Obama: I won't 'twiddle my thumbs' waiting for GOP
July 27th, 2013
08:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: I won't 'twiddle my thumbs' waiting for GOP

(CNN) - President Barack Obama explained why, amid a series of executive branch controversies, his renewed focus on the economy matters: it's not only about financial stability, but about equal opportunity.

The message he sees as "jobs and justice" from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington 50 years ago still rings true, Obama told The New York Times in an interview published Saturday evening.
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Filed under: President Obama
Four-part series on Hillary Clinton in the works
July 27th, 2013
05:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Four-part series on Hillary Clinton in the works

(CNN) - The title "Rodham" has already been claimed for a forthcoming film, and now a new series coming to broadcast television will use the other half of a famous name: "Hillary."

It could find a larger audience than other such projects in the works – it is being produced for a broadcast television network.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • President Clinton
Lindy Boggs, congresswoman and advocate for women, dies
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, pictured in 2006.
July 27th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Lindy Boggs, congresswoman and advocate for women, dies

Washington (CNN) - Lindy Boggs was only 24 when she arrived in Washington as the top political adviser to her husband, newly elected to Congress. Thirty-two years later, the seat became hers after Hale Boggs was presumed dead in a plane crash, and she made her own mark as an advocate for women and minorities.

Boggs died Saturday at the age of 97, according to ABC News, where Boggs' daughter Cokie Roberts is a political contributor. A cause of death was not specified.
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Filed under: House • Louisiana
July 27th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama marks 'forgotten war' on Korean peninsula

Washington (CNN) - No veteran should be forgotten, President Barack Obama said Saturday while commemorating the end 60 years ago of the Korean conflict, sometimes described as the "forgotten war."

He laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall and spoke to veterans and family members with ties to both U.S. and Korean troops, an audience estimated by event organizers to number 5,000.
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Filed under: North Korea • President Obama • South Korea
Republicans to make big pushes on oversight legislation
July 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Republicans to make big pushes on oversight legislation

(CNN) – Before the House breaks for August recess, Republicans plan to pass legislation next week designed to "stop government abuse," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated Saturday.

The legislation includes 10 measures for floor votes, largely pegged to this year's IRS controversy in which political groups seeking tax-exempt status received extra scrutiny. Republicans especially want to roll back the agency's role in overseeing key parts of Obamacare.
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Filed under: Congress • Eric Cantor
Obama emphasizes economic message in weekly address
July 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama emphasizes economic message in weekly address

(CNN) – In his weekly address Saturday, President Barack Obama stressed his commitment to refocus on the economy.

The president traveled to Illinois, Missouri and Florida this week–and promised to make more trips in the coming weeks–to tout the country's economic growth in the last few years and pledge to spend the rest of his second term on policies that will help the middle class.
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Filed under: Economy • President Obama