January 31st, 2014
09:25 AM ET
6 months ago

Laura Bush: Future ‘first gentleman’ should get same critiques as first ladies

(CNN) – Former first lady Laura Bush proposed that the future first gentleman should get the same scrutiny about his looks and style as first ladies have faced in recent decades.

Asked in a recent C-SPAN interview whether the media focuses too much on the first lady's hair, makeup and clothes, Bush said, "Yes. For sure."

“But I don't think we can get around it. Maybe when we finally have a first gentleman," she said. The interview was taped for C-SPAN's continuing First Ladies series and airs Monday.

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Filed under: Laura Bush • White House
First on CNN: Once-homeless Iraq vet will introduce Obama at unemployment event today
January 31st, 2014
09:01 AM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Once-homeless Iraq vet will introduce Obama at unemployment event today

(CNN) - At Friday morning’s White House event on the issue of long term unemployment, President Obama will be introduced by a California man named Erick Varela who served as a combat infantryman in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq, according to a White House official who shared Erick’s personal story with CNN.

When Erick, a skilled heavy equipment operator, left the Army in 2008 and returned home to Manteca, in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the housing crisis was in full swing and he was unable to find work. He applied at fast food restaurants and in retail but couldn’t find a job. His financial situation became so dire that he and his wife, Katey, lived out of their car when they could no longer afford to pay their rent.
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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans
Keystone pipeline impact study expected Friday
The Keystone XL pipeline would be expected to carry 830,000 gallons a day, but it has met with protest, largely over environmental concerns.
January 31st, 2014
07:45 AM ET
6 months ago

Keystone pipeline impact study expected Friday

(CNN) – The results of an environmental impact study into the Keystone XL pipeline project will be announced Friday afternoon, two senior administration officials and another source familiar with the timing told CNN.

The sources were not authorized to speak on the record.

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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy
January 31st, 2014
07:39 AM ET
6 months ago

CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he's not recalibrating ambitions

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal," he said.

Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions - with a pen or phone - if a divided Congress won't or can't act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union address.

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Filed under: President Obama
At Obama event, Ashley Judd says she may run for office one day
January 30th, 2014
07:45 PM ET
6 months ago

At Obama event, Ashley Judd says she may run for office one day

Nashville (CNN) - It's a role that's still on the mind of actress Ashley Judd.

At an education event hosted by President Barack Obama in Nashville, Judd, who considered and then decided against a campaign to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said she may decide to run for political office in the future.

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Filed under: Ashley Judd • President Obama • Tennessee
January 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama's State of the Union themes seek to boost Democrats in November

Washington (CNN) – Equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, immigration reform, combating climate change and virtually swearing off extended wars.

All are catnip for the political left, and all were highlighted by President Barack Obama this week as he informally launched the November election campaign for 36 Senate seats and a new House of Representatives.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 30, 2014
January 30th, 2014
06:00 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 30, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING …. JAKE TAPPER EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA SAYS WALMART, APPLE, FORD AND MORE PLEDGE HELP FOR LONG-TERM JOBLESS ... CNN’s Jake Tapper & Sherisse Pham report: - The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies, signing on to a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed "What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.

"Because they've been unemployed ... so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they're weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview," said Obama. As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown. "Do not screen people out of the hiring process just because they've been out of work for a long time," said the President.

Gut Check DVR: Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
January 30th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
6 months ago

Ryan: 'Not closing my options' on 2016

(CNN) – Conservative Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan isn't shutting any doors to 2016.

"I'm not closing my options," the 2012 vice Republican presidential nominee told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an interview appearing on "The Lead" Thursday. "But I'm just not focusing on that right now.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Paul Ryan
Sandra Fluke 'strongly considering running' for open House seat
January 30th, 2014
05:26 PM ET
6 months ago

Sandra Fluke 'strongly considering running' for open House seat

Washington (CNN) – Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist who rose to stardom during the debate over Obamacare’s contraception coverage, tells CNN she is “strongly considering” running for Congress now that Rep. Henry Waxman is retiring from his California House seat.

“I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate, especially for Rep. Waxman's seat, considering his incredible legacy,” Fluke, 32, said in a statement. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run.”

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Filed under: Henry Waxman • Rush Limbaugh
January 30th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
6 months ago

House Republican leaders unveil immigration standards

Updated 9:37 a.m. ET, 1/31/2014

Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) – House Republican leaders unveiled on Thursday an outline of immigration "standards," saying there "will be no special path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The document says, "These persons could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits)."

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Filed under: Congress • House • Immigration
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