Obama holds White House meeting on immigration reform
Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, Eric Garcetti, City Council President of Los Angeles, Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police of Philadelphia, and Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles and of New York City, walk toward the podium after a meeting with President Barack Obama on immigration at the White House April 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.
April 19th, 2011
07:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama holds White House meeting on immigration reform

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.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • White House
Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divide
April 19th, 2011
06:58 PM ET
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Vetoed 'birther bill' prompts talk of GOP divide

(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."

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Filed under: Arizona • Birthers • Republican
Michelle Obama's plane aborted landing when cargo plane got too close
April 19th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
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Michelle Obama's plane aborted landing when cargo plane got too close

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.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
Is Obama ready to mess with Texas? 'Not a chance'
April 19th, 2011
05:06 PM ET
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Is Obama ready to mess with Texas? 'Not a chance'

(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.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Texas
Biden's wishful Trump thinking
April 19th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
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Biden's wishful Trump thinking

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Joe Biden
Huckabee defends Trump against Club for Growth
April 19th, 2011
03:29 PM ET
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Huckabee defends Trump against Club for Growth

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Club for Growth • Donald Trump • Mike Huckabee
Political Circus: Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish'
April 19th, 2011
02:22 PM ET
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Political Circus: Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish'

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?"
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Filed under: Political Circus • President Obama
Trump stumbles over abortion issue
April 19th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
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Trump stumbles over abortion issue

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Donald Trump
Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting
April 19th, 2011
12:53 PM ET
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Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting

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.

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Filed under: President Obama
Wall Street reform gets Treasury Dept. defense
April 19th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
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Wall Street reform gets Treasury Dept. defense

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.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Wall Street
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