Obama, justifying new group, says supporters' voices need to be heard
March 13th, 2013
09:34 PM ET
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Obama, justifying new group, says supporters' voices need to be heard

Washington (CNN) – Organizing for Action, the political group newly formed from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign, wasn't created to win the 2014 midterm elections, the president told a restaurant full of the group's supporters Wednesday.

Instead, Obama described OFA's mission as making sure "the voices of people who put me here continue to be heard."
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No 'situation' required for Situation Room meeting
March 13th, 2013
08:58 PM ET
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No 'situation' required for Situation Room meeting

(CNN) - The meeting Wednesday between President Barack Obama and corporate bosses centered on a decidedly urgent topic, cybersecurity, but the meeting itself wasn't designed to respond to any particular threat.

So why did it take place in the White House Situation Room, normally reserved for the president's national security team?
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Shorter Obama to GOP: Help me help you
After President Obama visited Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with House Republicans, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz tweeted a photo, saying "Good mtg with POTUS today. I took this shot."
March 13th, 2013
06:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Shorter Obama to GOP: Help me help you

Washington (CNN) - The way administration officials describe it, President Barack Obama's message to congressional Republicans can be summed up as "help me help you."

On issues ranging from the debt to immigration reform, White House officials said the president told House GOP lawmakers in their closed-door meeting that he is no longer interested in the next election cycle.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2013
March 13th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HABEMUS PAPAM: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the next pope. He is the first non-European pope of the modern era. The decision came after the fifth ballot cast by the 115 cardinals since the papal conclave began Tuesday. The new pope succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who became the first pope to resign in hundreds of years. He stepped down February 28, citing advanced age. The new pope becomes the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

“Please pray for me,” the new pope said as he finished his first public appearance as pope on Wednesday night. “Tomorrow I’m going to go pray to the Virgin Mary. Good night, thank you and have a good rest.”

POPE FRANCIS: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the new pope, has chosen the name Francis, after Francis of Assisi.

BIDEN GOING TO ROME: A White House official confirms Vice President Joe Biden will lead the United States delegation to the installation of Pope Francis.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2013
March 13th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HABEMUS PAPAM: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the next pope. He is the first non-European pope of the modern era. The decision came after the fifth ballot cast by the 115 cardinals since the papal conclave began Tuesday. The new pope succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who became the first pope to resign in hundreds of years. He stepped down February 28, citing advanced age. The new pope becomes the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

“Please pray for me,” the new pope said as he finished his first public appearance as pope on Wednesday night. “Tomorrow I’m going to go pray to the Virgin Mary. Good night, thank you and have a good rest.”

POPE FRANCIS: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the new pope, has chosen the name Francis, after Francis of Assisi.

BIDEN GOING TO ROME: A White House official confirms Vice President Joe Biden will lead the United States delegation to the installation of Pope Francis.

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Biden to lead delegation for new pope's installation
March 13th, 2013
04:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden to lead delegation for new pope's installation

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, the first Roman Catholic to serve as vice president, will lead the U.S. delegation to next week's formal installation of Pope Francis, he said in a statement Wednesday.

"I am happy to have the chance to personally relay my well wishes, and those of the American people, when I travel to Rome for his Inaugural Mass," he wrote. "The Catholic Church plays an essential role in my life and the lives of more than a billion people in America and around the world, not just in matters of our faith, but in pursuit of peace and human dignity for all faiths."
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March 13th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: Pope selection speaks to 'strength and vitality' of South America

(CNN) - President Barack Obama released the following statement on the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina to become the next pope:

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years-that in each other we see the face of God. As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day. Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.


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Dinner with friends brings criticism to President Obama
March 13th, 2013
04:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Dinner with friends brings criticism to President Obama

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's having dinner with a bunch of friends. And that's where the controversy begins.

Wednesday evening the president addresses members of Organizing for Action, which was formed out of the grassroots wing of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign - Organizing for America - with a mission to promote the president's policy agenda.
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March 13th, 2013
03:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Bartender put Romney's campaign on the rocks

(CNN) - The man who filmed Mitt Romney making the now-infamous "47%" comments is speaking out about why he secretly-recorded the GOP presidential candidate at a fundraiser last May.

Scott Prouty, a bartender who worked for a catering company, said he was inspired to do so after a friendly encounter with former President Bill Clinton.
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Hope for compromise recedes as budget debate begins
March 13th, 2013
02:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Hope for compromise recedes as budget debate begins

Washington (CNN) - Nothing, it seems, can bridge the bottomless political divide in Washington over taxes and spending.

Not an election last November that gave President Barack Obama a second term. Not the president's new personal outreach to Congress, including a meeting Wednesday with House Republicans. Not polling that shows a strong majority of Americans want both sides to compromise in forging an agreement to reduce chronic federal deficits and debts.

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