Boehner and Obama put focus on small businesses in weekly addresses
April 26th, 2014
12:06 PM ET
6 months ago

Boehner and Obama put focus on small businesses in weekly addresses

(CNN) – In weekly addresses focused on small business, Republicans told the federal government to "get out of the way," while President Obama pushed for Congress to embrace a minimum wage increase.

House Speaker John Boehner delivered the GOP weekly addresses from his home district in Ohio, where he recently made waves for poking fun at his fellow Republicans and their reluctance to support immigration reform.

But in his address released Saturday, Boehner defended the Republican record on small businesses and blamed Democrats in Congress for holding up legislation.
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Filed under: Economy • John Boehner • Minimum wage • President Obama
Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout
Afghan residents wishing to vote line up underneath underneath Afghan flags outside a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 5, 2014 (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
April 5th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the high turnout of voters in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in Afghanistan's history.

Increased violence ahead of the elections threatened to keep voters home, but long lines at polling centers across the country showed the determination of the Afghan people to have their voices heard.

As the U.S. draws down its forces in Afghanistan, the President called on officials to follow through on the election results.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Elections • Hamid Karzai • John Kerry • President Obama
White House, Republicans push opposing economic agendas in weekly addresses
April 5th, 2014
12:23 PM ET
7 months ago

White House, Republicans push opposing economic agendas in weekly addresses

(CNN) - In their weekly addresses, the White House and the Republican Party described different visions for how to fix an economy that still struggles to show consistent growth.

Friday's monthly jobs report showed the economy picking up slightly after a lull over the winter, but signaled that a healthy jobs market is still years away.

President Obama, in his weekly address from the White House, pushed for job creation and training, access to education and raising the minimum wage, while Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, in the GOP's weekly address, blamed Democrats for an approach that he says throws "billions of dollars each year" at problems in the job market without making fundamental improvements.
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Filed under: Economy • GOP • Jobs • President Obama • Republican • Tim Scott • unemployment
Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine
March 15th, 2014
08:20 PM ET
7 months ago

Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the annual California Republicans convention Saturday as the party faces an uphill battle in a state that has turned more and more blue.

Some speculated Rice would run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, but she wasn't interested. She left George W. Bush's White House in 2009 and returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as a political science professor.

As a featured speaker at the California Republican Party luncheon in Burlingame, Rice touched on many issues central to the Republican’s party’s future – from economic inequality and education, to foreign policy and military strength.
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Filed under: California • Condoleezza Rice • GOP • Republican
March 15th, 2014
05:50 PM ET
7 months ago

Former CIA official calls for release of report on CIA's post-9/11 interrogations

(CNN) - Former CIA Counterterrorism Official Phillip Mudd tells CNN host Michael Smerconish that a controversial report on the CIA’s counter-terrorism activities in the wake of the 9/11 al Qaeda attacks should be made public.

“Those of us who have names or titles in there, it will be a tough time. This is important for the American people to understand this era in American politics and war on terror. If this happens, I think it is okay,” Mudd told Smerconish.

However, Mudd admitted that it may be hard for the public to put the details of the report in the proper context.

“History can remember the facts, history cannot remember the feeling of sitting at that table every night in 2002 and 2003 and saying what's going to happen tomorrow and how do we find out what al Qaeda is up to? You can’t replicate the sense of tension that I remember,” Mudd said on CNN Saturday.

 

 

 


Filed under: Al Qaeda • CIA • Terrorism
Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida
January 18th, 2014
11:20 PM ET
9 months ago

Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida

(CNN) - As scandal threatens to envelop Gov. Chris Christie back in New Jersey, he's spending the weekend in Florida, helping Republican Gov. Rick Scott fundraise around the state.

It’s been more than a week since allegations that a massive traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee was the result of road closures on George Washington Bridge as political retaliation from Christie's team against the town’s mayor.

Christie's weekend is packed with stops in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. But it will be hard to say whether the scandal has dampened his star power, as all the meetings are closed-door.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Florida • Rick Scott
Arkansas lieutenant governor says he'll resign over ethics violations
January 11th, 2014
08:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Arkansas lieutenant governor says he'll resign over ethics violations

(CNN) - Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr has announced he'll resign following an ethics scandal that has shaken the state capital of Little Rock.

His decision comes on the heels of a state ethics commission finding that the Republican had broken 11 campaign finance rules since 2010.
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Filed under: Arkansas
GOP congressman urges Senate to pass children’s cancer bill
January 4th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
9 months ago

GOP congressman urges Senate to pass children’s cancer bill

Updated 1:00 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, urged his Senate colleagues to pass the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act in the GOP's weekly address Saturday.

The legislation, which passed the House in December, would take $126 million in federal money set aside over 10 years for political conventions and apply it to pediatric research. Harper co-sponsored the legislation with Democrat Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.
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Filed under: Congress • GOP weekly address
Poll: Uninsured unhappy with Obamacare website
January 2nd, 2014
04:30 PM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Uninsured unhappy with Obamacare website

Washington (CNN) - A majority of uninsured Americans who visited an Affordable Care Act exchange website in December say they had a negative experience, according to Gallup polling data released Thursday.

Fifty-nine percent of uninsured Americans who visited one of the websites last month said their experience was negative, compared to only 39% who said they had a positive experience.

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Filed under: Obamacare • Polls
Reid: Boehner will compromise on immigration reform
December 21st, 2013
03:09 PM ET
10 months ago

Reid: Boehner will compromise on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - He will cave.

Despite his public statements to the contrary, House Speaker John Boehner will meet with Senate leaders to negotiate comprehensive immigration reform in 2014 - at least, Harry Reid says he will.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Immigration • John Boehner
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