(CNN) – If the Malaysia airliner in Ukraine was shot down, then the United States will need to take action against the assailants, two Republican senators argued Thursday.
"If it is the case, then we're going to have to act and act in the most stringent fashions, including real sanctions, including giving the Ukrainians the ability to defend themselves, which we have not done so far," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Updated 2:47 p.m. ET, 7/17/2014
(CNN)–House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican, and the panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, have clashed repeatedly.
And now they're at it again.
(CNN) – After former President George W. Bush had to cancel an upcoming speech at a conference because of knee surgery, Hillary Clinton has agreed to speak instead.
Politico's Maggie Haberman, who's also a political analyst for CNN, reports that Clinton will speak at the Ameriprise Financial conference in Boston next week as Bush recovers from a second partial knee replacement surgey he had last weekend in Chicago. He had surgery on this other knee in May.
(CNN) – A new poll indicates Hillary Clinton is either tied with or holds a narrow advantage over potential Republican presidential contenders in Iowa and New Hampshire.
According to a new NBC News/Marist survey, Clinton is tied with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 45% in Iowa and barely edges out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 44%-43%.
(CNN) - The spotlight will shine on the 2014 and 2016 elections as some 3,000 activists from the left gather in Detroit starting Thursday.
That's when the annual Netroots Nation conference, the largest gathering of progressive leaders and activists, kicks off. And two of the Democratic Party's biggest stars - Vice President Joe Biden and freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts - will give keynote addresses.
(CNN) - Chris Christie's jam packed swing through Iowa on Thursday is advertised as being all about the 2014 midterm elections.
But the visit by the Republican governor of New Jersey and potential GOP presidential contender has plenty of 2016 implications, as Christie tries to get beyond the bridge controversy back home in the Garden State that's diminished his political standing.
(CNN) – In the hypothetical battle of Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary Clinton in 2016, one former Clinton opponent is putting his money on the former secretary of the state, but not without caveats.
On Wednesday’s “Crossfire,” 52% of viewers who responded to the show’s fireback question said they believe Warren could beat Clinton in a Democratic primary. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who ran against Clinton (and Obama) in 2008 in the Democratic presidential primary, disagreed.
(CNN) - John Bolton's super PAC is making its first foray into New Hampshire with an online ad attacking a Democratic congresswoman for fumbling an answer on Benghazi.
A former U.N. ambassador, Bolton and his group aim to make national security a major issue on the campaign trail and is supporting Republican candidates in tight midterm contests.
Washington (CNN) – Under pressure from Hispanic lawmakers and outside immigration advocates House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has changed her position on a key flashpoint in the debate over the border crisis.
Pelosi indicated Wednesday she opposes altering a 2008 immigration law that would expedite the deportation of children crossing the southwest border from Central American countries.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 16, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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GOP ALLEGES EX-OBAMA OFFICIAL BROKE LAW ON POLITICAL ACTIVITY ... Ramping up his investigation of the White House and whether it illegally used government staff for political purposes, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa released audio of a 2012 voicemail message that his office says depicts then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking an employee working for her to contribute money and recruit others to attend a fundraiser for the pro-Obama Organizing For America. In a release, the committee called the phone message a clear violation of the Hatch Act, which limits political activity for government officials. – Lisa Desjardins