June 5th, 2014
05:53 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN exclusive: Doctor in Senate says Bergdahl was drugged in video

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, who is a also a physician, told CNN he is convinced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was drugged in the so-called "proof of life" video shown to senators during a closed briefing Wednesday.

When news broke of Bergdahl's release in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, administration officials cited Bergdahl's health as a driving factor in the decision to make the deal and get him home.

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Filed under: Senate • Tom Coburn
Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'
June 5th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
2 months ago

Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'

Washington (CNN) – The timing of when the Obama administration told Harry Reid about Bowe Bergdahl's release doesn't matter, the Senate Majority Leader argued Thursday.

"Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?" the Nevada Democrat said at a press conference.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
May 6th, 2014
04:54 PM ET
3 months ago

Senator calls for U.S. special forces to rescue Nigerian girls

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins told CNN in an interview that she wants the U.S. military to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria.

“More can be done by this administration. I would like to see Special Forces deployed to help rescue these young girls. Some of these girls are as young as nine years old,” said Collins.
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Filed under: Congress • Senate • Susan Collins
Reid says he's receiving 'ugly, vile, vulgar' threats
April 29th, 2014
04:02 PM ET
3 months ago

Reid says he's receiving 'ugly, vile, vulgar' threats

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Tuesday he is receiving what he called "ugly, vile, vulgar" threats after he labeled supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists" last week.

"Each day that goes by, it's hard for me to comprehend how ugly, vile, vulgar, and threatening people are, sending letters to my home and making other threats," said the longtime Democratic senator from Nevada, speaking slowly to reporters, with long pensive pauses and even shaking his head.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
GOP sources: Republicans considering withdrawing support for Grimm re-election
April 29th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP sources: Republicans considering withdrawing support for Grimm re-election

Washington (CNN) – Republican Party leaders are considering withdrawing financial and strategic support for Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election bid, GOP sources familiar with the discussions told CNN.

Grimm, a two-term Republican representing New York's 11th Congressional District, is the only GOP congressman from New York City and even before he was indicted Monday on 20 counts of fraud, he was facing a tough campaign to win a third term.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Michael Grimm • New York • Republican Party
Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart: You're pulling a McCarthy in IRS case
April 9th, 2014
12:31 AM ET
4 months ago

Darrell Issa's Democratic counterpart: You're pulling a McCarthy in IRS case

(CNN) - When it comes to insults and accusations in modern politics, few things are worse than being compared to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose unsubstantiated accusations in the 1950s against Americans he suspected of communism are widely seen as one of the darkest times in congressional history.

Now, ahead of a House Oversight Committee vote Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt, the committee's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, is accusing Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, of engaging in McCarthyism.

And he's releasing a congressional study that he says proves it.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • House • House of Representatives • House Republicans • IRS
Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate
March 26th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
4 months ago

Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate

(CNN) - Democrats in jeopardy of losing control of the Senate this year unveiled a 2014 agenda on Wednesday filled with carefully crafted language and messaging aimed at middle class voters they believe will decide many key races.

Dubbing it a "Fair Shot for Everyone," and using the words "fair" or "fairness" in as many sentences as they could, Senate Democratic leaders announced they will focus on issues like raising the minimum wage, making college and child care more affordable, and closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to hire overseas.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Senate Democrats
February 25th, 2014
01:42 PM ET
5 months ago

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill

(CNN) – All signs indicate Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely veto politically-charged legislation that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents contend discriminates against gays and lesbians.

Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
February 24th, 2014
09:33 PM ET
5 months ago

Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: 'I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona'

Washington (CNN)- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tells CNN she will make her decision in the “near future” about whether to sign or veto a bill that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents call discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

“I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona,” Brewer told CNN in an exclusive interview at the site of the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
February 18th, 2014
12:18 PM ET
5 months ago

Ted Nugent hits campaign trail after calling Obama 'subhuman mongrel'

Updated 5:06 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014

(CNN) - Controversial 65-year-old rock star Ted Nugent is campaigning Tuesday with likely Texas GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, the state's current attorney general who makes no apologies for inviting Nugent on the trail with him.

Democrats were quick to point to Nugent's outlandish comments, with likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis calling Abbott's decision "repulsive."
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Filed under: Greg Abbott • Texas
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