More Cabinet picks expected this week
Penny Pritzker participates in a White House event on community colleges in 2010.
April 29th, 2013
01:59 PM ET
12 months ago

More Cabinet picks expected this week

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is expected to make two more additions to his Cabinet this week when he names a commerce secretary and U.S. trade representative, two Democrats familiar with the discussions told CNN Monday.

The likely picks for Obama are Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker for commerce secretary and current White House adviser Michael Froman for trade representative, the two sources said.
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Obama welcomes announcement from Jason Collins
April 29th, 2013
11:54 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama welcomes announcement from Jason Collins

(CNN) - NBA center Jason Collins' Monday essay in "Sports Illustrated" revealing he's gay was met with praise from President Barack Obama and the first lady.

The president called Collins "to express his support and said he was impressed by his courage," a White House official told CNN.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Chelsea Clinton
O'Connor wonders on wisdom of Bush v. Gore
April 29th, 2013
11:28 AM ET
12 months ago

O'Connor wonders on wisdom of Bush v. Gore

(CNN) – In one of those "what could have been" moments, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is expressing some misgivings about the controversial 2000 election decision that allowed George W. Bush to assume the presidency.

Speaking to the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, O'Connor didn't question her own vote on the matter. But she did wonder whether it was wise for the high court to take on the case to begin with.
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Filed under: Supreme Court
Poll: Majority wanted background checks to pass Senate
April 29th, 2013
10:26 AM ET
12 months ago

Poll: Majority wanted background checks to pass Senate

(CNN) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that the Senate should have passed a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales, according to a new national poll.

But the survey, released Monday by Gallup, indicates a partisan divide, with Democrats and independent voters not seeing eye-to-eye with Republicans.
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Filed under: Gun control • Polls
Transportation pick would add to Cabinet diversity
April 29th, 2013
10:13 AM ET
12 months ago

Transportation pick would add to Cabinet diversity

(CNN) – If President Barack Obama still needed a reminder that diversity within his second term Cabinet was a contentious issue, he got one Saturday night.

"Mr. President, your hair is so white it can be a member of your Cabinet," jabbed Conan O'Brien at the annual correspondents' dinner in Washington, drawing laughs and some loud "ooos" from the crowd of political insiders.
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Spending cut bright spot: Fewer IRS audits
April 29th, 2013
07:23 AM ET
12 months ago

Spending cut bright spot: Fewer IRS audits

New York (CNNMoney) – Thanks to the government's spending cuts, you may have a smaller chance of being audited this year.

The cuts, known as the sequester, will wipe $600 million from the IRS's budget this year, forcing the agency's nearly 100,000 employees to be furloughed without pay for up to seven days.


Filed under: Budget • Taxes
April 29th, 2013
07:19 AM ET
12 months ago

The Mississippi ricin case - a web of small-town intrigue

Oxford, Mississippi (CNN) - Was it a tiff between an Elvis impersonator and a martial arts instructor in the birthplace of the King that caused headlines around the world?

We may find out Monday when a former tae kwon do instructor from Tupelo, Mississippi, appears in court, accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others.

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Filed under: Mississippi • President Obama
CNN Washington AM Note
April 29th, 2013
05:38 AM ET
12 months ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: Bomb targets Syria's PM – but he's unhurt

A bomb apparently targeting Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi went off Monday in a Damascus neighborhood - but the prime minister was unharmed. Both Syrian state television and the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the incident. One person was killed in the attack, the observatory said.

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: From dorm to prison cell: Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's new digs

Less than two weeks after he partied with classmates in a college dorm, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now lives in drastically different surroundings. The 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect is locked inside a 10-by-10-foot cell with a steel door, a slot for food and an observation window, a prison spokesman said Sunday. Tsarnaev is able to speak and has been interacting with staff at the Federal Medical Center Devens, spokesman John Colautti said.

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Filed under: Washington AM Note
Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary
April 28th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
12 months ago

Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will tap Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary, a White House official with knowledge of his decision said Sunday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn’t serve a second term. LaHood has said he will remain in his post until a successor is confirmed.
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‘Disgraceful’ decision to end Boston suspect’s interrogation, GOP lawmaker says
April 28th, 2013
03:27 PM ET
12 months ago

‘Disgraceful’ decision to end Boston suspect’s interrogation, GOP lawmaker says

(CNN) – The decision to read Miranda rights to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the midst of an interrogation was called “disgraceful” Sunday by a leading Republican, who took aim at U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for not opposing the decision.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told CNN he “totally disagreed” with the decision of a magistrate judge to administer the rights during a hearing last Monday, more than two days after Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Massachusetts. On Saturday, Holder told CNN the move was “totally consistent” and appropriate.
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Filed under: Boston Marathon bombing • Peter King
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