July 29th, 2013
09:24 PM ET
9 months ago

Sen. Cruz to Gov. Christie: Privacy isn't 'esoteric'

(CNN) - There is a power struggle going on about the direction of the Republican party, over everything from foreign policy, to the role of national security, to defunding Obamacare – and Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz is right in the thick of it.

Asked about the influence of libertarian-minded leaders in the GOP, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a Republican governors forum Thursday that when it comes to national security, those who oppose National Security Agency programs that monitor Americans' electronic activity were just wrong.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Ted Cruz • The Lead
July 26th, 2013
07:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Quinn: Weiner is immature, disconnected from the truth

(CNN) – Christine Quinn, New York's leading Democratic mayoral candidate says opponent Anthony Weiner has brought a circus on the city.

"All we've seen here with Congress member Weiner is really a pattern of reckless behavior, an immaturity and a real disconnect from the truth," said Quinn, who would not go so far as to call on Weiner to drop out of the race.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Christine Quinn • New York • The Lead
July 18th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
9 months ago

Tough questions for Spitzer on hypocrisy of never being charged with breaking the law he signed

(CNN) – Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer wants voters to think of his as a redemption story.

The disgraced politician stunned New Yorkers by announcing his run for city comptroller last week, and now he's shocking skeptics by rocketing to the lead in that race.


Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York • The Lead
July 16th, 2013
08:52 PM ET
9 months ago

Author: Book 'This Town' shows 'gilded age' and 'carnival' of Washington

(CNN) – Author Mark Leibovich covered politics for years, and is now the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.

Leibovich's new book "This Town" describes Washington as a city that is "hopelessly interconnected," with "beautifully busy people constantly writing the story of their own lives."


Filed under: The Lead • Washington D.C.
May 29th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
11 months ago

What does it take to portray the President of the United States?

For every president, there is an actor. And for every film that portrays the commander in chief, there is someone who must choose a face of history.

The next visage for our viewing pleasure is Rob Lowe. It was announced Tuesday that the man who recently played Liberace's plastic surgeon on HBO, will now play John F. Kennedy on National Geographic.


Filed under: The Lead
May 19th, 2013
11:54 AM ET
11 months ago

ABC's Jonathan Karl to CNN: 'I regret the email was quoted incorrectly'

(CNN) – Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, addressed criticism of his reporting on the Benghazi talking points controversy, saying in a statement to CNN that he regrets the inaccuracy of his report.

“Clearly, I regret the email was quoted incorrectly and I regret that it’s become a distraction from the story, which still entirely stands. I should have been clearer about the attribution. We updated our story immediately," he said in the statement to Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources."

Filed under: Libya • The Lead
May 17th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
11 months ago

Rep. Paul Ryan: We're not getting straight answers on IRS

(CNN) – One flashpoint at Friday’s House hearing on IRS targeting of conservative political groups seeking tax-exempt status occurred between acting agency chief Steven Miller and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

The Wisconsin Republican and former vice presidential nominee was frustrated that Miller, who was briefed on the controversial IRS practices last May, failed to mention it in subsequent letters to Congress and in hearing testimony just two months later.


Filed under: IRS • Paul Ryan • The Lead
May 15th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: White House releases Benghazi e-mails

(CNN) - The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The e-mails detail the complex back and forth between the CIA, State Department, and the White House in developing unclassified talking points that were used to underpin a controversial and slow-to-evolve explanation of events last September 11.

Filed under: Libya • The Lead • White House
Former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya: U.S. military assets were told to stand down
May 6th, 2013
01:18 PM ET
12 months ago

Former Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya: U.S. military assets were told to stand down

(CNN) – In an interview with congressional investigators, the former top diplomat in Libya expressed concern that more could have been done by the military on the night of September 11, 2012 and morning of September 12, 2012, to protect those being attacked at the U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi, Libya. Specifically, he wondered why the military did not send a plane as a show of force into Libyan airspace, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning of September 12.


Filed under: Libya • State Department • The Lead
Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'
May 5th, 2013
12:51 PM ET
12 months ago

Benghazi whistle-blower Hicks: Internal review 'let people off the hook'

(CNN) – Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, told congressional investigators that the State Department internal review of the catastrophe at the mission in Benghazi "let people off the hook," CNN has learned.

The Accountability Review Board "report itself doesn’t really ascribe blame to any individual at all. The public report anyway," Hicks told investigators, according to transcript excerpts obtained by CNN. "It does let people off the hook."


Filed under: Libya • State Department • The Lead
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