April 13th, 2014
01:43 PM ET
3 days ago

Sebelius’ resignation and the politics of Obamacare

(CNN) – Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing health and human services secretary, said the decision to step down from her post was hers - not the Obama administration's.

After seeing Obamacare through its botched rollout and the eight-week fix period, and past the 7 million sign-up goal after the open enrollment deadline, Sebelius announced last week she would step down, saying Sunday it was a "logical time to leave."

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April 13th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
2 days ago

GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

(CNN) - Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "not all" of his GOP colleagues are racist but "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

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April 13th, 2014
11:14 AM ET
3 days ago

Democratic campaign chair: 2014 too early to call

(CNN) - It's too early in the game to predict which party will clean up in November's midterm elections, Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday.

But his Republican counterpart, Rep. Greg Walden, indicated Obamacare and a still-struggling economy are issues enough to stoke enthusiasm for the GOP in this year's election.

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Filed under: 2014 • TV-State of the Union
‘Nothing grassroots’ about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says
April 13th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
4 days ago

‘Nothing grassroots’ about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says

Washington (CNN) – Attacks on police stations and government buildings in eastern Ukraine bear “telltale signs of Moscow’s involvement,” a top U.S. administration official said on Sunday, adding it was becoming more clear Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to expand his reach into the country.

Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the latest attacks, in the city of Slaviansk, were “professional” and “coordinated” - similar to Russia’s incursion into the Crimean Peninsula last month.

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Filed under: Ukraine
April 13th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
4 days ago

The 'Inside Politics' forecast: Can Kansas City beat Vegas?

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.

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'16 hopefuls sound familiar tropes in New Hampshire
April 12th, 2014
10:36 PM ET
3 days ago

'16 hopefuls sound familiar tropes in New Hampshire

(CNN) - Obamacare? Check. Harry Reid? Check. Kathleen Sebelius? Check.

A smattering of potential 2016 hopefuls looking to bank early points among Granite State conservatives sounded familiar refrains and trained their fire on oft-used targets at a New Hampshire summit on Saturday.

At Americans for Prosperity's New Hampshire Freedom Summit, the speakers spanned the conservative political spectrum from former presidential contenders, presumed top-flight 2016 Republican candidates, such as Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, potential dark horses and side-show spectacle.

But all those addressing the crowd Saturday fed the attentive listeners traditional conservative recipes featuring lots and lots of red meat.

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Filed under: 2016 • Americans for Prosperity • Donald Trump • Jeb Bush • New Hampshire • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
Paul Ryan to Iowa GOP: Give up 'infighting' for Lent
April 11th, 2014
11:36 PM ET
3 days ago

Paul Ryan to Iowa GOP: Give up 'infighting' for Lent

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan called on the Republican Party to unify in a speech Friday, saying it should "give up the infighting" for Lent.

Addressing an Iowa crowd in the pivotal caucus state's GOP Lincoln Dinner, the potential 2016 presidential candidate said Iowa can do the country a favor in the 2014 midterm election "by delivering another Senate seat and by sending more conservatives to Congress."
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Filed under: Iowa • Paul Ryan
Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play
April 11th, 2014
08:22 PM ET
4 days ago

Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play

New York (CNN) – After two speeches heralding the civil rights movement and its impact on his life, President Barack Obama on Friday took in a revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun,' the landmark play chronicling racial tension on Chicago's South Side.

The drama, which entered the canon of American literature soon after its premiere in 1959, is currently running on Broadway starring Denzel Washington.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
First lady announces support for military caregivers
April 11th, 2014
07:51 PM ET
5 days ago

First lady announces support for military caregivers

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama hosted caregivers of veterans and active duty service members in the East Room of the White House on Friday to recognize the efforts of wounded military caregivers and to bring together support for her continuing initiative, known as "Joining Forces."

Friday's event marked the 3rd anniversary of the "Joining Forces" initiative, a cause the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden have championed since President Barack Obama's first term.
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Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton 'as bad or worse' than President Obama on government surveillance
April 11th, 2014
07:36 PM ET
5 days ago

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton 'as bad or worse' than President Obama on government surveillance

(CNN) – Presidential politics were in the air Friday in New Hampshire as Sen. Rand Paul took direct aim at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton.

The Kentucky Republican said Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic senator, is "as bad or worse" than President Barack Obama on issues of government surveillance.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
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