(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted on Friday on charges relating to his efforts to try and force a local district attorney to resign.
A Travis County grand jury handed up the charges.
The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by the DA, who had been arrested on a drunk driving charge.
(CNN) - The Defense Department’s inspector general will review the academic investigation of plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh.
The Montana Democrat is accused of not properly attributing certain material in a paper to complete his master's degree at the Army War College.
(CNN) – A combative Michael Bloomberg told CNN on Wednesday the United States erred in banning airline flights to Israel after a Hamas rocket landed near its main airport earlier this week.
The former New York mayor flew overnight to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv where he was personally met and embraced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN Sunday he may travel to the region.
"I believe the President is asking me to go over there in very short order to work on the issue of a cease-fire," he told CNN's "State of the Union."
"Israel is under siege by a terrorist organization that has seen fit to dig tunnels and come through those tunnels with handcuffs and tranquilizer drugs, prepared to try to capture Israeli citizens and take them back to hold them hostage. No country could sit by and not take steps to try to deal with people who are sending thousands of rockets your way," Kerry said.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said that AIDS researchers among the 298 killed when a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday were "doing so much good."
"Thinking about those people, knocked out of the sky, it's pretty tough," Clinton added in an interview Friday with CNN's Anna Coren.
(CNN) – In his weekly address Friday, President Obama praised the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team for representing "America so well" in the World Cup, and gave a special mention to goalkeeper Tim Howard.
"I know there’s actually a petition on the White House website to make Tim Howard the next Secretary of Defense," he joked. "Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I promise to think about it."
(CNN) – The Supreme Court on Monday narrowly limited the power of labor unions to collect dues for collective bargaining from some home health-care workers.
The 5-4 ruling comes in a case brought by Illinois care providers who disagreed with the state's decision to classify them as state employees and require them to pay fees to a union.
(CNN) - During their meeting at the White House last month, President Barack Obama asked Uruguay's president, Jose Mujica, to send a message to Cuban President Raul Castro to free imprisoned U.S. government contractor Alan Gross.
"Cuba's continued incarceration of Alan Gross represents a significant impediment to a more constructive bilateral relationship and securing his immediate release remains a top priority of the United States," National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie believes the state will resolve its budget problems, but reiterated he won’t raise taxes to do it and will stick to his plan to cut pension payments to stem the red ink.
Appearing on the “Ask the Governor” program on New Jersey 101.5 on Monday, Christie argued again that public pension and health care obligations are unsustainable over the long term, and tough medicine is needed to close an $807 million budget shortfall.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a statement Friday on Iraq at the White House prior to leaving on a trip to North Dakota.