(CNN) – In a surprisingly strong vote, the Senate on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s controversial choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
The bipartisan rejection came after the widow of a slain Philadelphia officer pleaded with senators to vote “no.”
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 5, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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CLINTON EXPLAINS HITLER COMMENTS … Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought on Wednesday to explain her remarks comparing Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's European aggression ahead of World War II. The former secretary of state told an audience in Los Angeles that her comments on Tuesday were an attempt for "people to have a little historic perspective." – Dan Merica
AS FEARS OF INSTABILITY RISE IN CRIMEA … Tensions mounted on the ground in Crimea when U.N. Ukraine Envoy Robert Serry was threatened by armed men in Sevastopol.
(CNN) - The House on Wednesday passed another bill aimed at derailing Obamacare - the 50th time the GOP-led chamber has tried to repeal or alter President Barack Obama's signature health law in the past three years.
Obama joked last week ahead of the vote.
Washington (CNN) - At the Republican National Convention in 2012, Mitt Romney's campaign featured a series of touching, biographical videos that showed a more personal side to the former Massachusetts governor.
But it was too late. By that point, just a little more than two months before Election Day, Democrats had spent millions trying to define Romney as a greedy, heartless politician.
New Britain, Connecticut (CNN) – In the midst of managing the nation's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama enlisted the help of some fellow executives on Wednesday to continue his fight for an increase in the nation's minimum wage.
To help make his case, Obama put his domestic fight in an international context, making a veiled reference to incidents abroad by characterizing the struggles of protesters around the globe as a search for American-style opportunity.
Updated 2:57 p.m. ET 3/5/2014
Washington (CNN) – As Hillary Clinton made waves for her remarks about Russian incursions into Ukraine, a Republican super PAC sought to tie the former secretary of state to the Obama administration's handling of the unfolding crisis.
A 30-second web video by America Rising PAC stitches together public statements by then-Secretary of State Clinton and President Barack Obama on their attempted reset of U.S. relations with Russia. The video includes a 2009 meeting when Clinton famously presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset" button to signify the start of closer ties between the two superpowers.
Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 3/5/2014
(CNN) - The House Foreign Affairs Committee proposed a bipartisan resolution on Wednesday condemning Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine and urging economic and other sanctions in response.
The non-binding proposal said Russia's action poses a threat to international peace and security.
Support for legal same-sex marriage is at an all-time high, according to a new national poll.
An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday indicates that 59% of Americans favor allowing gay or lesbian couples to legally wed. That's up two percentage points from an ABC News/Washington Post poll from last summer and appears to be the highest level of support ever recorded in any non-partisan, live operator national survey.
(CNN) – Rep. Alan Grayson strongly denied an accusation that he assaulted and injured his wife, his office said in a statement.
"These allegations are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson," said Lauren Doney, a spokesperson for the Florida Democrat.