(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children at the southern border, but didn't rule out the prospect of accepting children in New Jersey on a case-by-case basis.
"I have great empathy for that situation, but frankly the administration has done an awful job in securing our border, and they need to do that," Christie told reporters in Marion, Iowa, where he campaigned for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad.
Washington (CNN) - There appears "to be some growing awareness" that "Russian insurgents" were behind the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner in Ukraine on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said.
"If there is evidence pointing in that direction, the equipment had to have come from Russia," the former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden appeared to embrace some protesters Thursday who loudly criticized the Obama administration's record of deportations.
About 20 minutes into his speech at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Biden was interrupted by demonstrators in the audience who repeatedly chanted “Stop deporting our families.”
(CNN) – Speaking to an audience of progressives on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden reflected on the moment when he came out in favor of same-sex marriage before President Barack Obama.
Biden received high praise from his introducer at the event, who complimented him on his "candor" and credited him with changing the dialogue on the issue in the White House.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
HAPPENING NOW … ISRAEL LAUNCHES GROUND OPERATION INTO GAZA … The Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday, the government said. The much-anticipated operation follows some of the most intense fighting in the 10 days of bombings and airstrikes between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian medical and security sources say 240 people have been killed in Gaza, including at least seven children who died Thursday, and about 1,800 injured. Israel says one of its citizens has died. – Ralph Ellis, Ben Wedeman, Michael Pearson and Jethro Mullen
BREAKING NEWS: A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.
Trenton, New Jersey (CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie's incoming chief of staff on Thursday became the fifth current or former member of the New Jersey governor's staff to go before a state legislative committee that's investigating lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last year.
The hearing came amid questions about whether the bipartisan panel, comprised of eight Democrats and four Republicans, should even proceed with its work.
(CNN) – If the Malaysia airliner in Ukraine was shot down, then the United States will need to take action against the assailants, two Republican senators argued Thursday.
"If it is the case, then we're going to have to act and act in the most stringent fashions, including real sanctions, including giving the Ukrainians the ability to defend themselves, which we have not done so far," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Updated 2:47 p.m. ET, 7/17/2014
(CNN)–House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican, and the panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, have clashed repeatedly.
And now they're at it again.
(CNN) – After former President George W. Bush had to cancel an upcoming speech at a conference because of knee surgery, Hillary Clinton has agreed to speak instead.
Politico's Maggie Haberman, who's also a political analyst for CNN, reports that Clinton will speak at the Ameriprise Financial conference in Boston next week as Bush recovers from a second partial knee replacement surgey he had last weekend in Chicago. He had surgery on this other knee in May.
(CNN) – A new poll indicates Hillary Clinton is either tied with or holds a narrow advantage over potential Republican presidential contenders in Iowa and New Hampshire.
According to a new NBC News/Marist survey, Clinton is tied with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 45% in Iowa and barely edges out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 44%-43%.