November 15th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressional intelligence committees briefed on Benghazi attacks

Washington (CNN) - Lawmakers on congressional intelligence committees got a detailed account Thursday of what happened during an attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that left four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead.

In closed-door sessions, lawmakers saw video recovered from the compound as part of their most comprehensive account, to date, of what happened on the ground in Benghazi on September 11, a senior intelligence official told CNN. They also heard an explanation as to what U.S. officials were doing behind the scenes to respond, the official said, adding that the presentation would clarify some mischaracterizations about the nature of the attack.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress
November 15th, 2012
11:53 AM ET
1 year ago

House Democratic women's numbers don't yet add up to power

Washington (CNN) - When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she would seek to keep her leadership role she stood flanked by a cheering phalanx of her female colleagues.

Pelosi, who prior to the Democratic Party's loss of the House in 2010 served as its first female speaker, sandwiched her announcement between pointed comments about the Democratic agenda and how she sees her party's policies as helpful to women. Pelosi said she would vie to keep her leadership role "in order to continue work on empowering women."

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Filed under: 2012 • House Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
November 14th, 2012
08:18 AM ET
1 year ago

New U.S. House: Women and minorities to the left; white men to the right

Washington (CNN) - When the incoming U.S. House freshmen of the 113th Congress take their class photo, the image will reflect two very different visions of the nation.

On the Democratic side: Women and minorities - a coalition that, along with young voters, largely helped re-elect President Barack Obama - collectively will for the first time in the nation's history outnumber white male Democrats.

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Big gains for women in 2012
November 7th, 2012
02:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Big gains for women in 2012

Washington (CNN) – In some quarters, Election Day 2012 turned into ladies night.

With CNN projecting wins for Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the Wisconsin Senate race and Heidi Heitkamp in the North Dakota race, 20 women now hold seats in that chamber. Furthermore, New Hampshire now has an all female congressional delegation and a newly-elected female governor, former state Sen. Maggie Hassan.
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Filed under: 2012 • Senate
November 6th, 2012
08:50 AM ET
1 year ago

21 moments that defined the campaign and America

Washington (CNN) - Remember Clint Eastwood's empty chair? Romney's Etch A Sketch moment? Obama's disastrous first debate?

The 2012 presidential race has been filled with stomach-clenching gaffes, dumb tactical goofs, nail-biting close calls and, of course, Big Bird.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of Election Day starting at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. For up-to-the-minute results, go to cnn.com/results and for our real-time Election Day live blog, check out cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch Election Day coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.

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Filed under: 2012
October 30th, 2012
02:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Looking presidential: The optics of leadership during a disaster

(CNN) - As Sandy took aim at the East Coast, President Barack Obama discarded campaign events in Florida and Virginia to return to Washington and address the storm from the White House.

Mitt Romney adjusted his schedule to hit the battleground state of Ohio and direct campaign resources in Virginia and New Hampshire to focus on storm relief.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
October 29th, 2012
04:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Looking presidential: The optics of leadership during a disaster

(CNN) - With Hurricane Sandy slamming the East Coast, President Barack Obama discarded campaign events in Florida and Virginia to return to Washington and address the nation from the White House. Meanwhile, Gov. Mitt Romney adjusted his schedule to hit the battleground state of Ohio, while directing his campaign resources in Virginia and New Hampshire to focus on storm relief.

The candidates are seeking to balance the real threat of a killer storm against the need to squeeze out any last-minute advantages on the campaign trail.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
October 25th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Could Obama's struggles with white voters cost him the election?

Washington (CNN) – The nation's first black president could be in danger of becoming a "one-termer" if he can't convince enough white voters that he deserves another four years in the Oval Office.

For weeks, he's hovered around 40% of white voter support – a level that Democratic presidential candidates have struggled with in the recent past and one that analysts believe Barack Obama must maintain in order to win. At the same time, he has to encourage minority voters to go to the polls and capture 80% of their support.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
October 23rd, 2012
04:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Debate's agreement-fest makes it tough for undecideds to choose

Washington (CNN) – For undecided voters still looking for something to move them into the decided column, Monday night's presidential debate shed little light.

Maintaining Israel as an ally? Both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree that relationship is vital and sparred over who is that nation's biggest defender.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
Obama, Romney face big hurdle in town hall format: unpredictability
October 15th, 2012
02:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney face big hurdle in town hall format: unpredictability

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney step into a more free-wheeling town-hall style debate on Tuesday night, a setting that has given the two coolly intellectual candidates some trouble in the past.

Both will have to recalibrate their approaches from their first encounter on Oct. 3, which was won by Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
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