Should marijuana use be legal?
July 28th, 2014
02:36 PM ET
2 days ago

Should marijuana use be legal?

Washington (CNN) – Around half the public says that marijuana use should be legal, according to recent national polling.

Forty-eight percent of those questioned in a CBS News survey in early May said that the use of marijuana should be legal, with 47% disagreeing. The poll suggested partisan, gender and generational divides, with a majority of men, younger Americans, Democrats and independents saying recreational pot should be legal. Women, those 45 and older, as well as Republicans, disagree.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Marijuana • Polls
Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex marriage ban
July 28th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
2 days ago

Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex marriage ban

(CNN) - A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage in another legal victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed.

"We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws," the divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit in Richmond concluded.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Virginia
Democratic Senate candidate turns out lights on White House
July 28th, 2014
11:45 AM ET
2 days ago

Democratic Senate candidate turns out lights on White House

(CNN) - Natalie Tennant is making it clear: she opposes President Barack Obama's policies on coal.

"Where do they think their electricity comes from?" asks West Virginia's secretary of state and Democratic Senate nominee, as her new campaign commercial shows a picture of the White House.

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Filed under: 2014 • Senate • Senate Race • Shelley Moore Capito • West Virginia
Corruption trial for Bob McDonnell begins
July 28th, 2014
11:39 AM ET
2 days ago

Corruption trial for Bob McDonnell begins

(CNN) – Jury selection was set to start on Monday in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is charged along with his wife of improperly accepting gifts from a businessman while in office in exchange for promoting his company.

McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party with potential presidential ambitions, and his wife, Maureen, entered the federal courthouse in Richmond for the trial that is expected to last several weeks.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
One of Obama's closest allies promises help
July 28th, 2014
10:31 AM ET
2 days ago

One of Obama's closest allies promises help

Washington (CNN) – With some communities across the nation fighting attempts to house some of the unaccompanied Central American kids detained at the border, President Obama got a dose of welcome news from one of his closest political allies. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration says it is willing to house up to 1,000 children in city facilities.

“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” Emanuel said Sunday in a statement. “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions. We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”

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Filed under: President Obama • Rahm Emanuel
Border crisis front and center in important Senate race
July 28th, 2014
10:13 AM ET
2 days ago

Border crisis front and center in important Senate race

(CNN) - The border crisis is moving from the headlines to the campaign air wars.

Senate candidate Scott Brown is going up with a new television commercial that links Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire to President Barack Obama over the crisis along the nation's southern border.

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
July 28th, 2014
08:30 AM ET
22 hours ago

First lady steps up political push

Washington (CNN) – Michelle Obama is asking Democrats to get serious - about voting in November's midterm elections.

In an email and video to Democratic donors and supporters, the first lady is trying to energize the party's base and expand Democratic turnout. Obama's pitch comes as a new CNN poll illustrates the turnout problem the Democrats face in November.

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Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • DNC • Michelle Obama
Clinton jokes: Darth Vader would not be my choice for president
July 27th, 2014
04:44 PM ET
2 days ago

Clinton jokes: Darth Vader would not be my choice for president

Washington (CNN) - Attention potential presidential candidates: Beware of the dark side.

A recent tongue-in-cheek analysis shows Americans prefer Darth Vader more than any potential 2016 presidential candidate. Never mind that Darth Vader has done some pretty evil things across the “Star Wars” films, including blowing up planets and torturing his own son, Luke Skywalker.

What does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton think?

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Hillary Clinton defends Obama against conservative barbs
July 27th, 2014
02:09 PM ET
2 days ago

Hillary Clinton defends Obama against conservative barbs

Washington (CNN) – If you wanted a friend to defend your reputation against serious sideswipes, who better to do it than one of the most recognizable women in the world, with years of experience beating back barbs?

Enter Hillary Clinton in defense of President Barack Obama.  As conservatives throw arrows aimed at the President's handling of multiple world crises, Clinton defended her former adversary-turned-boss-turned-friend.

The former secretary of state – and prospective presidential candidate - sat down with CNN's Fareed Zakaria for a wide-ranging interview taped Friday and aired Sunday on "CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS."

Some conservatives accuse Obama of not being tough enough on Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Is the President appropriately handling the Ukranian crisis, Clinton was asked?

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July 27th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
2 days ago

Hillary Clinton: Putin 'bears responsibility' in downing of MH17

(CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin bears at least some responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

"I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly - through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian Special Forces and intelligence agents - bears responsibility for what happened," she told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an exclusive interview that will air Sunday.

Clinton's comments come just over a week since Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board. Pro-Russian militants have been accused of downing the plane using Russia-supplied armaments and of interfering with the subsequent investigation at the crash site.

U.S. President Barack Obama last week called the crash a "wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine," a view Clinton echoed in urging Europe to go further.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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