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
12 months 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
July 2nd, 2013
08:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Giffords shoots gun during tour to promote background checks

Updated 9:48 a.m. ET, 7/2

Washington (CNN) – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska Tuesday on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

The stops are specifically aimed at states where Senators voted no in April, such as Sen. Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), or those who voted yes, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for the Manchin-Toomey background check provision that would have brought enhanced background checks to guns bought at shows or over the internet.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
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