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  • Obama decries GOP's 'anti-immigrant sentiment'

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    An energetic President Barack Obama blasted 2016 GOP presidential candidates and decried the "anti-immigrant sentiment" in America Thursday night at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Awards Gala.

    After listing a series of his administration's accompl...

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    By Kristen Holmes CNN White House Producer
  • Christie blasts Obama comments on shootings

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called President Barack Obama's comments after the Umpqua Community College shooting "obscene" and blasted the President's statement that the incident needed to be "politicized" in the wake of continued wide...

  • Hispanic woman at rally: Latinos love Trump

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    Donald Trump's Las Vegas rally Thursday was interrupted when an adoring Hispanic fan was led to the stage and proclaimed that Latinos love the Republican businessman.

    "Hello Mr. Trump!," said the woman, who Trump kissed as she clutched a copy of his P...

  • Trump takes credit for McCarthy dropping out

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    Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he was partly responsible for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop his bid to become speaker.

    "They're giving me a lot of credit for that because I said you really need someone very, very, tough ...

  • Clinton rolls out plan to take on Wall Street

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    Hillary Clinton rolled out her long-awaited plan to reform Wall Street on Thursday, announcing in a Bloomberg op-ed that she wants to crack down on abuses and tax certain kinds of "high-frequency" trading.

    Liberal Democrats have long waited to hear wh...

  • Dems to voters: Demand Congress pass gun laws

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    Frustrated Senate Democrats conceded Thursday that even in the aftermath of several mass shootings, they don't have enough votes right now to push through gun control legislation. So they will try to build grassroots support by urging Americans to in...

  • McCarthy knew he could prevail but not unite the GOP

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    Republican lawmakers were still filtering into the ornate House Ways and Means Committee room and digging into a lunch of barbeque chicken, beef and pork tacos from a local food truck -- completely unaware of the bombshell that was about to drop.

    As K...

  • Immigration group's protester heckles Clinton

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    Hillary Clinton was in the middle of a short speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala here Thursday when an immigration protester stood up and began shouting.

    The protester, Juan Ramos from United We Dream Action, a DREAMer immigrati...

  • McCarthy's exit shakes up prediction market

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    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shook up the House speaker's race Thursday when he announced he would drop out of the running -- and he had the highest chances to win on CNN's Political Prediction Market.

    The Political Prediction Market experien...

  • Bush hits Rubio, GOP for not backing Syria strikes in 2013

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    From Fox News via CNN

    Jeb Bush on Thursday criticized congressional Republicans, including GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio, for not supporting President Barack Obama's request to act against Syria two years ago.

    "Asking for the authorization I think was the appropriate ...

  • Cruz raises $12 million over summer

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    From Fox News via CNN

    Ted Cruz raised around $12 million for his presidential campaign during the third quarter, two sources with knowledge of the Texas senator's fundraising told CNN Thursday.

    That figure represents a strong haul that will help fuel Cruz's operation at a ...

  • Cruz: Trump won't be GOP nominee

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    Ted Cruz said Thursday that he did not think Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, his harshest criticism yet of a candidate he has assiduously avoided even brushing with judgment.

    Asked by WABC Radio's Rita Cosby whether he believed that "eve...

  • The campaign to draft Paul Ryan as speaker

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    Rep. Paul Ryan has repeatedly indicated he is not running for speaker of the House, even as heavy hitters --- including retiring Speaker John Boehner -- urge him to reconsider.

    But Thursday night, it looked like Ryan may be changing his tune.


  • Conservatives celebrate Kevin McCarthy shocker

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    House conservatives have chafed under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team since the GOP took over the majority in 2011. Now, they have their double revenge.

  • Oklahoma delays further executions

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    Oklahoma will delay any further executions as officials investigate how the wrong drug may have been used in the execution of Charles Warner back in January.

    In a statement Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin said the mix-up came to light after state officials...

  • Kevin McCarthy drops out of speaker race

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    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, a shocking move that throws the House into chaos.

    The move came without warning as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select thei...

  • Boehner cancels 'Tonight Show' appearance

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    Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has canceled his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the House Speaker race, a network spokesperson told CNN.

    Boehner's office had announced Wednesday that...

  • Carson defends Murdoch over 'real black president' tweet

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    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended Rupert Murdoch on Thursday over an inflammatory tweet suggesting that Carson would be a "real black president."

  • Rupert Murdoch: Ben Carson would be a 'real black president'

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    Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful media moguls, posted a tweet Wednesday night that seemingly questioned whether President Obama is a "real black president."

    The tweet ricocheted around the web and was widely denounced.

    Murdoch's tweet...

  • Ben Carson says the darndest things

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    Ben Carson is at it again.

    Carson struggled in an interview on Wednesday to explain whether he would support hiking the debt limit -- the latest in a series of instances in which his comments have raised questions about his understanding of key polic...

  • Trump trademarks 'Make America Great Again'

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    Need more proof Donald Trump is bringing his business savvy to the campaign trail? He has already trademarked his "Make America Great Again" slogan.

    Yes, Ronald Reagan may have said it first, but Trump is the one asserting his commercial rights to the...

  • Sheryl Crow set to perform at CNN Debate

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    Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the first Democratic primary debate being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13.

  • How Republicans will choose the next speaker

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    House Republicans will cast secret ballots on Thursday to elect their party's nominee to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning at the end of the month.

    Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-F...

  • Sanders says some GOPers are feeling the Bern

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    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is staking out ground to Hillary Clinton's left, but he said Thursday he's also winning over support from Republicans who identify with his impassioned criticism of income inequality.

    "You'd be surprised there are more than...

  • FBI helped thwart nuclear plot in Moldova

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    The FBI helped Moldovan authorities three times in the last five years to thwart potential smuggling of nuclear and radioactive material, a Moldovan interior minister said Wednesday.

    The cases in the former Soviet republic involved sting operations, a...


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