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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the budget deal, the hold on immigration reform, and more.
(CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told her caucus in a meeting Wednesday to "embrace the suck" over a bipartisan budget deal reached earlier this week that the House is set to vote on Thursday evening.
The phrase sums up well how her party feels about the deal, Pelosi told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.
"It's not just the legislation, it's the whole process," she said in an interview on "The Lead," pointing to negotiators’ failure to include an extension of unemployment benefits.
(CNN) – Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday was a historic event where nearly 100 world leaders, past and present, joined thousands of South Africans to honor the anti-apartheid icon.
But it somehow devolved into a media sensation about a selfie.
Halfway through the ceremony, an AFP photographer caught President Barack Obama helping Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as the two squeezed in with British Prime Minister David Cameron to take a smiling photo of themselves with a camera-phone. The photo also caught First Lady Michelle Obama, looking displeased.
But the photojournalist who captured the image says it has been taken out of context.
(CNN) - Former DEA agent Patrick Moen made his living fighting what used to be called "the war on drugs." But then he decided it was, ah-hem, high time for a radical career change.
Moen went from being a Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor, in charge of a team of agents busting traffickers for a living, to working as an in-house attorney at private equity firm Privateer Holdings. The company's entire business is based on weed.
"There came a point in time in my career when I realized that targeting marijuana was not an effective use of our resources," Moen said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.
(CNN) - A crusader against revenge porn websites, Charotte Laws has been called the Erin Brockovich of the movement, seeking to criminalize the activity. She is also a mother, who began pushing for federal laws and punishments for copyright violations against revenge porn sites after her daughter became a victim.
"My daughter had taken some photos in the mirror, alone in her room, and sent them from her cell phone, to her e-mail, to her computer, and then she was hacked three months later," said Laws. "Nine days after that, her topless photo ended up on a revenge porn website."
Revenge porn is sexually explicit material, primarily of women, usually posted by angry former boyfriends and ex-husbands to websites.
By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham
(CNN) – Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan forged the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray.
Despite criticism from Republican colleagues, and indications that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not support it, Ryan says he is confident the budget deal will have the votes to pass.
"We will. We feel good about that, we feel good with where we are," he said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
"We're in the majority, we have to govern, just like Patty Murray is in the majority, and she has to govern," Ryan said of the Republican-led House.
As for criticism from fiscal conservatives, Ryan said their "vision" – balancing the budget and paying off the debt – is not going to happen in this divided government.
"Others would like us to go farther in that right direction, I don't begrudge them of that, I want to go farther in that right direction. But I think this is a step in the right direction," says Ryan.
What about 2016?
The budget compromise could hurt Ryan's standing among grassroots Republicans.
"People ask me that kind of question all the time: 'Gosh, if you compromise, isn't that going to hurt your personal political career?' said Ryan.
"If I think like that, then we're going to get nothing done," said the Wisconsin congressman. "I'm the chairman of the Budget Committee, so my colleagues have asked me to be a leader in helping solve problems."
"I'm not going to let any personal political consideration down the road cloud that judgment, because I, quite frankly, just don't think that's right," said Ryan.
For more of our interview with Paul Ryan, check out the video above.