December 12th, 2013
04:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi to Democrats on budget deal: 'Embrace the suck'

(CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told her caucus in a meeting Wednesday to "embrace the suck" over a bipartisan budget deal reached earlier this week that the House is set to vote on Thursday evening.

The phrase sums up well how her party feels about the deal, Pelosi told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Filed under: Budget • Nancy Pelosi • The Lead
November 12th, 2013
04:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Sarah Palin: Bill Clinton was right about Obama, he wasn't ready

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin doesn't agree with former President Bill Clinton too often – unless it comes to criticizing President Barack Obama.

In an interview with CNN's “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Palin recalled statements Clinton made during the Democratic primary, when he was stumping for his wife, Hillary, in the 2008 campaign.


Filed under: Obamacare • Sarah Palin • The Lead
November 6th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Bloomberg on Virginia election: Home state of NRA stood up and said, 'Enough'

Michael Bloomberg is the most well-known mayor in the nation – for another 55 days. But Bloomberg has already expanded his reach beyond New York City, with his coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns and his political advocacy group Independence USA PAC.

Bloomberg dared to poke the bee hive, wading into the National Rifle Association's home state to back Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race. McAuliffe eked out a win over Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night.


Filed under: Michael Bloomberg • New York
October 28th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
4 years ago

How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?

(CNN) - By his count, former Vice President Dick Cheney has cheated death at least three times – if you start after the fifth heart attack.

In December of 2009, the year after he left the White House, Cheney went into sudden cardiac arrest – which is normally fatal – while backing his car out of a garage. Cheney had an implanted defibrillator at the time, which kicked him back to life in 16 seconds.


Filed under: Dick Cheney
October 28th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Dick Cheney on latest NSA disclosure, spying on allies

(CNN) - The Obama administration is under fire anew about alleged National Security Agency snooping – this time of global leaders, including staunch European allies.

Documents reportedly leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have exposed this reach beyond U.S. call and e-mail traffic, and some of it has been going on for more than a decade.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gives his take on it all – suggesting there is an interest in conducting surveillance on a country or a leader, even a clear ally.


Filed under: Dick Cheney
October 9th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Durbin: Negotiations to re-open government, lift the debt ceiling are 'under way'

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. is well into the ninth day of a government shutdown. House Republicans tied defunding or delaying Obamacare to the funding of the government, effectively leading to the shutdown.

But Republicans are saying – and it seems to have some resonance – that President Obama's message is: "I’m not negotiating." That's just not how this works. Republicans point out there have been previous negotiations over both opening the government and the debt ceiling.

Is the Democratic Party doing anything to acknowledge the reality of where the U.S. is, and trying to figure out a way to get out of it together?

"There are conversations under way as to what we will discuss, you know, what we will negotiate over, what things will be on the table. But what we said is – open the government, pay our bills and let's have this honest conversation," said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, of Illinois, who serves as Senate Majority Whip.

September 27th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Exclusive: Romney disagrees with House GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare

(CNN) - Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive.

Romney on Iran | Romney on Syria


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown • Mitt Romney
September 26th, 2013
06:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Pfeiffer: WH is not ‘negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest’

(CNN) - Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said a U.S. debt default could be catastrophic. But President Barack Obama said Thursday he will not "not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America." That is, no negotiating with Republicans.

Yet, the American people support, by a two-to-one margin, a requirement for spending cuts when negotiating more borrowing authority for the government to pay its bills, according to a new Bloomberg News poll.


Filed under: Congress • Dan Pfeiffer • Debt • President Obama
September 4th, 2013
07:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Rubio: Assad falling could trigger another civil war

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has made it clear for the last two years that inaction in Syria is a bad idea.

Because the U.S. chose to "lead from behind," and didn't help moderates overthrow a weaker President Bashar al-Assad early in the rebellion, it now has no good options for a military intervention, Rubio said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.


Filed under: Marco Rubio • Syria
August 7th, 2013
07:08 PM ET
5 years ago

State Department: U.S.-Russia relations a 'roller coaster' at times

(CNN) - President Barack Obama canceled a visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an administration official told CNN on Wednesday.

Before the announcement, Obama was on "The Tonight Show" and discussed U.S.-Russia relations, saying, "There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality. And what I consistently say to them and what I say to President Putin is, that's the past."


Filed under: Russia • State Department
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