Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson
August 24th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

Westhampton Beach, New York (CNN) – Hillary Clinton, who has yet to comment about the protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignored questions about the incident on Sunday.

After signing more than 700 books at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach, Clinton was asked by two reporters for her reaction to the controversy.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
As vacation winds down, Obama faces calls for stronger leadership on ISIS
President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.
August 24th, 2014
03:41 PM ET
3 weeks ago

As vacation winds down, Obama faces calls for stronger leadership on ISIS

(CNN) Washington - On President Barack Obama’s last day of a troubled vacation, politicians criticized his leadership and called for action in the growing threat of terrorist group ISIS.

“The President has got to come forward with a cohesive, comprehensive strategy, not only in Iraq, but also in Ukraine, also in other parts of the world. This is an administration - which the kindest word I can use is feckless - where they have not outlined a role that the United States of America has to play, and that’s a leadership role,” Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

In the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, administration officials made clear that they are shifting from defensive operations against ISIS in Iraq to weighing an attack on ISIS where they are strongest, in Syria. But politicians on both sides of the aisle are impatient for the President to construct a plan and consult with Congress on what many see as an imminent threat from ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State and is called ISIL by some U.S. government officials.
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Filed under: ISIS • Jack Reed • John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • Lindsey Graham • Mike McCaul • Obama administration • President Obama
Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances
August 23rd, 2014
04:35 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances

(CNN) – Libya. Egypt. Israel. Syria. Ukraine. Iraq.
Rick Perry ticked the countries off one-by-one, his list of what he terms President Barack Obama’s foreign policy failures.

Speaking at a rally for New Hampshire Republican activists, the Texas governor touched on the execution of journalist and Granite State native James Foley at the hands of the Islamic extremist group ISIS.

“Our hearts are heavy today, because of a young man from Rochester. A hero. A man who stood in the gap to reveal the evil that ISIS is all about,” said the potential presidential candidate.

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Filed under: Rick Perry
August 22nd, 2014
05:39 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Perry: ‘I don't really understand the details’ of indictment charges

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's not familiar with the legal language of the indictment handed up against him by a grand jury in Travis County last week.

"I've been indicted by that same body now for, I think, two counts: One of bribery, which I'm not a lawyer so I don't really understand the details here," he said in a lengthy explanation of the case before a New Hampshire audience.

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Filed under: 2016 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren
August 22nd, 2014
05:18 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren

Washington (CNN) - Elizabeth Warren is not Ready for Warren.

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Warren fully disavowed herself of Ready for Warren, a super PAC with the explicit goal of encouraging the liberal Massachusetts senator to run for president in 2016.

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Filed under: 2016 • Elizabeth Warren
Democrat Jim Webb: One show not enough to fully criticize Clinton's record
August 22nd, 2014
04:35 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Democrat Jim Webb: One show not enough to fully criticize Clinton's record

Washington (CNN) - Democrat Jim Webb needs more than one show if you want him to critique Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state.

During an appearance on Iowa Public Television’s "Iowa Press" show, Webb – a former senator from Virginia who is considered a dark horse to run for president in 2016 – was asked to critique Clinton's record at the State Department.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Jim Webb
In New Hampshire, Rick Perry says he's getting prepared
August 22nd, 2014
04:16 PM ET
4 weeks ago

In New Hampshire, Rick Perry says he's getting prepared

(CNN) - Returning to New Hampshire for the first time since his failed 2012 presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he has learned "some really, really good humbling and frustrating lessons."

Perhaps the biggest among them, he said, was preparation.

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Filed under: 2016 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry • Texas
Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes
August 22nd, 2014
12:14 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes

Washington (CNN) – Harry Reid, who faulted his 2010 Republican opponent for making an insensitive remark to Asian-Americans, cracked two Asian-themed jokes at a Las Vegas event Thursday.

"I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are," the Senate Majority Leader said to laughs from the audience at a Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce event.

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Democrats attack Rand Paul for criticizing Obama abroad
August 22nd, 2014
11:42 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Democrats attack Rand Paul for criticizing Obama abroad

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Friday for criticizing the President while on a foreign trip.

"America has a proud tradition of letting politics stop at the water’s edge, but Paul doesn’t think that tradition applies to him," Michael Czin, the DNC's press secretary, said in a memo to reporters. “Regardless of political party, we do not go abroad and slam our own because of policy differences.”

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Filed under: 2016 • DNC • Rand Paul
Romney: Clinton won't be able to distance herself from Obama
August 22nd, 2014
10:25 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Romney: Clinton won't be able to distance herself from Obama

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney feels vindicated by Hillary Clinton.

At a book event for Rep. Paul Ryan, his former running mate, Romney said that Hillary Clinton distancing herself from some of President Barack Obama's foreign policy was reminiscent of the campaign he ran against the President.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
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