Surprise Senate highway vote near deadline
July 29th, 2014
08:25 PM ET
7 hours ago

Surprise Senate highway vote near deadline

Washington (CNN) – Alert: last-minute plot twist on a national issue that may involve your commute.

As the U.S. Highway Trust Fund skids toward an August 1 money shortage, the Senate decided Tuesday to keep the issue in limbo at least a day or two more.

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House GOP leaders, struggling for votes, unveil smaller border bill
July 29th, 2014
05:56 PM ET
15 hours ago

House GOP leaders, struggling for votes, unveil smaller border bill

Washington (CNN) - Struggling to come up with enough votes to pass a funding bill to address the southern border crisis, House Republican leaders further scaled-back their proposal on Tuesday, unveiling a $659 million measure aimed at bringing conservatives on board.

While Speaker John Boehner told reporters that he believed "there is sufficient support" for the bill, he also admitted he had "a little more work to do."

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration
Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare
July 29th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
12 hours ago

Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.

“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”

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Filed under: Obamacare • Ted Cruz
July 29th, 2014
05:08 PM ET
15 hours ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 29, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 29, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA: NOT A NEW COLD WAR … Stepped-up sanctions against Russia are not part of a new Cold War, President Barack Obama said. "What it is, is a very specific issue related to Russia's unwillingness to recognize that Ukraine can chart its own path," Obama said. New U.S. sanctions announced by Obama will target three Moscow-based banks. – Laura Smith-Spark and Nick Paton Walsh
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An Obama executive action on immigration could impact midterms
July 29th, 2014
03:54 PM ET
1 day ago

An Obama executive action on immigration could impact midterms

Washington (CNN) – A possible move by Obama administration to single-handedly act on immigration reform before November's midterm elections could have major political consequences.

The White House could by the end of the summer use executive action to grant work permits to possibly millions of undocumented immigrants, multiple sources confirm to CNN. Such a move would legally allow such undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

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GOP Rallies at Capitol to 'Fire Reid'
July 29th, 2014
02:46 PM ET
1 day ago

GOP Rallies at Capitol to 'Fire Reid'

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday joined half dozen House Republican lawmakers at a rally outside the Senate steps to call on the American people to "fire" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) by winning control of the Senate in 2014.

Speaking to a crowd of around 100 GOP staffers and supporters (and a handful of curious tourists), Priebus said, "For too long now, Sen. Reid has run the Senate with an iron fist, blocking legislation that would help working families."

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Reince Priebus
Frustrated Tennessee governor writes Obama about unannounced border kids
July 29th, 2014
02:39 PM ET
1 day ago

Frustrated Tennessee governor writes Obama about unannounced border kids

(CNN) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam expressed frustration with the Obama administration’s decision to place 760 unaccompanied minors in his state without notification.

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama dated July 25, Haslam said it was “unacceptable” that the state discovered the presence of the unaccompanied minors through an online posting by the Department of Health and Human Services.

A spokesman for Haslam said Tuesday the governor has not been notified by the administration. HHS said it would review the letter and respond to the governor as soon as possible.

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Filed under: Bill Haslam • President Obama • Tennessee
New Rand Paul book to debut in 2015
July 29th, 2014
12:54 PM ET
1 day ago

New Rand Paul book to debut in 2015

(CNN) – In another sign that Sen. Rand Paul is taking steps toward a presidential campaign, the Kentucky Republican will come out with a new book early next year.

That's about the same time frame Paul has said he'll make a decision about a White House bid.

Paul told Louisville's Courier-Journal, which first reported the story, that the timing was "just coincidence, probably just coincidence."

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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Hillary Clinton on her 'dead broke' misstep: 'I regret it'
July 29th, 2014
11:40 AM ET
1 day ago

Hillary Clinton on her 'dead broke' misstep: 'I regret it'

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton first opened the can of worms on her sizable wealth during the first interview of her book tour on June 9.

Nearly two months later, Clinton is still being asked about it and tells Fusion that she regrets telling ABC's Diane Sawyer that her family was 'dead broke' when they left the White House in 2001.

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Perry takes border push to New Hampshire
July 29th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
1 day ago

Perry takes border push to New Hampshire

(CNN) - In a move with both 2014 and 2016 implications, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will weigh in Tuesday on the U.S. Senate battle in New Hampshire.

The longtime Republican governor from Texas will team up NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn on a media conference call to criticize both Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and President Barack Obama over the current border crisis.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Immigration • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • President Obama • Rick Perry • Scott Brown
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