Washington (CNN) - A broad group of government officials, business leaders, law enforcement officials and others met Tuesday with President Barack Obama to discuss how to build support for immigration reform in the face of congressional opposition.
Obama told the gathering that he remains committed to seeking a comprehensive approach "that both strengthens security at our borders while restoring accountability to the broken immigration system," according to a White House statement.
(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of her state's so-called "birther bill" could reflect part of a GOP shift away from a fringe but vocal group that claims President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, analysts say.
"It was an untenable political situation," said Darrell West, vice president of government studies at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. "It seems clear that those who question Obama's birthplace represent a fringe element in the Republican Party."
Washington (CNN) - A plane carrying Michelle Obama had to abort its landing on Monday after it came too close to a military C-17 cargo plane, according to a senior administration official and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The planes were three miles apart, when they are supposed to be five miles apart, the official told CNN. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what went wrong, as it is believed to be an air traffic controller mistake.
(CNN) - When President Obama sat down at the White House with a Texas television station Monday, one of the four interviews he did with local TV reporters, he may have also raised speculation that Democrats think solidly red Texas might be in play in 2012.
Democrats think the state's surging Latino population, 37.6 percent of Texans in the 2010 Census, which voted nearly 2-1 for Obama in 2008, could be the key to victory.
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden hopes real estate mogul Donald Trump tops the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.
At a fundraiser in Ohio, Biden said the next election will highlight the different visions between the Democratic and Republican parties.
Washington (CNN) – Mike Huckabee is coming to the defense of potential GOP-presidential rival Donald Trump following criticism of the billionaire's stances on taxes and spending by the conservative Club for Growth.
The Republican anti-spending group condemned Trump on Monday for his past endorsement of universal healthcare and proposal to raise taxes on Chinese imports.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all the time.
Will there be a next time?
President Barack Obama got into a somewhat tense exchange with a Dallas TV reporter during an interview Monday at the White House.
After the interview was over, Obama advised WFAA-TV's Brad Watson to "let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"
(CNN) – Donald Trump appeared to stumble into a contradiction in an interview Tuesday - a misstep that could haunt the potential GOP presidential candidate amongst social conservatives.
In an interview with MSNBC, Trump was asked if he believed there was a right to privacy in the Constitution - a right that, while not explicitly stated in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has said can be inferred from the text.
Washington (CNN) - Facing a possible future downgrade of America's credit rating, President Barack Obama on Tuesday told the first of three town hall-style meetings this week that a "big philosophical divide" exists between his approach to deficit reduction and how Republicans think.
The hour-long event at Northern Virginia Community College brought few challenging questions from a mostly student audience that cheered Obama and applauded his major policy statements.
Washington (CNNMoney) - An Obama administration official gave a strong defense of the Wall Street reform law Tuesday, saying the measure costs a lot less than the alternative: a collapsed financial system.
During a speech at the Pew Charitable Trusts on Tuesday, Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin batted down accusations, from Republicans and the banking industry, that regulators were working too quickly or that reforms would be too costly.