May 24th, 2013
03:47 PM ET
11 months ago

Michelle Obama, 'Scandal' and the Godfather of Soul

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama hung out with a "big time star" and jammed to the Godfather of Soul, but brought a serious message to students at a once-troubled Washington elementary school Friday.

Obama joined actress Kerry Washington, from the ABC television show "Scandal," in the visit to Savoy Elementary School which was once one of the district's lowest performing schools and is located in the city's Anacostia neighborhood.
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January 26th, 2013
12:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Gun control advocates march as nation reels from school shootings

Washington (CNN) - Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence.

On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring "March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance."

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Filed under: Gun control • Washington
Who deserves it? A presidential historian on who should run the president's race
January 24th, 2013
04:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Who deserves it? A presidential historian on who should run the president's race

Washington (CNN) - The Washington Nationals baseball team used Twitter to announce that they'll add another president to their famed President's race starting in the 2013 season.

In Washington, D.C., the Nationals mid-inning race is a big deal. Since the team moved to Washington in 2006, caricatures of four presidents – Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt – raced around the field to the amusement of the crowd.
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Obama pushes back on criticism regarding social outreach to Congress
January 15th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama pushes back on criticism regarding social outreach to Congress

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama pushed back on criticism that he has not reached out enough to members of Congress socially to help build more personal relationships.

"With respect to this 'truism' about me not socializing enough and patting folks on the back and all that stuff, most people who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy. And I like a good party. And the truth is when I was in the Senate, I had great relationships over there, and up until that point that I became president this was not an accusation that you heard very frequently," the president said at his news conference Monday.
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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Washington
Jake Tapper signs on with CNN from ABC
December 20th, 2012
08:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Jake Tapper signs on with CNN from ABC

(CNN) - Jake Tapper, most recently an ABC News correspondent and author, is joining CNN as chief Washington correspondent and an anchor, the network announced Thursday.

Tapper was previously the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. ABC's White House team will pick up the network's political correspondent, Jonathan Karl.
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Same players, same disputes in fiscal cliff debate
December 4th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Same players, same disputes in fiscal cliff debate

Washintgon (CNN) - If insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, then continuing negotiations on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff might amount to little more than crazy talk.

The same players are arguing about the same issue - taxes - in a repeat of budget showdowns of the past two years that failed to reach a comprehensive agreement.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Washington
Democrats hold the Washington governorship
November 9th, 2012
11:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Democrats hold the Washington governorship

(CNN) - Democrats held onto the governorship in Washington on Friday, bringing an end to the only outstanding election from this week's governors' races.

Republican candidate Rob McKenna conceded to Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in a video statement. Inslee, a former U.S. representative, will succeed two-term Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.
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Filed under: 2012 • Washington
November 9th, 2012
03:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Washington voters pass same-sex marriage, CNN projects

(CNN) – The lunch hour is usually hectic at Duos Catering in Seattle. But Thursday the phone was ringing off the hook.

In between orders of crab cakes and pan seared scallops, many people wanted to congratulate Benjamin Jury and Joshua Cooper. The longtime couple could finally get married legally in Washington, according to ballots tallied from Tuesday's election.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Washington
Washington governorship still up for grabs
November 8th, 2012
01:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Washington governorship still up for grabs

(CNN) – The only undecided gubernatorial race is in the state of Washington where the contest appears to remain close with just over half of the votes counted Thursday.

Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee hopes to bar Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna from breaking the state's over 30 year streak of electing a Democrat to the office.
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Filed under: 2012 • Washington
Colorado, Washington pass marijuana legalization; Oregon says no
November 7th, 2012
01:05 AM ET
1 year ago

Colorado, Washington pass marijuana legalization; Oregon says no

(CNN) - Three states voted on referendums Tuesday on legalizing marijuana for recreational use:

Colorado passes marijuana legalization, but there's a catch

Colorado voters have approved a referendum that supports the legalization of marijuana on a recreational basis.
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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Oregon • Washington
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