Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure
August 3rd, 2014
01:04 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure

Washington (CNN) – Will an apology be enough to soothe the strained relations between the CIA and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee? It’s a critical lingering question in the rare public spat between the intelligence agency and the lawmakers charged with the agency’s oversight.

Tempers on the committee flared in recent months over reports that the CIA spied on computers used by intelligence committee staffers. A CIA inspector general’s report confirmed these reports this past week, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to apologize to committee members Thursday. However, some members aren’t satisfied, citing Brennan’s previous remarks that batted down the spying accusations

“I don't think an apology is enough,” Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “I think we've really got to have some serious discussions about John Brennan, find out what he knew about this when he was making those statements, what he knew about it at the time. I'm not calling for his resignation, but I'm pretty skeptical right now.”

In contrast, the White House reconfirmed support of Brennan.

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July 25th, 2014
11:44 AM ET
3 months ago

Senior Obama adviser on impeachment: 'I would not discount that possibility'

Washington (CNN) – Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime aide and senior adviser to President Barack Obama, told reporters Friday that recent talk of impeaching the President should not be considered a long shot.

"I would not discount that possibility," Pfeiffer said, pointing out that a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday indicated that a third of Americans think Obama should be impeached.

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March 16th, 2014
04:24 PM ET
7 months ago

Sunday Chatter: Putin, 2014 and the missing Malaysian airplane

Two international events filled the Sunday political talk shows: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move in Crimea and Ukraine and the mystery surrounding the bizarre and puzzling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Dick Durbin • Jeff Flake • John McCain • Mike Rogers • Peter King • Reince Priebus • Ukraine • Uncategorized • Vladimir Putin
March 16th, 2014
12:33 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama adviser Pfeiffer says president isn’t a midterm liability

Washington (CNN) - One of President Obama’s advisers said Sunday that, despite the President’s low popularity numbers, he’ll still be helpful for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

A CNN Poll of Polls from last week, averaging four national surveys that measure the President's approval rating, said just 44% of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House.

But Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to the President, said despite those numbers, many Democratic candidates will still rely on help from Obama.

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Filed under: 2014 • Dan Pfeiffer • Reince Priebus • Robert Gibbs
Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.
January 26th, 2014
11:58 AM ET
9 months ago

Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.

Washington (CNN) – It was just over a month ago that lawmakers on Capitol Hill passed a bipartisan budget and members were singing "Kumbaya."

Those days are over.
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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Debt • Mitch McConnell
January 26th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
9 months ago

WH adviser: Obama prepared to use bully pulpit

(CNN) - White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said President Barack Obama's plan to take more action in 2014-even without congressional approval-shouldn't be considered a threat to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

"I don't think it's confrontational. It's 'Let's find areas to work together,'" he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "There are some items right before Congress we can do together."
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September 26th, 2013
06:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Pfeiffer: WH is not ‘negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest’

(CNN) - Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said a U.S. debt default could be catastrophic. But President Barack Obama said Thursday he will not "not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America." That is, no negotiating with Republicans.

Yet, the American people support, by a two-to-one margin, a requirement for spending cuts when negotiating more borrowing authority for the government to pay its bills, according to a new Bloomberg News poll.

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Filed under: Congress • Dan Pfeiffer • Debt • President Obama
Pfeiffer shooting hoops after hospital visits
September 15th, 2013
01:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Pfeiffer shooting hoops after hospital visits

(CNN)– Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama's longtime adviser, is back on the basketball court after being hospitalized last week.

Pfeiffer retweeted this tweet Sunday from Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich:

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WH: Pfeiffer back at work after health scare
September 14th, 2013
02:17 PM ET
1 year ago

WH: Pfeiffer back at work after health scare

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A White House spokeswoman confirmed Saturday that Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama's longtime adviser, is back at work after he was hospitalized last week for "stroke-like symptoms."

"We are happy and relieved to have Dan back at work full time," Amy Brundage told CNN.

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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Obama administration
W.H. adviser questions whether GOP will throw wrench in governing
May 19th, 2013
10:01 AM ET
1 year ago

W.H. adviser questions whether GOP will throw wrench in governing

(CNN) - In the wake of controversies plaguing the Obama administration, a White House senior adviser admitted Sunday there is a "healthy skepticism" about government. But he argued it's up to Republicans to decide how much Washington will focus on the scandals.

"Are Republicans going to continue to work with the president ... or are they going to use this as a reason to not act at all?" Dan Pfeiffer asked on CNN's "State of the Union."
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