Programming Note: CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews Michael Bloomberg today in Jerusalem. You can watch that interview live on CNN at 3:45pm ET. The interview will replay at 6pm ET on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg arrived in Israel Wednesday, after flying to the country from New York to protest a ban by the Federal Aviation Administration that is preventing U.S. airlines from flying into or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.
Bloomberg tweeted that he landed "safely " at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, adding that he's there "to show support for Israel's right to defend itself."
Safely landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv – here to show support for Israel's right to defend itself.—
Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 23, 2014
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.
(CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican after losing his Virginia primary in a stunning upset, a senior GOP source tells CNN's Dana Bash.
Cantor is expected to step aside as majority leader on July 31. The decision sets up a leadership scramble among Republicans in the House, which is led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.
(CNN) - Amid the jubilation over the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some top Republicans are questioning the tactics used to get him home.
While happy that America's only soldier taken prisoner during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is being repatriated, they stressed that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. They warned that swapping American soldiers for Taliban militants sets a dangerous precedent.