Former GOP consultant and Hotline founder Doug Bailey remembered as pioneer
June 11th, 2013
04:56 AM ET
10 months ago

Former GOP consultant and Hotline founder Doug Bailey remembered as pioneer

Washington (CNN) - Doug Bailey, one of the first successful political consultants of the modern era who later formed the influential political newsletter The Hotline, died Sunday.  He was 79.

Bailey passed away in his sleep, reported The National Journal, which published The Hotline.

Bailey's firm, Bailey Deardourf and Associates, was responsible for President Gerald Ford's ad campaign when he ran for re-election in 1976. It also helped elect a group of successful moderate Republican senators and governors.

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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Progressive group fundraises for NSA leaker's legal defense
June 10th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
10 months ago

Progressive group fundraises for NSA leaker's legal defense

Updated 7:20 p.m. ET Monday 6/10

Washington (CNN) - A progressive group upset with news about the breadth of the Obama Administration's surveillance efforts started raising money Monday to help self-confessed leaker Edward Snowden's legal defense.

Snowden admitted Sunday he leaked information to The Guardian and The Washington Post about the large, classified telephone and internet surveillance programs aimed at thwarting terrorism.
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Filed under: NSA • PCCC
June 6th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Mitt Romney to CNN: Rice appointment ‘disappointing’

Park City, Utah (CNN) – As Mitt Romney begins to re-emerge into the public spotlight with a Utah conference, the former Republican presidential nominee told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger he was disappointed with President Obama's pick of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be his next national security adviser.

"I find that a disappointing appointment on the part of the president. I think what she did was to very seriously mislead the American people about what happened in Benghazi. My greatest concern about the Benghazi events was the fact there was not a rescue effort attempted and that is very troubling to me," Romney said.

You can watch extended excerpts of CNN's interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney on “The Lead” at 4 p.m. ET and “The Situation Room” at 5 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.
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Filed under: 2016 • Ann Romney • Chris Christie • David Axelrod • John Hickenlooper • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Rand Paul
‘Risk’ officer appointed to help restore ‘integrity’ at IRS
May 28th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
11 months ago

‘Risk’ officer appointed to help restore ‘integrity’ at IRS

(CNN) – The temporary head of the IRS has quickly filled a senior post to help restore “the integrity” of tax agency operations, which have been buffeted by revelations it targeted conservative political groups for scrutiny.

Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel has appointed David Fisher, a former senior official with the Government Accountability Office, as chief risk officer and senior adviser.
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GOP donor's $1 million tornado victim donation challenge
May 21st, 2013
03:58 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP donor's $1 million tornado victim donation challenge

Washington (CNN) - Major conservative donor and multi-millionaire Foster Friess is planning to donate $1 million to help the victims of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma and is challenging others to match that amount.

In an email to supporters Tuesday Friess announced his donation. He said he and his wife haven't decided exactly where the funds will go but hopes to have some answers in the next 48 hours.
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Filed under: Oklahoma
First lawsuit filed against IRS
May 20th, 2013
07:32 PM ET
11 months ago

First lawsuit filed against IRS

Washington (CNN) – A Northern California tea party group filed the first lawsuit against the U.S. government stemming from the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for more scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt status.

"The IRS and its agents singled out groups like NorCal Tea Party Patriots for intensive and intrusive scrutiny, probing their members' associates, speech, activities and beliefs," the suit claimed on Monday.
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Filed under: IRS • Tea Party
Ayotte: I won't back down
May 16th, 2013
06:36 PM ET
11 months ago

Ayotte: I won't back down

Washington (CNN) - While much of Washington's attention is on the various controversies involving the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department subpoena of the Associated Press, those on both sides of the gun control debate are engaged in trying to sway public opinion.

Much of the focus right now is on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only member of the U.S. Senate from New England to vote against the proposal pushed by her colleagues, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), to expand background checks for gun purchases.
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Filed under: Ads • Gun control • Gun rights • Kelly Ayotte • New Hampshire
Read the IRS acting commissioner's resignation letter
May 15th, 2013
06:44 PM ET
11 months ago

Read the IRS acting commissioner's resignation letter

(CNN) – In a letter to Internal Revenue Service employees, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced "with regret" that he'll be leaving the agency in early June.

"This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation's tax agency," said Miller, a 25-year IRS veteran. "I believe the Service will benefit from having a new acting commissioner in place during this challenging period."

Read the full letter below.
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GOP donors to George P. Bush: Welcome to Washington
May 8th, 2013
05:36 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP donors to George P. Bush: Welcome to Washington

Washington (CNN) – Some of Washington's most powerful Republican donors are playing host at a Wednesday evening fundraiser for George P. Bush, a candidate for Texas Land Commissioner and the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Attendees are paying $500 for the event taking place at the National Association of Wholesale-Distributors Office, according to a copy of the invitation. Among those expected to attend are Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Aaron Shock, R-Illinois.
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Filed under: George P. Bush • Texas
$1 million raised after gun vote by Giffords' group
May 6th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
12 months ago

$1 million raised after gun vote by Giffords' group

Washington (CNN) – The group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly raised one million dollars since the defeat of a measure in the Senate expanding background checks two and a half weeks ago, according to Jennifer Bluestein, a spokeswoman for the group.

Giffords, wounded in a Tucson, Arizona shooting in January of 2011, campaigned hard for expanding the checks for purchases at gun shows and online. She has sent several e-mail solicitations since the Senate defeat.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control
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