Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown
August 27th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
1 week ago

Shaheen goes on the attack against Brown

(CNN) - The Democratic incumbent in a key Senate race that may very well decide which party controls the chamber next year is going up with her first attack ad against her likely Republican challenger.

The campaign of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire announced Wednesday morning that they're launching a new TV commercial that highlights what they say is former Sen. Scott Brown's record of protecting big oil companies. The spot is the eighth of Shaheen's 2014 re-election campaign, but the first to criticize Brown, the former GOP senator from neighboring Massachusetts who moved to the Granite State late last year and is considered the heavy favorite to win next month's Republican Senate primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
McCaskill: If communities want federal law enforcement funds, cops should wear cameras
August 27th, 2014
12:09 AM ET
3 weeks ago

McCaskill: If communities want federal law enforcement funds, cops should wear cameras

(CNN) – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that police officers across the country should be required to wear body cameras in order for their departments to qualify for federal funds.

McCaskill believes that the ubiquity of cameras gives way to incidents in which only part of the story is recorded, seen or understood. So, a body camera on every officer will not only protect citizens against police misconduct, but also protect officers from wrongful accusations.

"Everywhere I go people now have cameras," said McCaskill, a Democrat. "And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter. And it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven't."

McCaskill made the comments at an event in Springfield, Missouri, where she answered questions about the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, CNN affiliate KOLR reported.

In the wake of the shooting and community outrage to the response from Ferguson police, McCaskill has called for congressional hearings to examine a Defense Department program that allows local police departments to acquire military weaponry.

Already, President Barack Obama has called for a review of programs that allow for the transfer of military weapons to the police.

Section 1208 in the National Defense Authorization Act has allowed the Defense Department to grant military hardware to local law enforcement since 1990. A law enforcement support program, the military's Defense Logistics Agency, was established in 1999 to facilitate law enforcement militarization.

McCaskill said Thursday she hopes the Senate will embrace her body camera proposal and that it will eventually become law.

"I would like to see us say, 'If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to have body cams on your officers,'" she said. "And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that's occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable."

New York Times editorial board passes on endorsing Cuomo
August 26th, 2014
03:48 PM ET
3 weeks ago

New York Times editorial board passes on endorsing Cuomo

Washington (CNN) – No endorsement for you, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

That was the message the New York Times editorial board sent to the state's sitting governor when they published Tuesday an editorial that spelled out why they won't be backing Cuomo in New York's upcoming gubernatorial primary on September 9.

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Filed under: 2014 • Andrew Cuomo
O’Malley moving political staff into South Carolina
August 26th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
3 weeks ago

O’Malley moving political staff into South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - As he builds support for a possible Democratic presidential bid, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is dispatching political staffers to work on two key races in South Carolina this fall, sources familiar with the moves told CNN.

The Washington Post reported Monday that O’Malley was sending “more than two dozen” staffers from his political action committee, O’Say Can You See PAC, into Iowa and New Hampshire to assist midterm candidates this year. Those states kick off the presidential nomination process, followed by South Carolina, the first southern primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Martin O'Malley • South Carolina
In South Carolina, Rubio heals wounds on the right
August 26th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
3 weeks ago

In South Carolina, Rubio heals wounds on the right

ANDERSON, South Carolina (CNN) - Marco Rubio came to South Carolina this week hoping to win over the kind of conservative hardliners who turned on him last year as the Senate immigration reform bill he sponsored hit a roadblock in the Republican-controlled House.

By the time Rubio addressed a massive GOP fundraiser here on Monday evening, it wasn't his right flank he had to worry about.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Marco Rubio • South Carolina
Obama announces new efforts for vets in politically tinged North Carolina visit
August 26th, 2014
07:15 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Obama announces new efforts for vets in politically tinged North Carolina visit

Updated 2:05 p.m. ET, 8/26/2014

Charlotte (CNN) – President Barack Obama detailed Tuesday how his administration is attempting to rectify shortfalls in caring for war veterans, just as new threats abroad could require more sacrifices for American military families.

Speaking at the annual American Legion conference in Charlotte, Obama announced new executive actions aimed at improving mental health services and financial opportunities for servicemen and women, months after allegations of massive wrongdoing surfaced at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
First on CNN: New group goes up with spots in crucial Senate race
August 25th, 2014
04:52 PM ET
3 weeks ago

First on CNN: New group goes up with spots in crucial Senate race

(CNN) - Add another organization to the list of outside groups running ads in the Senate battle in New Hampshire, which is turning into a key race that could determine which party controls the chamber next year.

CNN has learned that Independent Leadership for New Hampshire is going up Tuesday with its first television commercial in support of Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown.

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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate • Senate Race
August 25th, 2014
12:40 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Foley killer featured in Republican campaign ad

(CNN) — The masked man appears briefly, for only a frame or two, but it’s startling nonetheless.

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The not-yet-identified killer of kidnapped American photographer James Foley is featured in an ominous and risky campaign ad released Monday by New Mexico’s Republican nominee for Senate, Allen Weh, the underdog challenger to first-term Democratic Senator Tom Udall.

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Filed under: 2014 • New Mexico • Tom Udall
South Carolina back in 2016 spotlight
August 25th, 2014
11:50 AM ET
3 weeks ago

South Carolina back in 2016 spotlight

(CNN) - This week, South Carolina gets a piece of the action.

While Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary, have seen numerous visits this summer by many of the potential 2016 candidates, things have been quiet in South Carolina.

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Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • South Carolina
August 25th, 2014
08:53 AM ET
3 weeks ago

The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Will Eric Holder be leaving the Justice Department?

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on “Inside Politics” to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – An exit strategy, proof of the Obama Midterm Drag, and insights into some of the most intriguing faces and races of 2014 and 2016 filled our weekly close-of-show trip around the Inside Politics table.

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Filed under: 2016 • Eric Holder • Inside Politics • Jeanne Shaheen • Mitch McConnell • Scott Brown
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