Republicans get top tier Senate challenger in Colorado
February 26th, 2014
04:38 PM ET
8 years ago

Republicans get top tier Senate challenger in Colorado

Washington (CNN) - Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican elected in 2010, has decided to run for Senate, two sources tell CNN.

The 39-year-old Gardner joins a crowded field of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination, and will be considered a serious contender for the nod. Among those in the race are Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Sen. Owen Hill, and state Rep. Amy Stephens.

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Filed under: Colorado • Cory Gardner • Mark Udall
Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down
February 26th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
8 years ago

Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down

(CNN) - A federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas, ruling Wednesday it has no "rational relation to a legitimate government purpose."

The decision is the latest in a series of federal and state court moves to overturn current laws forbidding gay and lesbians from legal wedlock.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Texas
Return visit to Iowa stirs more Brown 2016 speculation
February 26th, 2014
02:06 PM ET
8 years ago

Return visit to Iowa stirs more Brown 2016 speculation

(CNN) - Scott Brown is headed back to Iowa.

The Ringgold County GOP confirms to CNN that the former senator from Massachusetts will speak at their April 3rd dinner in Mount Ayr, in the south-central part of the state.

This will be Brown's third tip to Iowa since last summer. He made a swing through the Iowa State Fair last August and returned in November to address a Scott County GOP fundraiser.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Scott Brown
New Senate ad in controversy over old Facebook posts
February 26th, 2014
11:33 AM ET
8 years ago

New Senate ad in controversy over old Facebook posts

(CNN) - Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is launching a new TV commercial Wednesday that attacks his Republican primary challenger over old Facebook postings that included some "insensitive" comments.

"Dr. Milton Wolf's patients trusted him, but stunning news reports show that Wolf exposed private patient X-rays and other personal information on Facebook – where Wolf relentlessly poked fun at the dead or wounded. A Kansas City medical ethics expert called Wolf's behavior 'beyond alarming' for a professional in the field of medicine," says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

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Filed under: Kansas • Pat Roberts • Senate
February 26th, 2014
11:12 AM ET
8 years ago

Christie: 'I'll be damned' if traffic uproar gets in the way of 'real job'

Updated 9:09 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

Long Hill, New Jersey (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday that he will "not give into the hysteria" surrounding specific questions about a political scandal roiling his administration and will not let the uproar distract him from his "real job."

In his most extensive comments in weeks about the issue, Christie bristled at questions about his handling of the matter last year regarding staff members and other allies caught up in the controversy now under investigation by a state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney.

He also noted New Jerseyans that he's met at recent town hall events, including one on Wednesday in Long Hill, don't appear interested in it.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Obama pushes infrastructure investment during Minnesota trip
February 26th, 2014
10:43 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama pushes infrastructure investment during Minnesota trip

Updated 4:49 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

(CNN) - On a visit to St. Paul, Minnesota Wednesday President Barack Obama launched his administration's latest grant-funding competition this time aimed at spurring investment in new infrastructure projects.

Framing the announcement as part of his 2014 "year of action," the President told a crowd gathered in the city's new Union Depot that infrastructure projects are a direct path to jobs.

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Filed under: President Obama
Who do you want to run in 2016
February 26th, 2014
09:15 AM ET
8 years ago

Who do you want to run in 2016

(CNN) - More Republicans say they wouldn't like Chris Christie to run for president in 2016 than those who say want the GOP governor from New Jersey to launch a White House bid, according to a new national poll.

And the survey, from CBS News and the New York Times, also indicates that while Democrats overwhelming say they want former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run again, they are divided on whether they'd like to see Vice President Joe Biden launch another presidential campaign.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Polls
First on CNN: Republican committees tie Democrats to proposed Medicare Advantage cuts
February 26th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
8 years ago

First on CNN: Republican committees tie Democrats to proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

Updated 2:15 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

Washington (CNN) - Republican groups are hitting Democrats over the Obama administration's proposal to cut payment rates to insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, highlighting a potentially damaging report for Democrats among seniors ahead of this year's midterm elections.

A joint memo released Wednesday by three Republican committees - the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee - ties Democrats to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report released last Friday.

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Filed under: Medicare • NRCC • NRSC • Obamacare • RNC
Christie does what he likes best as scandal roils administration
February 26th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
8 years ago

Christie does what he likes best as scandal roils administration

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take his message of fiscal conservatism and government reform to his second town hall event in the past week on Wednesday.

Christie especially likes being face-to-face with voters and he's sticking to that practice as his administration reels from a political scandal that has questioned his forceful governing style and clouded any prospects for a possible 2016 presidential bid.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
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