2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out
July 18th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
5 days ago

2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out

(CNN) - Four potential Republican presidential candidates stand out above the rest of the possible field, according to new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Friday indicates that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are best known and most liked by Republicans right now.

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Would there have been fewer troops in Iraq if McCain won the presidency in 2000?
July 18th, 2014
03:30 AM ET
4 days ago

Would there have been fewer troops in Iraq if McCain won the presidency in 2000?

CNN and National Journal joined forces Thursday to explore the 2014 midterm elections at the first "Politics on Tap" event in Washington D.C. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, joined CNN’s Jake Tapper, Brianna Keilar and Peter Hamby, as well as National Journal’s Ron Fournier, and Michelle Cottle for the private gathering. Check out some of the best highlights from the event on our Storify page.

(CNN) – It’s hard to imagine that one of the most vocal supporters of sending troops to Iraq during the 2007 surge, now says that in hindsight, he would’ve acted differently if he were in charge.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said that had he won the presidential election in 2000, he would’ve been more hesitant about sending troops to Iraq.
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McCain: Putin 'responsible' if pro-Russian separatists shot down plane in Ukraine
July 18th, 2014
12:43 AM ET
4 days ago

McCain: Putin 'responsible' if pro-Russian separatists shot down plane in Ukraine

CNN and National Journal joined forces Thursday to explore the 2014 midterm elections at the first "Politics on Tap" event in Washington D.C. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, joined CNN’s Jake Tapper, Brianna Keilar and Peter Hamby, as well as National Journal’s Ron Fournier, and Michelle Cottle for the private gathering. Check out some of the best highlights from the event on our Storify page.

(CNN) - If the Russians did it, it's their President's fault.

That was the message Sen. John McCain delivered after the United States concluded a missile shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

While it is unclear who shot down the plane, the Arizona Republican says that if either the Russian government or pro-separatist forces in Ukraine fired the missile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ultimately responsible for the crash.
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What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?
July 17th, 2014
10:45 PM ET
4 days ago

What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?

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Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told Charlie Rose on Thursday that if she does run for president in 2016, she would have "a very specific agenda" about the future of America.

But with polls showing her as the favorite for the Democratic nomination and a cadre of groups already organizing for a prospective campaign, what would cause the former secretary of state to not run for office?

"It would be wholly personal," Clinton said, according to a transcript of the PBS show. "Because I know so much about the job and how hard it is, I am very struck by the historic nature of a campaign that I might, in the future, undertake."

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • White House
Christie now says he supports Hobby Lobby ruling
July 17th, 2014
08:47 PM ET
5 days ago

Christie now says he supports Hobby Lobby ruling

(CNN) - After first declining to take a position on the decision earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he backs the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in its case against Obamacare.

Asked about his thoughts on the case at a campaign stop in Iowa, Christie unveiled his support.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa • Supreme Court
July 17th, 2014
08:00 PM ET
5 days ago

Christie: N.J. may consider housing kids from southern border influx

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children at the southern border, but didn't rule out the prospect of accepting children in New Jersey on a case-by-case basis.

"I have great empathy for that situation, but frankly the administration has done an awful job in securing our border, and they need to do that," Christie told reporters in Marion, Iowa, where he campaigned for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Immigration • Iowa
Hillary Clinton says 'growing awareness' points to separatists in Ukraine air disaster
July 17th, 2014
07:49 PM ET
2 days ago

Hillary Clinton says 'growing awareness' points to separatists in Ukraine air disaster

Washington (CNN) - There appears "to be some growing awareness" that "Russian insurgents" were behind the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner in Ukraine on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said.

"If there is evidence pointing in that direction, the equipment had to have come from Russia," the former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Russia • Ukraine
July 17th, 2014
07:25 PM ET
4 days ago

Biden applauds protesters at his own speech

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden appeared to embrace some protesters Thursday who loudly criticized the Obama administration's record of deportations.

About 20 minutes into his speech at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Biden was interrupted by demonstrators in the audience who repeatedly chanted “Stop deporting our families.”

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Filed under: Immigration • Joe Biden • Michigan • Netroots Nation
Biden: Not on 'God's green Earth' was I going to stay silent on same-sex marriage
July 17th, 2014
07:17 PM ET
2 days ago

Biden: Not on 'God's green Earth' was I going to stay silent on same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Speaking to an audience of progressives on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden reflected on the moment when he came out in favor of same-sex marriage before President Barack Obama.

Biden received high praise from his introducer at the event, who complimented him on his "candor" and credited him with changing the dialogue on the issue in the White House.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Same-sex marriage
July 17th, 2014
04:50 PM ET
4 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 17, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HAPPENING NOW … ISRAEL LAUNCHES GROUND OPERATION INTO GAZA … The Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday, the government said. The much-anticipated operation follows some of the most intense fighting in the 10 days of bombings and airstrikes between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian medical and security sources say 240 people have been killed in Gaza, including at least seven children who died Thursday, and about 1,800 injured. Israel says one of its citizens has died. – Ralph Ellis, Ben Wedeman, Michael Pearson and Jethro Mullen

IDF (@IDFSpokesperson)
BREAKING NEWS: A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.
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