White House says its immigration plan is a sidebar to congressional action
February 16th, 2013
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

White House says its immigration plan is a sidebar to congressional action

(CNN) – Word that the Obama administration has circulated to federal agencies drafts of an immigration plan led the White House on Saturday to reaffirm its commitment to successful bipartisan negotiations to reach a plan on Capitol Hill.

"The president has made clear the principles upon which he believes any common-sense immigration reform effort should be based," White House spokesman Clark Stevens told CNN. "We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit."

CNN has reported that the White House was drafting an immigration bill in case an effort among a group of senators - the Gang of Eight - does not produce legislation in the near future. A similar effort is under way in the House.

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Filed under: Immigration • Marco Rubio • Obama administration
Obama to speak at Atlanta college commencement in May
February 16th, 2013
09:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama to speak at Atlanta college commencement in May

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta this spring, the college's president said Saturday.

The historically black men's liberal arts college has just over 2,400 students enrolled and will graduate the class of 2013 on May 19.
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Filed under: Georgia • President Obama
February 16th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Bracing for big spending cuts

(CNN) - If Congress doesn't act by the end of the month, major spending cuts are set to trigger. CNN's Emily Schmidt reports how the everyday government services you depend on could be slashed.


Filed under: Budget • Fiscal Cliff
Clyburn endorses fellow Democrat in South Carolina congressional race
February 16th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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Clyburn endorses fellow Democrat in South Carolina congressional race

(CNN) - Rep. James Clyburn announced his endorsement of Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Democrat vying for her party's nomination in the South Carolina special election to fill a U.S. House seat.

Clyburn, an assistant minority leader in the House, said in his endorsement at a Charleston restaurant that Colbert Busch – who has worked in the fields of higher education and business - has "life experiences to take us to success in the general election."
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Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama’s Florida resort
February 16th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama’s Florida resort

(CNN) - Fighter jets intercepted three small planes that violated flight restrictions set up in Florida for President Barack Obama’s visit.

The first, a Cessna 152, entered the restricted airspace just before noon Saturday near the Palm City resort where the president is staying, according to Army Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys.

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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
Rubio visits Jordan, Israel  on Mideast trip
February 16th, 2013
01:03 PM ET
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Rubio visits Jordan, Israel on Mideast trip

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio has arrived in Jordan, where he kicks off a Middle East trip that also takes him to Israel in two days, an aide to the senator told CNN on Sunday.

The Florida Republican will meet with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. In Jordan, he will meet with King Abdullah, he said.
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Filed under: Israel • Marco Rubio
Obama trades White House for clubhouse this weekend
February 16th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama trades White House for clubhouse this weekend

Palm City, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama won't be hanging by the beach during his Florida vacation this weekend – unless he ends up stuck in a sand trap.

While his wife and daughters are in Colorado skiing, the president will hit the course at the Floridian golf club, an expansive resort in Palm City, Florida.
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Filed under: Florida • President Obama
Dodd: Media isn't to blame for gun violence
February 16th, 2013
09:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Dodd: Media isn't to blame for gun violence

(CNN) - Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America and a former U.S. senator, dismissed as "predictable" on Friday the idea that movies play a role in spurring gun violence and instead said the nation's mental health systems should be the subject of attention in the quest to reduce gun deaths.

"It's sort of predictable, in a way, and if you go back over the years, there were people who suggested that comic books were the reason before any of this existed," he said at the National Press Club. "So there's been - if you go back and look at the history, any time one of these things happens, there's kind of a lurching from time to time to suggest that this is the root cause of the problems."
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Filed under: Chris Dodd • Connecticut • Gun control • NRA
Weekly addresses put State of the Union in spotlight
February 16th, 2013
06:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Weekly addresses put State of the Union in spotlight

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP Rep. Martha Roby turned to this week's State of the Unionin their weekly addresses Saturday as each
offered priorities for federal spending.

Obama broadly outlined the proposals he argued for Tuesday and stood by his claim that the initiatives would not increase the federal deficit, though he provided no details about the costs or plans to pay for them.
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Filed under: Alabama • President Obama
By the Numbers: Automatic spending cuts
February 16th, 2013
05:44 AM ET
2 years ago

By the Numbers: Automatic spending cuts

(CNN) - While a growing chorus in Washington, including President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, multiple Cabinet secretaries, and some political pundits, criticize deep, automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1, the White House and Congress have yet to come up with an alternative to avoid them.

With the imposition of at least some of them appearing more and more likely, here's a look, by the numbers, at Washington's self-imposed budget austerity (aka "sequestration" or the "sequester").

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Filed under: Budget • Economy