Obama hosts Super Bowl party
February 3rd, 2013
07:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama hosts Super Bowl party

(CNN) - In honor of the big game, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are hosting a bi-coastal themed Super Bowl party, the White House said Sunday night.

The first couple invited friends and family to enjoy Chesapeake crab cakes–a nod to the Baltimore Ravens–and San Francisco Cioppino stew with sourdough toast to celebrate the 49ers.
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Obama talks economy, football in pre-Super Bowl interview
February 3rd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama talks economy, football in pre-Super Bowl interview

(CNN) – President Barack Obama blamed the "fiscal cliff" standoff in Congress for the contraction in the U.S. economy at the end of 2012 and weighed in on the safety of football in a pre-Super Bowl interview Sunday.

During the seven-minute live session with CBS host Scott Pelley, Obama said new concerns about the long-term effect on players "means the game is probably going to evolve."

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Kerry gets started at State, speaks to Middle East leaders
February 3rd, 2013
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Kerry gets started at State, speaks to Middle East leaders

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with leaders from Israel and the Palestinian Authority, among others, during his first weekend on the job, according to a readout released by the State Department on Sunday.

The former senator from Massachusetts spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the country's recent elections and the Middle East peace process. He also talked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about Israeli-Palestinian relations and vowed to continue efforts with Congress to send funds to the authority.
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February 3rd, 2013
03:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Gore urges Obama to 'move boldly' but avoid Congress on climate change

(CNN) - Al Gore, environmental activist and former vice president, said he was "very pleased" to hear President Barack Obama pledge to combat climate change in his inauguration speech. He urged the president to "follow through" on his commitment.

"There are some actions he can take that do not require congressional approval," Gore said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."
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Filed under: Al Gore • climate change • Fareed Zakaria GPS
Gibbs: Hagel was 'unimpressive and unprepared' during hearing
February 3rd, 2013
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: Hagel was 'unimpressive and unprepared' during hearing

(CNN) – Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and senior adviser to the president's re-election bid, said Sunday that President Obama's nominee for defense secretary didn't perform too well during his confirmation hearing last week.

Gibbs, however, expressed confidence that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would be confirmed and would make "a good secretary of defense."
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February 3rd, 2013
01:54 PM ET
2 years ago

VIDEO: What can Washington learn from sports?

(CNN) – On this Super Bowl Sunday, former Virginia Gov. George Allen shares his experiences moving from the gridiron to the government.


Filed under: George Allen • TV-State of the Union
New super PAC formed to help influence Republican primaries
February 3rd, 2013
01:07 PM ET
2 years ago

New super PAC formed to help influence Republican primaries

Washington (CNN) – The organizers of American Crossroads have formed a new super PAC called the "Conservative Victory Project," aiming to make sure Republican congressional primary victors can also win the general election.

As he does with other Crossroads groups, former Bush political adviser Karl Rove will advise this new organization, which will be led by Steven Law, the president of both American Crossroads and its advocacy sister Crossroads GPS.
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Filed under: Fundraising • Karl Rove • Republicans • Senate
February 3rd, 2013
12:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Home state newspaper casts doubt on Menendez during scandal

(CNN) – New Jersey's largest newspaper had some tough words Sunday for Sen. Bob Menendez as he faces allegations of improper travel and parties with prostitutes. The same paper endorsed the senator's bid for re-election three months ago.

An editorial in the Newark-based Star-Ledger said the accusations raised "serious doubts about his fitness to serve as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee" and argued he "needs to break his silence and explain himself."
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Filed under: Bob Menendez • New Jersey • Senate
'Without question': Reid says more revenue needed to fix budget problems
February 3rd, 2013
11:24 AM ET
2 years ago

'Without question': Reid says more revenue needed to fix budget problems

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for more revenue Sunday as a solution for the nation's budgetary problems.

The Senate's top Democrat pointed to measures that Republicans previously supported, such as closing tax loopholes and eliminating oil subsidies, as potential options.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Harry Reid • Senate
Palin mourns former Navy SEAL killed at gun range
February 3rd, 2013
11:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin mourns former Navy SEAL killed at gun range

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke out Sunday about the death of Chris Kyle, who was killed at a Texas gun range Saturday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight," Palin said in a statement posted on her Facebook page.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Sarah Palin
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