April 13th, 2014
04:20 PM ET
2 days ago

Sunday Chatter: The midterms, Sebelius' legacy and Burwell's future

The Sunday political talk shows waded into controversial territory. Missed them? We've got you covered with the most important parts of Sunday’s political chatter.

2014: Sitting side by side on CNN’s “State of the Union” - a rarity these days on political shows, where members of opposing parties often appear during different segments to talk about the same topics - Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, addressed the challenges they both face in the upcoming midterm elections.

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Filed under: DCCC • IRS • Kathleen Sebelius • NRCC • Obamacare • Rand Paul • Sylvia Mathews Burwell • Ukraine • Uncategorized • Vance McAllister • Vladimir Putin
President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies
April 8th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
7 days ago

President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's aunt has died in Boston after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to her immigration lawyer.

Margaret W. Wong and Associates released a statement Tuesday that Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, Barack Obama, Sr., had died on Monday in Boston.

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April 7th, 2014
06:11 PM ET
1 week ago

Married congressman 'sorry' after seen kissing staffer in video

(CNN) – Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness from God, his family and his constituents after a local newspaper published what it said was surveillance video of the married Louisiana Republican making out with a female staffer.

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your (sic) a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed,” McAllister said in a statement.
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April 7th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
1 week ago

Inside Politics: Jeb Bush says immigration is an "act of love"; Will his party agree?

Jeb Bush’s “act of love” vs. President Obama as “deporter-in-chief”: The Republican Party base has recently shown no love for candidates who talk about the need for compassion in dealing with undocumented immigrants.

In 2012, for instance, Mitt Romney used the issue of immigration to distinguish himself from rivals like Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, who wanted to let the children of undocumented immigrants stay in the country.

So it was a bit jarring over the weekend to hear Jeb Bush say that coming to the country illegally shouldn’t really be viewed as a felony.

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love; it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center.

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Filed under: Inside Politics • Jeb Bush • President Obama • Uncategorized
April 6th, 2014
03:58 PM ET
1 week ago

Sunday Chatter: Fort Hood, damning CIA report, campaign finance and Obamacare

The Sunday political talk shows covered all the top political news of the week, ranging from the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, to a report about interrogation methods at the CIA, to the Affordable Care Act.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Campaign finance • CIA • Fort Hood • Obamacare • Uncategorized
Political Circus: Big Papi, big selfies, big deals
April 4th, 2014
04:14 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Political Circus: Big Papi, big selfies, big deals

(CNN) – It was all fun and games cheesing it up with the President. That is until it was discovered that David “Big Papi” Ortiz had a deal with Samsung to snap shots with their Galaxy mobile phone during the Red Sox visit to the White House and tweet those pictures.

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April 2nd, 2014
09:34 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Inside Politics: GOP responds to Obamacare enrollment with new repeal plan

Our morning look Inside Politics:

7.1 million enrolled: President Obama on Tuesday crowed in the Rose Garden about meeting the health care law’s open enrollment goal for private insurance. And he had a message for Republicans who continue to oppose it.

Here’s the good, long, meaty quote from Obama’s speech:

“This law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working. It’s helping people from coast to coast, all of which makes the lengths to which critics have gone to scare people, or undermine the law, or try to repeal the law without offering any plausible alternative so hard to understand. I’ve got to admit, I don’t get it. Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance? Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked. There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived. Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years it will help millions more.”

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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Dick Cheney • Inside Politics • Obamacare • Paul Ryan • Uncategorized
Rep. Terry was late to hearing, and his excuse necessitated an apology
April 1st, 2014
10:22 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Rep. Terry was late to hearing, and his excuse necessitated an apology

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska had to issue an apology Tuesday after remarks he made explaining his late arrival to a hearing on the botched General Motors recall.

“I’m sorry for being late but my plane was canceled for mechanical reasons, probably an ignition switch,” Terry said to the committee.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2014
April 1st, 2014
05:46 PM ET
2 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 1, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES A VICTORY LAP ON OBAMACARE…
President Obama hailed the success of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, announcing that 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare.

“Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these market places,” Obama said at the White House. “Seven point one!”

To opponents of the healthcare law, the president sent a clear message: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” He added, “History is not kind to those who would deny Americans their economic security.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check • Uncategorized
April 1st, 2014
09:29 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Inside Politics: A policy win and a political price for Obamacare

 “On Track” for 7 million Obamacare Enrollments – How close will the Obama administration be able to come to 7 million?

After a surge of interest on enrollment deadline day on Monday, a senior administration official told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Tuesday that Obamacare is now on track to hit that original White House target for enrollment on the federal and state health insurance exchanges.

President Obama plans a 4:15 p.m. ET White House event to talk about the big news for his signature legislative achievement.

Acosta was told that a "crush" of consumers shattered previous records of visitors to HealthCare.gov and calls to enrollment support centers, raising optimism.

There were more than 4.8 million visits to HealthCare.gov and 2 million calls to call centers Monday, an administration official said.

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