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Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 24

James Foley's execution at the hands of Islamic militants set off a firestorm in the United States. The American response to I.S.I.S. will dominate the Sunday conversations.

Perry: ‘I don't really understand the details’ of indictment charges

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's not familiar with the legal language of the indictment handed up against him by a grand jury in Travis County last week. "I've been indicted by that same body now for, I think, two counts: One of bribery, which I'm not a lawyer so I don't […]

Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren

Washington (CNN) - Elizabeth Warren is not Ready for Warren. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Warren fully disavowed herself of Ready for Warren, a super PAC with the explicit goal of encouraging the liberal Massachusetts senator to run for president in 2016. "The senator has not, and does not, explicitly or […]

Democrat Jim Webb: One show not enough to fully criticize Clinton's record

Washington (CNN) – Democrat Jim Webb needs more than one show if you want him to critique Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state. During an appearance on Iowa Public Television’s "Iowa Press" show, Webb – a former senator from Virginia who is considered a dark horse to run for president in 2016 – was […]

In New Hampshire, Rick Perry says he's getting prepared

(CNN) - Returning to New Hampshire for the first time since his failed 2012 presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he has learned "some really, really good humbling lessons." Perhaps the biggest among them, he said, was preparation. "I don't care how good you might think you might be, that you've been elected […]

Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes

Washington (CNN) – Harry Reid, who faulted his 2010 Republican opponent for making an insensitive remark to Asian-Americans, cracked two Asian-themed jokes at a Las Vegas event Thursday. "I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are," the Senate Majority Leader said to laughs from the audience […]

Democrats attack Rand Paul for criticizing Obama abroad

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Friday for criticizing the President while on a foreign trip. "America has a proud tradition of letting politics stop at the water’s edge, but Paul doesn’t think that tradition applies to him," Michael Czin, the DNC's press secretary, said in a memo to reporters. […]

Romney: Clinton won't be able to distance herself from Obama

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney feels vindicated by Hillary Clinton. At a book event for Rep. Paul Ryan, his former running mate, Romney said that Hillary Clinton distancing herself from some of President Barack Obama's foreign policy was reminiscent of the campaign he ran against the President. "She was very critical of the president’s foreign […]

Paul Ryan gleefully dumps ice water on Mitt Romney

(CNN) – "It is cold." That's what Mitt Romney said, letting out a slight chuckle after his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, dumped a bucket of ice water on his head. Dressed in a full suit, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was the latest politician to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a […]

N.H. Poll: Scott Brown, Jeanne Shaheen statistically tied

(CNN) - Republican Scott Brown appears to be closing the gap in his U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, according to a new survey released Thursday. The WMUR Granite State Poll indicates Shaheen leads Brown 46% to 44%, with 9% of likely voters undecided. Because the margin is within the […]

10 Questions for the Iowa Senate Candidates

The Times's John Harwood interviewed the two candidates, Bruce Braley, a Democrat, and Joni Ernst, a Republican, vying to succeed Tom Harkin in the Senate.

Rick Perry: It’s possible ISIS has crossed southern border

Washington (CNN) – It’s a “very real possibility” that individuals with the extremist group ISIS may have crossed into the United States at the southern border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday, though he added he doesn’t have any evidence. Because the border is insecure, Perry said that “individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states […]

White House: No concessions to hostage takers

Edgartown, Massachusetts (CNN) - National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden tells CNN that U.S. policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear. She said Thursday that it "does not grant concessions to hostage takers.” “Doing so would only put more Americans at risk of being taken captive," she said. Hayden made the comments following the […]

The 'Honest Politician' strikes again

(CNN) - Gil Fulbright is coming to the Granite State. The satirical Senate candidate, who also made an appearance earlier this year in Kentucky, is pretending to run for office under the banner of the anti-corruption group Represent.Us. He will appear in a television ad airing across New Hampshire starting this Friday. The ads are […]

Biden: No 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

Sorry to disappoint, but the affable Vice President Joe Biden is the latest politician who will not be taking the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." Biden was challenged by fictional VP Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the vice president on the HBO comedy series Veep. Instead, the Vice President said via Twitter that has made a donation […]

Rick Perry's lawyers call cancer research accusation a 'red herring'

(CNN) - Rick Perry’s lawyers pushed back against a central accusation by Democrats that the Texas governor’s office was being investigated about questionable funding for a cancer research project. The accusations over the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, CPRIT, are tangential to the two felony charges against the longtime Republican governor over his […]

First on CNN: Pro-Democratic group goes up with big buy in key Senate contes

(CNN) - The leading outside group supporting Democrats in this year's battle for control of the Senate says it's putting big bucks behind a new ad that attacks the GOP challenger in North Carolina, home to one of the most crucial races. CNN has learned that the Senate Majority PAC will launch a new television […]

'Joe Biden defense' no longer needed in Washington state gun case

(CNN) – When a Washington state man was charged last year with unlawfully firing a shotgun, he had a simple explanation: Joe Biden told me to do it. It appears, however, he no longer needs that defense. The prosecuting attorney in the case against Jeffery Barton, 52, told CNN on Wednesday that the weapons count […]

A confident Rick Perry hits the road after indictment

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in court on Friday, but he won't be there. Instead, he'll be testing the waters for a possible presidential run. Three days after being fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken following his indictment, Perry will begin a series of visits to critical presidential nominating […]

Game on in Alaska Senate battle

(CNN) - The stage is set in one of the most important Senate races this year's midterm elections, a contest that could decide whether the Democrats or Republicans control the chamber next year. Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan held off two other major candidates to win Tuesday's Republican Senate primary, and will now face […]

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