First on CNN: Memo says GOP competitive in five more Senate races
April 18th, 2014
07:00 AM ET
3 days ago

First on CNN: Memo says GOP competitive in five more Senate races

Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group tasked with getting Republicans elected to the Senate, believes Republicans have expanded the 2014 playing field with five more contested races as the GOP seeks to retake control of the chamber.

In a memo released to consultants Friday morning, NRSC political director Ward Baker writes that Republicans have become competitive in Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, Oregon and Minnesota since the start of the year.
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Filed under: 2014 • NRSC
Reid calls supporters of Nevada cattle rancher 'domestic terrorists'
April 17th, 2014
09:17 PM ET
3 days ago

Reid calls supporters of Nevada cattle rancher 'domestic terrorists'

(CNN) - Never one to mince words, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, lumped supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy in with the Eric Rudolphs, Richard Reids and Timothy McVeighs.

The senate majority leader labeled those who defended the rancher against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup "domestic terrorists" at a Thursday evening question-and-answer session hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Filed under: Harry Reid
April 17th, 2014
06:44 PM ET
3 days ago

Teen describes ‘glass ceiling’ of being an undocumented immigrant to Hillary Clinton

New York (CNN) - When Nova Bajamonti walked into to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York on Thursday, she knew the day would be different. Hillary Clinton, an inspiration of hers, was coming to speak, and she was one of 60 girls allowed to attend and possibly ask a question.

But that wasn't the biggest reason Thursday's event was going to change Bajamonti's life. If called on, the 19-year-old student planned to divulge a secret she had kept for over a decade: She was an undocumented immigrant.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Immigration
April 17th, 2014
05:48 PM ET
3 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 17, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT HITS 8 MILLION … “The repeal debate is and should be over,” President Obama said while announcing the new figures at the White House. The Republicans are “wrong to try to keep trying to repeal a law that is working when they have no alternative answer.”

… BUT HILL REPUBLICANS REMAIN UNIMPRESSED: “This law has disrupted health care for millions of Americans, sent premiums skyrocketing, limited access to doctors, and cancelled plans, and even after all of that havoc, its ability to add to the insurance rolls is based largely on the fact that it forced Americans to purchase government-mandated coverage under the threat of costly penalties from the IRS,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Michigan. “The administration still has not answered basic questions about enrollment and why it will not support fairness for all.”

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April 17th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
3 days ago

Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child

(CNN) – Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she is expecting her first child.

The only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton made the announcement while sharing the stage with her mother at a women's event in New York.

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Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • New York
April 17th, 2014
03:46 PM ET
3 days ago

Obama: Republicans 'were wrong' about Obamacare

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called on his fellow Democrats to "forcefully defend and be proud" of the fact that millions of people have signed up for health care insurance through the federal marketplaces, and faulted Republicans who are still angling to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I don't think we should apologize for it. I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell," Obama said Thursday during a rare appearance at the daily White House news conference.
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Filed under: Obamacare • President Obama
Dead for now: Kentucky bill allowing twin Paul 2016 runs
April 17th, 2014
03:13 PM ET
4 days ago

Dead for now: Kentucky bill allowing twin Paul 2016 runs

(CNN) - A bill allowing Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul to simultaneously run for the presidency and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016 died earlier this week when the Kentucky legislature adjourned for the year.

The bill had passed the Republican-controlled state Senate, but stalled in the Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives.
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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
Christie speaks with compassion on drug addiction and treatment
April 17th, 2014
02:53 PM ET
4 days ago

Christie speaks with compassion on drug addiction and treatment

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie teamed up with former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey to talk about drug addiction on Thursday, the same day Christie signed a bill aimed to improve treatment programs in New Jersey correctional facilities and county jails.

While Christie has frequently said that drug and alcohol abuse is an issue that has touched his personal life, he elaborated further Thursday saying he recently lost a longtime and "dear" friend to addiction.
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Beau Biden says he plans to run for governor in Delaware
April 17th, 2014
11:50 AM ET
3 days ago

Beau Biden says he plans to run for governor in Delaware

(CNN) – Beau Biden said Thursday he won't seek re-election this year as Delaware attorney general and plans instead to run for governor in 2016.

"Over the past few months, as I've been planning to run for reelection, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for Governor in 2016," he said in a statement. "What started as a thought-a very persistent thought-has now become a course of action that I wish to pursue."

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Filed under: 2016 • Beau Biden • Delaware
'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again
April 17th, 2014
10:57 AM ET
3 days ago

'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again

(CNN) - The selfie. The “guys’ trip.” An endorsement?

Not quite.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
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