Rand Paul responds to GOP criticism of his foreign policy views
April 22nd, 2014
04:52 PM ET
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Rand Paul responds to GOP criticism of his foreign policy views

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul penned an op-ed for the conservative outlet National Review Online, responding to critiques of the Kentucky Republican from the very same publication and other right-leaning commentators who disagree with his non-interventionist views.

Paul, who's considering a presidential bid, argued that conservatism has long had a "strain of libertarianism" on the topic of foreign policy. To back him up, he referenced NRO's own founder, conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 22, 2014
April 22nd, 2014
04:46 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 22, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 22, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

SCOTUS UPHOLDS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BAN … The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal and political battle nationally over affirmative action. The justices found 6-2 that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Breyer were in the majority; Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented. – Bill Mears

JUSTICE KENNEDY: "This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it.”

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: "For members of historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government.”

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Rand Paul in Chicago: School choice is 'the great equalizer'
April 22nd, 2014
04:12 PM ET
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Rand Paul in Chicago: School choice is 'the great equalizer'

(CNN) – Continuing his outreach to minority voters, Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Chicago Tuesday that the debate over school choice is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, but a fight between the "dead-enders" and "those who believe in innovation."

"We've been trying the same thing with education for 50-100 years, and education particularly in our big cities has been a downward spiral," the Kentucky Republican said. "So just throwing money at the problem hasn't fixed the problem."
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Challenger goes up with first spot in Mississippi Senate primary battle
April 22nd, 2014
03:39 PM ET
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Challenger goes up with first spot in Mississippi Senate primary battle

(CNN) - A Republican state senator in Mississippi, who has mounted a primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, touts his conservative credentials in first campaign television commercial.

The ad from Chris McDaniel comes six weeks before he faces off against the six-term incumbent in Mississippi's GOP primary. Cochran's campaign has already gone up with five spots over the past two months.

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Clawson wins Republican primary race for Trey Radel's seat
April 22nd, 2014
02:58 PM ET
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Clawson wins Republican primary race for Trey Radel's seat

(CNN) - Businessman Curt Clawson won Tuesday's Republican primary in southwest Florida for the seat formerly held by Rep. Trey Radel, who left office over a cocaine scandal.

Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge following his arrest for cocaine possession and stepped down in January.

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Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to debate
April 22nd, 2014
02:07 PM ET
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Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to debate

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who openly competes with other governors by trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State, is now taking his strategy one step further.

He's challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to a debate on economic policy. Perry's office said he issued the challenge on Albany's Talk 1300 news radio.

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Sen. John Boozman has surgery
April 22nd, 2014
01:02 PM ET
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Sen. John Boozman has surgery

Updated 2:22 p.m. ET, 4/22/2014

(CNN) – Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, experienced an aortic aneurysm and underwent surgery Tuesday morning, according to a source familiar with the senator's condition.

The senator started feeling sick Monday night, and he and his wife canceled their plans, the source said. As his symptoms worsened, he went to the hospital, where the surgery appeared to be a success.
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Place with political pedigree
April 22nd, 2014
11:44 AM ET
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Place with political pedigree

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - From the outside, it looks like a plain store front that could be anywhere USA.

But step inside 379 Elm Street in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, and you enter a building with a rich history in campaign politics. And Scott Brown is writing the latest chapter in the building's political biography.

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First on CNN: 15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic Convention
April 22nd, 2014
11:28 AM ET
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First on CNN: 15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic Convention

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more.

The Democratic National Committee's official request for proposal or "RFP" was sent to cities late Monday and they are required to submit their bids to host the convention by June 6.
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High court upholds Michigan's ban on college-admissions affirmative action
April 22nd, 2014
11:03 AM ET
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High court upholds Michigan's ban on college-admissions affirmative action

(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's voter-approved law that bans use of racial criteria in college admissions.

In a 6-2 vote, the court ruled a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the law.

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