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Bush-Clinton team up at NCAA championship game

(CNN) - Just two sports fans, hanging out together, watching the NCAA men's basketball championship game. But in this case, it was former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who sat next to each other Monday night in a luxury box at the championship game between Connecticut and Kentucky, which was played in Arlington, […]

First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House. Jindal will address the banquet, the finale of the state GOP’s annual […]

First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul

Washington (CNN) – Could Sen. Lindsey Graham finally have a credible primary challenger in South Carolina? Det Bowers, a politically-connected Columbia pastor, collected over $417,000 in the two months since he made a late entry into the GOP Senate primary in February, a source close to the first-time candidate told CNN. That sum pales in […]

Key figure in N.J. traffic scandal, David Wildstein, meets with prosecutors

(CNN) - David Wildstein, a central figure in a political scandal that has upended the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, met recently with federal prosecutors, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter told CNN. The U.S. attorney’s office in Newark is investigating suggestions that top Christie appointees and allies orchestrated traffic tie-ups near […]

Senate passes Cruz legislation to block Iran's expected UN ambassador

(CNN) - The Senate passed rare bipartisan legislation Monday to give the Obama administration more leeway to prevent terrorists from representing countries at the United Nations. The legislation, which passed unanimously, targets Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been named by the Iranian government to be its next ambassador to the world body. Hamid Aboutalebi was a […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 7, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 7, 2014| 5 p.m. - n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle TENSION MOUNTS OVER EAST UKRAINE … Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday that the U.S. has been watching “with great concern” events […]

Married congressman 'sorry' after seen kissing staffer in video

(CNN) – Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness from God, his family and his constituents after a local newspaper published what it said was surveillance video of the married Louisiana Republican making out with a female staffer. "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from […]

Democrats blast Hayden's 'emotional' comment about Feinstein

(CNN) – Senate Democrats on Monday blasted former CIA Director Michael Hayden for charging that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein was motivated by “deep emotional feeling” when she approved a report critical of the CIA’s harsh treatment of detainees after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Show More Summary

Are Ron Paul supporters ready for Rand Paul to carry the torch?

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – A long line snaked around the perimeter of a large hotel conference room as people waited eagerly to meet a former Texas congressman who they view as an icon in the modern libertarian movement. Ron Paul had finished delivering a nearly hour-long speech to a gathering of Florida libertarians on Friday […]

Airwaves heating up in Mississippi Senate race

(CNN) – Two leading fiscal conservative groups are going after Thad Cochran, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election. Club for Growth and Senate Conservative Action announced Monday they would each begin airing television ads against the Mississippi incumbent. And Cochran's team is hitting back with an ad of their own, slamming […]

Hillary Clinton embarks on busy three-state swing?

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to the West Coast this week for a string of paid speaking engagements in California, Nevada and Oregon. CNN was first to report the trip back in January, when it was announced that Clinton – the favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 […]

Biden on sleeping with a college professor

(CNN) - There he goes again. Vice President Joe Biden delivered another whimsical moment Monday–the kind that borders a fine line between cheeky yet charming. Speaking at the 94th annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, Biden thanked attendees for their work–something he knows a little bit about, given that his […]

Democrats highlight equal pay in political push

Washington (CNN) - From the White House to Capitol Hill to the campaign trail, Democrats are planning an across-the- board push on paycheck equality on Tuesday, the party's first large-scale coordinated effort on the issue ahead of November's midterm elections. The full-court press by the White House, congressional Democrats and party officials, comes on National […]

Poll: Rate of uninsured Americans drops

(CNN) - A new survey indicates 15.6% of Americans don't have health insurance, marking the lowest rate since 2008. According to a Gallup poll released Monday, the current rate is down from 18% in the quarter of 2013, which was an all-time high. The poll comes as good news for the White House, a week […]

Hillary Clinton poses with Pussy Riot members

(CNN) – A photo of Hillary Clinton and members of the Russian pop band Pussy Riot has gone viral, with more than 9,000 retweets on Twitter and over 10,000 "favorites." Clinton's Twitter account posted the photo, saying "Great to meet the strong & brave young women from #PussyRiot, who refuse to let their voices be […]

White House counsel set to leave in May

From CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta Washington (CNN) – Kathryn Ruemmler, the top White House lawyer who became a key adviser to President Barack Obama, will leave her post in May, a White House official said on Monday. Ruemmler will return to private practice after her time serving Obama. She has advised the […]

Inside Politics: Jeb Bush says immigration is an "act of love"; Will his party agree?

Jeb Bush’s “act of love” vs. President Obama as “deporter-in-chief”: The Republican Party base has recently shown no love for candidates who talk about the need for compassion in dealing with undocumented immigrants. In 2012, for instance, Mitt Romney used the issue of immigration to distinguish himself from rivals like Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, […]

Brown to formally jump into Senate race

(CNN) - Scott Brown is about to make it official. The former senator from Massachusetts, who's been moving closer and closer to running for the Senate in neighboring New Hampshire, formally tosses his hat into the ring at a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday, CNN confirmed Monday morning. The sea coast city […]

Jeb Bush: Immigration is 'not a felony' but 'an act of love'

(CNN) - Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants. The former Florida governor said in an interview Sunday in College Station, Texas, that people who come to the United States illegally are often looking for opportunities to provide for their families that are not available […]

Sunday Chatter: Fort Hood, damning CIA report, campaign finance and Obamacare

The Sunday political talk shows covered all the top political news of the week, ranging from the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, to a report about interrogation methods at the CIA, to the Affordable Care Act. If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered: Fort Hood: While investigators continue to […]

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