Obama Chicago visit will include talk of economy, guns
February 10th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama Chicago visit will include talk of economy, guns

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will return to his adopted home of Chicago Friday for an event highlighting the economic plans that will be delivered during his State of the Union speech, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Sunday.

At the event, Obama will also discuss the rampant gun violence in Chicago, where over 500 people were murdered last year, according to authorities.

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February 10th, 2013
03:48 PM ET
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Medal of Honor recipient Romesha to be guest of first lady at State of the Union

(CNN) - Former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, will also be honored by the Obamas as a guest of the first lady at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, administration officials tell CNN.

Romesha, who left the Army in 2011, will be only the fourth living service member from the war in Afghanistan to be awarded the Medal of Honor, three other troops having been given this highest of honors posthumously.

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State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy
February 10th, 2013
03:12 PM ET
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State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday, he'll return to the topic that's proven to be the most lasting dilemma of his presidency: jobs and the economy.

Administration officials describe the State of the Union as part of a "two-act play," where the "inaugural carries the vision and themes of the second term, and the State of the Union puts meat on the bones" with policy.

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Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming
February 10th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
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Graham vows to block nominations unless White House more forthcoming

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's nominees for secretary of defense and CIA director could be held up by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham unless the White House provides more information about its response to September's attack on an American diplomatic post in Libya.

The South Carolina lawmaker made the threat Sunday on CBS, using the phrase "no confirmation without information" in vowing to put a hold on the nominations of both John Brennan and Chuck Hagel unless the Obama administration provides more information about the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John Brennan • Lindsey Graham
'We've had plenty of spending cuts,' says Pelosi
February 10th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
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'We've had plenty of spending cuts,' says Pelosi

Washington (CNN) – As lawmakers continue looking for ways to reduce the federal deficit, House Democratic leaders remain committed to a program that includes tax increases and some spending cuts.

That was the message from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said Sunday that cuts, if they come, must be from subsidies to oil companies rather than from Medicaid, Social Security or Pell grants.
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Filed under: Budget • Nancy Pelosi
Lawmakers agree: Budget sequester isn't good
February 10th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Lawmakers agree: Budget sequester isn't good

(CNN) - Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress agreed Sunday that if sequestration budget cuts go into effect next month, there will be a negative impact on the economy and the country as a whole.

In separate appearances on NBC's "Meet The Press," Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, both said they don't want the sequester cuts to take place. They suggested different ways to deal with the series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, spread out over the next decade, which are set to kick in on March 1.
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Filed under: Budget • Dick Durbin • Eric Cantor
February 10th, 2013
11:08 AM ET
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Gates: Drone program, while useful, would benefit from more oversight

Washington (CNN) - The number of innocent victims of drone strikes remains "extremely small" and doesn't outweigh the benefits of using drones to take out al Qaeda operatives, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates argued Sunday.

But the former Pentagon chief said a better system of checks and balances could be constructive when the unmanned aerial devices are used to target Americans, aligning himself with lawmakers concerned about unfettered power in the hands of the president.
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Filed under: Angus King • Rand Paul • Robert Gates
February 10th, 2013
10:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Video: Obama to make State of the Union case

(CNN) – Obama will focus on "pocketbook" issues in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

February 10th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Tea party address won't divide Republicans, Rand Paul says

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul's tea party response to Tuesday's State of the Union address isn't intended to drive a wedge through the Republican Party, the Kentucky senator said Sunday.

Paul was tapped by the Tea Party Express to deliver Tuesday's response to President Barack Obama's speech. It's the third year the group has sponsored its own rebuttal to Obama's speech. The official Republican response will be delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who like Paul was elected to the Senate in 2010 with support from the tea party.

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Filed under: Rand Paul