Jimmy Carter believes the NSA monitors his e-mails
March 23rd, 2014
01:47 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Jimmy Carter believes the NSA monitors his e-mails

(CNN) – Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday he believes the National Security Agency is monitoring his e-mails, so when he wants to communicate with a foreign leader, he sends an old-fashioned letter via snail mail.

Asked by NBC's Andrea Mitchell about the debate surrounding the spy agency and the conflict between privacy and national security, Carter said the surveillance practices have "been extremely liberalized and I think abused by our own intelligence agencies."

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Filed under: Jimmy Carter • NSA • President Obama
Obama’s Europe trip shifts focus to Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
11:43 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Obama’s Europe trip shifts focus to Ukraine

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s European tour – originally focused on nuclear security and a first-time meeting with the new Pope – has taken on new urgency as international allies seek ways to punish Russia for its incursion into Ukraine.

Obama’s four-day continental excursion still features some Old World flair at the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a tour of the Colosseum in Rome. But amid the Vermeers and ancient ruins, the President must try to rally European leaders around a tougher response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s movement into the Crimean Peninsula.

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Filed under: European Union • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Barack H. Obama foundation drops middle initial
March 21st, 2014
03:53 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Barack H. Obama foundation drops middle initial

(CNN) - The foundation dedicated to planning and building Barack Obama's presidential library dropped the 'H' from its name.

A spokeswoman for "The Barack Obama Foundation" confirmed that the name change was deliberate, in order to avoid confusion with similarly named foundations.

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Susan Rice: White House reassessing U.S.- Russia relations
March 21st, 2014
03:50 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Susan Rice: White House reassessing U.S.- Russia relations

Washington (CNN) – Asked whether the United States is reassessing its relationship with Russia given the crisis in Ukraine, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice offered a direct answer.

"Yes," Rice flatly told reporters Friday during a briefing for President Obama's trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia next week.
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Filed under: President Obama • Russia • Susan Rice
Political Circus: Keeping it classy...
March 21st, 2014
01:53 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Political Circus: Keeping it classy...

(CNN)— Take the free-for-all nature of social media, add the oft-mean spirited commentary that punctuates political circles and you have a recipe for petty online smackdowns.

Conservative commentators Dana Loesch's and Meghan McCain's online back and forth devolved into an hours-long, Twitterverse brawl on the derogatory nature of (drumroll please)… political brawls.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • John Lewis • Meghan McCain • President Obama • Rahm Emanuel • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz • Uncategorized
Obama: Democrats get ‘clobbered’ in midterms
March 21st, 2014
09:15 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama: Democrats get ‘clobbered’ in midterms

(CNN) – President Barack Obama argued Thursday night that Democrats have low turnout and get "clobbered" in midterm elections because of the "toxic" nature of Washington.

“The problem is not that the American people disagree with us on the issues," the President said. "The challenge is, is that our politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith and finally they just say, 'You know what, I’m not interested, I’m not going to bother, I’m not going to vote.' ” FULL POST


Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • Fundraising • President Obama
Obama meets again with tech CEOs on privacy issues
March 21st, 2014
09:05 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama meets again with tech CEOs on privacy issues

Updated 7:43 p.m. ET, 3/21/2014

(CNN) - President Barack Obama met with tech company chief executives on Friday as a part of the administration's dialogue with the private sector on "issues surrounding intelligence, technology and privacy," according to the White House.

"The President reiterated his administration's commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe," the White House said in a readout of the meeting, which was closed to reporters.

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Filed under: Facebook • President Obama • White House
White House surprises Massachusetts high school with presidential visit announcement
March 20th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
3 weeks ago

White House surprises Massachusetts high school with presidential visit announcement

(CNN) – Worcester Tech High School Principal Sheila Harrity got the shock of her life, and then had to keep it secret for a week and a half. But, on Thursday she got the okay to reveal to 311 graduating high school seniors that President Barack Obama will be their commencement speaker.

A White House official says the administration picked the high school in the central Massachusetts city because the school, "has made outstanding headway in boosting its graduation rate, implementing cutting edge vocational programs, and ensuring that all of its students have the opportunity to succeed."

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Filed under: Massachusetts • President Obama
President Obama pushes for equal pay for women
Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Obama is visiting the school to highlight women's economic issues. (AP Images)
March 20th, 2014
05:25 PM ET
4 weeks ago

President Obama pushes for equal pay for women

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama's latest push in his much touted "Year of Action" is to help women get on an equal playing field with men.

Obama, speaking Thursday to a group of students and staff at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, discussed his plan to give women more access to higher education and skills for the workforce.

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Obama: Lincoln liked 'the occasional bawdy joke'
March 20th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama: Lincoln liked 'the occasional bawdy joke'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama defended himself Thursday against critics who argued that his recent appearance on a Web-based comedy show undermined the dignity of his office and would never have been done by one of his most famous predecessors – Abraham Lincoln.

Obama said in an interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd that Lincoln "loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and, you know, being out among regular folks."

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Filed under: Healthcare • President Obama
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