First Lady changes plans after controversy over high school graduation address
April 24th, 2014
01:50 PM ET
2 hours ago

First Lady changes plans after controversy over high school graduation address

(CNN) - Michelle Obama will no longer speak at Kansas high school graduation ceremony after protests that the first lady's presence meant less family members could attend because seating would be more limited.

Instead, the White House announced Thursday, Obama will speak May 16 at a "Senior Recognition Day" - the day before the official graduation.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
April 24th, 2014
01:09 PM ET
1 hour ago

First lady receives plea from daughter of unemployed man

Washington (CNN) - The children of Executive Office employees crowded into the East Room of the White House on Thursday to ask first lady Michelle Obama a question as part of the White House’s annual celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

While most children used their question to ask Obama about her favorite food or drink or place to travel, one young girl seated in the front row took the opportunity to try to help her unemployed father.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • unemployment
For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide
April 24th, 2014
12:49 PM ET
2 hours ago

For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide

(CNN) – For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally.

"It's a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government's gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation's archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.

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Filed under: President Obama • The Lead
Can Mr. Jones stay in Washington?
April 24th, 2014
12:46 PM ET
2 hours ago

Can Mr. Jones stay in Washington?

Buxton, North Carolina (CNN) - The wind is whipping up as Taylor Griffin stands on a tiny sliver of sand on Cape Hatteras on a recent afternoon, listening to a family whose entire livelihood might soon tumble into the sea. The Atlantic Ocean is just a few feet away, and high tide is coming in. These are the waves that have been steadily eroding one of the country's most storied beaches for a generation, threatening a pencil-thin stretch of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, that produce hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly tourism revenue for the state.

Carol Dawson and her son, Jeff, own several businesses here, including the Cape Hatteras Motel, an oceanfront structure propped up by wooden beams and, these days, piles of sandbags. The Dawsons complain that the federal government - mainly, the National Park Service and their congressman, Rep. Walter Jones - have abandoned them. Their beaches haven't been nourished in decades, crucial access roads have been breached by hurricanes, and endangered sea turtles are offered more protections than the 4,000 or so full-time residents of Hatteras Island.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina
Land Rights
April 24th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
36 minutes ago

Politicians denounce Bundy's racist remarks

Updated 3:33 p.m. ET 4/24/2014

(CNN) - What started out as a standoff over land rights may be turning into a controversy over race.

Racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy – who earlier this month appeared to win a highly publicized standoff against federal authorities over his two-decade long illegal grazing of cattle on public land – are giving Democrats a new weapon to attack some top Republicans who earlier came to Bundy's defense.

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Filed under: Dean Heller • Nevada • Rand Paul
April 24th, 2014
10:18 AM ET
3 hours ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements

Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements–On President Obama’s visit to Asia, we’ve seen him eat $300 sushi, view an archery demonstration and play soccer with a robot. What we haven’t seen is any movement on a key Pacific region trade agreement, any sort of development on new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, or any pivot on the troubled U.S. effort to get chemical weapons out of Syria. On Thursday the president moves from Japan to South Korea.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Caroline Kennedy • President Obama • Rand Paul
Poll: Key Senate battle all tied up
April 24th, 2014
09:33 AM ET
11 minutes ago

Poll: Key Senate battle all tied up

(CNN) - A new poll in Colorado, a state that could determine if the Democrats keep control of the Senate in this year's midterm elections, indicates the race is deadlocked between the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger.

And a Quinnipiac University survey also suggests that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the strongest of the potential 2016 presidential candidates in Colorado right now, edging out Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 showdown in the Rocky Mountain state.

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Filed under: 2014 • Colorado • Cory Gardner • Mark Udall • Polls • Senate • Senate Race
April 24th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
6 hours ago

Obama: Japanese robots a little scary'

Tokyo (CNN) - President Barack Obama has some new high tech friends

The President played soccer Thursday with a Japanese robot during a stop at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Mirikan. The visit was aimed at highlighting the renewal of a 10 year scientific collaboration between the two countries, and to show off Japan's latest technologies.

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Filed under: Japan • President Obama
NRA gathers as gun debate cools, shifts focus
April 24th, 2014
05:00 AM ET
7 hours ago

NRA gathers as gun debate cools, shifts focus

(CNN) – The National Rifle Association holds its annual meeting this weekend with the gun debate cooling overall and pivoting to the states, where gun-control advocates are recalibrating around big money.

The three-day event in Indianapolis is expected to draw 70,000 to its sprawling shooting, hunting and outdoor exhibits as well as rallies, seminars and concerts.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA
Hillary Clinton: Today's media is more entertainment, less facts
April 23rd, 2014
09:20 PM ET
4 hours ago

Hillary Clinton: Today's media is more entertainment, less facts

Storrs, Connecticut (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented the state of journalism on Wednesday, telling an audience at the University of Connecticut that journalism is now driven more by entertainment than fact based reporting.

Clinton, who has been the focus of national media attention since the early 1990s, told the 2,300-person audience that "journalism has changed quite a bit in a way that is not good for the country and not good for journalism."

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Filed under: Connecticut • Hillary Clinton
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