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White House preparing for ‘state dinner times 50’

Washington (CNN) — Planning and executing a White House dinner for one foreign leader is hard enough — for every perfectly arranged place setting is a sari-wearing party crasher or a recently separated French president. The careful display of protocol will only be multiplied Tuesday when fifty African leaders — in town for an historic […]

In Iowa, Rand Paul makes case for more compassionate GOP

OKOBOJI, Iowa (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul brought his recent crusade for a more compassionate Republican Party to the northwest part of Iowa on Monday, appealing to a crowd of social conservatives at a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King. The Kentucky Republican made his push for sentencing reform in the criminal justice system, the laws […]

Rand Paul argues that he never proposed ending foreign aid to Israel

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul denied Monday that he had ever proposed legislation that would end foreign aid for Israel, despite the Kentucky Republican’s efforts to end all foreign aid. “I haven’t really proposed that in the past,” Paul told reporters when asked if he still stood by his call to stop all […]

Six weeks later, McDaniel challenges Mississippi runoff result

Washington (CNN) – Chris McDaniel on Monday officially contested results showing he lost a Republican primary to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, revealing what his camp alleges is evidence of voter fraud and other irregularities. "They asked us to put up or shut up. Here we are. Here we are with the evidence," McDaniel said at […]

Illinois GOP candidate for governor says state shutdown an option

(CNN) – Critics are pouncing on remarks Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois, made to supporters earlier this year that a government shutdown was an option to help the state deal with its financial troubles. Video of his comments picked up steam on Monday as the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which recently […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 4, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 4, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle BREAKING … ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS AGREE TO 3-DAY CEASE-FIRE: Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that Israel has agreed to a three-day cease-fire proposed by Egypt. […]

Biden calls on African leaders in fight for democracy, pledges U.S. support

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden laid the interests of the United States, and the world, alongside the success of African countries in a pledge to support regions of the continent where he says democracy is threatened. “’If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ There is […]

Reactions on Twitter to James S. Brady’s Death

Users of social media platforms remembered James S. Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady has died

(CNN) – James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, according to a Brady family statement.

Montana newspapers to Sen. Walsh: Drop out of Senate race now

Washington (CNN) – Under fire for plagiarism, Democratic Sen. John Walsh of Montana is now feeling the pressure at home. Newspapers from the two largest cities in Montana are calling for Walsh to end his Senate campaign in light of charges that he plagiarized part of a paper needed to complete his master's degree at […]

First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser

Washington (CNN) — Mitt Romney is Jersey bound. The former Republican presidential nominee will team up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a fundraiser benefiting the New Jersey Republican Party next month, sources familiar with the plans told CNN. The event is billed as a birthday celebration for Christie, who turns 52 next month. […]

From end to end: Rand Paul launches campaign-style barnstorm across Iowa

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul kicks off a three-day swing Monday across Iowa, holding campaign-style events and fund-raisers with local politicians as the potential Republican presidential contender barnstorms the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Show More Summary

Poll: Only 3% of voters think Congress is productive

Washington (CNN) – Democrats are fond of labeling the 113th Congress "the least productive Congress in modern history." And according to a new poll, a strong majority Americans agree with them. Nearly three-fourths (74%) of registered voters said Congress has been "very unproductive" or "somewhat unproductive" this year, according to a poll released Sunday by […]

Perry slams Obama admin again, this time over Israel

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been blasting the Obama administration for what he called “second-guessing” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over recent clashes in Gaza. “We need to be standing up with Israel, sending a strong message to those in the Middle East that would attack this democracy that we are their ally and […]

Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure

Washington (CNN) – Will an apology be enough to soothe the strained relations between the CIA and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee? It’s a critical lingering question in the rare public spat between the intelligence agency and the lawmakers charged with the agency’s oversight. Tempers on the committee flared in recent months over reports […]

The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: Rand Paul tries to shed isolationist image with fall speech

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead. Washington (CNN) – A rare dose of high-powered bipartisanship, plus a mix of 2014 and 2016 nuggets from our weekly trip […]

Kentucky event features BBQ, heckling and Grimes and McConnell

(CNN) – Kentucky's two U.S. Senate candidates traded pithy barbs Saturday at a dual campaign stop in the midst of a race with national implications. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his opponent, Democrat Alison Grimes, appeared in western Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic, where they each criticized the experience level of the other candidate. "Thirty-five […]

Sunday Breakfast Menu, August 3

Multiple humanitarian crises — the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the ongoing violence in Gaza and young migrants illegally crossing the border — will all dominate the conversations on the Sunday shows.

House passes $694 million border bill

Washington (CNN) - In a late night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law. The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223- 189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 1, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 1, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle OBAMA: ISRAELI SOLDIER MUST BE RELEASED … President Barack Obama said an Israeli soldier captured in the Gaza conflict must be released unconditionally. Hamas has denied abducting […]

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