Conservative group still sick over Obamacare
July 31st, 2013
03:10 PM ET
12 months ago

Conservative group still sick over Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – A conservative group which has led the opposition to Obamacare is taking to the airwaves with its largest buy of the year emphasizing some of the questions surrounding the implementation of the health care reform initiative.

In its new spot, Americans for Prosperity features a family physician Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher saying into the camera "Obamacare has me worried." She goes on to say in the commercial beginning to air Wednesday "Can I still work with parents to decide what is best for their kids or will the government be in the middle of things? Will my time be spent navigating a complicated system or helping people get well?" The commercial ends with the doctor stating "What will happen to my patients if I have to close my practice? I think there are still a lot of questions."
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
An unlikely stop on the president's jobs tour
July 30th, 2013
03:53 PM ET
12 months ago

An unlikely stop on the president's jobs tour

Updated at 4:01 p.m. ET on 7/30

Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN) – On the face of it picking Tennessee as the next stop on President Obama's job tour was an unusual choice.

In the last week he spoke in two states that were clearly in his column last year: Illinois and Florida. FULL POST


Filed under: President Obama • Tennessee
Union launches ads using widely condemned words from congressman
July 28th, 2013
12:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Union launches ads using widely condemned words from congressman

Washington (CNN) - A major union pushing for immigration reform will launch a new Spanish-language online ad campaign on Monday that highlights comments by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, which were widely condemned as reprehensible because he portrayed many of the children of undocumented immigrants as drug traffickers.

The ad from the Service Employees International Union will run in the districts of seven House Republicans. They use King’s comments from an interview earlier this month with the conservative media outlet Newsmax, where he discussed children of immigrants who want to gain U.S. citizenship if they have graduated high school or served in the military - the so-called “DREAMers.”
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Filed under: Immigration • SEIU • Steve King
As Senate vet Dole celebrates 90th birthday, he laments tone in Washington
Former Sen. Bob Dole, second from right, who was wounded in World War II, made friends with a number of servicemen wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan during a stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center two years ago.
July 22nd, 2013
07:13 AM ET
1 year ago

As Senate vet Dole celebrates 90th birthday, he laments tone in Washington

Washington (CNN) - Robert Dole knew his share of Washington fights - as the Republican vice presidential and presidential nominee and as both Senate majority and minority leader.

But as he celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday, he told CNN he believes the tone in Washington is much more bitter - and that is not helping the country.

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Filed under: Bob Dole • Senate
Obamacare P.R. battle heats up
July 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obamacare P.R. battle heats up

(CNN) - As the political battles over Obamacare intensify this week, a political advocacy group supportive of the law is going on the air to help build support for it by highlighting some of the benefits.

The spot from Americans United for Change, "Hands Off Obamacare," will start running as early as Thursday on national cable and will continue through next week.

The commercial highlights news announced by New York state that individuals buying their own individual health care policies will see their premiums go down, thanks to the new law as well some of its other benefits.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Republicans
Obama grassroots group almost doubles fundraising haul
July 12th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama grassroots group almost doubles fundraising haul

Washington (CNN) – The grassroots group Organizing for Action, the successor to President Barack Obama's campaign organization, reported Friday it almost doubled the amount of money it brought in during the second quarter of this year compared to the preceding three months.

OFA, a non-profit, is a private advocacy group formed following the 2012 election to push the policy priorities of the White House. It has access to the Obama re-election campaign's list of supporters. Several former officials from the campaign now work with OFA.
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Filed under: Fundraising • OFA • President Obama
Obama nominates two more fundraisers as ambassadors
Winfield House, in London, is the residence of the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom. President Obama named one of his top fundraisers, Matthew Barzun, to the role Tuesday.
July 9th, 2013
07:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama nominates two more fundraisers as ambassadors

Updated at 10:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped major fundraisers for two of the most coveted ambassadorships.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Matthew Barzun was nominated to be the next ambassador to the United Kingdom, and John Phillips as the next envoy to Italy.
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Filed under: Fundraising • President Obama
Both sides of Obamacare debate launch ad campaigns
July 8th, 2013
08:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Both sides of Obamacare debate launch ad campaigns

(CNN) - Dueling ads over Obamacare will hit the airwaves this week, as a conservative group raises questions about the rollout of the president's sweeping health care reform, while a group on the other end of the political spectrum unveils a new TV spot seeking to defend the comprehensive program.

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is the latest organization to launch a major ad campaign attacking Obamacare, a spokesman has confirmed to CNN. The ad buy is expected to eventually total $1 million and run nationally, with an initial rollout of $700,000 worth of television and online ads that will air in Virginia and Ohio beginning Tuesday.
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Filed under: Ads • Health care • OFA
Conservative group takes aim at Obamacare in ad campaign
July 7th, 2013
01:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Conservative group takes aim at Obamacare in ad campaign

(CNN) - The conservative group Americans for Prosperity will launch a major ad campaign this week hitting Obamacare, a spokesman has confirmed to CNN.

The campaign is expected to eventually total $1 million and run nationally, with an initial rollout of $700,000 worth of television and online ads that will air in Virginia and Ohio beginning Tuesday.
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Filed under: 2013 • Healthcare • Organizing for Action
Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Manchin
July 2nd, 2013
06:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Manchin

Washington (CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser at his home for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, later this month, a source familiar with the event confirms to CNN.

Bloomberg, because of his wealth, has become one of the most prominent backers of gun control. He has praised Manchin for his leadership since he co-sponsored a measure, ultimately defeated by the Senate in April, to expand background checks for purchases at gun shows and over the internet.
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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Michael Bloomberg
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