High court upholds Michigan's ban on college-admissions affirmative action
April 22nd, 2014
11:03 AM ET
2 days ago

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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Filed under: Michigan • Supreme Court
Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready
April 22nd, 2014
10:43 AM ET
2 days ago

Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready

(CNN) - Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole argued that some of the men among the younger generation of potential GOP presidential candidates aren't quite ready to take on the White House.

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now," he said in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "I don't think they've got enough experience yet."
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Filed under: 2016 • Bob Dole • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
April 22nd, 2014
10:08 AM ET
2 days ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Is Obama turning the corner?

Obama’s poll numbers inch up: President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Asia. After a quick stop in Washington state to view the aftermath of the Oso landslide, he’ll continue on to Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia.

One focus of the trip will be to build support for a large Asia-Pacific trade group - the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

As he departs, Obama is seeing an ever-so-slight uptick - from 41.2% at the end of January to 42.4% - in domestic approval, according to Gallup, which conducts a daily tracking poll and noted a slight improvement for the President in the first quarter of 2014 after a year of decline.

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Filed under: Inside Politics • Keystone XL • Mitt Romney • President Obama
April 22nd, 2014
09:17 AM ET
2 days ago

Meet the woman who could turn Texas purple

Washington (CNN) – When Leticia Van de Putte walked into the storied Willard Hotel one block from the White House last month, she didn't invoke the stares of gaping tourists or eager handshakes from power-seeking staffers.

Instead, she rolled her own suitcase wearing Texas Longhorn cowboy boots - an accessory she was happy she brought from Texas on that snowy March day in the nation's capital.

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Filed under: 2014 • Texas
A new player steps into South Carolina governor's race
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, shown here at the 2012 Republican National Convention, is a GOP star but Tom Ervin calls her "a disaster."
April 22nd, 2014
09:15 AM ET
2 days ago

A new player steps into South Carolina governor's race

Anderson, South Carolina (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is one of the GOP's brightest stars, a 42-year-old Indian-American, a dynamo fundraiser and a favorite of national Republicans eager to showcase diversity in their ranks.

Haley's road to re-election this November has looked smooth of late, thanks to Obamacare's unpopularity in South Carolina, a shrinking unemployment rate and the cautious approach of her Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

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Filed under: 2014 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
Book club with political bent
April 22nd, 2014
08:11 AM ET
2 days ago

Book club with political bent

Washington (CNN) - A leading grassroots liberal group is forming a book club to try and help boost Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new book to best seller status.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announcement Tuesday that it's forming a national progressive book club comes on the same day of the official book release from the freshman senator from Massachusetts. The group is encouraging its nearly one million members to purchase Warren's memoir, titled "A Fighting Chance," and spread it on social media.

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Filed under: 2016 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • PCCC
McCain calls Russia a 'gas station'
April 22nd, 2014
05:13 AM ET
2 days ago

McCain calls Russia a 'gas station'

(CNN) - Mad that he won't be vacationing in Siberia because of sanctions, Sen. John McCain sounded off on all things Russia on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Tuesday.

The longtime GOP senator from Arizona, who earlier this year used his Twitter account to announce sanctions imposed on him by Russian President Vladimir Putin, joked about his overseas account.

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Filed under: John McCain • John McCcain • President Obama • Russia • Vladimir Putin
Christie on pot: Colorado law 'not the quality of life we want'
April 21st, 2014
08:47 PM ET
2 days ago

Christie on pot: Colorado law 'not the quality of life we want'

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeated his well-known opposition to legalizing marijuana in his state, and sharply criticized one that has done just that – Colorado.

Christie was asked by a caller on his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio program on New Jersey 101.5 about revenue and other business benefits of decriminalizing pot.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Colorado • Marijuana • New Jersey
April 21st, 2014
08:25 PM ET
2 days ago

Chris Christie says he's not been subpoenaed in bridge probe

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a firm "no" Monday when asked if he's been subpoenaed personally as part of a federal investigation of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Christie made the comments on New Jersey 101.5's monthly "Ask the Governor" radio program.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Another N.J. bridge controversy brewing, and a familiar name surfaces
April 21st, 2014
06:48 PM ET
2 days ago

Another N.J. bridge controversy brewing, and a familiar name surfaces

(CNN) - The George Washington Bridge may not be the only one used in an apparent act of political retribution by appointees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and a familiar name in that scandal has surfaced anew.

While suggestions that top Christie officials orchestrated traffic jams around the nation’s busiest bridge in Fort Lee last year have fueled months of controversy, details have surfaced about another span just to the south.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
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