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November 1st, 2013
10:11 AM ET

The GOP: We Told You So


A big "we told you so" this morning from the GOP.

With more and more Americans getting dropped by their insurance carriers because of Obamacare, Republicans have been quick to point out they predicted this exact scenario back in 2010, when the President was making a lot of promises that haven't exactly panned out, CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.



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October 18th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

The Government Shutdown is Over... Now What?

Listening to President Obama chatting with the Italian Prime Minister, it sounded as if he was ready for a vacation in Tuscany, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

But the President has no room on his plate for pasta, not when he's set his sights on passing a new budget, immigration reform, and even a farm bill... in less than 90 days.

It is a task the president may have made more difficult for himself after railing against the Tea Party over the shutdown. However, he may get help from Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell who told the Hill newspaper that "there will not be a government shutdown... I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is."

The President could also have a fight on his hands over his next pick for Secretary of Homeland Security. Jeh Johnson, a former military lawyer and Obama campaign fundraiser, said at a conference earlier this year that the day will come when the US must declare the war against Al Qaeda over.

And that's not all. The administration still has to fix those health care website glitches...



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September 20th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

GOP Sets Vote Today on Spending Plan

With House Republicans setting a vote for today on a temporary spending bill that would de-fund Obamacare, Congress edges closer to a government shutdown.

Now just 10 days to go before a government shutdown – and a possible debt default not far behind – White House officials says President Obama is ready to engage with leaders on Capital Hill in the hopes of averting a nightmare, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.


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July 30th, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Weiner Fighting for Every Vote

Support for Anthony Weiner keeps eroding, but as calls continue for him to drop-out of the New York City mayoral race, Weiner continues to ignore them, CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

Weiner's poll numbers plummeted from first to fourth place in a new Quinnipiac Univeristy poll that was conducted after a new round of lewd internet chats were revealed.

"I am going to leave this to the people of the City of New York to decide. Period. End of conversation," says Weiner at a Flushing campaign stop.

Despite all, he continues campaigning across the city, finding supporters at every stop, and making it clear, he is fighting for every vote he can get.

Weiner has also been sending his supporters emails asking for their vote, and their money, because as you know, campaigns are expensive, adds Flores.

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July 25th, 2013
06:50 AM ET

Who is Huma Abedin? A Look at the Woman Standing by Weiner

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is holding firm despite the scandal now surrounding him—once again.

He’s remaining defiant amid calls from newspapers and his political rivals saying he should drop out after he admitted to “sexting”, or exchanging explicit online messages with a woman, even after he resigned from congress in disgrace for the same lewd behavior.

That woman has been identified as 23-year-old Sydney Elaine Leathers - who was active online talking about democratic politics.

She's said to have once loved the former congressman, but is now disgusted by how he treated her.

Despite all this, Weiner's wife is expressing her support, telling the press on Tuesday, "I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him." 

“When Huma Abedin spoke of her devotion to her husband Anthony Weiner Tuesday,” reports CNN’s Alino Cho, “the public may have been surprised but not those who know her. Members of her inner circle say Huma was out there because she wanted to be.”

In a revealing essay in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar written by Abedin herself, she writes: "... yes, I'm out on the campaign trail.  It's where I want to be.  Because the choice for me is simple: I love my husband, and we both love this city."

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June 6th, 2013
07:58 AM ET

Mitt Romney talks to Gloria Borger about returning to privacy and losing the election

In an interview with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney opens up about losing last November’s election and going back to private life.

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May 24th, 2013
10:58 AM ET

President Obama tackles national security and outlines anti-terror strategy – CNN's Dan Lothian reports

President Obama promising to wind down the War on Terror, and scale back controversial drone attacks. In one of the biggest national security speeches of his administration the president also said he wants to move toward closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. His speech however was not without controversy.

– CNN's Dan Lothian reports

Filed under: Politics • Terrorism
May 17th, 2013
11:07 AM ET

President Obama taps Daniel Werfel to be the new acting IRS commissioner – CNN’s Dan Lothian reports

President Obama wasted no time selecting a senior budget officer Daniel Werfel to be the new acting IRS commissioner. He replaces Steven Miller who was fired this week over the allegations the IRS agency targeted conservative political groups applying for tax exempt status. Friday, Miller will be grilled about the scandal in the first in a series of congressional hearings by Members of the House Ways and Means Committee. CNN’s Dan Lothian is following developments for us.

READ MORE: IRS official denies intentional political targeting, lying to Congress

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May 16th, 2013
10:08 AM ET

IRS Commissioner Forced out: CNN's Dan Lothian Reports

Wednesday the President asked IRS commissioner Steve Miller to resign.  This was in response to newest reports that the IRS may have targeted conservative and tea party groups that were seeking tax exempt status.  President Obama said in a statement that he, 'would not tolerate this behavior.' The President further claims that he will do everything he can to make sure something like this never happens again. 

This scandal has drawn bi-partisan outrage. House speaker John Boehner said in a press conference,  "My question is.. .who's going to jail?" 

READ MORE: Boehner on IRS Scandal 'Who is going to jail?'

Filed under: IRS • Politics • President Barack Obama
April 3rd, 2013
10:04 AM ET

The politics of packing heat: President Obama's push for gun control, and the politics holding back legislation

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on President Obama's push for new gun control laws, and the politics standing in the way.

Filed under: Gun control • Politics
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