Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative
August 29th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
1 day ago

Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative

Washington (CNN) – Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

The presidents will appear together at an event in Washington on Sept. 8th to launch the Presidential Scholars Program.

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Housing illegal migrant children pits governor against mayor
July 30th, 2014
01:16 PM ET
1 month ago

Housing illegal migrant children pits governor against mayor

Washington (CNN) – As Congress debates whether to pass a bill to help deal with the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, government leaders throughout the country continue to debate how to handle and where to house the children.

One place that battle is playing out is in Georgia.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal wrote to President Barack Obama last week asking for the federal government to stem the flow of the children to the state saying it was “unconscionable that your administration” failed to inform state officials that 1,154 of the kids had been sent there.

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Filed under: 2014 • Georgia • Immigration
One of Obama's closest allies promises help
July 28th, 2014
10:31 AM ET
1 month ago

One of Obama's closest allies promises help

Washington (CNN) – With some communities across the nation fighting attempts to house some of the unaccompanied Central American kids detained at the border, President Obama got a dose of welcome news from one of his closest political allies. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration says it is willing to house up to 1,000 children in city facilities.

“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” Emanuel said Sunday in a statement. “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions. We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”

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Filed under: President Obama • Rahm Emanuel
Brett Favre turns out for Thad Cochran in new ad
June 19th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
2 months ago

Brett Favre turns out for Thad Cochran in new ad

(CNN) – The Chamber of Commerce has turned to a big gun as it tries to help Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi across the goal line in next Tuesday's primary runoff.

Mississippi native and retired NFL star Brett Favre, who was named MVP and led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl win in 1997, stars in the Chamber's new spot lauding Cochran and his efforts to help the state.

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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Chamber of Commerce • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
President George H.W. Bush fights for Georgia Senate seat
June 14th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
3 months ago

President George H.W. Bush fights for Georgia Senate seat

Programming note: CNN will air "41ON41," a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, at 9 and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, June 15.

Washington (CNN) – With Democrats investing a lot of hope and money in Michelle Nunn’s bid to capture the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, Republicans have turned to one of their most popular leaders to help raise money to keep it in GOP hands.

Former President George H.W. Bush wrote a fundraising letter to Republicans saying he is giving to the Senate Battleground Fund, run by the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and “I am writing today to ask you to consider doing the same.”
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Georgia • Michelle Nunn
First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran
June 13th, 2014
01:34 PM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran

Washington (CNN) - As the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff contest is about to enter into its final week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to go up with a new television ad for embattled incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, CNN has learned.

Cochran is squaring off against tea party favorite Chris McDaniel, a state senator, in a June 24th runoff.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Thad Cochran
Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday
June 12th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
3 months ago

Bush 41 jumps on his 90th birthday

Programming note: CNN will air "41ON41," a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, Sunday at 9 and 11 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush Thursday celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

After what appeared to be a hard landing, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath told CNN that after the morning jump, the former president "is doing great."

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Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism
June 6th, 2014
01:13 PM ET
3 months ago

Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism

Washington (CNN) – Top White House adviser John Podesta defended the administration on criticism about its decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, the proposal to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent and the mishandling of veterans health care.

"The President will make tough decisions," Podesta told a group of reporters Friday at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Gabby Giffords' group announces 2014 election strategy
June 4th, 2014
10:39 AM ET
3 months ago

Gabby Giffords' group announces 2014 election strategy

Washington (CNN) – The group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly to help push for changes in gun laws will continue trying to counter the efforts of the powerful National Rifle Association this election year.

Group officials announced they will focus on seven key Senate races and four House re-election contests that are expected to be close.
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Filed under: 2014 • Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
Republicans, Democrats not pleased with immigration policy delay
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
May 29th, 2014
04:20 PM ET
3 months ago

Republicans, Democrats not pleased with immigration policy delay

Washington (CNN) - Members of both parties on Thursday questioned the Obama administration's decision to delay a review of its immigration policies in the hope of helping to propel a reform package.

"We can only expect DHS's efforts to evade its immigration law enforcement responsibilities to escalate. President Obama asked Secretary Johnson to perform an inventory of the department's enforcement practices to see how it can conduct them more humanely. These are simply code words for further ratcheting down enforcement of our immigration laws," Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said at the opening of a Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
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