First on CNN: Christie’s interview with investigators
April 14th, 2014
01:04 PM ET
1 day ago

First on CNN: Christie’s interview with investigators

(CNN) – The first news report linking his top aides to an alleged political payback scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge made Chris Christie “sick to his stomach,” the New Jersey governor told investigators, according to a new memo first obtained by CNN.

After the report in a local paper, Christie called his senior staff to the governor’s mansion. As the meeting began, he was nervous, unsure who else on his staff might be involved in the lane closures.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
April 14th, 2014
12:15 PM ET
1 day ago

Obama marks Holy Week, reflects on Kansas shooting

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama took time on Monday at a Holy Week prayer breakfast to reflect on the deadly shooting outside a Jewish community center in Kansas.

He noted the religious timing of the violence in Overland Park where a man with a long history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric is suspected of killing three people, including a boy and his grandfather.
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Filed under: President Obama
First on CNN: Hillary Clinton to address international Jewish group
April 14th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
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First on CNN: Hillary Clinton to address international Jewish group

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a large Jewish group in May, adding another forum to her schedule in which she’s expected to talk about Mideast peace and Iran's nuclear program.

Clinton will deliver the closing address at the 2014 American Jewish Committee's Global Forum in Washington, D.C. on May 14, and organizers anticipate Clinton will "give her view on the issue of utmost concern to us," which include Iran's nuclear program, the rise of global anti-Semitism and the role of Israel in the Mideast peace process.
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Filed under: 2016 • Faith • Hillary Clinton
DJ Rand Paul takes requests
April 14th, 2014
09:57 AM ET
2 days ago

DJ Rand Paul takes requests

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul played along Sunday after "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at the Kentucky Republican as well as a few other potential GOP presidential candidates this weekend.

In a sketch called "GOP at Coachella," characters who played former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan attempted to reach out to the young audience that typically turns out for the massive music and arts festival in California.
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Filed under: Rand Paul
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
Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran
April 13th, 2014
03:57 PM ET
2 days ago

Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul said the United States shouldn't rule out the containment of Iran’s nuclear program.

The Kentucky Republican is sticking to his guns on the issue that left him standing alone as the sole Senate vote against a 2012 resolution to pursue a policy other than containment, if necessary, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iran • Rand Paul
April 13th, 2014
01:43 PM ET
2 days ago

Sebelius’ resignation and the politics of Obamacare

(CNN) – Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing health and human services secretary, said the decision to step down from her post was hers - not the Obama administration's.

After seeing Obamacare through its botched rollout and the eight-week fix period, and past the 7 million sign-up goal after the open enrollment deadline, Sebelius announced last week she would step down, saying Sunday it was a "logical time to leave."

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April 13th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
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GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

(CNN) - Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "not all" of his GOP colleagues are racist but "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

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April 13th, 2014
11:14 AM ET
1 day ago

Democratic campaign chair: 2014 too early to call

(CNN) - It's too early in the game to predict which party will clean up in November's midterm elections, Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday.

But his Republican counterpart, Rep. Greg Walden, indicated Obamacare and a still-struggling economy are issues enough to stoke enthusiasm for the GOP in this year's election.

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Filed under: 2014 • TV-State of the Union
‘Nothing grassroots’ about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says
April 13th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
2 days ago

‘Nothing grassroots’ about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says

Washington (CNN) – Attacks on police stations and government buildings in eastern Ukraine bear “telltale signs of Moscow’s involvement,” a top U.S. administration official said on Sunday, adding it was becoming more clear Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to expand his reach into the country.

Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the latest attacks, in the city of Slaviansk, were “professional” and “coordinated” - similar to Russia’s incursion into the Crimean Peninsula last month.

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Filed under: Ukraine
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