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  • Cantor leaving Congress later this month

    1 August 2014, 9:20 am by: steinhauserp

    Washington (CNN) - Eric Cantor will be leaving Congress earlier than expected - the former House majority leader whose primary defeat less than two months ago rocked the Republican Party says he'll resign effective August 18. Cantor had said after his primary…
  • CNN Poll: Percentage who say economy's 'good' on the rise

    1 August 2014, 6:00 am by: Dana Davidsen

    Washington (CNN) - Most Americans still say that the economy's in poor shape. But the percentage who describe economic conditions as good continue to slowly but steadily increase, and now stands at its highest level since before the last recession, according…
  • Michelle Obama: More than 58,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. is ‘a stain on our nation’s…

    31 July 2014, 7:47 pm by: Dana Davidsen

    (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama called the number of homeless veterans “a stain on our nation’s soul,” urging local officials to continuing working to fight the problem. At an event in Washington on Thursday, Mrs. Obama told a packed room, “as…
  • Bill Clinton: ‘I nearly got’ Osama bin Laden

    31 July 2014, 6:56 pm by: Dana Davidsen

    Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton, just hours before planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, reportedly told an audience in Australia that he almost killed Osama bin Laden during his presidency. Speaking to a group of businessmen in…
  • CNN's GUT CHECK for July 31, 2014

    31 July 2014, 6:34 pm by: sarabfischer

    CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 31, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle BREAKING … TEMPORARY MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry…
  • Stuck on immigration, House GOP delays August recess

    31 July 2014, 6:25 pm by: Dana Davidsen

    Washington (CNN) – On what was supposed to be the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress. House Republican leaders called off a vote Thursday on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America…
  • Rubio heading to Iowa this weekend

    31 July 2014, 5:05 pm by: A.Killough

    (CNN) – Marco Rubio's heading to Iowa this weekend. The first-term Republican senator from Florida and possible 2016 GOP White House contender will be in the Hawkeye State to campaign for state senator Joni Ernst, Iowa's GOP Senate nominee. Rubio will attend…
  • Christie's 2014 trip with 2016 implications

    31 July 2014, 3:43 pm by: steinhauserp

    (CNN) - Chris Christie's jam packed schedule on Thursday afternoon and evening in New Hampshire was advertised as being all about the 2014 midterm elections. But the visit by the Republican governor of New Jersey and potential GOP presidential contender also…
  • Christie urges bail reform in New Jersey

    31 July 2014, 1:32 pm by: A.Killough

    (CNN) – Republican Gov. Chris Christie called on New Jersey's Democratic-controlled legislature to pass a series of bail reform proposals, saying the current system creates a "debtor's prison" for poor people charged with nonviolent crimes. "We are failing…
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal sours on Obama: 'Not sure what he believes in anymore'

    31 July 2014, 1:07 pm by: Dana Davidsen

    (CNN) – Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, one of President Barack Obama’s biggest backers in 2008 and 2012, has grown disillusioned with the President, she told Time Magazine in an interview released Thursday. The actress said, “I really believed in…
  • Applying for new job? Clinton tinkers with her bio

    31 July 2014, 11:47 am by: Dan Merica

    Washington (CNN) – Just like anyone thinking about applying for a new position, Hillary Clinton – or people close to her – have tinkered with and beefed up the promotional biography she uses at different events. Since leaving the State Department in…
  • Walker's bargaining rights law upheld by state Supreme Court

    31 July 2014, 11:31 am by: A.Killough

    (CNN) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker scored a big victory Thursday after the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the collective bargaining rights law that angered public employees but rocketed Walker into national GOP fame. The court also ruled in favor of the…
  • Gubernatorial candidate goes homeless to prove point

    31 July 2014, 11:16 am by: steinhauserp

    (CNN) - Down by double digits in the most recent polling, California's Republican gubernatorial challenger took his campaign to the streets. Neel Kashkari announced Thursday that he recently spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno, California, to…
  • Poll: Obama flirts with all-time low approval in Ohio as Clinton remains strong

    31 July 2014, 10:17 am by: steinhauserp

    (CNN) – Ohio voters have soured on President Barack Obama, according to a new survey, but are still upbeat about Hillary Clinton, his possible Democratic successor. Thirty-six percent of Ohio voters approve of the way Obama is handing his job as president,…
  • Bush writes book about Bush

    31 July 2014, 8:43 am by: steinhauserp

    Updated 12:26 p.m. ET, 7/31/2014 (CNN) - For George W. Bush, this project is personal. The 43rd President of the United States has written a book about his father, who happens to be the nation's 41st president. The biography about his father will hit book…
  • First on CNN: New PAC launches ads to limit flood of outside spending

    30 July 2014, 10:32 pm by: steinhauserp

    (CNN) - A new group that advocates full disclosure of campaign spending says it's going up Thursday with newspaper ads calling on both the Democratic and Republican candidates in three key congressional races to reject spending by outside groups. CounterPAC,…
  • House Republicans changing border bill with Cruz-backed measure to appease conservatives

    30 July 2014, 9:59 pm by: lbentzterp

    Still struggling to secure the votes to pass their border funding bill, House GOP leaders are discussing a way to add a provision that would bar the President from allowing any more deferments for children of undocumented workers in the U.S. now, according to…
  • Rand Paul: MSNBC has 'partisan cranks and hacks'

    30 July 2014, 9:05 pm by: A.Killough

    Arlington, Virginia (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul lambasted MNSBC on Wednesday, pledging not to be a guest on the network until it "apologizes" for airing "lousy lies" about his positions. "So I was having a great day today, then I went to MSNBC," the Kentucky…
  • CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2014

    30 July 2014, 6:55 pm by: sarabfischer

    CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 30, 2014 | 5 p.m. —  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle BOEHNER LAWSUIT ADVANCES … The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John…
  • Kansas Senate opponents come face-to-face ahead of GOP primary

    30 July 2014, 5:49 pm by: Dana Davidsen

    (CNN) - You don't see this every day on the campaign trail. With less than a week to go until primary day in Kansas, Republican challenger Milton Wolf confronted Sen. Pat Roberts in hopes of debating him. They crossed paths on a sidewalk in downtown Emporia as…

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