Big bucks an indicator of outside groups’ influence
April 16th, 2014
12:34 PM ET
2 days ago

Big bucks an indicator of outside groups’ influence

Washington (CNN) - They've become some of the most important players in campaign politics over the past four years, and brand new fundraising figures indicate that the influence of outside groups is not diminishing.

In fact, the numbers suggest that these organizations, which are free of many of the fundraising rules that keep checks on candidates and party committees, will have a major impact on the 2014 Senate, House and gubernatorial elections, which are shaping up to be the most expensive midterms ever.

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Filed under: 2014 • Campaign finance • Fundraising
Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations
April 16th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
2 days ago

Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations

(CNN) - Chris Christie says that limiting campaign donations is "ridiculous," and is calling for a 48-hour reporting period for disclosing contributions.

New Jersey's Republican governor said at a town hall in Somerset Tuesday that rules limiting the amount someone can give to a campaign doesn't "stop money from getting into politics anyway."

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Campaign finance • Chris Christie
Obama, Biden announce millions for job training
April 16th, 2014
09:11 AM ET
2 days ago

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Oakdale, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers.

“When it comes to training our workers, not all of today's good jobs require a four-year college degree, but I promise there's not a job out there that's going to pay a lot if you don't have some sort of specialized training,” Obama said. “So our best bet is keeping ahead in the skills race and you see what happens when we put effort into making sure workers have new skills, the education that's required for this 21st century economy.”

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Filed under: Jobs • Pennsylvania • President Obama
Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms
April 15th, 2014
07:48 PM ET
2 days ago

Major Dem group spending to help candidates in midterms

(CNN) - Priorities USA Action announced Tuesday it had contributed more than $500,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to help Democrats gear-up for November's midterm elections.

The news came as the top Democratic group announced its first quarter fundraising numbers.

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Filed under: 2014 • Democrats • Fundraising • Priorities USA
April 15th, 2014
05:24 PM ET
3 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 15, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for  April 15, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BIDEN TO BOSTON: ‘TWISTED’ TERRORISTS WON’T PREVAIL … Honoring victims of last year’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday the terrorists who carried out the act could never claim victory over America’s ideals.

“You will send a resounding message around the world - not just around the world but to the terrorists - that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,” Biden told survivors. – Kevin Liptak

See More:  Poll: No partisan divide over Boston Marathon investigation

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
April 15th, 2014
04:53 PM ET
2 days ago

Mitt Romney stars in campaign ad

(CNN) – Is Mitt Romney running again?

"The stakes are very high in this election because Washington's spending is out of control," says Mitt Romney in a new campaign commercial, sounding very much like a candidate running for office.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Idaho • Mitt Romney
RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day
April 15th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
3 days ago

RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday, the day Americans file their taxes, it's suing the Internal Revenue Service over withholding records involved in the agency's targeting of conservative and other groups.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) has spent nearly a year investigating why the agency used conservative political terms like "Tea Party" and "patriot" to flag some applications for tax-exempt status.

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Filed under: Obama administration • RNC • Taxes
Poll: Most Americans oppose using force against Russia
April 15th, 2014
03:46 PM ET
3 days ago

Poll: Most Americans oppose using force against Russia

(CNN) - A majority of Americans say Ukraine is important to U.S. national interests, but when it comes to the crisis in the eastern European country, only a small sliver of the public says Washington should consider military actions against Russia, according to a new national poll.

And the McClatchy/Marist survey also indicates that Americans are divided on how President Barack Obama's handled the situation in Ukraine.

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Filed under: Polls • Russia • Ukraine
April 15th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
3 days ago

U.S. supports Ukraine's military moves for now, urges caution

Washington (CNN) – For weeks, the White House has on an almost daily basis applauded the Ukrainian government’s restraint in dealing with what many see as an attempted Russian takeover of more than just Crimea, repeatedly stating there should not be a military solution.

The Obama administration reiterated that sentiment on Tuesday, while also supporting Ukraine's movement of troops toward the worst trouble zones in the eastern part of the country.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
April 15th, 2014
02:12 PM ET
3 days ago

Biden to Boston memorial: ‘Twisted’ terrorists won’t prevail

(CNN) - Honoring victims of last year’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday the terrorists who carried out the act could never claim victory over America’s ideals.

“You will send a resounding message around the world - not just around the world but to the terrorists – that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,” Biden told survivors of the 2013 attack, which left three people dead and scores more injured.

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