Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'
March 12th, 2014
04:31 PM ET
1 month ago

Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'

(CNN) – Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.

Asked to elaborate on his previous comments about the U.S. living in "a Gestapo age," the conservative firebrand argued the country has become "very much like Nazi Germany."
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Filed under: Ben Carson
March 11th, 2014
04:53 PM ET
1 month ago

The backstory to the Obama-Galifianakis Funny or Die video

(CNN) - Anyone who's watched Funny or Die's interview segment, "Between Two Ferns" with comedic actor Zach Galifianakis, knows the interviewee is in for a few minutes of sheer awkwardness.

The back-and-forth takes place in between two ferns. Literally. And the most popular episode was when Galifianakis belt-whipped Justin Bieber.
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Filed under: President Obama
First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon
March 11th, 2014
10:09 AM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon

(CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action.

But Sen. Mary Landrieu, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was noticeably absent from the demonstration. The vulnerable Democrat faces re-election this fall in Louisiana, a state with large swaths of conservative voters.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • climate change • Energy • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu
Rand Paul takes veiled swipe at Ted Cruz over foreign policy
March 10th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
1 month ago

Rand Paul takes veiled swipe at Ted Cruz over foreign policy

(CNN) - Recent tension between Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz flared on Monday after Paul doubled-down in his criticism of Cruz's rhetoric.

"I will remind anyone who thinks we will win elections by trashing previous Republican nominees or holding oneself out as some paragon in the mold of (Ronald) Reagan, that splintering the party is not the route to victory," the Kentucky Republican wrote in an opinion piece for Breitbart.com.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
Iowa poll gauges support for presidential retreads
March 9th, 2014
05:28 PM ET
1 month ago

Iowa poll gauges support for presidential retreads

(CNN) – A new survey asked Iowa voters about potential presidential candidates who’ve already run for the White House, and the results show some good news for Republicans Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan.

But for Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa GOP caucuses in 2012 by a razor-thin margin, and Rick Perry, the results indicate Hawkeye State Republicans aren't quite as excited about the prospects of another presidential bid by the former Pennsylvania senator and the Texas governor. FULL POST


Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mike Huckabee • Paul Ryan • Polls • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
2016 watch: Iowa GOP chairman to step down, heads to Rand Paul PAC
March 9th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
1 month ago

2016 watch: Iowa GOP chairman to step down, heads to Rand Paul PAC

(CNN) – In a move that is generating even more 2016 presidential buzz, the chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party is leaving his position to work for Rand PAC, a group that supports Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

A.J. Spiker, who’s been chairman since February 2012, sent a letter to Iowa GOP committee members Friday, saying that he was stepping down and that elections for a new chairman would take place on March 29, according to a statement released Saturday by the state party.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rand Paul
March 9th, 2014
02:51 PM ET
1 month ago

A 2012 GOP reunion

Updated 4:30 p.m. ET, 3/9/2014

(CNN) – Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee, and his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, tweeted Sunday that they bumped into each other at the airport.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Twitter
March 9th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
1 month ago

Crist: Democrats ‘ought to strengthen up’ and support Obamacare

(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who’s looking to get his old job back - this time as a Democrat - argued Sunday that Democrats need to “strengthen up” and own Obamacare in this year’s midterms.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Crist panned his former party, the GOP, but admitted that the Sunshine State’s economy has improved under Republican Gov. Rick Scott—though he argued it could be “a lot better.”

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Obamacare • Rick Scott • TV-State of the Union
March 7th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
1 month ago

CPAC crowd stands for Rand

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul stepped on stage Friday at CPAC-and into his element.

The Kentucky Republican, whose libertarian fight in the Senate is often met with a tepid response, spoke before an audience Friday that treated him like a rock star.
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Filed under: CPAC • Rand Paul
Republican Rand Paul: There 'should be a struggle to make the party better'
March 5th, 2014
09:44 PM ET
1 month ago

Republican Rand Paul: There 'should be a struggle to make the party better'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul delivered a fervent plea Wednesday to expand the Republican Party and make the GOP more compassionate toward those "who aren't treated fairly by the criminal justice system," noting African-Americans and Hispanics in particular.

Speaking to a group of conservatives, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate also acknowledged a rift within the party over budgetary issues and civil liberties.

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Filed under: Rand Paul • Republican Party • Republicans
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