(CNN) - High school reunions, work Christmas parties, brunch with the in-laws, there are a lot of events spouses are obligated to attend. But apparently meetings with the President of China is not one of them for first lady Michelle Obama.
President Barack Obama travels to California for a sit-down with his new counterpart President Xi Jinping this weekend, and he will be going stag.
Moorseville, North Carolina (CNN) - President Obama took his second term agenda to North Carolina on Thursday to announce a new initiative aimed at increasing high-speed internet in the nation's schools. Speaking at Mooresville Middle School 30-minutes outside Charlotte, Obama heralded internet technology as a crucial part of improving the U.S. education system.
"What we're going to be able to do is to get companies to compete to create affordable digital devices designed specifically to these new connected classrooms," Obama said. "I want to see a tablet that's the same price as a textbook. I want to see more apps that can be instantly updated with academic content the day it's available, so you don't have old outdated textbooks with student names still in 'em from years ago."
(CNN) - A Republican-led effort to discard President Barack Obama's rule allowing some young undocumented immigrants to defer deportation passed the U.S. House Thursday, a further indication of the challenges still facing pending comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
This amendment, however, appears doomed to be a political gesture as the Senate remains Democrat-controlled and Obama serves out his second term.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SHORT TERMER: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appointed his state's attorney general to temporarily fill the U.S Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg. Christie introduced Jeffrey Chiesa on Thursday, saying his fellow Republican was the best person for the job. He also said Chiesa would not run in the special election for Lautenberg’s seat in October. – Paul Steinhauser
WHO IS HE? By tapping Chiesa to temporarily serve in the Senate, Christie elevated a longtime friend and confidant. – Dan Merica
NECESSARY OR WRONG? Collection of phone logs for potentially millions of Americans by the U.S. government, as revealed in an explosive published report, is nothing new, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday. “As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been the case for the past seven years,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said. She said the practice is lawful and members of Congress know about it. – Josh Levs
(CNN) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he has no ill will towards Gov. Chris Christie and weighed in on other flashbacks from the 2012 campaign in a wide-ranging interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
The former Massachusetts governor also offered sharp criticism of the Obama administration over the recent Internal Revenue Service controversy and gave his thoughts on some potential 2016 presidential contenders.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appointed his state's attorney general to temporarily fill the U.S Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The GOP governor, who made the announcement Thursday at a news conference at the state capitol in Trenton, introduced Jeffrey Chiesa, a fellow Republican, as his choice to temporarily succeed Lautenberg, the longtime Democratic senator who died Monday at age 89.
Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET on 6/6
Washington (CNN) – When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he was appointing Jeff Chiesa, the state's Attorney General, to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat, many were left asking: Jeff who?
After Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, a liberal democrat, died at 89 earlier this week, a number of names began to circulate as possible options for Christie's appointment. Chiesa was not among those names.
(CNN) – Jeffrey Chiesa, New Jersey's attorney general, will serve as a U.S. senator until the seat is filled in a special election later this year, Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday.
Chiesa will serve until a new senator is chosen in an October 16 special election. A primary vote will take place August 13. Christie said Thursday Chiesa will not make a bid for the permanent seat.
"To have this chance to continue to serve in public life is a wonderful opportunity for everybody," said Chiesa, who's served as attorney general since January 2012. Previously he acted as Christie's chief counsel and executive director of the New Jersey's governor's transition team. He is a registered Republican.
(CNN) - A majority of Americans – and even a majority of same-sex marriage opponents – believe it's "inevitable" that gays and lesbians will eventually be able to legally wed, a new survey indicates.
The poll, from the Pew Research Center, comes as the United States Supreme Court prepares to rule on two high profile same-sex marriage cases. A decision will come by the end of June.
(CNN) - With a primary election just two months away, the first candidate in the race to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey jumped into the race Thursday.
The move by Democratic Rep. Rush Holt comes as a Democratic state senator in New Jersey vowed to introduce a bill that would move the date of the Garden State's November gubernatorial and legislative elections to the same day in October that Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced he would hold the general election in the special Senate contest.