With vocal support of Israel, Clinton rankles pro-Palestinian Americans
August 11th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
1 week ago

With vocal support of Israel, Clinton rankles pro-Palestinian Americans

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton has been upfront about her support for Israel's recent military operations in Gaza. And her outspokenness is infuriating pro-Palestinian supporters in the United States.

Since Israel kicked off Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in early July, Clinton has strongly and repeatedly said she backs Israel's right to defend itself. She stepped up that message in a recent interview with The Atlantic, in which she charged Hamas for "stage-managing" the conflict to engender sympathy.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • Israel
Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on
August 11th, 2014
11:15 AM ET
1 week ago

Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on

(CNN) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his brand of liberalism could serve as a "damn good platform" to run for president.

In an interview posted Monday to ABC/Yahoo News, Sanders, an independent who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, said income inequality is at its highest point in over eight decades - and the American people are ready to elect someone who's able to close that gap.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bernie Sanders • Hillary Clinton
Deadlocked Hawaii race might force candidates to seek votes amid damage, devastation
August 10th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
1 week ago

Deadlocked Hawaii race might force candidates to seek votes amid damage, devastation

(CNN) – It will be a very delicate task: How to seek votes from voters coping with damaged homes, downed trees, power outages and water shortages.

Yet that task awaits the two candidates in Hawaii's Democratic Senate primary as their race lies deadlocked and the majority of the votes they'll need to win lie in an area hit hard by a weekend storm.

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Filed under: Hawaii • Senate Primaries
August 10th, 2014
03:24 PM ET
1 week ago

Hillary Clinton splits with Obama on foreign policy

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, dramatically distanced herself from the President's approach to foreign policy in an interview published Sunday.

"Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," Clinton told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, knocking the Obama administration's foreign policy.

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August 10th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
1 week ago

Cuccinelli: Harry Reid the lead blocker

Washington (CNN) – Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservative Fund president, blames the stalemate in Congress on the Democratic “obstructionist Senate.”

He says the House, at the very least, is voting more than the Senate, and he says the government should get out of the way.

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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Ken Cuccinelli
August 10th, 2014
01:42 PM ET
1 week ago

McCain dismisses claim that he has it in for Obama

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is no stranger to the Sunday morning political talk show circuit, and viewers have apparently taken notice.

On Sunday, he appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” from Jakarta, Indonesia, primarily to discuss the U.S. airstrikes on Iraq and President Obama’s foreign policy. However, during the interview, CNN’s Candy Crowley asked him about the frequency of his Sunday show appearances and his regular criticism of Obama.

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Filed under: John McCain • State of the Union
August 10th, 2014
09:48 AM ET
1 week ago

The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Could Iraq be a factor in tipping the 2014 midterm scales?

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) – New details on the 2016 chapter of the seemingly permanent presidential campaign, questions about Iraq’s political impact, and three intriguing 2014 calculations as we whipped around the “Inside Politics” table Sunday.

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Filed under: Inside Politics
Hawaii primaries pit Dems v. Dems, Obama's wish v. deathbed request
August 9th, 2014
05:52 PM ET
1 week ago

Hawaii primaries pit Dems v. Dems, Obama's wish v. deathbed request

(CNN) – Trouble in paradise?

Currently churning in Hawaii: weather woes, potentially two historic political blows and duels between Democrats - one of which pits President Obama's wish against a senator's deathbed request.

As Hurricanes Iselle and Julio threatened to strike Hawaii with its first hurricane in 22 years – ultimately proving only to be a menace - political watchers eyed a storm of a different sort. Might Hawaii's incumbent governor and senator make history by losing in a primary for the first time in state history?

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Filed under: Hawaii • Senate Primaries
August 8th, 2014
05:55 PM ET
1 week ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 8, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 8, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN … U.S. MILITARY LAUNCHES SECOND ROUND OF AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ:  The U.S. military has begun a second round of airstrikes against ISIS near Irbil, U.S. officials told CNN on Friday afternoon. News of the latest airstrikes came just after the governor of Irbil, Nawzad Hadi, told CNN that ISIS fighters may be as close as 30 kilometers to Irbil. Air strikes are "very important" because ISIS fighters are well armed and are outgunning the Kurdish forces, thanks to the weapons the militants seized from the Iraqi military in Mosul, Hadi said. During that second airstrike, four U.S. fighter jets struck an ISIS convoy of seven vehicles, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby. The warplanes dropped four laser-guided bombs, Kirby said.
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In Iowa, Rand Paul previews 2016 campaign message amid dust-ups
August 8th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
2 weeks ago

In Iowa, Rand Paul previews 2016 campaign message amid dust-ups

URBANDALE, Iowa (CNN) - Rand Paul wears his political ambition for all to see. Look no further than the tie he sported during a three-day trip to Iowa. It had yellow images of corn, the crop that epitomizes politics in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

"And by coincidence, I have one in the shape of South Carolina," the Kentucky Republican said Wednesday, drawing laughs.

He was speaking at a Republican breakfast outside Des Moines at Machine Shed, a Midwest restaurant chain where the waiters wear overalls and drinks are served in Mason jars.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rand Paul
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