Obama gives as good as he gets at 'Nerd Prom'
April 27th, 2013
11:29 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama gives as good as he gets at 'Nerd Prom'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spared few from his zingers at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner - including himself.

He stepped to the podium as DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" played as an introduction and told the audience, "Rush Limbaugh warned you about this - second term, baby."

His advisers were "a little worried about the new rap entrance music," and suggested that he kick off his speech with jokes at his own expense to "take himself down a peg." But, the president responded, "after 4½ years, how many pegs are there left?"

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White House Correspondents' Dinner
April 27th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
12 months ago

White House Correspondents' Dinner

Tune to CNN from 9-11pm ET for live coverage of the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

(CNN) - It's the biggest dinner inside the Beltway where the president, journalists and Hollywood celebrities gather in Washington for an evening of socializing and typically lighthearted speeches. Along with President Obama, the event headliner is talk show host Conan O'Brien.

See below for an inside look at the event through social media posts from attendees on CNN's Storify.
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April 27th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
12 months ago

Video: No one is safe during White House dinner

(CNN) - At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, everyone is fair game. Brianna Keilar takes a look at presidential jokes.

April 27th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
12 months ago

Texas governor demands apology over newspaper's plant blast cartoon

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is demanding an apology from a California newspaper that published a cartoon that seemed to link his push for less regulations to the recent fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14.

"The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting 'cartoon' mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West," Perry wrote on his official Facebook page.

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Filed under: 2013 • Rick Perry
McCaul: Intelligence compromised in 'rush' to Mirandize Boston suspect
April 27th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
12 months ago

McCaul: Intelligence compromised in 'rush' to Mirandize Boston suspect

(CNN) - House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said stopping questioning to read surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights may have kept investigators from getting valuable intelligence.

McCaul, R-Texas, said the complaint could have been filed later and suggested a change in the Miranda laws allowing American citizens accused of terrorist activities to be questioned for at least 48 hours.
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April 27th, 2013
02:06 PM ET
12 months ago

Authorities: Mississippi man charged with possession, use of ricin as a weapon

Tupelo, Mississippi (CNN) – A Tupelo, Mississippi, man has been charged with possession and use of a biological agent as a weapon in connection an investigation into ricin-tainted letter sent to President Barack Obama and others, federal authorities said Saturday.

The federal charges against James Everett Dutschke come two days after prosecutors dropped charges against Paul Kevin Curtis in the same case amid Curtis' claims he was framed.

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FAA suspends employee furloughs
April 27th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
12 months ago

FAA suspends employee furloughs

(CNN) - The FAA has suspended all employee furloughs, according to statement from the agency Saturday. "Air traffic facilities will begin to return to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours and the system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening," the statement said.


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Typo holds up Obama signature on air traffic furlough bill
April 27th, 2013
12:39 PM ET
12 months ago

Typo holds up Obama signature on air traffic furlough bill

Washington (CNN) – A typo is keeping President Obama from signing legislation designed to end budget-related FAA air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays, a congressional source told CNN Saturday.

Apparently the holdup boils down to an "s" needing to be added somewhere in the Senate version of the bill - it's not clear which word is the culprit.

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Biden: Economic collapse kept McCain from the White House
April 27th, 2013
11:23 AM ET
12 months ago

Biden: Economic collapse kept McCain from the White House

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that if not for the economic collapse surrounding the 2008 presidential race, Sen. John McCain might have beat President Barack Obama.

"The truth of the matter is, Barack knows it, I know, had the economy not collapsed around your ears, John, in the middle of literally, as things were moving, I think you probably would have won," Biden said during the annual Sedona forum at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.
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White House, GOP spar after FAA reprieve
April 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

White House, GOP spar after FAA reprieve

(CNN) - Forced government-wide spending cuts reduced staffing of air traffic controllers and slowed the aviation system this week, resulting in flight delays for travelers. But congressional intervention permitting new budget flexibility that allows them to return to work has, for the moment, reignited fierce political debate over spending and taxes.

President Barack Obama and some Capitol Hill Democrats complained that Washington was now unwisely picking winners and losers after congressional inaction on deficit reduction earlier this year triggered $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts.
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