It's official: Jack Lew's new signature
Bills with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature will go into circulation this fall.
June 18th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

It's official: Jack Lew's new signature

New York (CNNMoney) - It's official: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has undergone a transformation, at least when it comes to penmanship.

The Treasury Department on Tuesday unveiled Lew's official new signature, which will soon grace the bottom right corner of every bill in your wallet.

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Filed under: Jack Lew • Treasury
Obama's Irish roots
June 18th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year ago

First family (minus the president) lunch with Bono

(CNN) – What's a visit to Ireland without a pub lunch alongside Bono?

First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia partook in the quintessentially Irish experience Tuesday, joining the U2 front-man at Finnegan's restaurant in Dalkey, a posh suburb south of Dublin. Bono and the Obamas arrived and left the restaurant separately.

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Filed under: Ireland • Michelle Obama
June 18th, 2013
10:12 AM ET
1 year ago

Live blog: NSA Hearing

(CNN) - In a hearing Tuesday with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the director of the National Security Agency, Keith Alexander, said that since 9/11, there have been more than 50 terror plots thwarted with the help of NSA surveillance programs.

Four of those incidents were detailed at the hearing, including thwarted plots to bomb the New York subway system and the New York Stock Exchange by linking known suspects in Pakistan and Yemen to contacts in the United States.

NSA officials are set to disclose information about the other cases in a private session with lawmakers on Wednesday.

Still, there is a debate within the intelligence community about what can be revealed to prove these programs work versus what should stay classified for fear of burning sources and methods.

Check back here for updates from the hearing.

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FIRST ON CNN:  Alexander to reveal two new terror plots
June 18th, 2013
09:47 AM ET
1 year ago

FIRST ON CNN: Alexander to reveal two new terror plots

(CNN) – NSA Director Keith Alexander is expected to reveal two terror plots that the agency will say were thwarted with the help of the recently disclosed secret surveillance programs, a congressional source tells CNN.

Alexander is expected to make the announcement at Tuesday House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing.

Last week, Alexander said that these programs helped foil dozens of terror plots - but he offered no specific details.

Still, there is a debate within the intelligence community about what can be revealed to prove these programs work versus what should stay classified for fear of burning sources and methods.


Filed under: House • NSA
Draft Hillary Clinton for president group gets big name support
June 18th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Draft Hillary Clinton for president group gets big name support

(CNN) - Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's supporting an independent political action committee that's urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016.

The Democrat from Missouri Tuesday apparently became the first member of Congress to officially back the Ready for Hillary PAC.
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Filed under: 2016 • Claire McCaskill • Hillary Clinton
Christie to 'probably' make White House decision in 2015
June 18th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie to 'probably' make White House decision in 2015

(CNN) – Answering a question about when he'll make a decision on a 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went farther than usual in acknowledging interest in the race, saying Tuesday he "probably" won't make up his mind until 2015.

The outspoken Republican governor weighed in on the qualities he sees the GOP needs in a leader in Washington–and joked about one of his favorite perks of being governor. Hint: It involves women in swimsuits.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • New Jersey
Federal housing offices to close in worst foreclosure areas
June 18th, 2013
08:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Federal housing offices to close in worst foreclosure areas

Washington (CNNMoney) – Tampa homeowners probably need the government's help more than in other places.

After all, Florida's Tampa Bay reported the nation's third highest rate of foreclosures as recently as May. But those seeking in-person help from the government will be out of luck.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Florida
CNN Washington AM Note
June 18th, 2013
06:09 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: Afghan forces formally take over security of country.

Marking a key transition in the more than decade long war, Afghan forces have formally taken over security for the entire country from NATO-led troops, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced at a handover ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday. "You are the sons and guardians of this country and it is your responsibility to protect it," Karzai told the troops. ""I wish a long-term peace in Afghanistan." The head of NATO said Afghans are now in charge. "The main effort of our forces is shifting from combat to support. We will continue to help Afghan troops in operations, if needed, but we will no longer plan, execute, or lead these operations," NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at the ceremony. Inside a firefight with the Taliban Born solely to serve others Packing up, shippping out of Afghanistan "By the end of 2014, our combat mission will be completed," Rasmussen said.

ALSO SEE: Reuters: Explosion in Kabul coincides with Afghan security handover

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CNN Poll: Big generational divide in immigration battle
June 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: Big generational divide in immigration battle

Washington (CNN) - While a small majority of Americans are in favor of the immigration bill currently before the U.S. Senate, according to a new national poll the old and young don't see eye to eye on the issue.

And a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that more than six in ten say border security rather than a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants should be the bigger priority.
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Biden to tout administration success on gun violence
June 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Biden to tout administration success on gun violence

(CNN) – Weeks after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last December, President Barack Obama issued 23 directives aimed at curbing the threat of gun violence.

At an event on Tuesday in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden will unveil a progress report that the administration says shows it is on its way to meeting nearly all of the goals from that effort.
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Filed under: Gun control • Joe Biden
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