April 25th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressman doubts suspected marathon bombers acted alone

(CNN) - Rep. Peter King has his doubts the two young men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon last week launched their attack without some help.

“I just find it very hard to believe that two individuals such as this could have obtained the weapons, the explosives, put it all together, arranged this on their own,” the New York Republican said Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “I believe that there were other people involved domestically, either as active conspirators or as facilitators who knew what was going on and said nothing and looked the other way.”

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Filed under: Boston Marathon bombing • Peter King
Biden ties Boston and Texas heartbreak to Newtown
April 20th, 2013
08:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden ties Boston and Texas heartbreak to Newtown

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday about the loss of life this week at the Boston Marathon and the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, passionately explaining that news of one loss "brings home immediately, vividly the moment you learned of your loss."

After noting the deaths in Massachusetts and Texas, Biden recalled the December massacre at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, saying those instances showed the "incredible resilience, heroism, commitment and love of the people who responded to these tragedies."
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • Texas
April 20th, 2013
05:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Should Boston bombing suspect get a Miranda warning? Debate follows Friday capture

(CNN) - As Boston celebrated the capture of a suspect in the marathon bombings Friday night, a debate erupted in Washington over whether military or civilian law would best handle Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

“This guy didn’t rob a liquor store. He wasn’t working for the Mafia,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Saturday on Fox News. “My God, they were at war with us, we need to be at war within our values and within our laws.”
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Report: Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise
April 13th, 2013
07:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Report: Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise

(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not directly involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a report Saturday by NBC News.

She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators – Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia – who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association, according to NBC. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, is expected to support the deal.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • Mark Kirk • Pat Toomey • Susan Collins
Brown stirs speculation with another New Hampshire visit
April 13th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Brown stirs speculation with another New Hampshire visit

(CNN) - Just one week ago, former Sen. Scott Brown's suggestion his political future might lie not in Massachusetts but New Hampshire stirred speculation he might try to unseat a Democratic senator there in 2014.

But when Brown, a Republican, appeared in New Hampshire on Saturday - for another in a series of speaking invitations he has accepted there - he stressed his connections to the Granite State were about more than politics.
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Filed under: Massachusetts • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
GOP: Look to the states
April 6th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP: Look to the states

(CNN) - It's all but certain the Republican-backed budget won't be adopted for the federal government this year, so the GOP governor of Kansas pointed Saturday to a place the party can make change: at the state level.

Gov. Sam Brownback explained in the party's weekly address, "the ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors.
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Filed under: Kansas • Sam Brownback
Obama touts budget with 'balanced approach'
April 6th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama touts budget with 'balanced approach'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama pitched his forthcoming budget in his weekly address on Saturday, calling it "a fiscally-responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth."

Republicans have hammered him for being late - his budget is due to Congress by February. But it's hard to believe that would have increased its chances for passage, considering the steep divide between Republicans and Democrats on spending, taxes and deficit reduction.
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Filed under: Budget • John Boehner • President Obama
Obama advisers top hall of fame inductees
April 4th, 2013
09:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama advisers top hall of fame inductees

(CNN) - There are halls of fame for greatness in dunking, run-scoring and strumming, so why should excellence in political consulting go unnoticed?

Leading this year's inductees to the American Association of Political Consultants’ hall of fame are President Barack Obama's campaign strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe, who steered their candidate to back-to-back wins in the nation's toughest competition: presidential politics.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Congresswoman's gun magazine #fail
April 4th, 2013
01:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Congresswoman's gun magazine #fail

(CNN) - Initially Rep. Diana DeGette was against large gun magazines because they "put the 'mass' in 'mass shooting'" but now the Colorado Democrat has warmed to them. If enough people use them, she said, eventually the supply will run out.

Her comments sparked mockery from conservatives.
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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • Gun rights
Five chiefs of staff explain why they didn’t want the job
April 4th, 2013
12:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Five chiefs of staff explain why they didn’t want the job

(CNN) – Though they worked for presidents who would disagree on many issues, the five men who shared a stage Wednesday nightly mostly agreed on at least one thing: they didn't want their job.

Each of them had once served as White House chief of staff, but in many cases, only after initially balking at the job offer or outright turning it down.

“People came up to me and said, ‘Gosh, you've been serving for five years,’” said Josh Bolten, who had held a variety of positions including budget director in the administration of George W. Bush before ascending to chief of staff.   “You must be completely worn out.  How can you take the chief of staff job?

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Filed under: David Gergen • White House
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