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  • Farewell to the Ticker

    Oct 13, 2014, 6:13 am By A.Killough
    The Political Ticker blog died of old age on Oct. 13, 2014, after eight years of faithful service to CNN's readers. The Ticker began quietly in October 2006, fueled by a realization that a blog could capture and influence the political conversation. It hit 1…
  • GOP challenger Dan Sullivan leads Mark Begich in Alaska Senate race

    Oct 9, 2014, 10:19 am By CNN
    Alaska's Senate race is an increasingly prime pickup opportunity for Republicans, with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailing challenger Dan Sullivan by 6 percentage points, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows. Sullivan earned 50% support compared to 44% for…
  • Will Mitt Romney take the plunge again?

    Sep 30, 2014, 5:46 pm By CNN
    Two sources inside Mitt Romney's inner circle tell CNN that while Romney isn't planning a presidential bid, he's listening to a lot of people who want him to get in the race - although he remains skeptical himself. "A lot of people in Romneyland are rooting…
  • McCain on rise of ISIS: 'We predicted this'

    Sep 29, 2014, 10:36 am By CNN
    Sen. John McCain slammed President Barack Obama on Monday over his comments that U.S. intelligence underestimated ISIS. McCain countered Obama's assertions made on CBS' "60 Minutes," saying that ISIS' expansion in Syria and Iraq was tied to the President's…
  • Republicans pick approach to attack Hillary Clinton

    Sep 23, 2014, 9:23 am By CNN
    Republicans who want to taint Hillary Clinton are going to lengths to link the former secretary of state with President Barack Obama and his sagging poll numbers. Throughout the party's infrastructure, Republicans say that linking Clinton with Obama,…
  • The secret weapon of Iowa Democrats: Obamadale

    Sep 22, 2014, 9:58 am By CNN
    For a small band of supercharged Democratic organizers, the pleasant Des Moines neighborhood of Beaverdale goes by another name: Obamadale. The moniker was bestowed three years ago by a motley crew of Democrats who first met as strangers over martinis at a…
  • Chris Christie accuses 'Bridgegate' panel of playing politics

    Sep 18, 2014, 2:59 pm By CNN
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had harsh words Thursday for the committee investigating allegations of abuse of power and the orchestrated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, known to many as the "Bridgegate" scandal. "It's absolutely not true and…
  • NRA hopes to influence three key Senate races

    Sep 17, 2014, 10:56 am By CNN
    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…
  • Democrats use Romney strategy on Scott Brown

    Sep 16, 2014, 9:19 am By CNN
    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…
  • Clinton in Iowa: Fresh start or deja vu?

    Sep 15, 2014, 9:46 am By CNN
    "It's been seven years, and a lot has changed," Hillary Clinton said Sunday in her first visit to Iowa since the state dealt her presidential campaign a devastating body blow. But there was a moment in the afternoon when it seemed like not much had. Roughly…
  • Five reasons Obama's delay on immigration is political

    Sep 8, 2014, 2:34 pm By A.Killough
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama says he won't act on immigration reform until after the November congressional elections. The news angered Latino groups pushing him to make good on past promises to halt or substantially reduce deportations of…
  • Bill Clinton and George W. Bush yuk it up

    Sep 8, 2014, 2:24 pm By A.Killough
    WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sounded like old college buddies when they appeared in Washington on Monday. You'd never know that Clinton was the candidate who made Bush's father a one-termer, or that Bush ran for office in 2000 promising…
  • Finger-pointing over immigration delay begins

    Sep 8, 2014, 2:22 pm By A.Killough
    (CNN) – President Barack Obama postponed executive action on immigration, but Democrats want voters to know the delay isn't his fault. Blame Republicans instead, according to the latest Democratic latest talking points. FULL STORY
  • Foodies beware: The FDA is coming for your French cheese

    Sep 8, 2014, 2:19 pm By A.Killough
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – America's food police are patrolling and arresting suspicious French dairy products, which are either delicious cheese or a bacteria-laden menace. You decide. The Los Angeles Times reports that Food and Drug Administration rules could…
  • Lyndon Johnson's 'Daisy' ad, which changed the world of politics, turns 50

    Sep 8, 2014, 2:16 pm By A.Killough
    Washington (CNN) - The screen is black and white. A little girl, no taller than the weeds that surround her, stands in a field and picks petals from a delicate daisy. She quietly counts each one. Suddenly an ominous voice can be heard counting down from 10.…
  • DNC chairwoman: Walker 'has given women the back of his hand'

    Wed 7:23pm By A.Killough
    (CNN) – The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee used domestic violence analogies while attacking Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Wednesday. At an event on women's issues in Milwaukee, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted Walker for his…
  • Henry Kissinger loves joking about Hillary Clinton 2016

    Wed 6:18pm By A.Killough
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger used a short speech at the State Department on Wednesday to joke about the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016. Standing on stage with five other former or current secretaries…
  • CNN Poll: McConnell holds slim edge in biggest Senate race of 2014

    Wed 6:16pm By A.Killough
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell holds a slim four-point edge over his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new CNN/ORC International Poll of one of the most closely watched Senate races of 2014. McConnell's 4-point…
  • After 30 years in Senate, McConnell runs as 'candidate of change'

    Wed 6:13pm By A.Killough
    NICHOLASVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) – When you first hear his pitch, it defies logic: Mitch McConnell, a 30-year veteran of the Senate, campaigning for re-election as an agent of change. "If you want change, if you're unhappy with the direction of this country,…
  • Rand Paul to head back to New Hampshire

    Wed 3:01pm By A.Killough
    (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul returns to New Hampshire next week, making his third visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state as he prepares for a possible presidential run in 2016. The Kentucky Republican will appear at a Manchester event on September 11…

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