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Romney to tell supporters his 2016 plans Friday

cnn.com — Another Romney source said "the call is an 'update' call with finance, political, policy and grassroots leadership around the country." While Romney will not officially announce his plans for 2016, he will clarify whether he is moving towards a run or pulling back from the prospect.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: Romney: "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee." cnn.it/18CmWhn

Jan 30, 2015

Romney's new 2016 role: "kingmaker"? After annoucing he will not run for Pres. praise from other candidates rolls in cnn.it/1Cj1Scc

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Why Mitt Romney bowed out

cnn.com — Three weeks to the day since he informed a group of Republican financiers in New York that he was serious about a third presidential bid, Romney on Friday finally pulled the plug on his long and sometimes agonizing political career, telling supporters that he would not mount a third bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Jan 30, 2015

@coffinlifebuoy yes, but according to this, w a little more nuance, and crucially, acceptance of reality cnn.com/2015/01/30/pol…

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Is Wall Street ready for another Mitt Romney campaign?

By MJ Lee
cnn.com — The corridors of high finance were the target of intense hostility during Romney's last presidential run. President Barack Obama's campaign successfully seized on the former Massachusetts governor's time at private equity firm Bain Capital to paint a picture of an industry that destroys middle-class jobs while wealthy executives reap generous profits -- often taxed at lower rates.
Jan 30, 2015

Wall Street wasn't ready for another Mitt Romney campaign cnn.it/1A5RZ0J @mj_lee

Jan 30, 2015

RT @mj_lee: Private equity dodges a bullet with Romney decision not to run. Industry had real reservations about Mitt 3.0 cnn.com/2015/01/30/pol…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @mj_lee: Private equity dodges a bullet with Romney decision not to run. Industry had real reservations about Mitt 3.0 cnn.com/2015/01/30/pol…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @mj_lee: Private equity dodges a bullet with Romney decision not to run. Industry had real reservations about Mitt 3.0 cnn.com/2015/01/30/pol…

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Mary Cheney: Why is drag 'socially acceptable' and blackface isn't?

cnn.com — If a man can dress up as a woman to entertain an audience, then why can't a white person get on stage in blackface, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wondered aloud Thursday in a private Facebook post obtained by CNN.
Jan 30, 2015

"Asked via Facebook msg whether she'd like 2 clarify her comments, [Mary] Cheney gave a brief response: 'Seriously?'" cnn.com/2015/01/30/pol…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @BettyBowers: Men in clothes traditionally worn by women is blackface, says Mary Cheney, wearing clothes traditionally worn by men. cnn.com/2015/01/30/pol…

Jan 30, 2015

Mary Cheney wants to know why drag is 'socially acceptable,' but wearing blackface is not. cnn.it/1wJr5o6 via @ajjaffe

Jan 30, 2015

Mary Cheney asks in a Facebook post: Why is drag 'socially acceptable' and blackface isn't? cnn.it/1yVbAPi

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Drone maker says it's 'highly unlikely' White House drone malfunctioned

cnn.com — Early Monday morning, the drone's owner, who asked not to be identified, says his friend was operating the quadcopter inside his apartment which is located within 10 blocks of the White House.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CassieSpodak: Drone operator says it malfunctioned before crashing near WH, Drone maker says thats "highly unlikely" cnn.it/1DfBrAP w/@Acosta

Jan 30, 2015

Drone operator says it malfunctioned before crashing near WH, Drone maker says thats "highly unlikely" cnn.it/1DfBrAP w/@Acosta

Jan 30, 2015

Drone maker in WH incident: Flyaway "highly unlikely." But drone owner notes copter history cnn.it/1DfBLzE w @CassieSpodak

Jan 30, 2015

RT @CNNPolitics: Drone maker says it's 'highly unlikely' White House drone malfunctioned cnn.it/1DfBLzE pic.twitter.com/42mENAy8X4

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Exclusive: Pentagon suspects Bergdahl swap detainee returned to fight

cnn.com — The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar, CNN has learned exclusively.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: Pentagon suspects detainee exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is attempting militant activity, @barbarastarrcnn reports cnn.it/1yFLjzN

Jan 30, 2015

Officials: Detainee swapped for Bergdahl suspected of militant activities - CNN.com fb.me/2UtG9G68r

Jan 29, 2015

Detainee swapped for Sgt #Bergdahl suspected of returning to militant activities, @CNN learns: cnn.it/15M5TaR

Jan 29, 2015

RT @joshrogin: Officials: Detainee swapped for Bergdahl suspected of militant activities cnn.com/2015/01/29/pol… scoop by @barbarastarrcnn

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Suge Knight involved in fatal hit-and-run

cnn.com — The office of Los Angeles-based attorney James E. Blatt declined to say whether Knight was driving. It wasn't immediately clear who else was involved in the incident. There were two victims, said Sgt. Ryan Rouzan, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Locs_n_Laughs: It feels as if Suge Knight is trying to re-enact The Wire by playing every character of every season himself. cnn.it/164g5MM

Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: Suge Knight arrested on suspicion of murder in hit-and-run that killed a man yesterday, authorities say. cnn.it/1ycaYkz

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Locs_n_Laughs: It feels as if Suge Knight is trying to re-enact The Wire by playing every character of every season himself. cnn.it/164g5MM

Jan 30, 2015

RT @CNN: .@sugeknight arrested in connection w/ a hit-and-run that killed a man in CA, authorities say. cnn.it/164g5MM pic.twitter.com/op1Hqed42g

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Official: Gunman recorded terror attack on Parisian kosher grocery

cnn.com — The information backed up a report by Eric Pelletier, a national security reporter at the French magazine L'Express, who wrote that Amedy Coulibaly recorded seven minutes of the attack, including the moments when he killed three people.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: Terrorist who gunned down 4 people at Paris market recorded attack on camera. cnn.it/1zgFYUK

Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: Terrorist who gunned down 4 people at Paris market recorded attack on camera. cnn.it/1zgFYUK

ISIS launches attack on Kirkuk

cnn.com — Militants have taken over Maktab Khalid, an area southwest of the city after heavy clashes with Peshmarga troops. Among those killed was Brig. Gen. Shirko Fateh, the highest-ranking operational commander of the Peshmerga brigade located in Kirkuk. Separately, heavily armed militants attacked an abandoned hotel in central Kirkuk used by local police as headquarters.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: U.S. military: ISIS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike. cnn.it/1JSCLxY

Jan 30, 2015

@cnnbrk: U.S. military: ISIS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike. cnn.it/1JSCLxY”. Pity.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: ISIS militants have launched an attack on the oil-producing northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. cnn.it/1JSCLxY

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Fighting for wounded warriors: CNN helps save funding for caregivers for our nation's wounded

cnn.com — "My job (was) to be with my son pretty much 24/7," Morgen Hummel, the mother of Sgt. Adam Hartswick, told CNN. Hartswick, an Army senior combat medic, lost both his legs after an improvised explosive device detonated under him in Zhari Province, Afghanistan, in 2013. "Not only did my son lose his legs ...

ISIS launches sneak attack on key Iraqi city

cnn.com — The terrorist group launched a coordinated surprise attack on the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

Analysis: Romney is 'past the point of no return'

cnn.com — CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and CNN political commentator Kevin Madden discuss Mitt Romney's decision not to run for president in 2016.

Transgender man: I met with Pope Francis

cnn.com — Yes, says Diego Neria Lejarraga, a transgender man who says he had a private audience with the Pope in late January, reportedly a first for the pontiff. Neria was born as a girl in Spain and raised as a devout Catholic.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @CNN: Diego Neria Lejarraga says he had a private audience with @Pontifex in January: cnn.it/1A8uhAQ @CNNbelief pic.twitter.com/Bvb8PnplYr

Jan 30, 2015

RT @connortryan: Transgender man meets privately with Pope Francis. "If this Pope has a long life, I think things will change" cnn.it/1JWbfiZ

Democrats lose their favorite candidate: Mitt Romney

By S. Cupp
cnn.com — No Mitt Romney 3.0. No "third time's a charm." No invoking Ronald Reagan's two failed presidential campaigns. No 47%, car elevators or dog on the roof. No Bain Capital. No Olympics. The media can say goodbye to a plethora of story lines as it prepares to cover the 2016 presidential race.

Hambycast: Searching for freedom in Iowa

cnn.com — Standing before a conservative audience at the first annual Iowa Freedom Summit, in an auditorium usually reserved for the Des Moines ballet, the firebrand Senator from Texas distilled the state's prized leadoff role in the presidential nominating process down to its essence.
Jan 30, 2015

Hucksters, grifters & political activists at starting gun of 2016 Republican presidential race cnn.it/1zGdq8U

Jan 30, 2015

while you're waiting for Mitt, watch the Season 2 premiere of HAMBYCAST. Searching for freedom in Iowa: cnn.it/1zGdq8U

Jan 30, 2015

New #Hambycast from Iowa last weekend, 2016 contenders jump to prove their conservative credentials at Freedom Summit cnn.it/1KdTTMR

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Tagg Romney: I'm both 'sad and relieved' at dad's decision

cnn.com — It was last weekend, Tagg and others say, that the former Massachusetts governor came to the conclusion that he was "unlikely" to enter the race, but wanted to sit on it for a bit. Mitt, Ann and the rest of the family all came to the conclusion at the same time that the challenge would be very difficult.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @ajjaffe: '@GloriaBorger spoke with Tagg Romney, who said he's "sad & relieved" at dad's decision: cnn.it/1yVknRl Also, Romney d…

Jan 30, 2015

'@GloriaBorger spoke with Tagg Romney, who said he's "sad & relieved" at dad's decision: cnn.it/1yVknRl Also, Romney decided Sunday.

Incredible 50-ft 'dragon' dinosaur unearthed by Chinese farmers

cnn.com — The long skeleton was found in 2006 by some local farmers digging for a fishpond in Qijiang city in China's southwestern Chongqing province. Lida Xing, a member of the research team from the University of Alberta who made the discovery, told CNN it was named Qijianglong, the "dragon of Qijiang" because farmers thought the bones resembled the shape of Chinese mythical dragons.
Jan 30, 2015

CNN: Incredible 50-ft 'dragon' dinosaur unearthed by Chinese farmers cnn.it/1ycEhU1

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General: Boots on the ground to fight ISIS a 'bad idea'

cnn.com — ISIS launched an attack on a key Iraqi city. Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) on the terrorist group's latest moves.

General: Russians making 'broad front push' in Ukraine

cnn.com — Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) lays out Russia's recent moves in Ukraine.
Jan 30, 2015

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander: Russians making 'broad front push' in Ukraine cnn.it/1JWeaIr #TheLead

Jan 30, 2015

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander: Russians making 'broad front push' in Ukraine cnn.it/1JWeaIr #TheLead