Deadlocked Hawaii race might force candidates to seek votes amid damage, devastation
August 10th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
4 months 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
Hawaii primaries pit Dems v. Dems, Obama's wish v. deathbed request
August 9th, 2014
05:52 PM ET
4 months 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
Hillary Clinton defends Obama against conservative barbs
July 27th, 2014
02:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Hillary Clinton defends Obama against conservative barbs

Washington (CNN) – If you wanted a friend to defend your reputation against serious sideswipes, who better to do it than one of the most recognizable women in the world, with years of experience beating back barbs?

Enter Hillary Clinton in defense of President Barack Obama.  As conservatives throw arrows aimed at the President's handling of multiple world crises, Clinton defended her former adversary-turned-boss-turned-friend.

The former secretary of state – and prospective presidential candidate - sat down with CNN's Fareed Zakaria for a wide-ranging interview taped Friday and aired Sunday on "CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS."

Some conservatives accuse Obama of not being tough enough on Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Is the President appropriately handling the Ukranian crisis, Clinton was asked?

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July 27th, 2014
12:14 PM ET
5 months ago

Amid world crises, Pelosi praises Obama's 'strong leadership,' while Graham blasts his 'passive responses'

Washington (CNN) – Amid the push for peace in the Middle East and the push for reduced tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, how much has President Barack Obama's leadership helped mitigate those dire situations?

Two top members of Congress offered starkly different characterizations on Sunday.  While one praised the President's "strong" leadership, the other accused Obama of being "AWOL," serving up "passive responses to naked aggression all over the world."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services Committee, offered their thoughts to CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union."

Is it bad optics, Pelosi was asked, for the president to attend fundraisers as parts of the world seemingly blow up around him?

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Senate candidates from Virginia spar, politely, in first debate
July 26th, 2014
08:25 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate candidates from Virginia spar, politely, in first debate

Washington (CNN) – They came ready, aimed and fired – calmly.

On Saturday, the first U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican nominee Ed Gillespie was marked by zings - but also political politesse.

During civil exchanges across 90-minutes stood two Virginians pushing different ideas but also outsize caricatures of the other.

On one side: Gillespie's branding of Warner as a political lapdog for President Barack Obama who's responsible for job-killing policies and who promised to be independent – but is not.  On the other side: Warner's attacks against Gillespie's resume that includes lobbying and stints in Republican Party partisan posts.

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Filed under: Ed Gillespie • Mark Warner • Virginia
House GOP chairman urges more U.S. engagement in Libya
July 26th, 2014
02:14 PM ET
5 months ago

House GOP chairman urges more U.S. engagement in Libya

Washington (CNN) – After intense fighting among warring militias forced the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya, one top House Republican criticized the Obama administration's overall policy towards the North African nation.

"I think having removed [Moammar] Gadhafi, the administration sort of took its focus off of Libya and things have been getting worse for quite some considerable time now," Rep. Ed Royce said Saturday in a CNN interview.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Libya
July 19th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
5 months ago

Protestors vent anger at 'alien invasion' of U.S. in 2-day nationwide protests

Washington (CNN) – They're mad as hell and don't want to take it anymore.

Amid the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children illegally crossing into the U.S. along the southern border, some Americans are venting their anger in the streets on Friday and Saturday, calling it an "alien invasion" of the U.S. and warning of a national security and "health and safety concern."

"It is a sad state of affairs for those kids," one protester said. "But it's not our job to take care of them."

Throngs of Americans are participating in a so-called "National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty & Border Surge."  An announcement lists events in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia over the two days.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama