Rand Paul hits the Hamptons
August 13th, 2014
01:29 PM ET
7 days 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
7 days 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
7 days 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.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

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
7 days 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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White House touts achievements on raising minimum wage
August 12th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
1 week ago

White House touts achievements on raising minimum wage

(CNN) - With much of the focus in Washington centered on foreign policy issues, the White House is touting a domestic issue that’s been central component of the Democrats’ messaging in 2014 - raising the federal minimum wage.

The administration released Tuesday a report entitled: “A Year of Action: Progress Report on Raising the Minimum Wage.” The 11-page document highlights some of the steps taken by state and local leaders and those in the business community to boost the wage to $10.10 an hour, the rate called for by President Barack Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address.

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Filed under: 2014 • Minimum wage • White House
Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head
August 12th, 2014
12:03 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is opting to stay dry.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged the President to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"The President appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge – though his contribution to this effort will be monetary," Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Tuesday.

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Filed under: President Obama
August 12th, 2014
11:32 AM ET
1 week ago

David Axelrod smack-tweets Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – Zing!

David Axelrod, former adviser to President Barack Obama, hit back Tuesday against Hillary Clinton's recent criticism of Obama's foreign policy.

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Filed under: David Axelrod • Hillary Clinton
Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no
August 12th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
1 week ago

Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — President Barack Obama thinks he’ll have the chance to nominate at least one more Supreme Court justice before his term in the White House is up.

Speaking to Democratic supporters at a fundraiser on Monday in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama used the potential decision to elicit support for Democrats, who he said needed to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in order for his picks to be confirmed.

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Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
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