Catholic Bishops not satisfied with Obama’s contraception compromise
February 7th, 2013
03:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Catholic Bishops not satisfied with Obama’s contraception compromise

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support the Obama administration’s revised proposal for providing insurance coverage for contraception, saying it falls short of addressing concerns about religious freedom.

In a response to the policy update announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, the church leaders said the policy offers “second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities.”

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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
Samantha Power leaving Obama administration
February 7th, 2013
03:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Samantha Power leaving Obama administration

(CNN) - Samantha Power, special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council, will be stepping down later this month, a White House official said Thursday.

She's considered the leading candidate to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations should Ambassador Susan Rice leave her post.
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Filed under: President Obama
Washington D.C. jobs: Ground zero for budget cuts
February 7th, 2013
03:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Washington D.C. jobs: Ground zero for budget cuts

Washington (CNNMoney) - Washington, D.C., is ground zero for federal jobs. Which means, residents better prepare for layoffs and furloughs.

Come March 1, if Congress fails to act, the so-called "sequestration" would slash $85 billion from federal budgets through Sept. 30, part of some $1.2 trillion dollars in cuts expected over the next decade.

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Filed under: Jobs • Washington D.C.
Levin to press forward with committee vote on Hagel, despite GOP opposition
February 7th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Levin to press forward with committee vote on Hagel, despite GOP opposition

(CNN) - Democratic Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin is making clear he is fed up with Republicans dragging their feet on Chuck Hagel's nomination for Defense Secretary, and now says he will schedule a vote soon, even over Republican opposition.

"We can't not vote because there is dissatisfaction on the part of people because that could be endless," said Levin, D-Michigan.
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Filed under: Carl Levin • Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
Menendez intervened in federal audit on behalf of friend Melgen
February 7th, 2013
02:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Menendez intervened in federal audit on behalf of friend Melgen

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez questioned decisions made by federal health officials about his friend and major donor Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor tied to a recent scandal surrounding Menendez, a source close to the senator confirmed Thursday.

First reported by The Washington Post, Menendez "raised concerns" with the officials' conclusion that Melgen had overbilled the federal government by $8.9 million in Medicare and Medicaid payments when treating patients at his West Palm Beach clinic.
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Filed under: Bob Menendez • New Jersey • Senate
Steve King: Karl Rove 'launched a crusade against me'
February 7th, 2013
02:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Steve King: Karl Rove 'launched a crusade against me'

(CNN) - Rep. Steve King hasn't even declared whether or not he will run for the U.S. Senate.

But on Thursday the Iowa Republican sent a plea to supporters charging veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove was marshalling forces against him in a preemptive effort to push him out of the race.
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Filed under: Iowa • Karl Rove • Steve King
Obama tells House Dems he wants 'big deal' on debt
February 7th, 2013
02:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama tells House Dems he wants 'big deal' on debt

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, speaking Thursday to House members from his own party at a retreat outside Washington, said he remains committed to achieving a "big deal" on budgets and debt that would end Washington's penchant for "governance by crisis."

"I am prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package that ends this governance by crisis where every two weeks or every two months or every six months we are threatening this hard won recovery," Obama told House Democrats.
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Filed under: House Democrats • President Obama
February 7th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Michelle Obama to attend funeral for slain teen in Chicago

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama will attend a funeral service on Saturday for Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago 15-year-old gunned down last week in a park, a White House official said Thursday.

An honor student and band majorette at Kings College Prep School, Pendleton was killed one week after performing in the festivities for President Barack Obama's inauguration.
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Filed under: Arne Duncan • Gun control • Gun rights • Illinois • Inauguration • Michelle Obama • Valerie Jarrett
Picking up a bagel instead of a partisan fight
February 7th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Picking up a bagel instead of a partisan fight

Washington (CNN) - Translation headsets squawked in four languages at the early morning breakfast in Washington, mixing in with the sounds of stirred coffee and clinking china in the immense ballroom at the Washington Hilton.

The sound reverberated over the quiet of a momentary political cease-fire in Washington.

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Filed under: President Obama • Religion
Senate panel gets classified drone document from Obama
February 7th, 2013
12:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate panel gets classified drone document from Obama

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Intelligence Committee received a classified document on Thursday that seeks to justify the administration's policy of targeting Americans overseas via drone attacks, a congressional aide told CNN.

The document was demanded by lawmakers, mainly Democrats concerned about secrecy in national security decisionmaking, ahead of a hearing later in the day on the nomination of John Brennan to become the next CIA director.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama
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