February 28th, 2014
05:13 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama and Biden show us their moves

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are running again. But this time, not for office.

Demanding jobs aside, the two jogged around the White House in their ties to highlight the need to keep in shape.

"Mr. President, are you ready to move," Biden asked as he entered the Oval Office.

"Absolutely, let's do this thing. Let's move," Obama responded.

The two taped the video as part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, which aims to reduce childhood obesity.

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U.S. Attorney interviews Christie's spokesman in bridge investigation
February 27th, 2014
11:54 PM ET
10 months ago

U.S. Attorney interviews Christie's spokesman in bridge investigation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's press secretary met with federal investigators for several hours on Thursday and answered questions about what role, if any, he played in the closing of access lanes at the George Washington Bridge in September, according to his lawyer.

Attorney Anthony Iacullo declined to discuss the questions put to long-time Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak.

"Mike Drewniak is my client. I know Mike from his many years at the United States Attorney's Office to be a genuinely hardworking and honest individual, and I am pleased to represent his interests," Iacullo said in a written statement. "He is at best a witness and a tangential figure in these events and proceedings, and I am certain all fair, objective and non-partisan parties will recognize that as we move forward."

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Filed under: Chris Christie
What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?
February 27th, 2014
08:28 PM ET
10 months ago

What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?

(CNN) - Straying from his 2012 campaign trail all-American, no-frills persona, Rick Perry had a new look while making a round of media calls in Washington last week – a trendy pair of thick-rimmed glasses.

But the former presidential candidate's new specs aren't all about fashion.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rick Perry
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2014
February 27th, 2014
06:26 PM ET
10 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | February 27, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

PRESIDENT OBAMA GETS PERSONAL …

RAW LANGUAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM ANNOUNCING INITIATIVE TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR: Announcing “My Brother’s Keeper,” an administration initiative where leading foundations and businesses will donate at least $200 million over five years towards mentoring programs aimed at minority youth of color, President Obama talked about the mistakes he made when he was younger: “When I was their age, I was a lot like them. I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high, not always thinking about the harm that it would do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.”

MORE OBAMA: “… In the aftermath of the Trayvon martin verdict, with all of the emotions and controversy that it sparked, I spoke about the need to bolster and reinforce our young men and give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them and I’m grateful that Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina and Tracy are here.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Previously secret Clinton White House documents released
February 27th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
10 months ago

Previously secret Clinton White House documents released

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Updated 1:35 p.m. ET, 2/28/2014

(CNN) – A new look at the inner workings of the Clinton White House emerged Friday, with the National Archives and Records Administration releasing a first batch of confidential memos and papers.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 pages of documents came out shortly after 1 p.m. ET.
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Filed under: Arkansas • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
AFP president: Reid tries to 'silence and intimidate' Americans
February 27th, 2014
04:51 PM ET
10 months ago

AFP president: Reid tries to 'silence and intimidate' Americans

Washington (CNN) - One day after Senate Majority Harry Reid repeatedly attacked the conservative billionaire activists, the Koch brothers, and their well-financed conservative organization Americans for Prosperity, the head of that group, Tim Phillips, said Reid is using scare tactics against detractors.

"For a politician to try and silence and intimidate an American citizen solely because they don't like the facts that are coming out and the story they are telling says more about the politician than it says about Americans for Prosperity," Phillips told CNN in a sit-down interview near his office in Arlington, Virginia Thursday morning.

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WH:  Potential Clinton-Biden contest 'not weighing on the President's mind'
February 27th, 2014
04:18 PM ET
10 months ago

WH: Potential Clinton-Biden contest 'not weighing on the President's mind'

Washington (CNN) -  What happens if the co-captains of President Barack Obama's "Team of Rivals" run for president?

A potential match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that once seemed far-fetched, is increasingly sounding more plausible.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Vice President Biden
Biden: 2016 is 'lifetimes away'
February 27th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
10 months ago

Biden: 2016 is 'lifetimes away'

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's "so tired about hearing about the demise of the Democratic Party."

Giving a pep talk Thursday to Democratic Party officials to go on offense as the 2014 midterm election season heats up, the vice president went on to say that "my central message to you is look: I think we should not apologize for a single thing."
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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Congress • Joe Biden
February 27th, 2014
03:40 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama unveils 'My Brother's Keeper,' opens up about his dad, drugs and race

(CNN) – The President has a message for young minority men who grew up like he did.

"No excuses. Government, and private sector, and philanthropy, and all the faith communities, we all have a responsibility to help provide you the tools you need. We've got to help you knock down some of the barriers that you experience," he said.

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Filed under: President Obama
February 27th, 2014
03:09 PM ET
10 months ago

Vets bill fails in Senate, victim of election-year gridlock

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic bill designed to make numerous improvements to services for veterans failed in the Senate Thursday, a victim of the partisan gridlock and election-year acrimony that dominates the chamber.

On a largely party-line vote, 56 to 41, the measure didn’t get the 60 votes it needed to clear a procedural hurdle.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans
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