WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just hours before President Obama is set to promote his health care plan in a primetime address, the White House released a list of 13 health care industry CEOs and lobbyists who have visited the White House since the president took office.
The Obama administration had previously refused to release the names citing "presidential communications privilege."
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had announced Wednesday that it would file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the administration seeking the names of the visitors.
The full list of health care industry visitors is after the jump:
(CNN) – It appears that two high ranking members of the Obama administration haven't entirely ruled out seeking the presidency again.
First, Vice President Joe Biden said last month that a third White House bid in 2016 - when he would be 73 - is not something he has completely closed the door on.
"No, I won't. I won't rule that out. No," the vice president said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who battled President Obama for the 2008 Democratic nomination, told a Thai television station she doesn't know if she will have White House ambitions in the future, though quickly made clear it's not something she has given thought to.
"I don't know, but I doubt very much that anything like that will ever be part of my life," Clinton, who would be 68 in 2016, told the television station, according to the Associated Press.
"I tried to be the president and was not successful," she added.
(CNN) – The White House has released excerpts of President Obama's opening remarks at Wednesday's prime time press conference:
Read excerpts after the jump:
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The nation's chief intelligence official says the Obama administration moved back the deadline of its review of the government's terrorist detention and interrogation policies because it wants to get it right.
Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said Wednesday the delay is "a mark of the seriousness with which we are taking it and have really taken the time to get the answer right."
The White House announced on Monday that it would take another six months to complete a report detailing its policy on detentions and an additional two months to finish the review of its interrogation procedures. The reports were to have been completed this week, according to the executive orders signed by President Barack Obama shortly after taking office in January.
A decision on how to handle the suspected terrorists detained in the detention facility in the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a critical component of the administration's plan to close the facility by January.
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) - One of the signature proposals in the Obama administration's efforts to reshape the regulatory framework for banks has been slowed as supporters regroup in the midst of mounting opposition.
The creation of a new consumer protection agency to regulate mortgages, credit cards and credit insurance was never going to be easy. But the forces trying to stop or water down the proposal have grown beyond banks and financial sector lobbyists.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, testifying Wednesday before the Senate Banking Committee, argued strongly that the central bank should keep its consumer protection powers, which would otherwise move to the new agency.
Bernanke also suggested that Congress take steps to elevate consumer protection to a more prominent role at the Fed.
(CNN) - Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner took aim at the Democrats' health care proposal Wednesday, hours before the president is set to address the matter at a prime time news conference.
Boehner, the house minority leader, laid out his view of several "myths" he expected to hear from Obama: "First he'll say, 'If you like your plan you can keep it,' but clearly under the [plan], the congressional budget office estimates 23 million Americans will be forced out of their private health insurance into a government run plan."
McConnell, the senate minority leader, disputed suggestions Repuplicans are agaisnt reforming the country's health care system.
"I can't find a single member who is not for trying to improve America's healthcare system," the Kentucky Republican said.
Both leaders also expressed concern with what they see as the president's rush to get a bill passed rather than addressing their concerns, and said they were willing to work with the White House on a bill on a slower timetable.
CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry will be "tweeting" from the White House tonight during President Obama's prime time press conference. He will be on his iPhone typing out notes on...Twitter. Call them "TwitNotes."
You can follow him @edhenrycnn here, but if you are not yet on Twitter, the CNN Political Ticker will be updating this post throughout the night. Make sure to refresh!
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Obama's presidency so far has been "much worse" and "much further to the left" than he had initially expected.
Specifically going after the stimulus plan, the former New York City mayor said most of the money "has been spent for political priorities." He also criticized Obama for bailing out General Motors, saying that in his "worst fears of the Obama administration," he never thought the president would "nationalize" the auto industry.
"It was a massive, unprecedented kind of Christmas tree of Democratic programs that were being supported," Giuliani said in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "It was a spending at a level at which I've never seen before. I think what he has added to the debt is catastrophic. I think it will create enormous burdens for our children. And I think it creates the real risk of inflation."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hours before President Barack Obama holds a prime time news conference to push for health care reform, a new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that less than half the country approves of how he's handling the issue.
According to the CNN Poll of Polls, 47 percent approve of how the president's dealing with health care reform, with 44 percent disapproving.
The CNN Poll of Polls on health care was compiled and released on Wednesday. It's an average of the three most recent national surveys to ask about Obama's performance on health care: USA Today/Gallup (July 17-19); ABC/Washington Post (July 15-18) and CBS News (July 9-12).
The ABC News/Washington Post poll, which was released Monday, indicates Obama still has a large advantage over Republicans on the issue. Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they trust Obama to do a better job handling health care than Republicans in Congress, with 34 percent putting more faith in congressional Republicans than the president.
CNN Radio: Obama losing ground on health care
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll taken in June showed that roughly half the country is confused by the major points in Obama's health care proposals, said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That poll also showed that Americans who understand Obama's proposals support them, while a majority of Americans who are confused by the issue oppose Obama's plan," said Holland. "That may be one reason why Obama is making a prime-time push for his proposals, and doing so in a question-and-answer format."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Indiana Democrat Baron Hill, a Blue Dog congressman negotiating with leaders on health care, disagreed with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statement Wednesday that Democrats have the votes to pass health care in the House.
"I think the Speaker was well intended because she was hearing optimistic things, but I don't believe there are the votes on the floor as of right now," he said Wednesday.
Hill said he and other Blue Dogs were meeting again Wednesday night with Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman. Hill said they're "making progress," but still have significant issues to resolve. Nancy Ann DeParle from the White House was involved in an earlier meeting with Blue Dogs, he said.
Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who is trying to change the bill to make it clear it would not use taxpayer money for abortions, also disagreed with the Speaker.
"It would be easier to fit a camel through the eye of a needle than to pass this bill," said Stupak.
Stupak said Democratic leaders can't lose 40 votes if they want to pass the bill and predicted "she [Pelosi] would lose more than 40 on the right to life issue alone. There's just no way."
Stupak said he doesn't want to block the bill, but wants leaders to agree to add language on the abortion issue before it comes to the House floor.