March 2nd, 2014
04:06 PM ET
1 month ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama budget 'guts our defense'

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Obama administration's proposed budget "guts our defense" and ignores the need for military preparation for future conflicts.

The South Carolina Republican told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that if the United States were to need to take immediate military action in an international conflict, that situation would drain defense resources.

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March 2nd, 2014
01:34 PM ET
1 month ago

Kerry rebukes Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in move into Ukraine

Updated 9:15 a.m. ET, 3/3/2014

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sharply denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's "stunning, willful" actions in Crimea, characterizing the move as an "invasion" and saying “all options are on the table” as far as a U.S. response.

"You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion, by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext," Kerry said, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • John Kerry • Lindsey Graham • Mike Rogers • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
March 2nd, 2014
11:26 AM ET
1 month ago

Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin

(CNN) – As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, with Russian troops moving into the Crimean peninsula on Saturday, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for decisive action against Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the violence in the region and respect Ukraine's independence.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Sens. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, made the case for congressional sanctions and a suspension of Russian membership in the G8 and G20.

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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Lindsey Graham • Russia • TV-State of the Union • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?
February 27th, 2014
08:28 PM ET
2 months ago

What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?

(CNN) - Straying from his 2012 campaign trail all-American, no-frills persona, Rick Perry had a new look while making a round of media calls in Washington last week – a trendy pair of thick-rimmed glasses.

But the former presidential candidate's new specs aren't all about fashion.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Reid: 'Vast majority' of Koch ads are lies
February 26th, 2014
09:46 PM ET
2 months ago

Reid: 'Vast majority' of Koch ads are lies

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired away Wednesday at political ads hitting Obamacare funded by the billionaire Koch brothers that he says are all "untrue."

Reid later eased off some of his comments, but continued to pile on criticism of Americans for Prosperity.

That group, backed by conservatives Charles and David Koch, has flooded airwaves with ads attacking vulnerable Democratic senators up for reelection and Senate candidates for their support of Obamacare.
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Filed under: David and Charles Koch • Harry Reid • Health care
First on CNN: Republican committees tie Democrats to proposed Medicare Advantage cuts
February 26th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 months ago

First on CNN: Republican committees tie Democrats to proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

Updated 2:15 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

Washington (CNN) - Republican groups are hitting Democrats over the Obama administration's proposal to cut payment rates to insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, highlighting a potentially damaging report for Democrats among seniors ahead of this year's midterm elections.

A joint memo released Wednesday by three Republican committees - the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee - ties Democrats to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report released last Friday.

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Filed under: Medicare • NRCC • NRSC • Obamacare • RNC
DNC ups tech push ahead of midterms
February 25th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
2 months ago

DNC ups tech push ahead of midterms

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is working to leverage the voter data and election tools refined during Barack Obama's historically tech-savvy campaigns in upcoming elections.

The DNC said it's making accessible to Democratic campaigns nationwide this year a voter file with constantly updated data from past elections in an effort to coordinate voter information as well as help those campaigns better strategize and manage volunteers.

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Texas Gov. race: Davis outraises Abbott in the last month
February 24th, 2014
07:56 PM ET
2 months ago

Texas Gov. race: Davis outraises Abbott in the last month

(CNN) - Democrat Wendy Davis outraised Republican Greg Abbott in the last month in the Texas gubernatorial to race to succeed outgoing GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

Davis' campaign announced Monday that it raised $2.85 million between January 24 and February 22, compared to Abbott's reported $2.45 million over the same period.

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Filed under: Greg Abbott • Texas • Wendy Davis
February 24th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal, Malloy spar after White House meeting

(CNN) – Red-state/blue-state rancor flared on Monday outside the White House between two governors – one with potential presidential aspirations.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and his Connecticut Democratic counterpart, Dannel Malloy, squared off over the minimum wage after they and other governors met with President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Dan Malloy • Minimum wage • President Obama • White House
February 20th, 2014
10:48 PM ET
2 months ago

McCain: If election were tomorrow, Clinton would be president

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain predicted if voters headed to the polls for the 2016 elections tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would be most likely be elected president - though the former secretary of state wouldn't be his pick.

Asked by CNN's Piers Morgan on Thursday about 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann's recent assessment that America isn't ready for a female president, McCain said they have a different reading on the current political landscape.

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