House GOP leaders: Keep Iran out of the mix in Iraq
June 18th, 2014
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

House GOP leaders: Keep Iran out of the mix in Iraq

Washington (CNN) – Ahead of a White House meeting Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner called on President Barack Obama to lay out a "broader strategy" for how to deal with sectarian violence in Iraq, but the Ohio Republican said the United States should "absolutely not" talk to Iranians about the crisis.

"I can just imagine what our friends in the region, our allies will be thinking by reaching out to Iran at a time when they continue to pay for terrorists and foster terrorism not only in Syria, in Lebanon but in Israel as well," Boehner told reporters after the House GOP weekly conference meeting.

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Filed under: Buck Mckeon • Harry Reid • Iraq • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
Foreign policy helps push Obama to new low
June 18th, 2014
11:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Foreign policy helps push Obama to new low

Washington (CNN) - It's a new low for President Barack Obama.

Facing numerous international challenges, including the new bloodshed in Iraq, the civil war in Syria, and the fighting in Ukraine, as well as the controversial swapping of five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for the release of a U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicates just 37% of Americans say they approve of how the President's handling foreign policy. That's an all time low in NBC News/Wall Street Journal polling.

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June 18th, 2014
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Cheney rips Obama over foreign policy in op-ed

Washington (CNN) –Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney penned a scathing op-ed in which they offered a blistering critique of President Barack Obama’s handling of the escalating violence in Iraq.

"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," wrote Cheney and his daughter, a conservative pundit and former State Department official in the Bush administration, in an opinion piece  for the Wall Street Journal. "Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory."

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Iraq • Liz Cheney • President Obama
June 18th, 2014
09:01 AM ET
6 years ago

At annual women’s Congressional softball game, Gabby Giffords throws out first pitch

Updated 8:18 p.m. ET, 6/18/2014

Washington (CNN) - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords threw out the first pitch at Wednesday’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Giffords’s ability to throw the first pitch is a feat in itself. She played in the annual game until she was critically injured by a gunshot wound to her head. The 2011 incident killed six people and injured 17 others and forced her to resign from Congress.

The members’ team pitcher, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, walked Giffords onto the diamond in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington before nearly 1,000 spectators.

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Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle
June 18th, 2014
08:32 AM ET
6 years ago

Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle

(CNN) - It's pretty much all tied up in a crucial Senate contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in November's midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday indicates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley with a slight 44%-40% edge over GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in the battle to succeed longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring at the end of the year. If the Republicans can flip Harkin's seat and five other Democratic held seats, they would win control of the Senate.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate • Senate Race
Poll: Can Obama get the job done?
June 18th, 2014
07:34 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Can Obama get the job done?

Washington (CNN) - A string of controversies involving federal agencies appears to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama's poll numbers.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey indicates that Americans are questioning the President's ability to run the government and lead the country.

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