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This Sunday...
May 31st, 2013
05:06 PM ET

This Sunday...

More trouble for the IRS. As investigators continue to dig into the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups the House Oversight Committee is planning a new hearing looking into how the tax collecting agency spent money on conferences. We’ll talk to the Chairman of that committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

And, Congress comes back into town this week. We’ll talk to Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen about the upcoming legislative priorities. Plus their take on the new study out this week showing 40% of moms are now the primary breadwinners.

Then, our political panel on busy news week and how an improving economy will influence the 2014 midterm elections with Democratic Strategist Paul Begala, Republican Strategist Kevin Madden, The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes and The Root’s Corey Dade.

Plus, celebrating an historic milestone in the House.

Watch Sunday at 9am and 12pm ET.

Filed under: State of the Union
Poker presidential politics
May 29th, 2013
02:49 PM ET

Poker presidential politics

The 2013 World Series of Poker kicks off today in Las Vegas. The month-long carnival of cards features 62 different tournaments, culminating with the 10-day Main Event. 6,598 players put up the $10,000 entry fee for last year's Main Event; the champion walked away with a coveted World Series gold bracelet and a cool $8.53 million.

Over the years, poker and the presidency have been inextricably linked. President Truman played poker with reporters for twelve hours a day on the ship returning from the Potsdam Conference and President Nixon is said to have used his winnings from the poker table to help fund one of his early political campaigns. In his seminal poker book, “Positively Fifth Street” author James McManus quotes one of Nixon’s college professors as saying “A man who couldn’t hold a hand in a first-class poker game is not fit to be President of the United States.” Indeed, many of the skills needed for success in a poker room can also be useful in the Oval Office.


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Filed under: Peanut Gallery • State of the Union
May 26th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

Honoring the Troops

Nat'l Memorial Day Concert host, actor Joe Mantegna talks to Candy about why Memorial Day is the most important holiday.

Filed under: Memorial Day • Newsmakers • State of the Union
May 26th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

The GOP divide: party factions at odds

CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein, The Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich discuss the internal debate within the GOP.

Filed under: Clarence Page • Newt Gingrich • Ron Brownstein
May 26th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

Newt says President's speech was "stunningly naive"

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Clarence Page, & Ron Brownstein weigh in on the President's counter-terrorism speech.

Filed under: Clarence Page • Newt Gingrich • Ron Brownstein
May 26th, 2013
12:02 PM ET

President's speech "defies the reality"

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) tells Candy Crowley Pres. Obama's terror speech was "disturbing" and "defies the reality".

Filed under: Michael McCaul • Newsmakers • State of the Union
May 26th, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Disaster lessons learned

Staten Island's Rep. Michael Grimm and Joplin, Missouri's Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean give Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin advice on recovering from disaster.


May 26th, 2013
11:27 AM ET

Oklahoma Governor fears "red tape" will slow recovery

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she needs the president's help cutting through red tape to get disaster funds to Moore residents in the wake of the devastating tornado.

“Basically what I need is the ability to get through red tape, the ability to get the FEMA funds in here quickly and to get the services that our citizens need to help them recover through this terrible disaster.”

"This is a massive debris field. It's not just a couple blocks. It's miles. It's 17 miles long, almost a mile and a half wide. So it's not just a little area. There's a lot to be done here. A lot of businesses are closed, a lot of people without jobs just because their businesses are closed."

Filed under: Mary Fallin • Newsmakers • Oklahoma • State of the Union
May 24th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Memorial Day – Washington, D.C.

In recognition of Memorial Day, CNN Senior Producer Mike Roselli photographed monuments in Washington, D.C. dedicated to those who fought in America’s wars.

This Sunday...
May 24th, 2013
03:54 PM ET

This Sunday...

As residents of Moore, Oklahoma begin to recover in the wake of Monday’s deadly twister, we’ll ask Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) about the urgent needs of survivors and why there aren’t more storm shelters there. Plus, insight from two lawmakers who have rebuilt after major disasters: Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm and Joplin, Missouri Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean.

Then, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) reacts to the president’s major counterterrorism speech on curtailing drones and closing Guantanamo Bay prison.

Plus, our panel weighs in on the IRS official put on leave and the Boy Scouts decision to allow gay youths to join. Joining us are CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein, The Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich.

Sunday at 9a / 12p ET

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