Political cheer
December 24th, 2013
04:20 PM ET
4 months ago

Political cheer

(CNN) - In a note sent to supporters, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her holiday cheer, saying that the photo is from the Pelosi family gathering celebrating the California Democrat's 50th wedding anniversary with husband Paul.

Mitt Romney shared his own family photo.

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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
December 13th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
4 months ago

Report shows animal care 'severely lacking' at Smithsonian National Zoo

Updated 7:27 p.m., 12/13/2013

Washington (CNN) – A blistering internal report released this week is revealing big problems at the National Zoo and prompting a Congressional review.

On Wednesday, an endangered horse rammed into a fence inside its barn. A gazelle and an antelope-like animal broke their necks the same way. And a hog died from possible malnutrition.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Pro-Hillary super PAC picks up pace, opens doors to D.C.
December 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

Pro-Hillary super PAC picks up pace, opens doors to D.C.

Updated 9:26 p.m. 12/12/2013

Washington (CNN) – Ready for Hillary, a super PAC aimed at urging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, has increased the number and scope of fundraisers and informational meetings it is organizing, according to representatives from the group.

In the past four days, the super PAC has organized events in California and Arkansas and on Thursday, Ready for Hillary kicked off its Washington-area push with a low-dollar fundraiser at a swanky lounge on K Street, the hub of D.C. lobbying.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Washington D.C.
Democratic governors pow-wow ahead of 2014 contests
December 9th, 2013
11:25 AM ET
4 months ago

Democratic governors pow-wow ahead of 2014 contests

Updated 11:45 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013

Washington (CNN) – Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are gathering in the nation's capital Monday to plot strategy ahead of next year's elections, when three dozen governorships are up for grabs.

Eleven Democratic governors, a governor-elect, and around a dozen candidates are taking part in the Democratic Governors Association annual meeting. On the agenda: Strategy sessions and policy panels during the day, with a holiday party to cap things off in the evening. The main mission is to give a walk-through to the incumbent governors and candidates running next year of what the DGA does and how it can help them.
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Filed under: DGA • Washington D.C.
December 4th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama says wage and income gap eroding American dream

Updated 1:41 p.m. ET, 12/4/2013

Washington (CNN) – The growing gap between rich and poor Americans is threatening the ideals the country was founded upon, President Barack Obama said in remarks Wednesday that appeared to signal a leftward turn in his economic agenda.

Making sure that the U.S. economy works for every working American is "the defining challenge of our time," Obama said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. He later said the "dangerous and growing" income and opportunity gap is jeopardizing the notion that if people work hard, they can get ahead.
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Filed under: Economy • President Obama • Washington D.C.
December 3rd, 2013
04:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Washington could still screw up your holidays

Washington (CNN) – Washington has started an unpopular tradition: wreaking havoc with the holidays. And it's possible it could happen again this year.

With less than a month before the New Year, doctors who treat Medicare patients don't yet know how much the government will reimburse them, parents aren't sure if their local Head Start program will turn away students, civilians in the military don't know how many days they could be furloughed, and families can't yet estimate the price of milk.

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Filed under: Washington D.C.
D.C. mayor launches re-election bid
December 2nd, 2013
05:06 PM ET
5 months ago

D.C. mayor launches re-election bid

Washington (CNN) - The mayor of the nation's capital says he's going to run for re-election next year, ending one of the biggest guessing games in the city's local politics.

Mayor Vincent Gray visited the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday to pick up nominating petitions.

He has one month to collect 2,000 signatures to get his name on the 2014 ballot. And in a new website, VinceGray2014.org, Gray says "I'm in.”
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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
Insurance commissioner out after criticizing Obamacare fix
November 18th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
5 months ago

Insurance commissioner out after criticizing Obamacare fix

(CNN) - Washington D.C.'s insurance commissioner was forced out of his position after he criticized President Obama's executive action addressing weaknesses in the nation's troubled health care law, a source familiar with the matter said.

William P. White was one of several insurance commissioners across the nation to reject the President's move to allow insurance companies to continue selling policies to consumers who wanted to keep them. He released a statement hours after the president's fix was announced. After his comments, White was quickly replaced by an acting commissioner Sunday, a District of Columbia spokesman said.
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Filed under: Obamacare • Washington D.C.
In show vote, D.C. Council urges Washington Redskins to change name
November 5th, 2013
04:05 PM ET
6 months ago

In show vote, D.C. Council urges Washington Redskins to change name

Washington (CNN) – The Council of the District of Columbia approved a measure on Tuesday that urged the Washington Redskins football team to drop the word "Redskins" from its name because it is "objectionable to many Americans who consider it to be racist and derogatory."

Ten of the 13 council members voted yes, two were not in attendance and one - Yvette Alexander - voted present. Not a single vote against the measure was cast.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub
November 5th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
6 months ago

Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub

Washington (CNN) – She's cute, she's fluffy and now she wants your vote as the Smithsonian's National Zoo invites Americans to cast one more ballot on Election Day to name the Giant Panda cub.

Online voting on Smithsonian.com opened Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET and will run until November 22. According to a statement from the National Zoo, the cub's name will be unveiled December 1, the date when the cub will be 100 days old and when babies are celebrated in Chinese culture.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
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