Fan-in-chief weighs in on hockey lockout
December 14th, 2012
11:38 AM ET
1 year ago

Fan-in-chief weighs in on hockey lockout

(CNN) - The standoff between owners of professional hockey teams and their players has left the ice empty and the sport's fans in the penalty box.

President Barack Obama weighed in on the months-long dispute in an interview on Thursday, chastising both sides to "remember who it is that's putting all that money in their pockets."
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Rice meeting with Obama Friday, not expected to get NSA post
December 14th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Rice meeting with Obama Friday, not expected to get NSA post

Washington (CNN) – Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office Friday when President Obama meets with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

The private one-on-one meeting comes the day after Rice abruptly withdrew her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state, citing a “lengthy, disruptive, and costly” confirmation process.

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Filed under: President Obama • Susan Rice
December 14th, 2012
10:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Fiscal cliff delays holiday homecoming for Congress

Washington (CNN) – In what now seems like a fairy tale scenario, Friday was supposed to conclude the 112th Congress, with members heading home for holiday cheer with their loved ones.

Many are leaving town, including House Speaker John Boehner, but they'll be back next week as the year-end deadline looms for the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff that economists fear could bring a recession.

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Filed under: Congress • Fiscal Cliff
Obama: Enforcing pot laws in states that have legalized it not a top priority
December 14th, 2012
09:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Enforcing pot laws in states that have legalized it not a top priority

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama says that federal law enforcement agencies have "bigger fish to fry" than prosecuting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington, which voted in November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Obama made explicit in an interview to air Friday on ABC News that prosecution of marijuana users in the two states would be placed low on his Justice Department's list of law enforcement priorities, but that certain issues must still be ironed out as more states could pass similar legislation.
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December 14th, 2012
08:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Barbra Streisand: I've never been in love with a Republican

(CNN) - She sings, acts, and directs, but one thing Barbra Streisand cannot imagine doing is falling in love with a Republican.

"Have you ever been in love with a Republican?" CNN's Piers Morgan asked the legend in an interview airing Friday.

"Never," Streisand responded.
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Jindal makes case for over-the-counter birth control
December 14th, 2012
08:05 AM ET
1 year ago

Jindal makes case for over-the-counter birth control

(CNN) – The political battle earlier this year over health insurance coverage for contraception wouldn't be repeated if women could buy birth control without a prescription, Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote in an op-ed Friday.

Jindal was advocating a recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who took the stance in November that birth control pills should be sold over-the-counter in drugstores. Currently contraception pills require a prescription from a doctor, many of whom are represented by the ACOG.
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December 14th, 2012
07:52 AM ET
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Ex-Senate leaders: Fiscal cliff deal will set tone for Obama's second term

Washington (CNN) – Secret conversations on the balcony. A special phone line for instant and direct communication. These are some of the tools former Democratic leader Tom Daschle and former Republican leader Trent Lott used to forge bipartisan consensus and compromise when they ran the Senate a little more than a decade ago.

In a joint interview in the shadow of the Capitol, Daschle and Lott reminisced about bridging partisan differences to get things done - instructive for today's leaders talking past each other as the fiscal cliff approaches.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Tom Daschle • Trent Lott
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 14, 2012
December 14th, 2012
04:42 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 14, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as secretary of state
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who drew heavy criticism from Republicans over her statements after the September attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission, withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state on Thursday.

CNN: Sources: Hagel frontrunner for defense secretary
Former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has met with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as the president considers tapping him to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to several knowledgeable sources.

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