Conservative sites tie IRS controversy to liberal group
Doug Shulman, the former IRS commissioner.
June 1st, 2013
12:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative sites tie IRS controversy to liberal group

(CNN) - The controversy over IRS targeting of conservative groups took a new turn this weekend when right-leaning websites drew a connection between the agency's former head and his wife's employment at a liberal group.

The conservative website Breitbart posted that "the goal of Public Campaign is to target political groups like the conservative non-profits at issue in the IRS scandal," naming the campaign finance reform group where Doug Shulman's wife, Susan Anderson, is the senior program adviser.
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Giffords to graduates: 'Be bold'
May 25th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Giffords to graduates: 'Be bold'

(CNN) - Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' advice to college graduates on Saturday was the same she offered senators earlier this year as they prepared to consider gun-related legislation.

"Be bold. Be courageous," she advised graduates of Bard College in New York, repeating the words of her brief January testimony before the Judiciary Committee. "Be your best."
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Senator urges donations for tornado victims
May 25th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Senator urges donations for tornado victims

(CNN) - The images of destroyed homes, crushed playgrounds and shattered lives around storm-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, are heart-wrenching enough, and yet more devastating because the area has been hit hard before by tornadoes.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from the state, asked people around the country to donate to victims from Monday's deadly tornado as they seek to "overcome this tragedy as we have demonstrated in the past.
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May 25th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama salutes 'fallen heroes' in Memorial Day address

(CNN) - President Barack Obama offered a salute to the troops in his weekly address on Saturday, capping a week that saw him discussing national security and terrorism on several occasions.

"Unofficially, (Monday is) the start of summer - a chance for us to spend some time with family and friends, at barbecues or the beach, getting a little fun and relaxation in before heading back to work," he said. "It's also a day on which we set aside some time, on our own or with our families, to honor and remember all the men and women who have given their lives in service to this country we love."
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May 13th, 2013
08:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Issa: IRS, Benghazi show needs for congressional oversight

(CNN) - A series of explosive headlines - from Benghazi e-mails to IRS scrutiny of conservative groups and complaints about the Justice Department looking at journalist phone records - show the Obama administration must work with Congress to improve transparency and prevent recurring controversies.

Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room " that he and his colleagues have full plate of concerns to look into.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • Libya
Cabinet to get a second Secretary Kerry
Brothers John (left) and Cameron (right) Kerry.
May 13th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Cabinet to get a second Secretary Kerry

(CNN) - There are about to be two Secretary Kerrys in the Obama administration - and they're brothers.

Cameron Kerry, the general counsel for the Commerce Department, is poised to become acting secretary of commerce when the current acting secretary steps down later this month.
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Biden's college tuition quip
May 13th, 2013
01:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden's college tuition quip

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden knows something about the expense of a college education, and, as he pointed out in Monday's University of Pennsylvania commencement address, he knows something about honorary degrees, too.

"As I was saying to my co-honorees today, this is a much cheaper way to get a degree, isn't it?" he asked to laughter.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Pennsylvania
Flash mobs beware! Legislators address violent incidents
This "Gangnam Style" performance wasn't what Illinois lawmakers had in mind when crafting flash mob legislation.
May 11th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Flash mobs beware! Legislators address violent incidents

(CNN) - Illinois legislators weren’t thinking about harmless flash mobs, like countless renditions of the Harlem Shake or over-the-top marriage proposals, when crafting new legislation recently.

A bill which passed the state assembly on Friday and the state Senate earlier would allow judges to "impose an extended term sentence" when new-age “mob action” involves "electronic communication."
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Clinton: Boston bombers were 'isolated,' not 'empowered'
May 11th, 2013
12:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton: Boston bombers were 'isolated,' not 'empowered'

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton called on Howard University's class of 2013 to create a world that does not leave behind individuals like the two young men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon last month.

"They were not as empowered as you were," he said at Saturday's commencement ceremonies.
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Senators in standoff over EPA nominee
President Barack Obama in March nominated assistant EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.
May 11th, 2013
10:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Senators in standoff over EPA nominee

Washington (CNN) - The top Democrat on the committee considering President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency indicated late Friday she may attempt to break an impasse over the nomination this week.

Republicans prevented a Thursday vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator of the agency, by boycotting a meeting of the Environment and Public Works committee. GOP members said their questions for McCarthy and the EPA have gone unanswered, a contention the White House disputed.
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