June 4th, 2014
06:53 PM ET
2 months ago

Rubio: Bergdahl swap puts Americans in danger

(CNN) – Marco Rubio on Wednesday added his voice to GOP-fueled criticism over the U.S. decision to swap five terror detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Rubio told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that President Barack Obama, by authorizing the swap, has endangered “countless American men and women in uniform across the globe."

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June 3rd, 2014
08:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate Republican: Swapped prisoners will carry out additional attacks

(CNN) – Sen. Saxby Chambliss believes the Guantanamo Taliban detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl will reenter the terror fray.

In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called the detainees "high-level individuals" with ties to al Qaeda as well as Mullah Mohammed Omar, who is credited with creating the Taliban.

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Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference
May 29th, 2014
09:29 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal blasts Common Core at GOP conference

(CNN) – Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he's against Common Core, the academic standards that have many conservatives decrying the program as an overreach of the federal government.

"I'm against the Common Core, and I don't want Louisiana to be in the Common Core,” he said to booming applause at the Republican Leadership Conference - the annual conservative confab, held this year in New Orleans.

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Oregon governor wants to sue contractor over health insurance site
May 29th, 2014
09:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Oregon governor wants to sue contractor over health insurance site

(CNN) – Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday he's asked Oregon's attorney general to sue Oracle, the contractor responsible for building the glitch-filled Cover Oregon health insurance website.

The Democratic governor is urging Ellen Rosenblum to put in place "immediate" legal action in order to recover funds paid to the California-based technology company.

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Filed under: Health care • John Kitzhaber • Obamacare • Oregon
May 28th, 2014
07:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Valerie Plame: CIA outing 'colossally stupid'

(CNN) - Another CIA official whose cover was blown by a presidential administration said the inadvertent outing of an intelligence official in Afghanistan by the White House was “colossally stupid” and will have repercussions for the intelligence community.

But Valerie Plame, whose identity was infamously leaked by the Bush administration in 2003 and touched off a scandal, said on Wednesday it’s an apples to oranges comparison as it appears to be a mistake, rather than a malicious takedown.

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Biden to Cuban media: Alan Gross detention a key obstacle in diplomatic relations
May 27th, 2014
02:36 PM ET
2 months ago

Biden to Cuban media: Alan Gross detention a key obstacle in diplomatic relations

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden sat down with a Cuban media outlet - a significant move given the decades-long tension between the United States and Cuba since the countries ended diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago.

In the interview published Tuesday, Biden cited the detention of Alan Gross, an American jailed in Cuba, as a key obstacle in improving relations.

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Filed under: Cuba • Vice President Biden
Biden: U.S. 'behind' on caring for veterans
May 26th, 2014
07:51 PM ET
2 months ago

Biden: U.S. 'behind' on caring for veterans

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said the United States needs to "get to the bottom" of the problems rocking the Department of Veterans Affairs at a Memorial Day event Monday.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and the Obama administration have come under fire over reports of excessively long waits for medical care for veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Veterans
May 25th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
2 months ago

After Calif. shooting, senator calls for Congress to revisit gun control legislation

(CNN) - A day and a half after a shooting rampage in California left six victims dead, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday the tragedy serves as a reminder of the legislative efforts to stem gun violence that occurred in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

The Democrat from Connecticut, appearing on CBS’s "Face the Nation," said statements from the California victims' families bring the nation back to "when it seemed like we were on the verge of, potentially, legislation that would stop the madness and end the insanity."

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Filed under: California • Connecticut • Gun control • Richard Blumenthal • Senate
May 25th, 2014
11:28 AM ET
2 months ago

Huntsman: Chinese hackers indictment a ‘symbolic’ move

(CNN) – Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China, said the indictment alleging five members of the Chinese military hacked American businesses is a "symbolic" move by the United States and will do little to curb the intellectual property theft.

"This is symbolic," Huntsman said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

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Filed under: China • cybersecurity • Eric Holder • Jon Huntsman
May 25th, 2014
11:04 AM ET
2 months ago

Miller: VA issues 'much larger' than Shinseki

(CNN) - Congressional chairmen of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees are still backing embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, for now, amid a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for his resignation over the scandal that's rocked the agency.

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida and chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that the issues with the VA are "much larger than the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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