Chamber of Commerce ads back mainstream Republicans
April 29th, 2014
02:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Chamber of Commerce ads back mainstream Republicans

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it's launching six new television commercials this week in five states.

The ad buy, which the pro-business organization describes as "massive," is the latest volley by the group, which is one of the biggest spenders among the outside groups so far this midterm election cycle

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Filed under: 2014 • Chamber of Commerce • North Carolina • Senate • Senate Race
GOP sources: Republicans considering withdrawing support for Grimm re-election
April 29th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
7 years ago

GOP sources: Republicans considering withdrawing support for Grimm re-election

Washington (CNN) – Republican Party leaders are considering withdrawing financial and strategic support for Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election bid, GOP sources familiar with the discussions told CNN.

Grimm, a two-term Republican representing New York's 11th Congressional District, is the only GOP congressman from New York City and even before he was indicted Monday on 20 counts of fraud, he was facing a tough campaign to win a third term.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Michael Grimm • New York • Republican Party
Grimm: 'I'm not taking a leave of absence'
April 29th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Grimm: 'I'm not taking a leave of absence'

Washington (CNN) - One day after being indicted for various charges in a New York federal court, Rep. Michael Grimm returned to Capitol Hill and pledged to stay there.

"I'm back to work doing what the people pay me to do: represent them. So that's what's gonna continue going forward," the New York Republican told CNN.
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Filed under: Congress • House • John Boehner • Michael Grimm
April 29th, 2014
12:04 PM ET
7 years ago

Boehner admits immigration comments went too far

Washington (CNN) - After mocking his fellow GOP members last week for complaining immigration reform was "too hard," House Speaker John Boehner reminded House Republicans at a closed-door meeting "you tease the ones you love" but admitted he shouldn't have made fun of them publicly.

The speaker repeated that message to reporters after the Tuesday meeting, downplaying his comments that triggered a firestorm, mostly from outside conservative groups critical of Boehner's efforts on immigration.
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Filed under: House • Immigration • John Boehner
April 29th, 2014
10:03 AM ET
7 years ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Democrats' 'wrong track' blues, Grimm's defiance and John Kerry's apartheid apology

Democrats have “wrong track” blues heading into November: A Washington/Post ABC News poll out Tuesday morning shows a dip in support for President Obama. Just 41% of registered voters approve of his job performance.

The number can’t be good news for Democrats, who control the White House and the Senate.

The main question of 2014 will be whether they can hold on to the Senate. Democrats must defend seats held by senators in eight states won by Mitt Romney in 2012..

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Filed under: 2014 • John Kerry • Michael Grimm
April 29th, 2014
09:54 AM ET
7 years ago

New low for Obama in key midterm indicator

Washington (CNN) - Call it anything but a warm welcome home.

As President Barack Obama flies back to the nation's capital after a week long four-country trip to Asia, he's being greeted with new public opinion poll numbers that are nothing to brag about. And an ABC News/Washington Post survey, coming just six months ahead of the midterm elections, backs up previous polling that suggests that the President and his policies remain a drag on the Democratic party.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Polls • President Obama
Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid
April 28th, 2014
07:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid

(CNN) - Capitol Police in Washington said they are investigating threatening statements made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Police would not provide additional information other than to say it's an ongoing investigation.

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Filed under: Capitol Hill • Congress • Harry Reid
April 28th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Kerry under fire for reported ‘apartheid’ remarks about Israel

Updated 9:00am ET 4/29/2014

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry drew strong rebukes for reportedly saying that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state" if a Mideast peace deal isn’t reached soon.

The alleged comments were reported on Sunday by the Daily Beast, which said it obtained a recording of Kerry speaking to global leaders at a closed-door meeting where the stalled peace process was discussed.

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Filed under: AIPAC • Eric Cantor • Israel • John Kerry • Palestine • Ted Cruz
April 28th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 28, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 28, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING … INDICTMENT: GRIMM HID $1M IN RESTAURANT SALES, WAGES … Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, failed to report more than $1 million in sales and wages at a Manhattan restaurant he once ran, using unreported cash to pay workers off the books, evade taxes, and “keep more money for himself," according to federal prosecutors. Grimm pleaded not guilty on Monday to 20 counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, hiring unauthorized aliens and perjury.

The two-term congressman was released on a $400,000 bond, but forced to surrender his guns and passport. He told reporters he will remain in office while fighting the charges. "I'm going to fight tooth and nail ... until I am fully exonerated," he said. – Jason Hanna, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz

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Biden goes on offense
April 28th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
7 years ago

Biden goes on offense

Washington (CNN) - The White House launched a new front in the battle for control of the U.S. Congress on Monday, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to outline his party’s line of attack on the Republican economic agenda.

In a speech at The George Washington University, Biden condemned the Republicans’ approach to everything from health care spending to education, saying that recently his opponents have abandoned the central bargain of an American Democracy, “opportunity for all.”

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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
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