Does Hannity want to run for office?
January 23rd, 2014
01:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Does Hannity want to run for office?

(CNN) - Sean Hannity has become the latest cable news host to drop hints about a potential run for office.

On Wednesday the Fox News host, a favorite of conservatives, said he sometimes thinks about a political run. He didn't specify what office he'd like to take a shot at, though.

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He plans to run for Congress - in 4 states
January 23rd, 2014
01:46 PM ET
6 years ago

He plans to run for Congress - in 4 states

(CNN) - Allan Levene really - really - wants to serve in Congress.

So much so, that he plans to run in four states: Georgia. Minnesota. Michigan. Hawaii.

It's puzzling, but the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat.

As he sees it, all roads lead to Rome.

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Filed under: Congress • Georgia • Hawaii • Michigan • Minnesota
White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union
January 23rd, 2014
01:10 PM ET
6 years ago

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – Just days before President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address, the White House is offering a rare look at the preparations for the speech.

The President's chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, used the White House's Instagram account on Wednesday to release several pictures of the process that goes into writing the speech. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett continued the behind-the-scenes look on Thursday with pictures listed under #InsideSOTU on Instagram as well as Twitter.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Polls: Warner way ahead of Gillespie in Virginia
January 23rd, 2014
12:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Warner way ahead of Gillespie in Virginia

(CNN) - Incumbent Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, leads Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by a 20 percentage point margin, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The first-term senator and former governor, who's up for re-election in November, carries 50% of Virginia voters, compared to Gillespie's 30% in the hypothetical matchup survey conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

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Filed under: 2014 • Ed Gillespie • Mark Warner • Virginia
Major Obama group will now push for Hillary Clinton
January 23rd, 2014
12:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Major Obama group will now push for Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) – The major super PAC that supported President Obama's re-election now will begin raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run, the group confirmed to CNN.

Priorities USA Action is reaching out to major Democratic donors as it starts to build support for her potential run and plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to begin to lay the groundwork for a potential candidacy.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
Virginia attorney general: state's same-sex marriage ban unlawful
January 23rd, 2014
09:12 AM ET
6 years ago

Virginia attorney general: state's same-sex marriage ban unlawful

Updated 11:55 a.m., 1/23/2014

(CNN) - Virginia's new Democratic leadership has declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and won't defend it in federal lawsuits, illustrating how partisan shifts at the top can swiftly move the needle on hot button issues.

"It's time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law," state Attorney General Mark Herring said at a news conference.
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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Virginia
January 23rd, 2014
08:14 AM ET
6 years ago

Ex-Shell Oil president: 'I felt extorted'

Editor's note: CNN's "AC 360" begins a yearlong series of reports this week about an enormous surge in political donations to candidates of both parties. Longtime corporate executives tell CNN that the incessant push for money amounts to "legalized extortion" but the cash buildup shows no signs of stopping.

(CNN) - The former president of Shell Oil USA didn't candy-coat it: America's political fund-raising system, he said, amounts to legalized extortion.

"I feel extorted," John Hofmeister told CNN's Drew Griffin. "Every time I wrote a check I felt that it was a form of extortion, the price of entry, because of the reception that you got when you contributed versus the reception when you did not contribute."

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Filed under: Congress • Fundraising
January 23rd, 2014
08:05 AM ET
6 years ago

Taking the GOP's temperature on Christie

Washington (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee have a busy agenda this week as they gather in Washington to plot midterm election strategy and vote on a series of changes to the presidential nominating process in 2016.

Chris Christie, the under-siege New Jersey governor and possible White House candidate, was far from a central topic of discussion as Republicans began arriving to the meeting on Wednesday. His name, uttered here and there in a few hushed hallway conversations, usually surfaced only when reporters brought it up. And when asked about the still-unfolding political and legal drama in the New Jersey capital of Trenton, some Republicans here declined to talk about Christie at all.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • RNC
January 23rd, 2014
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Abortion: a polarizing, emotional debate 41 years after court ruling

Washington (CNN) - The abortion issue is far from settled. It's just as contentious today as it has ever been in the United States.

Wednesday's 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, which upheld legalized abortion before about 24 weeks, ignited the polarized, emotional battle.

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Filed under: Abortion
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