White House revises contraception opt out
July 23rd, 2014
03:34 AM ET
5 months ago

White House revises contraception opt out

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(CNN) – The Obama administration announced revisions to the Obamacare contraception mandate so that nonprofit religious organizations can opt out of signing a release form to avoid covering birth control and workers for those nonprofits are able to obtain separate contraception coverage without a copay.

"This is part of ensuring that all women have access to contraception coverage," said a senior administration official.

Earlier this month the Supreme Court issued a temporary order that allows Wheaton College to avoid covering birth control without filing a religious exemption form with its insurer. The new revisions to the Obamacare mandate reveal that the White House is anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court's finalization of the temporary injunction in the coming months.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Obamacare • Supreme Court • White House
What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?
July 17th, 2014
10:45 PM ET
5 months ago

What would cause Hillary Clinton not to run for president?

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Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told Charlie Rose on Thursday that if she does run for president in 2016, she would have "a very specific agenda" about the future of America.

But with polls showing her as the favorite for the Democratic nomination and a cadre of groups already organizing for a prospective campaign, what would cause the former secretary of state to not run for office?

"It would be wholly personal," Clinton said, according to a transcript of the PBS show. "Because I know so much about the job and how hard it is, I am very struck by the historic nature of a campaign that I might, in the future, undertake."

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • White House
July 9th, 2014
06:21 AM ET
5 months ago

Obama offered pot during night out in Denver

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(CNN) – "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge.

It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Colorado • Immigration • John Hickenlooper • Marijuana • President Obama
July 8th, 2014
12:35 AM ET
5 months ago

Lawyer: Senator and Dominican prostitutes story cooked up by Cuban intelligence agents

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WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez, dogged by a federal corruption probe, was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot that managed to fool the FBI and media into investigating.

That's the allegation from Menendez's lawyer, who has asked the Justice Department to investigate, a person familiar with the request confirmed to CNN.

It's a dramatic twist to an already sensational story that involved allegations that Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, traveled to have sex with underage Dominican prostitutes. Those stories, shopped to journalists around Washington for months, were published on a conservative news website before the purported prostitutes recanted and the FBI found no merit in the matter.

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Filed under: Bob Menendez • CIA • Cuba • Democrats • FBI • Justice Department • New Jersey • Senate Democrats
GOP frontrunners: 'It's all about who can get in last'
February 8th, 2011
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP frontrunners: 'It's all about who can get in last'

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Washington (CNN) - None of them has announced plans to run. All have unique weaknesses that could knock them out of the race early. But for now, the familiar faces of those considering a run - Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich - are leading the national polls among possible contenders in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008, is staying alive by playing coy about her intentions.

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Filed under: 2012 • GOP
Obama will have a special Sputnik moment in Wisconsin town
January 26th, 2011
11:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama will have a special Sputnik moment in Wisconsin town

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Washington (CNN) - Have you been wondering why Manitowac, Wisconsin, is the first stop for President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address?

Could be that he wants to continue his conversation with American families about rebuilding the nation's economy. Or that he wants to lift Democratic blues that Wisconsin will turn red in the next election.

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Filed under: President Obama