Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors
February 28th, 2013
01:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors

Washington (CNN) - Major donors of President Barack Obama are leading candidates for ambassadorships, Democratic sources tell CNN.

Marc Lasry, founder of Avenue Capital Group and a key Wall Street backer of Obama during the election, is the leading candidate for ambassador to France, according to two Democratic sources.

The Lasrys were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign, but became big Obama bundlers in the last election cycle.

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Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • President Obama
February 27th, 2013
10:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: Spending cuts would be bad for business

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is taking his campaign against the forced federal spending cuts - set to take effect on Friday - before business leaders, telling them Wednesday evening that the cuts will be bad for their businesses and cause the economy to "tumble downward."

"Whether that can be done in the next two days," Obama said, pausing mid-sentence, then continuing, "I haven't seen things done in two days here in Washington in quite some time."
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Filed under: Budget • Deficit • President Obama • White House
Biden weighs in on voting rights case
February 27th, 2013
09:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden weighs in on voting rights case

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he couldn't believe he was reliving a civil rights battle, pointing to the Supreme Court's division over a provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

"I never thought we'd have to refight so many fights," Biden said at a reception for Black History Month at the Naval Observatory in Washington.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Supreme Court • Voter Problems
February 27th, 2013
09:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Exchange between Bob Woodward and White House official in spotlight

(CNN) - An email exchange between two old Washington hands – one, a longtime journalist, and the second, a source in the Obama administration – is at the center of a political controversy Thursday as two sides read the messages differently.

The veteran journalist is Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal and wrote a book about the debt ceiling negotiations in the summer of 2011. The Obama administration source is Gene Sperling, a senior economic aide to President Barack Obama and a veteran of the Clinton administration.
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Filed under: Bob Woodward • Budget • Deficit • President Obama • TV-The Situation Room • White House
February 27th, 2013
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Former Rep. Jackson will continue to serve, father says

(CNN) - His son, the former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., spiraled from a position of promise to one of disgrace over the past year. It began with his mysterious disappearance from the halls of Congress, word of mental health issues, his resignation, and then a guilty plea to misusing campaign funds.

The elder Jackson said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room" that this was a sad, but "perhaps not the last chapter" of his son's service.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson • Jesse Jackson Jr.
February 27th, 2013
07:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Reporter says White House threatened him

(CNN) - Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House's handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday.

"They're not happy at all," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official – who he would not name – communicated a message which caused him great concern. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this," he said.

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Filed under: Budget • Deficit • TV-The Situation Room
Forced budget cuts lead to teacher layoffs in W. Virginia? Not quite.
February 27th, 2013
07:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Forced budget cuts lead to teacher layoffs in W. Virginia? Not quite.

Washington (CNN) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a West Virginia school district is laying off teachers due to deep spending cuts across the federal government set to take effect on Friday. But officials from that region say it's not true.

Duncan told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the Kanawha County school system was already handing out pink slips in anticipation of the automatic cuts that, among other things, will impact the amount of federal money states get through September.
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Filed under: Budget • Deficit • West Virginia
Brennan's Intelligence committee vote delayed
February 27th, 2013
07:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Brennan's Intelligence committee vote delayed

(CNN) - The Senate Intelligence Committee vote on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director is expected to take place Tuesday, a congressional aide said. The vote had originally been planned for Thursday.

John Brennan, Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, is under consideration by the Senate to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The president nominated him to the post last month.

In his hearings before the committee nearly three weeks ago, Democrats on the mostly grilled Brennan about his knowledge of the CIA's controversial interrogation and detention program and the lethal targeting of suspected terrorists. Republicans tended to focus on leaks of secret information about counterterrorism activities.


Filed under: John Brennan
Rubio advocates for arming Syrian opposition
February 27th, 2013
06:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio advocates for arming Syrian opposition

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, proposed the U.S. provide ammunition to the Syrian opposition Wednesday, warning that the rebels feel "abandoned" by the West.

"I think it behooves us to do everything we can to ensure that the strongest elements in Syria post-Assad are those that are listening to us, can be influenced by us and have a desire not just to keep the Syrian nation together but to respect the rights of the diverse country that Syria is," he said, told an audience at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Filed under: Marco Rubio • Syria
Lew confirmed as Treasury secretary
February 27th, 2013
06:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Lew confirmed as Treasury secretary

Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Jack Lew as U.S. Treasury secretary.

Lew, 57, most recently served as the White House chief-of-staff. He was confirmed with a 71-26 vote. Compared with the bruising confirmation battle of Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, Lew's was a breeze.

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Filed under: Jack Lew • Treasury Department
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