June 22nd, 2014
10:45 AM ET
3 months ago

Paul: 'I'm not willing to send my son' into Iraq

Washington (CNN) - One U.S. lawmaker firmly believes the United States should keep its sons and daughters out of Iraq's increasingly tangled and bloody conflict.

"I'm not willing to send my son into that mess," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday.

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Filed under: Iraq • Rand Paul
June 8th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
3 months ago

U.S. official: Sgt. Bergdahl wants to be called private first class

(CNN) - U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was promoted while held prisoner by the Taliban, said he wants to be recognized by his old rank, according to a senior U.S. official.

"In his mind, he's a Pfc," the official told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr on Sunday.

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl
Clinton still deciding on when to decide
June 8th, 2014
02:20 PM ET
3 months ago

Clinton still deciding on when to decide

Washington (CNN) - Those hoping for any clarity on whether Hillary Clinton will run again for president in 2016 will have to keep their fingers crossed a little bit longer.

She's still deciding on when to decide.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
Feinstein: Congress can keep the lid on secrets
June 8th, 2014
01:16 PM ET
3 months ago

Feinstein: Congress can keep the lid on secrets

Washington (CNN) - We can keep your secrets just fine, Mr. President.

That's the message Sen. Dianne Feinstein conveyed to reporters Sunday, responding to questions about whether President Barack Obama's decision not to inform Congress about swapping five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had any merit.

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • Dianne Feinstein • Intelligence
June 8th, 2014
12:09 PM ET
3 months ago

Marine general: Taliban worse off after Bergdahl swap

Washington (CNN) - While most in Washington fret about the potential return of five former Guantanamo detainees to the front lines in Afghanistan, the former head of U.S. operations in the war-torn country says the Taliban is now worse off after the swap for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, the former chief of the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that President Barack Obama's decision to trade five Taliban hardliners for Bergdahl should give the United States military more latitude to combat the Taliban.

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June 8th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
3 months ago

Kerry defends Bergdahl swap

(CNN) - In his first public comments on the issue, Secretary of State John Kerry was unequivocal when discussing the Obama administration's commitment to monitoring the five Taliban figures exchanged for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some point” to return to fighting, Kerry said in an interview that aired Sunday. "But they also have an ability to get killed doing that. And I don't think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans."

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • John Kerry • Obama administration
White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations
June 5th, 2014
03:34 PM ET
4 months ago

White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations

Washington (CNN) – Move along, nothing to see here.

That's the message President Barack Obama and his administration are sending with its most recent ambassadorial nominations after facing scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats over the questionable credentials of some recent picks to represent the United States abroad.

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Filed under: Ireland • Obama administration • White House
At fundraiser, first lady remembers when 'we took office'
June 2nd, 2014
08:41 PM ET
4 months ago

At fundraiser, first lady remembers when 'we took office'

(CNN) - With the GOP working to undo one of her policy initiatives, Michelle Obama must feel as besieged by politics as her husband often does.

The first lady admitted as much in a verbal slip Monday evening at a Boston fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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Filed under: 2014 • Michelle Obama
ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat
May 16th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
4 months ago

ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat

(CNN) – The American Civil Liberties Union echoed Sen. Rand Paul's call to delay a Senate vote Friday on a controversial judicial nominee.

A day after the Kentucky Republican announced his intention to stall the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU backed his threat to stage a talking filibuster until President Barack Obama's administration turns over legal opinions on much-debated drone program to senators.
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Filed under: Congress • Rand Paul
Paul to filibuster Obama judicial nominee, author of drone memos
May 15th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
4 months ago

Paul to filibuster Obama judicial nominee, author of drone memos

Washington (CNN) - Rand Paul has set the stage for an encore.

Fourteen months after the Republican firebrand from Kentucky railed against President Barack Obama administration's unwillingness to rule out using drones on American soil - and the lack of judicial justification for such hypothetical attacks - Paul vowed on Thursday to deliver a repeat performance.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Rand Paul
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