Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready
April 22nd, 2014
10:43 AM ET
1 day ago

Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready

(CNN) - Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole argued that some of the men among the younger generation of potential GOP presidential candidates aren't quite ready to take on the White House.

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now," he said in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "I don't think they've got enough experience yet."
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Filed under: 2016 • Bob Dole • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
'16 hopefuls sound familiar tropes in New Hampshire
April 12th, 2014
10:36 PM ET
1 week ago

'16 hopefuls sound familiar tropes in New Hampshire

(CNN) - Obamacare? Check. Harry Reid? Check. Kathleen Sebelius? Check.

A smattering of potential 2016 hopefuls looking to bank early points among Granite State conservatives sounded familiar refrains and trained their fire on oft-used targets at a New Hampshire summit on Saturday.

At Americans for Prosperity's New Hampshire Freedom Summit, the speakers spanned the conservative political spectrum from former presidential contenders, presumed top-flight 2016 Republican candidates, such as Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, potential dark horses and side-show spectacle.

But all those addressing the crowd Saturday fed the attentive listeners traditional conservative recipes featuring lots and lots of red meat.

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Filed under: 2016 • Americans for Prosperity • Donald Trump • Jeb Bush • New Hampshire • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
April 8th, 2014
09:05 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Inside Politics: Equal Pay gap reaches White House

What’s real and imagined about “equal pay day?

Women make less than men, even at the White House: Happy Equal Pay Day! Well, not happy, really. Today is the day in the year when American women’s pay from last year catches up to that of American men. Women, according to the data, make about 77 cents for every dollar a man does. We’re 23% into 2014.

Whether or not there is an actual pay gap and how large it is remain the subject of some debate. The census data that shows women make 77 cents for every dollar men make is calculated by adding all the wages of women and dividing the total by all the wages of men. But that doesn’t take into account a lot of factors, like women taking time off work to have children or choosing different career paths.

Professional fact checkers at Factcheck.org (“exaggeration”), Politifact (“Mostly False”) and The Washington Post (“one Pinocchio”) have all found problems with the claim. The American Association of University Women released a report that concluded the pay gap was closer to 7% than 23%.

For the past several elections, Democrats have adopted the equal pay issue and made the equality of paychecks a huge priority.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Inside Politics • Ted Cruz • White House
April 7th, 2014
07:24 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Senate passes Cruz legislation to block Iran's expected UN ambassador

(CNN) - The Senate passed rare bipartisan legislation Monday to give the Obama administration more leeway to prevent terrorists from representing countries at the United Nations.

The legislation, which passed unanimously, targets Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been named by the Iranian government to be its next ambassador to the world body.

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Filed under: Iran • Senate • Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz: Religious liberty 'never been more in peril'
April 2nd, 2014
02:51 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Ted Cruz: Religious liberty 'never been more in peril'

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz struck a familiar refrain in a speech Wednesday, calling on Americans to defend religious liberty against the overreach of the federal government.

The freshman Republican senator from Texas cited two cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court fighting requirements in President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Filed under: Health care • Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz's fake tattoo and other April Fools’ pranks
April 1st, 2014
11:42 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Ted Cruz's fake tattoo and other April Fools’ pranks

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz rolled up his sleeve Tuesday to show off his new "tattoo."

The inked up arm was one of a number of April Fools’ pranks that played out in the political world.
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Filed under: RNC • Ted Cruz
Political Circus: Keeping it classy...
March 21st, 2014
01:53 PM ET
1 month 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
Cruz, Paul not on same page on social issues
March 19th, 2014
11:39 AM ET
1 month ago

Cruz, Paul not on same page on social issues

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz appeared to distance himself again from fellow GOP Sen. Rand Paul, this time over social values.

The first-term Republican senator from Texas, who was in Iowa Tuesday, was asked by the Des Moines Register about Paul's recent comments that Republicans should "agree to disagree" about social issues.
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
Cruz blazing '16 path from Iowa to N.H.
March 18th, 2014
03:30 PM ET
1 month ago

Cruz blazing '16 path from Iowa to N.H.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz will headline a second fundraiser in New Hampshire when he visits the final week of April, as the Texas Republican continues to flirt with a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Cruz will be the featured guest at a $500-a-plate fundraiser for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a conservative organization that, among other things, is working to try and defeat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • New Hampshire • Ted Cruz
Fourth trip to Iowa for Cruz
March 18th, 2014
11:26 AM ET
1 month ago

Fourth trip to Iowa for Cruz

(CNN) - Ted Cruz is heading back to Iowa, again.

The freshman senator from Texas and possible 2016 GOP White House contender is making his fourth visit since last July to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Ted Cruz
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