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
(CNN) - 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.
(CNN) – Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm – who threatened to hurl a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony earlier this week – has received some unsolicited crisis management advice from a fellow New Yorker who knows a thing or two about life in the glare of an unfriendly media spotlight.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner – aka “Carlos Danger” – offered the advice in an op-ed published Thursday in the New York Daily News.
Washington (CNN) - The end of 2013 may have been rough going for President Barack Obama, but political strife over Obamacare’s botched rollout and NSA spying didn’t cross over into his family life, according to the first lady.
When Obama got his “butt kicked,” his daughters didn’t offer too much sympathy, Michelle Obama told Ryan Seacrest Thursday in a radio interview.
Updated 4:39 p.m. ET, 1/30/2014
(CNN) – MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized Thursday for what he called an "offensive" network tweet, which suggested that conservatives may “hate” a Cheerios Super Bowl ad featuring a racially mixed family.
Griffin said the person responsible for the tweet was fired.
"The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable,” Griffin said in a written statement. “We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.”
Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, 1/30/2014
(CNN) - It’s the issue that dominated last year’s State of the Union address, but two days after President Barack Obama gave gun control only a brief mention in this year’s speech, he confronted the nation’s gun violence crisis head-on during a stop in Nashville.
Obama headed to Tennessee to talk about education, but he spoke at a high school where students are still reeling from the recent shooting death of one of their classmates.
Updated 3:51 p.m. ET on 1/30/2014
(CNN) - Rep. Henry Waxman, a longtime Democrat from California, announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election to a 21st term this November.
“In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress," he said in a statement. "Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign. I will not seek reelection to the Congress and will leave after 40 years in office at the end of this year."
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his Super Bowl pick Thursday morning, granting a rare interview as his administration faces abuse-of-power allegations.
“I believe Denver's going to win the game. I think it's going to be a close game and a good game,” he said on Philadelphia sports radio 94WIP, predicting the score would be around 24-21.
(CNN) – Ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, vying to reclaim his former post, has a 46%-38% lead over incumbent GOP Gov. Rick Scott in this year's governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.
The poll shows that the Republican-turned Democrat is ahead of Scott on most issues, and a majority of registered voters don't think Scott deserves a second term.
(CNN) – A new national poll released Thursday morning indicates potential Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton continues to have an overwhelming lead over other possible 2016 Democratic candidates, while former frontrunner Gov. Chris Christie is still losing ground among his potential GOP rivals.
Separately, a New Hampshire survey shows a similar outcome, with Clinton ahead and no clear GOP frontrunner in the crucial primary state.
Washington (CNN) – During Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, a loyal group of fundraisers – called the "Hillraisers" – donated and bundled millions of dollars for the then-senator's White House bid.
With the prospect of another run in 2016, the fundraisers watch Clinton’s moves with great interest, prepared to help any prospective run by opening their wallets and tapping their contacts as they did eight years earlier.