Live blog: Obama's NSA speech
January 17th, 2014
10:44 AM ET
10 months ago

Live blog: Obama's NSA speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday is expected to announced sweeping changes to U.S. surveillance efforts exposed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, whose disclosures raised questions about government overreach in fighting terror.

Obama will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.

Follow CNN's live blog for the latest updates in his speech, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET.


Filed under: NSA • President Obama
Now 50, Michelle Obama shows off AARP card
January 17th, 2014
10:42 AM ET
10 months ago

Now 50, Michelle Obama shows off AARP card

(CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama, who turns 50 on Friday, tweeted out a photo of her new AARP card.

"Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today… check out my @AARP card!" she wrote.

The first lady is celebrating the milestone with a big birthday bash Saturday at the White House that's sure to include a lot of dancing.

Michelle Obama 'fabulous' at 50: Has the big birthday changed?


Filed under: Michelle Obama
January 17th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
10 months ago

Adviser defends Clinton amid Benghazi criticism

(CNN) – A top adviser and longtime confidant to Hillary Clinton is defending the former Secretary of State against renewed attacks from Republicans over her leadership during the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Philippe Reines said on CNN's "New Day" on Friday that Clinton will stay out of the Benghazi debate as long as it has political undertones.
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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
The smart politics of Snapchat
January 17th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
10 months ago

The smart politics of Snapchat

Washington (CNN) - When Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, signed up for the photo-sharing app Shapchat on Wednesday, it set off a predictable round of mockery about the Kentucky senator.

Haha! chanted the Greek chorus of Internet snark. Look at this 51-year-old man signing up for the buzzy social media platform in a lame effort to win over The Youngs!

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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn to retire
January 17th, 2014
07:15 AM ET
10 months ago

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn to retire

(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current congressional session, ending his six-year term two years early.

The Oklahoma Republican, 65, has been battling cancer.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Oklahoma • Senate • Tom Coburn
January 17th, 2014
07:13 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama to announce changes to NSA data collection

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce the end of the controversial NSA telephone metadata collection program "as it currently exists," a senior administration official told CNN.

Obama will say that he is ordering a transition of the current intelligence-gathering program to one that addresses concerns of privacy and civil liberties, the official said.

FULL STORY

Filed under: NSA • President Obama
First on CNN: OFA launches digital ad campaign promoting Obamacare success stories
January 17th, 2014
12:00 AM ET
10 months ago

First on CNN: OFA launches digital ad campaign promoting Obamacare success stories

(CNN) – After a rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law, a Democratic group is ramping up efforts to promote the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Organizing for Action, the political group that was formed from Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, is launching a monthlong digital ad campaign Friday, touting success stories under the health care law, with paid ads featured on social media and national news websites.

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Filed under: Obamacare • OFA
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