(CNN) – President Obama has invited a handful of CEOs to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday to discuss the growing threats posed by cyberattacks.
Administration officials are so far staying tight-lipped about who is attending the closed-door meeting, but one White House official tried to downplay the choice of convening it in the Situation Room, which is ordinarily reserved for high-ranking members of the president's national security team.
Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama enters the conference room in the Capitol basement Wednesday to sit down with House Republicans, he'll be met by a group that says it's willing to listen but deeply skeptical of the president's so-called "charm offensive."
"There is clearly some healing to the relationship that has to happen on all sides. You don't solve that with one nice dinner and one nice meal. That's the equivalent of thinking you're going to take care of a problem relationship just by sending flowers," Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga told CNN.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama intends to nominate longtime diplomat Deborah K. Jones to become U.S. ambassador to Libya, the White House announced Wednesday.
That post was last held by Christopher Stevens, who was among four Americans killed in an attack on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in September.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday voiced support for background check legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, drawing a connection between domestic abuse and gun violence when he unveiled a new federal grant that could help combat both issues.
"They both require urgent action. That's why the president and I believe that every person who buys a gun, every person should have a criminal background check," Biden said, speaking to a group at the award event in Rockville, Maryland. He appeared on stage with "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay and Attorney General Eric Holder.
(CNN) – Super size? Yes, please, say Mississippi lawmakers.
The same day a judge blocked a ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks in New York City, senators in Mississippi approved, by a 50-1 vote, a bill that would prevent similar efforts in their state.
(CNN) – Full public tours of the White House don't appear to be coming back any time soon, but President Obama says he wants to figure out a way certain school groups can still gain access to the famous address.
In an interview with ABC, Obama said the unpopular move to suspend the tours in the wake of automatic spending cuts "was not- a decision that went up to the White House." Still, Obama said he wants to find a way partial tours can resume.
(CNN) - Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has resigned her post, according to a letter she sent to the state's governor Tuesday.
Carroll's resignation was effective immediately. The letter to Gov. Rick Scott, obtained by CNN affiliate WAWS, did not mention a reason for the resignation.
(CNN) – Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is using her husband Mitch McConnell's first 2014 re-election TV commercial to push back against a recent attack on her ethnicity.
In the ad, released Wednesday by the Senate minority leader's campaign, Chao looks into the camera and says "you've seen the ads attacking my husband. As Mitch McConnell's wife, I've come to expect them. Now, far left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity, even attacking Mitch's patriotism because he's married to me. That's how low some people will stoop."
(CNN) - Students at Texas A&M University surprised former President George H.W. Bush with a dance to Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie."
(CNN) – Talking about his recent outreach to congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama said there's a chance the bipartisan talks could all fall apart.
"Right now what I'm trying to do is create an atmosphere where Democrats and Republicans can go ahead and get together and try to get something done. But ultimately it may be that the differences are just too wide," he said in a television interview that aired Wednesday.