Top Democrat predicts – again – his party can win back the House
July 23rd, 2014
07:00 PM ET
4 days ago

Top Democrat predicts – again – his party can win back the House

Washington (CNN) – Defying virtually all political analysis, the No. 2 House Democrat said his party has "a good shot" at winning enough seats in November to regain control of the House of Representatives.

Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer made a similar prediction in February, but no veteran political observers believe the House Democrats are in a position to pick up the 17 seats they would need to win back the chamber. In fact most national observers believe Republicans will keep or slightly expand the 234 GOP seat majority they hold now in the House.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • Steny Hoyer
Hillary’s spin on the Reagan vs. Clinton economies off-mark
July 23rd, 2014
06:16 PM ET
4 days ago

Hillary’s spin on the Reagan vs. Clinton economies off-mark

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, throughout much of her book tour, has made bold claims comparing the Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton economies.

Last week, Clinton stepped up those claims in an interview with Charlie Rose when she asserted “if I just were to compare Reagan's eight years with Bill's eight years, it's like night and day in terms of the effects, the number of jobs that were created, the number of people lifted out of poverty 100 times more when Bill was president. And did policies have something to do with that? I would argue that they did.”

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Filed under: Economy • Hillary Clinton
July 23rd, 2014
05:37 PM ET
4 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 23, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 23, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ON CNN… BLOOMBERG SAYS FLIGHT BAN REWARDS HAMAS … Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a combative interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in Israel, said he was there “to show support for Israel's right to defend itself" and to underscore, in his opinion, that U.S. flight restrictions there are a mistake that only helps Hamas.
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Dole back on Hill to try and push through U.N. disabilities treaty
July 23rd, 2014
04:19 PM ET
4 days ago

Dole back on Hill to try and push through U.N. disabilities treaty

(CNN) – Hoping to spur more Republican support, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole returned to the U.S. Capitol to urge ratification of a global disability rights treaty.

The one-time Kansas GOP lawmaker, who had two stints leading the chamber before resigning to run for president in 1996, joined veterans and rights groups at a news conference on Wednesday on the U.N. measure.

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Filed under: Bob Dole • Congress
Game on in pivotal Georgia Senate race
July 23rd, 2014
04:08 PM ET
4 days ago

Game on in pivotal Georgia Senate race

(CNN) - The general election race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat is kicking into high gear now that the GOP has a nominee.

"Michelle Nunn: Perfect for Obama. Wrong for Georgia," says the narrator in TV commercial by the Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group that's been very critical of the new health care law.

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Filed under: 2014 • Georgia • Michelle Nunn
Clinton, Sotomayor and Castro to attend Friday event together
July 23rd, 2014
03:36 PM ET
5 days ago

Clinton, Sotomayor and Castro to attend Friday event together

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor and Julian Castro will appear together in New York City on Friday as part of Dream Big Day at the Bronx Children's Museum.

Earlier this summer, Sotomayor surprised the former secretary of state during a book signing Clinton held at a Costco in Northern Virginia. The Supreme Court justice and Clinton shared a few words and held each others hand while they chatted.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Julian Castro • Sonia Sotomayor
Rubio decries ‘intolerance’ against same-sex marriage opponents
July 23rd, 2014
03:14 PM ET
5 days ago

Rubio decries ‘intolerance’ against same-sex marriage opponents

Washington (CNN) – Citing a “growing intolerance” against opponents of same-sex marriage, Sen. Marco Rubio argued that those who advocate same-sex marriage need to be more respectful of those who oppose it.

“Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It's pro-traditional marriage,” the Florida Republican said in a speech at Catholic University. “And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Same-sex marriage
White House 'reloading' with new press hires
July 23rd, 2014
10:38 AM ET
5 days ago

White House 'reloading' with new press hires

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration Wednesday announced Eric Schultz as its pick for the new principal deputy press secretary.

Schultz will now be the number two White House spokesman behind the new Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

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Filed under: Josh Earnest • White House
Oregonians to vote to legalize recreational marijuana
July 23rd, 2014
10:06 AM ET
5 days ago

Oregonians to vote to legalize recreational marijuana

(CNN) - A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed.

More than 88,500 people signed the petition, enough to place the initiative before voters on November 4.

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Filed under: Marijuana • Oregon
July 23rd, 2014
06:00 AM ET
5 days ago

CNN Poll: Is Obamacare working?

Washington (CNN) – More than half the public says Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that a majority of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act, but that some of that opposition is from people who don't think the measure goes far enough.

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