Obama dismisses balancing budget for 'sake of balance'
March 12th, 2013
08:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama dismisses balancing budget for 'sake of balance'

Washington (CNN) – The push in Washington over reducing the federal deficit and producing a balanced budget shouldn't be at the expense of vulnerable Americans, President Barack Obama said in an interview on Tuesday.

His comments came the same day Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled a plan that aims to balance the budget in 10 years.
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Filed under: Budget • Paul Ryan • President Obama
March 12th, 2013
07:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Officials investigate purported web posting of private info on first lady, others

Washington (CNN) - The Secret Service and FBI are investigating how personal information purported to relate to first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former first lady Hillary Clinton ended up on an Internet site, officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how much of the information was accurate and whether it was obtained through hacking or by scrutinizing public records.

Asked about the hacking in an interview Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn't confirm the details of the incident, but said "we should not be surprised that if you've got hackers who want to dig in and devote a lot of resources, that they can access peoples' private information. It is a big problem."
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Michelle Obama • Secret Service
Obama reaches out to Senate Democrats
March 12th, 2013
06:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama reaches out to Senate Democrats

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama attended the first of four meetings on Capitol Hill this week, it was clear that many of the Senate Democrats he lunched with wanted to bend his ear.

"There were quite a bit of questions, he stayed for a long time," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, said about the meeting that was scheduled for 60 minutes but went for about 90. "Sen. (Majority Leader Harry) Reid gave him ample opportunity to leave and he decided to stay and answer more questions."
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Filed under: President Obama • Senate Democrats
White House charm offensive does not extend to Ryan budget
March 12th, 2013
06:47 PM ET
2 years ago

White House charm offensive does not extend to Ryan budget

Washington (CNN) – In the midst of a congressional charm offensive, senior Obama administration officials are slamming a new budget proposal from top House Republicans as so full of gimmicks that it will explode the deficit.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, White House officials essentially accused House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of misreading last November's election results in releasing a spending plan on Tuesday that seeks to unravel much of the Obama domestic agenda.
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Filed under: Paul Ryan • President Obama
Christie defends wife against Sandy relief criticism
March 12th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Christie defends wife against Sandy relief criticism

Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is defending his wife against criticism that the charity she helms is not distributing money fast enough to help victims still suffering after superstorm Sandy.

The governor's comments are raising eyebrows for what some see as an unfortunate irony: earlier this year Christie blasted Congress for not acting fast enough to provide relief funds for New Jersey's affected communities and businesses.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Report: Employees in Justice Dept. section polarized
March 12th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Report: Employees in Justice Dept. section polarized

Washington (CNN) - Staffers in the voting rights section of the U.S. Justice Department - during both the Bush and Obama administrations - took political potshots at each other and often displayed a lack of professionalism, according to a report issued Tuesday.

The department's inspector general found camps within that office battled over priorities and cases for most of the past decade.

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Filed under: Justice Department
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 12, 2013
March 12th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 12, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA ON THE HILL: President Barack Obama met with Senate Democrats on Tuesday afternoon and stressed the importance of compromise, according to senators in the meeting. “He says working together with the Republicans in terms of getting a grand bargain or a major dent in this issue is critically important,” Sen. Carl Levin told CNN’s Ted Barrett. “Compromise is essential, but he hasn’t seen enough from them yet. But he is also going to continue trying.” Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats is the first of three visits to Capitol Hill this week for talks with legislators.

IS THE CHARM OFFENSIVE GENUINE? After National Journal’s Ron Fournier reported that an anonymous “senior White House official” told him Obama’s Capitol Hill meetings are “a joke” and a waste of “the president's time,” White House press secretary Jay Carney sharply rejected the statement. “I have no idea who said that," Carney said in response to a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta. “But I can tell you that opinion has never been voiced in my presence, in the president's presence, in the West Wing. It does not represent the president's view, it does not represent the White House's view, and it does not represent the administration's view.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 12, 2013
March 12th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 12, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA ON THE HILL: President Barack Obama met with Senate Democrats on Tuesday afternoon and stressed the importance of compromise, according to senators in the meeting. “He says working together with the Republicans in terms of getting a grand bargain or a major dent in this issue is critically important,” Sen. Carl Levin told CNN’s Ted Barrett. “Compromise is essential, but he hasn’t seen enough from them yet. But he is also going to continue trying.” Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats is the first of three visits to Capitol Hill this week for talks with legislators.

IS THE CHARM OFFENSIVE GENUINE? After National Journal’s Ron Fournier reported that an anonymous “senior White House official” told him Obama’s Capitol Hill meetings are “a joke” and a waste of “the president's time,” White House press secretary Jay Carney sharply rejected the statement. “I have no idea who said that," Carney said in response to a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta. “But I can tell you that opinion has never been voiced in my presence, in the president's presence, in the West Wing. It does not represent the president's view, it does not represent the White House's view, and it does not represent the administration's view.”

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Filed under: 2012
Parties still talking past each other on taxes and spending
March 12th, 2013
04:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Parties still talking past each other on taxes and spending

Washington (CNN) – Despite a ballyhooed charm offensive by President Barack Obama, political leaders continued talking past each other on Tuesday in proposing partisan ideas on taxes and spending that have zero chance of winning congressional approval.

Obama met with Senate Democrats in the first of three visits to Capitol Hill this week for face time with legislators from both parties.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Taxes
George P. Bush makes Texas bid official
March 12th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
2 years ago

George P. Bush makes Texas bid official

(CNN) – Another member of the Bush family is making a bid for office in Texas.

George P. Bush, the eldest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, filed paperwork in the Lone Star State to run for land commissioner, a post that's seen as a jumping-off point for more prominent statewide office.
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Filed under: George P. Bush • Texas
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