Conservative group uses Charlie Crist to attack Charlie Crist
August 14th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
6 days ago

Conservative group uses Charlie Crist to attack Charlie Crist

(CNN) – Charlie Crist is robo-calling Florida voters, talking about his conservative values as he wages another campaign for governor.

The only problem is Crist is now a Democrat, and the recorded phone message is actually from 2006, when he was a Republican.

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida
Steve King: Ferguson protesters of same 'continental origin'
August 14th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
1 week ago

Steve King: Ferguson protesters of same 'continental origin'

(CNN) - Rep. Steve King dismissed suggestions that racial profiling has played a role in clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed teen.

In an interview on Wednesday with the conservative network Newsmax TV, the conservative Republican congressman suggested, based on video he's seen of demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb, that racial profiling isn't a factor because all of the protesters are of the same "continental origin."

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Filed under: Steve King
August 14th, 2014
03:13 PM ET
6 days ago

Rand Paul on Ferguson: Police too militarized

(CNN) – There’s a “legitimate” need for authorities “to keep the peace,” but the law enforcement response to racially-charged street protests over the police shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager illustrates something more pervasive and troubling, Sen. Rand Paul said.

Writing Thursday in an opinion piece in Time, Paul noted that the wild scene of police in tactical gear apparently firing teargas and rubber pellets and pointing automatic weapons at people in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resembled a “war more than a traditional police action.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
August 14th, 2014
03:05 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama takes measured tone on clashes in Ferguson

Updated 4:34 p.m. ET, 8/14/2014

(CNN) – President Obama on Thursday urged calm and peace in Ferguson, Missouri, where clashes between protestors and police continue to escalate in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.

The President condemned all parties involved in the recent unrest.

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Filed under: Missouri • President Obama
August 14th, 2014
10:29 AM ET
1 week ago

Ice Bucket Challenge: Politicians get soaked

(CNN) - Ice water is starting to drench the political scene.

A number of political figures have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu to reimburse Senate for charter flight
August 14th, 2014
08:42 AM ET
1 week ago

Sen. Mary Landrieu to reimburse Senate for charter flight

(CNN) - Sen. Mary Landrieu will reimburse the Senate more than $5,700 for a charter flight she paid for with taxpayer money after CNN questioned the expense.

The Louisiana Democrat chartered a private plane last September to travel from New Orleans to Shreveport, where she attended an official event. She then traveled on to Dallas, where she attended a fundraiser.

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Filed under: 2014 • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu
Gap shrinks between Hillary Clinton and Republicans
August 14th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
1 week ago

Gap shrinks between Hillary Clinton and Republicans

(CNN) – While Hillary Clinton still maintains an advantage over potential GOP rivals in 2016, a new poll shows that her lead is narrowing.

And as her book tour has received extensive coverage, her support has dropped below 50%, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Polls
No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama
August 13th, 2014
05:55 PM ET
1 week 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
1 week 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
1 week 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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