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August 15th, 2014
09:57 PM ET

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for alleged abuse of power

(CNN) - A grand jury has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, saying he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.

The two felony counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she stepped down, the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, said.

CNN affiliate KVUE reported that Perry will have to report to the Travis County Jail in the capital of Austin to be booked, fingerprinted and have his photo made for a mugshot.

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July 15th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Is Eric Holder race-baiting?

Attorney General Eric Holder is still under fire for his comments on race. He spoke again on Tuesday about discrimination, saying "As it stands, our society is not yet colorblind; nor should it be, given the disparities that still afflict and divide us."

But it's his comments about racial animus being directed at him and President Obama that is stoking criticism from the right.

"This really is reprehensible conduct," said Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove on Fox News. "He's the attorney general. To suggest that if people criticize President Obama, he's planting the seed that the reason you're criticizing president Obama is not a legitimate disagreement over issues or conduct, it's because you're a racist."

OutFront, CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and CNN political analyst and Democratic Strategist, Paul Begala, as well as Conservative CNN Political Commentators, Greg Anthony and Ben Ferguson.


Filed under: News • Politics • Racism
July 14th, 2014
08:28 PM ET

Holder: "Racial animus" fuels opposition to Obama

President Barack Obama's top law enforcement official citing race as the reason behind opposition to the president.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday told ABC's "This Week" that "there's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me (and) directed at the President. ... There's a certain racial component to this for some people."

Some media conservatives say he's playing racial politics.

OutFront to debate Holder's remarks, CNN Political Commentators Greg Anthony and Ben Ferguson, and CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin.


Filed under: News • Politics • Racism
July 11th, 2014
08:18 PM ET

Obama official: "Our border is not open to illegal migration"

President Obama sent a top surrogate, his Homeland Security Secretary to the U.S.-Mexico border to survey the situation for himself - a stop that many on both sides of the political aisle say the President should be making.

The president defended his decision, saying this week that he's not interested in photo-ops.

Obama official says at border: 'We'll send you back'

But Republicans have seized on that statement and tweeted this photo of the president meeting with a student in Austin, Texas.

The meme says, "Hey girl. I'm not interested in photo ops." And the tweet from HouseGOP said, "A picture says a thousand words."

CNN's Ana Cabrera joins Erin Burnett from Artesia, New Mexico, where Secretary Jay Johnson toured a temporary detention facility that is currently holding more than 400 women and children.


Filed under: Border Crisis • News • Politics
July 10th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Boehner: Border crisis is "president's own making"

House Speaker John Boehner is continuing his sharp criticism of the president on the issue of immigration.

"This is a problem of the president's own making," Boehner said. "He's been president for five and a half years. When is he going to take responsibility for something?"

The president is fighting back slamming House Republicans for not taking up a bill on immigration reform.

"The House Republicans, they haven’t even called the bill," Obama said. 'They won’t even take a vote on the bill. They don’t have enough energy or organization or I don’t know what to just even vote no on the bill. And then they’re made at me for trying to do some things to make the immigration system work better. So it doesn’t make sense."

OutFront, Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California.


Filed under: Border Crisis • Immigration • News • Politics
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