No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama
August 13th, 2014
05:55 PM ET
6 days ago

No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama

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Vineyard Haven, Mass. (CNN) – The foreign policy rift between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama that played out publicly this week was not enough to ruin the birthday party of a mutual friend.

She may have sharply chastised his foreign policy this week, but all remains well between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state insisted, and the two were happy to spend time together, along with 150 other guests, in Martha's Vineyard Wednesday at a party thrown by longtime friend Vernon Jordan for his wife Ann.

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
August 13th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
6 days ago

Christie touts conservative chops in Alabama

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican governor from the blue state of New Jersey, argued Wednesday that he's more conservative than people from the South may think.

Asked by reporters in Birmingham what Alabama voters may find surprising about him, Christie suggested there's a common misconception about his ideology.

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Filed under: 2016 • Alabama • Chris Christie • Mississippi • RGA
August 13th, 2014
05:10 PM ET
6 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 13, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … ISRAEL SAYS CEASE-FIRE VIOLATED: For 70 hours, there was relative peace. But - as has proven true time and again in relations between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza - it didn't last. Two hours before a 72-hour cease-fire was to expire, and as talks continued in Egypt aimed at extending it, an Israeli military spokesman told CNN that a rocket from "Gaza terrorists" struck in the Hof Ashkelon area of southern Israel on Wednesday night. There were no initial reports of injuries or damage. – Jethro Mullen, Antonia Mortensen and Reza Sayah
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310,000 healthcare consumers could lose coverage come September if they don’t prove eligibility
August 13th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
1 week ago

310,000 healthcare consumers could lose coverage come September if they don’t prove eligibility

(CNN) - Over 300,000 individuals who enrolled in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage come the end of September if they fail to provide the proper documentation demonstrating legal residency, according to the Obama administration.

The issue at hand is not necessarily an immigration status problem, but a data-matching issue.

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Rand Paul hits the Hamptons
August 13th, 2014
01:29 PM ET
1 week ago

Rand Paul hits the Hamptons

(CNN) – Photos of Sen. Rand Paul in the Hamptons on Saturday raised some questions about the Kentucky Republican, who had previously said he couldn't attend a social conservative event in Iowa over the weekend because he had a "family commitment."

As it turns out, the likely presidential candidate was photographed in East Hampton at a fundraiser for a public library.

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Filed under: 2016 • New York • Rand Paul
Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water
August 13th, 2014
08:05 AM ET
1 week ago

Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water

(CNN) – Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Gov. Chris Christie accepted the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge and let his two youngest kids dump a large pail of water on the New Jersey Republican.

In a video posted on Facebook Tuesday night, Christie said he was nominated by Scott O'Neill of the New Jersey Devils. In return, he challenged Sen. Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

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Filed under: Chris Christie
August 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
1 week ago

Rand Paul on Chris Christie in one word: 'Bridges'

(CNN) - They're at it again.

Rand Paul was asked in a recent interview to name one word when he thinks of fellow Republican Chris Christie.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Rand Paul
CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2014
August 12th, 2014
04:54 PM ET
1 week ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 12, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA CAMP KNOCKS CLINTON IN FOREIGN POLICY SPAT …  David Axelrod, former adviser to President Barack Obama, hit back Tuesday against Hillary Clinton's recent criticism of Obama's foreign policy.

David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod)
Just to clarify: "Don't do stupid stuff" means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.

In an interview with “The Atlantic” published over the weekend, Clinton argued the decision not to arm Syrian rebels early on had led to Islamic militants taking over swaths of territory in the region. The former secretary of state also took a swipe at an oft-repeated phrase Obama uses to sum up his foreign policy choices – “Don’t do stupid stuff.” "Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," Clinton said.

In his tweet, Axelrod appears to be knocking Clinton's 2002 vote as U.S. senator in favor of the Iraq War.
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August 12th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
5 days ago

'Hugging it out’: Hillary Clinton calls Obama to calm tensions

Updated 12:55 p.m. ET, 8/15/2014

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton reached out to President Barack Obama on Tuesday to tell him that headline-grabbing comments she made about his foreign policy were not meant as a political attack.

The potential presidential candidate called Obama to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership," Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former secretary of state, said.

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
August 12th, 2014
04:14 PM ET
1 week ago

Fox News host: First lady needs to 'drop a few' pounds

(CNN) – A Fox News co-host questioned Michelle Obama's weight and eating habits on Tuesday as the first lady advocates for nutrition standards through her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.

"How well could she be eating? She needs to drop a few," Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of Fox's "Medical A-Team," said on "Outnumbered."

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