Weiner's first TV ad: 'Powerful voices' against him
August 12th, 2013
07:44 AM ET
12 months ago

Weiner's first TV ad: 'Powerful voices' against him

(CNN) - Anthony Weiner's campaign for New York City mayor released its first television commercial Monday, though the spot didn't allude to the lewd messaging scandal that rocked his campaign and preceded a drop in the polls.

The spot instead focuses on Weiner's plans for the city, and features the candidate speaking directly to voters.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
Snowden’s father responds to Obama’s claim his son is not a patriot
August 11th, 2013
12:14 PM ET
12 months ago

Snowden’s father responds to Obama’s claim his son is not a patriot

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s assertion Friday that Edward Snowden was not a patriot for leaking details about top-secret American surveillance programs was brushed aside Sunday by Snowden’s father.

Lon Snowden - who says he is traveling soon to Russia, where his son has been granted asylum - suggested instead that Edward Snowden had put himself at great personal risk in order to inform Americans about the data their government collects.
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Filed under: NSA • President Obama
August 11th, 2013
10:18 AM ET
12 months ago

RNC chair not picking sides on GOP Obamacare tactics

(CNN) – The Republican divide over whether to shut down the federal government in a bid to end President Barack Obama's health care law is merely a tactical split, rather than a larger ideological rift, the party's national chairman said Sunday.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," said he wasn't picking a side on the issue, which has pitted establishment party members against their younger colleagues.
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Filed under: Health care • Reince Priebus • Ted Cruz
Boxer pleads for San Diego mayor to resign
August 9th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
12 months ago

Boxer pleads for San Diego mayor to resign

(CNN) - San Diego's Democratic mayor Bob Filner, currently undergoing "intensive counseling" after being accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen women, should resign his post, Sen. Barbara Boxer wrote in a personal letter to the mayor Friday.

Addressing Filner simply as "Bob," Boxer – who is also a Democrat - wrote, "We've known each other for a long time…So I am speaking to you now on a personal and professional level, and asking you to step down as mayor and get the help you need as a private citizen."
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Filed under: Barbara Boxer • California
Bill Clinton and Oprah among recipients of highest civilian award
August 8th, 2013
03:49 PM ET
12 months ago

Bill Clinton and Oprah among recipients of highest civilian award

(CNN) – On the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama will award the honor to a group that includes former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire media mogul.

First established by President John F. Kennedy, the medals are the highest award given by the government to civilians. Clinton and Oprah are among the sixteen recipients of this year's awards that were announced by the White House on Thursday.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Oprah Winfrey • President Obama
Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats
August 7th, 2013
04:46 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats

(CNN) – Shuttered American embassies dotting the Middle East are a reminder that extremist threats still exist, despite a dismantled al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama told a crowd of Marines Wednesday.

During his address at Camp Pendleton between Los Angeles and San Diego, Obama said those threats shouldn't cause Americans to "retreat from the world."
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Filed under: President Obama • Terrorism
What Obama said last night
August 6th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
12 months ago

What Obama said last night

Updated at 10:23 p.m. ET on 8/6

(CNN) – The decision to close a broad swath of American embassies and diplomatic posts across the Middle East in response to a terror threat was not an overreaction, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his first remarks on the new security precautions.

The U.S. security posture throughout the Middle East, and especially in Yemen, was heightened after officials intercepted a message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to a top ally in Yemen telling him to "do something." A worldwide travel alert was issued, along with the slate of embassy and consulate closings.
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Filed under: President Obama
Rand Paul bristles at questions about 'Southern Avenger' ex-aide
August 6th, 2013
09:08 PM ET
12 months ago

Rand Paul bristles at questions about 'Southern Avenger' ex-aide

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul sounded less than thrilled Tuesday when a radio interviewer pressed the Kentucky Republican about his association with a former aide, who once used a pro-secessionist "Southern Avenger" persona while hosting a radio show.

Jack Hunter, who acted as Paul's new media director and previously helped author a book with the senator, submitted his resignation in July.
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Senate
August 6th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama calls for phase-out of mortgage giants Fannie and Freddie

(CNN) – With the housing bust's epicenter as his backdrop, President Barack Obama called Tuesday for a full revamp of the government's involvement in home mortgages, including endorsing a full wind-down of loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The 2008 government bailout of Fannie and Freddie amounted to one of the most expensive government rescues of the financial crisis, costing billions – a tab the president argued Tuesday should never again be left to taxpayers.
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Filed under: Arizona • Economy • President Obama
Anthony Weiner has 61 more ideas
August 6th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
12 months ago

Anthony Weiner has 61 more ideas

(CNN) – A swirl of campaign distractions related to the lewd messages and photos he sent to a woman online hasn't stopped Anthony Weiner from churning out more proposals for changing New York City.

In an addendum to his "Keys to the City" platform document, Weiner lists dozens of ways he'd change the way city government works, from altering parking regulations to changing New York's municipal tax code.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York
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