Labor's Trumka: Hillary Clinton is 'very, very qualified to be president'
August 28th, 2014
10:57 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Labor's Trumka: Hillary Clinton is 'very, very qualified to be president'

Washington (CNN) - Richard Trumka is not ready to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. But that may be because, as he says, "there is no there, there."

At a breakfast with journalists on Thursday, the labor icon and president of the AFL-CIO spoke highly of Clinton, the former secretary of state and favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but he did raise some questions that he hopes Clinton will answer if she runs.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Richard Trumka
August 28th, 2014
12:20 AM ET
3 weeks ago

McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

(CNN) – In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.

 

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Walker, Burke all tied up in new poll
August 27th, 2014
06:15 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Walker, Burke all tied up in new poll

(CNN) – Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker can’t seem to shake Democrat Mary Burke, the Trek bicycle executive, in her bid to unseat in him November's election.

The latest polling shows the race statistically tied.

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Filed under: Scott Walker • Wisconsin
August 27th, 2014
05:21 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Gillibrand says fellow lawmaker called her 'porky'

(CNN) – Sen. Kristen Gillibrand said she's experienced sexism working on Capitol Hill from some of her male colleagues - one of whom, she said, warned her of getting "porky" after she had a baby.

The New York Democrat recounted the story to People magazine in an interview posted Wednesday promoting her book "Off the Sidelines," due out in September.

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Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand
White House: Prospect of government shutdown won’t stop immigration action
August 27th, 2014
05:05 PM ET
3 weeks ago

White House: Prospect of government shutdown won’t stop immigration action

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama won’t forestall upcoming executive actions on immigration amid Republican threats of another government shutdown, the White House said Wednesday.

Obama is currently weighing ways to make changes to the immigration system on his own after Congressional action on the issue stalled. Some GOP lawmakers have suggested holding up a bill funding federal agencies if Obama takes unilateral action as promised.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Immigration
August 27th, 2014
04:17 PM ET
3 weeks ago

McConnell to CNN: Obama would have ‘a lot of congressional support’ for action against ISIS

Nicholasville, Kentucky (CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell knew how surprising it was going to sound to room full of Kentucky voters that he backs President Barack Obama on something.

"I think the President now, at this point - this will shock you when I say it - at this point, is doing the right thing,” he said Wednesday in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce here.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
Poll suggests Romney on top in Iowa if he runs again
August 27th, 2014
02:23 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Poll suggests Romney on top in Iowa if he runs again

(CNN) - He keeps saying no to third run for the White House, but another new poll – this time in Iowa – indicates Mitt Romney would be the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination if he changes his mind.

A USA Today/Suffolk University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday should add to the feeding frenzy over a possible 2016 presidential bid by the 2012 GOP nominee. While the former Massachusetts governor's repeatedly said he's not running again, the attention such speculation captures is a sign of the wide open nature right now of the upcoming Republican nomination race.

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Filed under: 2016 • Mitt Romney
First-week sales of Paul Ryan's book slow
August 27th, 2014
11:02 AM ET
3 weeks ago

First-week sales of Paul Ryan's book slow

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan's first solo book sold 6,266 copies in its first week of publication, according to Nielsen Bookscan data provided to CNN by a publisher.

The number puts Ryan's "The Way Forward" behind two other books by conservative authors, "America" by Dinesh D’Souza and "One Nation" by Ben Carson, both of which have been out longer than "The Way Forward," according Jason Pinter, the founder and publisher of Polis Books.

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Filed under: 2016 • Paul Ryan
Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown
August 27th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
6 days ago

Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown

(CNN) - The Democratic incumbent in a key Senate race that may very well decide which party controls the chamber next year is going up with her first attack ad against her likely Republican challenger.

The campaign of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire announced Wednesday morning that they're launching a new TV commercial that highlights what they say is former Sen. Scott Brown's record of protecting big oil companies. The spot is the eighth of Shaheen's 2014 re-election campaign, but the first to criticize Brown, the former GOP senator from neighboring Massachusetts who moved to the Granite State late last year and is considered the heavy favorite to win next month's Republican Senate primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
McCaskill: If communities want federal law enforcement funds, cops should wear cameras
August 27th, 2014
12:09 AM ET
3 weeks ago

McCaskill: If communities want federal law enforcement funds, cops should wear cameras

(CNN) – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that police officers across the country should be required to wear body cameras in order for their departments to qualify for federal funds.

McCaskill believes that the ubiquity of cameras gives way to incidents in which only part of the story is recorded, seen or understood. So, a body camera on every officer will not only protect citizens against police misconduct, but also protect officers from wrongful accusations.

"Everywhere I go people now have cameras," said McCaskill, a Democrat. "And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter. And it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven't."

McCaskill made the comments at an event in Springfield, Missouri, where she answered questions about the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, CNN affiliate KOLR reported.

In the wake of the shooting and community outrage to the response from Ferguson police, McCaskill has called for congressional hearings to examine a Defense Department program that allows local police departments to acquire military weaponry.

Already, President Barack Obama has called for a review of programs that allow for the transfer of military weapons to the police.

Section 1208 in the National Defense Authorization Act has allowed the Defense Department to grant military hardware to local law enforcement since 1990. A law enforcement support program, the military's Defense Logistics Agency, was established in 1999 to facilitate law enforcement militarization.

McCaskill said Thursday she hopes the Senate will embrace her body camera proposal and that it will eventually become law.

"I would like to see us say, 'If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to have body cams on your officers,'" she said. "And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that's occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable."

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