Obama’s certified organic night out
November 15th, 2013
08:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama’s certified organic night out

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama went out to dinner Friday night with first lady Michelle Obama and senior aide Valerie Jarrett for a birthday dinner for Jarrett at a certified organic restaurant.

The trio dined at Restaurant Nora in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
Congressional source: Benghazi contractors contradict CIA chief
November 15th, 2013
08:09 PM ET
11 months ago

Congressional source: Benghazi contractors contradict CIA chief

(CNN) – CIA contract security officers who responded to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, last year were told by the CIA to sign nondisclosure agreements just before a memorial ceremony at the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, this past May, a congressional source told CNN.

The source says this was disclosed by the contractors during closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill this week, and it seems to contradict information sent by CIA Director John Brennan to the House Intelligence Committee investigating the events in Benghazi.

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Filed under: Congress • Libya
Obamacare fix could add millions of dollars in government costs
November 15th, 2013
07:49 PM ET
11 months ago

Obamacare fix could add millions of dollars in government costs

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's proposal to allow people to keep canceled health plans for one year could end up costing the government millions of dollars.

This is due to a provision of the Affordable Care Act called risk corridors that allows for insurers to share the cost of insuring more expensive customers.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
November 15th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
11 months ago

Second-term woes: Obamacare, Katrina, Iran-Contra

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama took to the podium for Thursday's news conference/cum-mea culpa on the disastrous Obamacare roll out, the commander-in-chief said repairing his damaged credibility was on him and no one else.

The bloodletting was a near-acknowledgment that his presidency is at a tenuous point. The Obama administration's mismanagement of his signature legislative achievement threatens to sink the rest of his second-term agenda. With more than three years left in office, Obama teeters on the brink of lame-duckedness.

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Filed under: President Obama
Obama has a #BatKid signal
November 15th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama has a #BatKid signal

(CNN) - In Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon has the “Bat Signal” to talk to the “Caped Crusader.” In Washington, President Barack Obama has Vine.

“Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham,” Obama said in a Vine video tweeted by the White House Friday.
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Filed under: President Obama
November 15th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
11 months ago

More questions swirl around Sebelius

Washington (CNN) - The disastrous roll out of the Affordable Care Act raises a litany of questions about President Barack Obama's leadership and management ability. But it also begs for an answer to who would take the fall.

As problems mount, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia, said Thursday that "heads should have rolled" at the White House.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
CNN's GUT CHECK for November 15, 2013
November 15th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 15, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 15, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ENTER … STAGE LEFT

HOWARD DEAN: “I’D DO ANYTHING TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE” Howard Dean, in interview on Political Wire, speaks out against President Obama’s handling of health care reform:

Q: I bet you’re happy not to be the DNC Chair today?

DEAN: I’m happy not to be the DNC Chair, but I’d give anything to be in the White House and kick some serious butt over fixing this thing.
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Gabby Giffords named honorary chairwoman for military spouses group
November 15th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
11 months ago

Gabby Giffords named honorary chairwoman for military spouses group

Washington (CNN) - Since leaving her role as U.S. Representative for Arizona's 8th district last year, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has become a national advocate for gun control reform, but is also devoting herself to another personal issue.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Friday that she will serve as the honorary chairwoman of its "Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse" program. Giffords is married to former Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords
Biden campaigns for vulnerable Senate Democrat
November 15th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Biden campaigns for vulnerable Senate Democrat

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden stumped Friday for Sen. Kay Hagan, a vulnerable Democrat up for re-election in North Carolina next year.

The vice president didn't bring up the turbulent rollout of Obamacare - an issue that’s creating heartburn for red state Democrats. Instead Biden focused on praising the first-term senator as someone who can work with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • Kay Hagan • North Carolina
Gay rights group hits Boehner for scheduling 'anti-LGBT' speakers on the Hill
November 15th, 2013
04:17 PM ET
11 months ago

Gay rights group hits Boehner for scheduling 'anti-LGBT' speakers on the Hill

Washington (CNN) - Gay rights group Human Rights Campaign is blasting House Speaker John Boehner for scheduling a room on Capitol Hill for a meeting of individuals the organization accuses of supporting Russia's anti-LGBT "propaganda" law.

Speakers from a variety of groups that support things like traditional marriage took part in a symposium on Friday by the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society – a traditional marriage group.

The event was called "Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?"

Human Rights Campaign argued in a statement the event was used "to promote using Russia's anti-gay laws as a model for the U.S."
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Filed under: Gay rights • John Boehner
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