President Obama: 'My joke writers have been placed on furlough'
March 9th, 2013
11:50 PM ET
2 years ago

President Obama: 'My joke writers have been placed on furlough'

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama attended the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual dinner in Washington Saturday night, even cracking a joke on forced budget cuts along the way.

The annual event brings together politicians and Washington’s media elite. Because there’s limited press access, presidents who attend usually act a little looser than when the camera light is on.
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Source: Assistant attorney general to be nominated for Labor secretary post
March 9th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Assistant attorney general to be nominated for Labor secretary post

(CNN) – Thomas E. Perez, now the U.S. assistant attorney general heading the Justice Department's civil rights division, will be nominated to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, a Democratic source said.

A former federal prosecutor and official in his home state of Maryland, Perez was sworn into his current post in October 2009.

If approved, he'd take the position recently held by Hilda L. Solis, a former congresswoman who resigned in January.

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Filed under: Obama administration
March 9th, 2013
04:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Inside Sen. Paul's filibuster

(CNN) - If he had to do it again, he would wear a different pair of shoes.

That's one of the lessons Sen. Rand Paul took away from his nearly 13-hour filibuster on Wednesday that lasted late into the night. As he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash in his first television interview after the exercise in oratory, "We had no plan and I had the wrong shoes on, my feet were hurting the whole day."
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Filed under: Rand Paul • Senate
March 9th, 2013
03:48 PM ET
2 years ago

White House tours stop running, families disappointed

Washington (CNN) - Elouise Wafer's kids thought they had arranged the perfect gift for their mother's 70th birthday.

A former history teacher, Wafer had always wanted to stroll through the White House, a building she had taught about in school for decades.
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Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama • White House
March 9th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama outreach to 'defuse' GOP opposition, Pelosi says

(CNN) – Breaking bread with Republican senators. Meeting with the GOP House and Senate caucuses. Sitting down to lunch with the GOP’s budget point man – who tried to bump him from the White House last year.

Is President Barack Obama, as one pundit said, just hungry? Or is he engaging in a newfound effort to bridge gaps between the parties as his second term gets under way? The top Democrat in the House says the latter.
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Filed under: House • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi • Paul Ryan • President Obama • Senate • TV-State of the Union
March 9th, 2013
10:36 AM ET
2 years ago

After GOP criticism of golf costs, Obama opts for basketball

(CNN) – Saturday morning dawned sunny in Washington, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-40s – in other words, perfect golf weather.

But President Barack Obama didn’t hit the links, a favorite hobby of his that came under criticism from Republicans in recent days.
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Weekly addresses: Obama takes milder tone, Republicans wary of Democrats' budget
March 9th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Weekly addresses: Obama takes milder tone, Republicans wary of Democrats' budget

(CNN) - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama continued to carry his new approach toward Republicans Saturday, using less partisan language and addressing both parties on how to move the economy forward.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, on the other hand, pulled no punches in the GOP weekly address. The senator warned of what he expects to be a damaging budget proposed by Senate Democrats next week.
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Jeff Sessions • President Obama