybody’s energy on: fix the problem. We'll deal with culpability later, because the most important thing you've got to do is get the problem fixed,” said Emanuel.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Rahm Emanuel
Chicago mayor asks banks to cut off gun makers
January 25th, 2013
03:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Chicago mayor asks banks to cut off gun makers

Washington (CNNMoney) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday asked big banks to stop lending to gun makers as a way to pressure the industry to support tougher gun control laws.

Emanuel, mayor of the nation's third-largest city and former chief of staff to President Obama, wrote the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank, since they finance gun makers that lobby against federal and local efforts to toughen gun control laws.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Rahm Emanuel
Wife of former Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns from Chicago City Council
January 11th, 2013
05:39 PM ET
1 year ago

Wife of former Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns from Chicago City Council

(CNN) - The wife of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who stepped down amid health concerns and investigations into financial improprieties, is also resigning her seat in government.

Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson is stepping down from the City Council on January 15, she said in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday. She has held the seat since 2007.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr. • Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel says Pennsylvania is safe, Libya should not be politicized
November 4th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
1 year ago

Emanuel says Pennsylvania is safe, Libya should not be politicized

(CNN) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who previously served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, said he believes the president's campaign "is set" in Pennsylvania - but he cautioned it's better to be safe than sorry.

"I think Pennsylvania is secure, but you don't take anything for granted," Emanuel said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There are going to be a lot of people going back to Ohio in the (final) 96 hours, multiple times. They'll go to Pennsylvania."
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Filed under: 2012 • Pennsylvania • Rahm Emanuel • TV-State of the Union
Ryan sides with Emanuel on Chicago strike
September 10th, 2012
06:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan sides with Emanuel on Chicago strike

Portland, Oregon (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, sided with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday in the strike by unionized Chicago teachers and urged President Barack Obama to stand behind his former chief of staff.

"Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teachers' union strike is unnecessary and wrong," Mitt Romney's running mate said at a campaign fund-raiser in Portland, Oregon.
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Filed under: 2012 • Paul Ryan • Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel says he'll be more 'helpful' in fund-raising role
September 5th, 2012
04:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Emanuel says he'll be more 'helpful' in fund-raising role

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a CNN interview Wednesday he'll provide greater assistance to President Barack Obama's re-election bid by assuming a fund-raising role with the super PAC Priorities USA than he would as a co-chairman of Obama's campaign, a position he has relinquished.

Emanuel will assist the Democratic group raise money ahead of November's general election, and attempt to close the gap between Priorities, which brought in $10 million in August, and Republican-aligned groups, which have brought in much higher totals. Emanuel's interview will appear on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 6 p.m. ET.

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WEDNESDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON CNN'S "THE SITUATION ROOM"

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Filed under: Priorities USA • Rahm Emanuel
Democrats to Romney: 'Stop whining' over felony remark
July 15th, 2012
12:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats to Romney: 'Stop whining' over felony remark

(CNN) – The suggestion this week from a top Obama campaign official that Mitt Romney may have committed a felony by listing himself as CEO of Bain Capital after leaving the firm was picked apart Sunday, with Republicans decrying the remark as the worst type of divisive politics and Obama's team urging its rivals to "stop whining."

Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, originally made the claim Thursday on a conference call.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rahm Emanuel
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