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NRA hopes to influence three key Senate races

The National Rifle Association will weigh in on three of this year's key Senate races with a multimillion dollar ad buy beginning Wednesday. The NRA effort is aimed at boosting Republican Senate challengers in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina - the outcomes of which could likely determine which party controls the chamber. The group's campaign […]

Democrats use Romney strategy on Scott Brown

A new political ad against Republican Scott Brown could easily have been an attack ad against Mitt Romney in 2012. One of the toughest spots to hit Brown this cycle, the 30-second ad paints the former senator from Massachusetts as a "yes man" to a large corporation that has outsourced jobs. While the ad never mentions […]

Helping Landrieu, DSCC goes after Cassidy on Medicare

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is stepping up their attack on Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy by airing an ad that hits the Senate hopeful for his position on Medicare. The ad – titled "Record" – uses Cassidy's time as a House Republican to portray him as someone more concerned with giving "tax […]

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 […]

Hillary Clinton is front and center in House super PAC ad

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton isn't running for Congress in Virginia's 10th district. But you wouldn't know that based on a Democratic super PAC web ad targeting the race. Clinton, the former secretary of state and likely presidential contender in 2016, is featured prominently in a House Majority PAC web ad released Monday that looks […]

Christie dances in the Hamptons

(CNN) – He's back on the dance floor. Two months after Gov. Chris Christie showed off his moves on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, the New Jersey Republican was swinging his hips again this weekend, this time in the Hamptons with a roomful of celebrities. The New York Post has video of Christie busting […]

Steve King: Ferguson protesters of same 'continental origin'

(CNN) - Rep. Steve King dismissed suggestions that racial profiling has played a role in clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed teen. In an interview on Wednesday with the conservative network Newsmax TV, the conservative Republican congressman suggested, based on video he's seen of demonstrations in the […]

Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water

(CNN) – Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Gov. Chris Christie accepted the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge and let his two youngest kids dump a large pail of water on the New Jersey Republican. In a video posted on Facebook Tuesday night, Christie said he was nominated by Scott O'Neill of the New Jersey Devils. […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 12, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 12, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle OBAMA CAMP KNOCKS CLINTON IN FOREIGN POLICY SPAT …  David Axelrod, former adviser to President Barack Obama, hit back Tuesday against Hillary Clinton's recent criticism of Obama's […]

Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is opting to stay dry. Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged the President to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 8, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 8, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle JUST IN … U.S. MILITARY LAUNCHES SECOND ROUND OF AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ:  The U.S. military has begun a second round of airstrikes against ISIS near Irbil, U.S. […]

Undocumented immigrant confronts Rep. Steve King at fundraiser

Okoboji, Iowa (CNN) – Republican Rep. Steve King was confronted Monday night at his own fundraiser by an undocumented immigrant and activist who argued with the Iowa congressman over his stance on immigration. Erika Andiola, who’s involved with the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, mostly took issue with King’s vote last week to curb the Deferred […]

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 […]

Climate group curiously attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate

(CNN) - NextGen Climate, a Super PAC backed by liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, is dedicated to "act politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity." But its latest attack ad is all about taxes. The group says the television commercial, which was released Wednesday, will air in three major media markets across Iowa. But […]

Christie comes under attack as he heads to New Hampshire

(CNN) - On the eve of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's visit to New Hampshire, a conservative group is launching a television commercial that criticizes the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender over his Garden State record on judicial nominations. The Judicial Crisis Network announced that it will go up starting Wednesday with a 30 second […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 29, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 29, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle OBAMA: NOT A NEW COLD WAR … Stepped-up sanctions against Russia are not part of a new Cold War, President Barack Obama said. "What it is, is a […]

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 28, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 28, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle FINAL COUNTDOWN … WHAT WILL AND WON'T GET DONE: Congress faces several big issues before beginning its August recess at the end of the week. While it appears […]

Democratic Senate candidate turns out lights on White House

(CNN) - Natalie Tennant is making it clear: she opposes President Barack Obama's policies on coal. "Where do they think their electricity comes from?" asks West Virginia's secretary of state and Democratic Senate nominee, as her new campaign commercial shows a picture of the White House. "You and I know it's our hard-working West Virginia […]

Border crisis front and center in important Senate race

(CNN) - The border crisis is moving from the headlines to the campaign air wars. Senate candidate Scott Brown is going up with a new television commercial that links Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire to President Barack Obama over the crisis along the nation's southern border. Talking to camera in the ad, Brown […]

#awkward: Lawmaker mistakes U.S. officials for representatives of India

(CNN) – Rep. Curt Clawson, a congressman for all of one month, made an embarrassing mistake this week when he confused two Obama administration officials with representatives from India. At a Thursday hearing of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Clawson gave his opening remarks by saying how much he admired […]

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