After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace
December 7th, 2013
08:12 PM ET
8 months ago

After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made explicit the administration's renewed attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Palestine Saturday as the United States begins to assume a more muscular role in talks.

At the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Middle East issues and U.S.-Israeli relations, Obama and Kerry each spoke about a budding interim deal that would work towards a two-state solution.
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Filed under: John Kerry • Middle East • President Obama
Obama defends Iran deal
December 7th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama defends Iran deal

Updated 6:27 pm ET, 12/7/2013

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama defended his administration's nuclear deal with Iran, arguing that the ground had been set for a comprehensive agreement that would make the United States, Israel and the Middle East safer, but warning that all options would remain on the table if a deal fell through.

"The best way for us to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for a comprehensive, verifiable, diplomatic resolution, without taking any other options off the table if we fail to achieve that. It is important for us to test that proposition during the next six months," he said Saturday at the Saban Forum, a policy summit organized by the Brookings Institution to discuss issues surrounding the Middle East and U.S.-Israeli relations.
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Filed under: Iran • Nuclear weapons • President Obama
HHS launches Spanish enrollment tool
December 7th, 2013
02:52 PM ET
8 months ago

HHS launches Spanish enrollment tool

Washington (CNN) - The enrollment tools for the Affordable Care Act's Spanish language site are now available as part of a "soft launch" this weekend.

The site's launch was originally scheduled to occur in October, but was delayed as the Department of Health and Human Services focused on the problems with HealthCare.gov.
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Filed under: Latinos • Obamacare
December 7th, 2013
12:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Gingrich pushes back against Mandela critics

Updated 10:36 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is fighting back against conservative critics who attacked the former Speaker of the House and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" for his praise of Nelson Mandela.

After Mandela passed away Thursday, Gingrich posted a statement, praising him as "one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime."
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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • Newt Gingrich
Weekly addresses: Obama pushes jobless benefits extension, GOP slams health care act
December 7th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Weekly addresses: Obama pushes jobless benefits extension, GOP slams health care act

(CNN) - President Barack Obama continued to put pressure on Republicans on Saturday to extend unemployment benefits while Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina heaped criticism on the Affordable Care Act.

Their comments came in weekly addresses.
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Filed under: Healthcare • President Obama • Renee Ellmers • unemployment