Maggie Gyllenhaal sours on Obama: 'Not sure what he believes in anymore'
July 31st, 2014
01:07 PM ET
20 hours ago

Maggie Gyllenhaal sours on Obama: 'Not sure what he believes in anymore'

(CNN) – Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, one of President Barack Obama’s biggest backers in 2008 and 2012, has grown disillusioned with the President, she told Time Magazine in an interview released Thursday.

The actress said, “I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he believes in anymore.”

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Filed under: Hollywood • President Obama
Applying for new job? Clinton tinkers with her bio
July 31st, 2014
11:47 AM ET
20 hours ago

Applying for new job? Clinton tinkers with her bio

Washington (CNN) – Just like anyone thinking about applying for a new position, Hillary Clinton – or people close to her – have tinkered with and beefed up the promotional biography she uses at different events.

Since leaving the State Department in 2013, Clinton's speaking agency provided organizations before which she was appearing with a variation of the lengthy bio that she uses at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The organization would, in turn, use some or all of the bio in promotional and press materials.

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Walker's bargaining rights law upheld by state Supreme Court
July 31st, 2014
11:31 AM ET
21 hours ago

Walker's bargaining rights law upheld by state Supreme Court

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker scored a big victory Thursday after the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the collective bargaining rights law that angered public employees but rocketed Walker into national GOP fame.

The court also ruled in favor of the state's voter ID law, which the governor signed in 2011 and requires voters to present a photo ID.

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Filed under: Scott Walker • Wisconsin
Gubernatorial candidate goes homeless to prove point
July 31st, 2014
11:16 AM ET
20 hours ago

Gubernatorial candidate goes homeless to prove point

(CNN) - Down by double digits in the most recent polling, California's Republican gubernatorial challenger took his campaign to the streets.

Neel Kashkari announced Thursday that he recently spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno, California, to highlight poverty in the Golden State. Kashkari's campaign released a 10-minute long video that chronicles the candidate's week long unsuccessful search for a job.

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Filed under: 2014 • California • Jerry Brown • Neel Kashkari
Poll: Obama flirts with all-time low approval in Ohio as Clinton remains strong
July 31st, 2014
10:17 AM ET
22 hours ago

Poll: Obama flirts with all-time low approval in Ohio as Clinton remains strong

(CNN) – Ohio voters have soured on President Barack Obama, according to a new survey, but are still upbeat about Hillary Clinton, his possible Democratic successor.

Thirty-six percent of Ohio voters approve of the way Obama is handing his job as president, according to the Quinnipiac University poll, a number that is only three percentage points above the President's Buckeye State low point of 34% in November 2013. Fifty-nine percent of Ohio voters disapprove of how the President's handling his duties.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Poll • President Obama
Bush writes book about Bush
July 31st, 2014
08:43 AM ET
22 hours ago

Bush writes book about Bush

Updated 12:26 p.m. ET, 7/31/2014

(CNN) - For George W. Bush, this project is personal.

The 43rd President of the United States has written a book about his father, who happens to be the nation's 41st president.

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First on CNN: New PAC launches ads to limit flood of outside spending
July 30th, 2014
10:32 PM ET
1 day ago

First on CNN: New PAC launches ads to limit flood of outside spending

(CNN) - A new group that advocates full disclosure of campaign spending says it's going up Thursday with newspaper ads calling on both the Democratic and Republican candidates in three key congressional races to reject spending by outside groups.

CounterPAC, which is backed by around a half-dozen tech entrepreneurs, says the ads are the first step in what the group says is its national campaign pushing candidates to pledge to reject what it calls "dark" money expenditures by outside groups during this year's midterm elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Campaign finance
House Republicans changing border bill with Cruz-backed measure to appease conservatives
July 30th, 2014
09:59 PM ET
1 day ago

House Republicans changing border bill with Cruz-backed measure to appease conservatives

Still struggling to secure the votes to pass their border funding bill, House GOP leaders are discussing a way to add a provision that would bar the President from allowing any more deferments for children of undocumented workers in the U.S. now, according to a senior House GOP aide.

The change to the 2012 Obama administration policy known as "DACA" has been pushed by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, and a group of House Republicans has also pressed House leaders to add it to their $659 million border measure.
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Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'
July 30th, 2014
09:05 PM ET
1 day ago

Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'

Arlington, Virginia (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul lambasted MNSBC on Wednesday, pledging not to be a guest on the network until it "apologizes" for airing "lousy lies" about his positions.

"So I was having a great day today, then I went to MSNBC," the Kentucky Republican said to laughs at a convention in Arlington, Virginia for the libertarian group, Young Americans for Liberty.

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Filed under: MSNBC • Rand Paul
July 30th, 2014
06:55 PM ET
1 day ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BOEHNER LAWSUIT ADVANCES … The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. The vote was 225-201.

GAO: HEALTHCARE.GOV COST $840 MILLION … The cost of developing the initially-troubled website HealthCare.gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to the Government Accountability Office.- Rachel Streitfeld.
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