Rubio wades into poverty politics with call for more state control
January 8th, 2014
04:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Rubio wades into poverty politics with call for more state control

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio declared the last 50 years in the war on poverty a failure on Wednesday, drawing a considerable line between his view on how to fight poverty and those of his Democratic colleagues.

In his policy address, which fell on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's call for an "all-out war on human poverty," Rubio bashed Democratic proposals to raise the minimum wage and lobbied for the states, not the federal government, to control anti-poverty programs.

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Rubio backed Obama judge pick, then pulled support
January 8th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
6 years ago

Rubio backed Obama judge pick, then pulled support

Updated 7:39 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio was for the nomination of Judge William Thomas, before he was against him.

Thomas was President Barack Obama's pick for a vacant federal judicial seat in Florida, Rubio's home state. The White House has now pulled the nomination, according to an administration official.
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Democrats turning up the volume on Christie bridge controversy
January 8th, 2014
03:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Democrats turning up the volume on Christie bridge controversy

Washington (CNN) - As new developments in the Chris Christie-George Washington Bridge controversy started making headlines on Wednesday, Democratic reaction came at a rapid fire pace.

The Democratic National Committee fired off multiple e-mails to political reporters, attacking New Jersey's Republican governor, who's considered a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie
Two longtime House Democrats to retire
January 8th, 2014
02:32 PM ET
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Two longtime House Democrats to retire

Updated 8:15 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) – Two longtime House Democrats–Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina–announced Wednesday they won't seek re-election in November.

Their decisions bring the total number of House Democratic retirements to three. On the other side of the aisle, nine House Republicans have announced they're retiring after 2014.

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Filed under: Carolyn McCarthy • Congress • House Democrats • Mike McIntyre
Anthony Weiner gets 'Alpha House' cameo
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner appears in the season finale of Amazon's "Alpha House."
January 8th, 2014
01:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Anthony Weiner gets 'Alpha House' cameo

(CNN) - Anthony Weiner is stepping back into the political scene–well, at least the fictional political scene.

The former Congressman will make an appearance in the season finale Friday of the Amazon original series "Alpha House," a spokesman for the show confirmed Wednesday.
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Utah will not recognize same-sex marriages performed before high court stay
January 8th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
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Utah will not recognize same-sex marriages performed before high court stay

(CNN) – Utah will not recognize the hundreds of same-sex marriages that were temporarily allowed by a federal judge's ruling but before the Supreme Court issued an injunction, the state announced Wednesday.

Officials say more than a thousand marriage licenses between gay and lesbian couples were issued in the 17 days between the initial ruling and the high court's Monday order blocking enforcement.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Utah
Texts, e-mails suggest political vendetta in NJ bridge controversy
January 8th, 2014
12:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Texts, e-mails suggest political vendetta in NJ bridge controversy

(CNN) - E-mails emerged on Wednesday purportedly from top aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that bolster the case that access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge were borne from a political vendetta against opponents of the governor, and were not the result of an incompetent traffic study as his administration claimed.

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's deputy chief of staff for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, e-mailed David Wildstein, then the highest-level political appointee representing the state at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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Group goes after Scott Brown with new ad
January 8th, 2014
11:57 AM ET
6 years ago

Group goes after Scott Brown with new ad

(CNN) – Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts hasn't launched another bid for the Senate, but he's already being targeted in negative television ads.

The Senate Majority PAC, a group that works to keep the upper chamber in Democratic hands, launched a new spot Wednesday that blasts Brown as he considers a Senate bit from the neighboring state of New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate
Chamber to 'pull out all the stops' to pass immigration reform in 2014
January 8th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
6 years ago

Chamber to 'pull out all the stops' to pass immigration reform in 2014

Updated 4:42 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) – The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowed Wednesday that 2014 will be the year his organization pulls "out all of the stops" to pass immigration reform, pledging that the Chamber will turn the 2014 midterm elections "into a motivation for change."

"We're determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted," Donohue said at his 2014 State of American Business address. "The Chamber will pull out all the stops – through grassroots lobbying, communications, politics and partnerships with unions, faith organization, law enforcement and other – to get it done."
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Filed under: Chamber of Commerce • Immigration
Poll: Record percentage of Americans say they're independents
January 8th, 2014
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Record percentage of Americans say they're independents

(CNN) - The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as political independents is at an all-time high and the number who identify as Republicans is at an all-time low, according to new numbers by Gallup.

Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as independents last year, the highest level Gallup's measured since it switched from in-person to telephone interviews a quarter century ago.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • independents • Polls • Republican • Republican Party
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