Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'
June 15th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
5 months ago

Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'

(CNN) - After defeating a slew of challengers from the right, Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday chalked up his primary win to success in messaging and a first-rate ground game.

The South Carolina Republican was asked by CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, guest host of “State of the Union,” what he did right last week that Rep. Eric Cantor did wrong. Cantor lost his primary to a little-known GOP opponent.

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June 15th, 2014
10:13 AM ET
5 months ago

Cantor reflects on primary loss, says 'of course' he'll vote for Brat in November

(CNN) - Defeated at the polls in a major primary upset, Rep. Eric Cantor said he'll vote for the man who beat him, come November's general election.

The No. 2 House Republican also told CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash, guest host on Sunday's "State of the Union," that he's "not ready to close out any options right now" on running for public office in the future.

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Tea Party • TV-State of the Union
'War on women' rhetoric heats up in Michigan state politics
Michigan State Capital building is seen March 17, 2008 in Lansing, Michigan
June 6th, 2014
11:41 AM ET
6 months ago

'War on women' rhetoric heats up in Michigan state politics

(CNN) - The political back-and-forth over the recurrent "war on women" line is playing out again in Michigan politics.

A picture showing a trio of male GOP state representatives pretending to read women's fashion magazine has predictably caused a stir among Michigan Democrats.

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Filed under: Michigan • Republicans
Another controversy plagues GOP Senate battle in Mississippi
June 5th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Another controversy plagues GOP Senate battle in Mississippi

(CNN) – In another bizarre twist in the ugly showdown for the GOP Senate nomination in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel's campaign is on the defense Thursday after a few of its staffers were found locked inside a local courthouse.

McDaniel is the tea party-backed state senator who's challenging Thad Cochran for the incumbent senator's seat. He edged out Cochran by just 1,300 votes in Tuesday's primary, but since neither cracked 50% of the vote, they'll face off again in a runoff on June 24.

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Filed under: Mississippi • Thad Cochran
Senate confirms Burwell as health secretary
June 5th, 2014
03:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate confirms Burwell as health secretary

(CNN) - The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next health secretary on Thursday, paving the way for new leadership at the agency heavily criticized for the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Lawmakers voted 78-17 in confirming Burwell, 48, who was previously White House budget director.

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Filed under: 2014 • HHS • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Sylvia Mathews Burwell
June 4th, 2014
06:53 PM ET
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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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