NRA hopes to influence three key Senate races
September 17th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
6 days ago

NRA hopes to influence three key Senate races

The National Rifle Association will weigh in on three of this year's key Senate races with a multimillion dollar ad buy beginning Wednesday.

The NRA effort is aimed at boosting Republican Senate challengers in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina - the outcomes of which could likely determine which party controls the chamber.

The group's campaign is expected to top $4 million in these states, spokesman Andrew Arulanandam confirmed to CNN. It will spend $1.4 million to boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan.

"Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the Obama Administration, and we need leaders like Thom Tillis in the Senate to fight back," states the ad.

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Filed under: 2014 • NRA
Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration influx and urges House Republicans to push comprehensive reform
July 24th, 2014
12:51 AM ET
2 months ago

Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration influx and urges House Republicans to push comprehensive reform

Washington (CNN) – After several weeks in which the influx of tens of thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border into the United States has dominated the headlines, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote an op-ed about the issue, calling for a change in how the children are handled after they are arrested - and also urging his fellow Republicans not to use this as an "excuse" to abandon comprehensive immigration reform.

His Wall Street Journal opinion piece that published Wednesday evening is similar to the statement he released to CNN last week and is just the second time he's spoken on the issue that has caused national debate as unaccompanied children continue to cross the border at an increasing rate.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate wrote in the in the Wall Street Journal, "We now have a humanitarian crisis on our Southern border that demands strong leadership that respects the rule of law."

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George W. Bush has second partial knee replacement
July 14th, 2014
02:05 PM ET
2 months ago

George W. Bush has second partial knee replacement

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush had partial knee replacement surgery over the weekend - this time on his left knee, just weeks after the similar procedure on his right, his spokesman Freddy Ford said.

The most recent outpatient operation was performed by the same doctor who worked on the right knee in Chicago on May 27, Ford said.

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Bloomberg gun group gives candidates litmus test
July 6th, 2014
11:41 PM ET
3 months ago

Bloomberg gun group gives candidates litmus test

Updated 2:23 p.m. ET, 7/7/2014

Washington (CNN) – The group formed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to pressure political candidates to come out publicly in support of some gun control measures.

Everytown for Gun Safety on Monday released a questionnaire it’s sending to candidates as it decides which ones to support in this year's midterm elections.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Michael Bloomberg • New York • NRA • Political
June 27th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

A year from Senate passage, foes, advocates of immigration reform battle on

Program note: Explore the journey out of the shadows led by undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. CNN Films’ “Documented” airs Sunday, June 29, at 9 p.m.

(CNN) – Both sides in the heated debate are marking the year anniversary of Senate passage of major immigration reform legislation.

Proponents of a comprehensive overhaul vow a weekend of activities trying to put pressure on the House, which has not followed the Senate’s lead, while opponents of that bill are promising to keep up their fight.

This comes as the Obama administration is trying to deal with an influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families that have streamed across the U.S. southern border.

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Sebelius thanks staff, warns work is far from over
April 2nd, 2014
12:26 AM ET
6 months ago

Sebelius thanks staff, warns work is far from over

Washington (CNN) - With Obamacare enrollment surpassing the key 7 million mark and the website able to handle record traffic while only experiencing some glitches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius showed her appreciation to her department's employees.

"Today, as we mark the end of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, I want to thank you for the progress we’ve made, together," Sebelius wrote the staff Tuesday afternoon in a note obtained by CNN.

This marks a moment of vindication for Sebelius, who came under withering criticism last fall for the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website and some calls for her resignation.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Washington
Four questions facing Sebelius
October 30th, 2013
02:25 AM ET
11 months ago

Four questions facing Sebelius

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to be grilled Wednesday when she becomes the highest-ranking official to testify about the problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website as well as questions surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Here are four of the questions she is likely to have to answer.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
Obama nominates two more fund-raisers as ambassadors
June 21st, 2013
04:29 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama nominates two more fund-raisers as ambassadors

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Washington (CNN) - President Obama Friday nominated two major fund-raisers from his 2012 campaign as ambassadors.

He tapped Denise Bauer, who was finance chair for Women for Obama and raised more than $500,000 for the president's re-election campaign, as ambassador to Belgium. She was also a key fund-raiser for the president's 2008 campaign helping to bring in between $200,000 and $500,000 as well as raising $53,500 for the first inaugural. Bauer served on the campaign's national finance committee last election as well as on the Democratic National Committee.
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Obama nominates several financial backers as ambassadors
June 14th, 2013
05:06 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama nominates several financial backers as ambassadors

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Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama Friday afternoon nominated several of his major financial backers as ambassadors to key European allies.

He nominated Rufus Gifford, who had served as finance chairman of the inaugural committee, as ambassador to Denmark. Gifford also was finance director of the president’s re-election campaign. That effort brought in more than $700 million partly by finding new ways of maximizing small donors.
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