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June 12th, 2013
12:59 PM ET

Jake Tapper: 'I highly doubt journalists will be prosecuted' in NSA leak

CNN's Jake Tapper is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans on whether journalists, particularly journalists from The Guardian and Washington Post, should be prosecuted in the NSA leak. He does not believe any journalists will be prosecuted in this leak even though President Obama's justice department has cited the Espionage act more times than 'all other presidents combined. No journalists have actually been prosecuted despite the more aggressive stance this administration has taken on this issue, and he 'does not expect they will do the same with Glenn Greenwald' from The Guardian in this case.

Filed under: NSA • Politics
May 29th, 2013
07:44 AM ET

Weiner Trailing front-running Democrat by 5 points in New York City mayor race

(CNN) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in disgrace after sending lewd photos via Twitter, got some good news Tuesday with a new poll indicating he's gaining ground in the New York City mayoral race.

Asked by CNN if he's getting a second chance, Weiner argued voters aren't focused on his scandal.

"Look. I have said from the moment I got into this race that I honor the idea that people are going to have questions about me, but for the most part the questions people have been asking have been the things that affect their families."


Filed under: Politics
May 24th, 2013
11:10 AM ET

President asks Congress to help close prison at Guantanamo – CNN Host Candy Crowley weighs in

President Obama’s vow to close the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp during a major speech on terrorism, not exactly getting the reception he'd hoped for. Protesters repeatedly interrupted his speech.

– CNN's host and Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley weighs in

Filed under: Politics
May 20th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King weighs in on White House's response to current scandals

Three scandals have the White House playing defense. CNN’s John King is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman about how the White House is responding to the IRS investigation, Benghazi talking points, and AP reporters’ hacked phone records.

Filed under: Politics • White House
May 17th, 2013
11:29 AM ET

Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller to testify before Congress: CNN's Dana Bash Reports

The first of several congressional hearings on the IRS scandal due to begin on Friday morning. The recently fired, acting IRS chief Steven Miller will be on the capitol facing tough questions from a House Committee about the agency's targeting of conservative political groups and why he did not come clean to lawmakers early on. CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.

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

Filed under: IRS • Politics
May 16th, 2013
12:07 PM ET

Seeing red over yellow lights. More drivers ticketed after caution light time shortened: CNN's John Berman reports

Whether it's on the road or parked on a local street it seems more than ever. It is currently being reported that drivers are being targeted for tickets.
Financially strapped governments big and small are looking for new revenue streams.
And it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

Filed under: Government • Politics
May 16th, 2013
11:42 AM ET

President Obama's second-term challenges: CNN's John King reports

CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports on the new developments unfolding in Washington D.C. with the IRS and the September 11, 2011 attack in Benghazi.

President Obama's administration is fighting a battle on capital hill in regard to recent reports that the IRS targeted conservative tea party groups trying to get tax exempt status. The IRS agency's acting commissioner was forced to step down due to the targeting of conservative political groups. His pink slip may not be the last. The IRS’ actions have triggered criminal and congressional investigations. along with promises of reform.

Additionally, President Obama and his administration has been receiving much criticism lately about how the administration handled the attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Republicans are still looking for answers.

A new development from the attack on the U.S. consulate in benghazi. The two men who headed up a state department review of the events of last september 11th - are demanding a public hearing to defend their reputation. In a letter obtained by cnn's jake tapper to Congressman Darrell Issa, Admiral Michael Mullen and General Thomas Pickering say it's not in the public interest for them to be questioned behind closed doors.

They write, "In our view, requiring such a closed door proceeding before we testify publicly is an inappropriate condition." The letter concludes by saying "what the committee is now proposing is highly unusual in the context of senior officials who are not fact witnesses but instead are reporting on their own independent review."

READ MORE: First on CNN: Pickering, Mullen challenge Issa to let them testify in public

Filed under: Benghazi • IRS • Politics
May 13th, 2013
08:13 AM ET

National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots Keli Carender responds to report that IRS singled out Tea Party groups

A report coming out this week shows IRS officials were targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups when they applied for tax exempt status. The audit states that the IRS flagged groups with the names "Tea Party,"  "Patriot" and the "9/12 project" a group created by conservative pundit Glenn Beck. This morning the National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, Keli Carender, joins “Starting Point” to weigh in on the report.

Filed under: Politics • Tea Party
May 8th, 2013
08:26 AM ET

Congressman-elect Mark Sanford on winning his old House seat back after affair: 'We learn by every experience both good and bad'

Four years ago, his political career nearly disintegrated when he disappeared for five days and admitted to an extramarital affair. On Tuesday Sanford mounted a remarkable political comeback to win his old seat in the house. He beat out democratic challenger Elizabeth Colbert Busch 54%-45% in South Carolina’s first congressional district special election. This morning Congressman-elect Mark Sanford joins “Starting Point” to discuss his win and plans moving forward.

Sanford who held the seat he won once before from 1995-2001 says “I’ve learned a is a series of course of corrections, a series of changes.” The Congressman-elect adds “we learn by every experience both good and bad.”

Filed under: Politics
April 9th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

Mother, son face off as political rivals in Dixmoor, IL mayoral race

By night, Wendy Casey and her son Randall are just a mother and son living under the same roof. But by day are political competitors in the town of Dixmoor, Illinois.

On Tuesday, Wendy and her son will run against each other to be the town's next mayor. If either Casey wins they would be taking a job overseeing a town in dire financial straits, with extensive problems making payroll payments and even finding the money to fill the gas tanks of its squad cars. This morning, Wendy Casey joins “Starting Point” to discuss what it is like running against her son for office and some of the issues Dixmoor is facing.

Four years ago after the re-election of the current mayor, Wendy Casey says she decided to run for office and two years prior her son Randall decided to run for trustee as a write-in candidate but didn’t win. She says although Randall knew she was running it was not really until September that she “really knew that he was serious when he began to start collecting signatures.”

In the house that they share Casey says it's been difficult. The 45-year-old candidate says she and her son usually “just say good morning and good evening [but] this morning, I actually told him good morning, and good luck, and may the best woman win.”

After the polls close today Casey says she and her son will “be okay.” Although for their town “it has gotten to the point where not want to come out and vote because they are not trusting the current elected officials,” she says.

Filed under: Politics
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