Sestak makes an early announcement
May 14th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Sestak makes an early announcement

Washington (CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak announced an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with a campaign titled "Leadership for a Better America."

The Pennsylvania senatorial race is in 2016, making this an unusually early declaration, but Sestak said that the formation of the exploratory committee is not just for his Senate bid, but also to address problems that currently affect Pennsylvanians.
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Filed under: Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey
Holder orders IRS investigation
May 14th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Holder orders IRS investigation

(CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he has ordered an investigation of any criminal wrongdoing in the IRS targeting of conservative groups.


Filed under: Eric Holder • IRS • Justice Department
CNN exclusive: White House e-mail contradicts Benghazi leaks
May 14th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN exclusive: White House e-mail contradicts Benghazi leaks

(CNN) - CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department's desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.

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Filed under: Libya
May 14th, 2013
01:35 PM ET
9 years ago

Will scandals 2013 impact elections 2014?

Washington (CNN) - Even though he's done running for office, President Barack Obama has a lot at stake in next year's midterm elections. And a trio of scandals that have ignited over the past week that have forced the White House to play defense have the strong possibility of hurting the president and his party at the polls in November 2014.

"Even though I've run my last race, I'm going to be working as hard as I can to make sure that their vision is one that is dominant on Capitol Hill," said the president, speaking about Democratic congressional leaders, Monday night at a party fundraiser in New York City.
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Filed under: 2014 • IRS • Justice Department • Libya
Carney: W.H. not involved in DOJ probe of AP phone calls
May 14th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
9 years ago

Carney: W.H. not involved in DOJ probe of AP phone calls

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is "a strong believer in the First Amendment" and also "recognizes the need for the Justice Department to investigate alleged criminal activity," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday following reports that the Justice Department secretly collected phone records from the Associated Press as part of a leak investigation.

Beyond news reports, the White House has "no knowledge" of any such attempt by the Justice Department, Carney said, adding that the White House is not involved in the agency's criminal investigations, "as those matters are handled appropriately by the Justice Department independently."

Source: Holder recused himself from AP decision
May 14th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Source: Holder recused himself from AP decision

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the decision to subpoena the phone records of Associated Press reporters, a source told CNN's Jessica Yellin on Tuesday.

The approval fell to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the source said.

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Filed under: Eric Holder
Priebus demands Holder resign over AP probe
May 14th, 2013
12:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Priebus demands Holder resign over AP probe

(CNN) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder must resign after his agency collected two months of telephone records from reporters at the Associated Press, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday.

"Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn't request the federal government to respect it; it demands it," Priebus wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution."
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Reince Priebus • RNC
May 14th, 2013
12:03 PM ET
9 years ago

IRS political targeting alleged in multiple cities

(CNN) - While the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that members of its Cincinnati office engaged in political targeting of some conservative groups, documents suggest at least three other offices did the same.

Letters provided to CNN show IRS officials in Washington and California contacted conservative groups to demand more information before approving the groups' requests for tax-exempt status.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
Defense Department trims furlough days to 11
May 14th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
9 years ago

Defense Department trims furlough days to 11

Washington (CNNMoney) - Defense Department employees are getting a little bit of a reprieve.

Workers now face 11 days of furloughs, cut down from an expected 14 days, Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce Tuesday afternoon.

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Filed under: Budget • Department of Defense
May 14th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
9 years ago

When Harry met Christie

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie was playing tour guide Tuesday for Britain's Prince Harry on a visit to the storm-damaged coast of New Jersey, the latest stop on the third-in-line to the throne's week-long circuit of the United States.

To tour remaining damage, Christie presented the prince with a version of his famous navy blue polar fleece jacket, which Christie wore in the days following last fall's storm.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
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