August 12th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
2 weeks ago

'Hugging it out’: Hillary Clinton calls Obama to calm tensions

Updated 12:55 p.m. ET, 8/15/2014

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton reached out to President Barack Obama on Tuesday to tell him that headline-grabbing comments she made about his foreign policy were not meant as a political attack.

The potential presidential candidate called Obama to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership," Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former secretary of state, said.

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head
August 12th, 2014
12:03 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is opting to stay dry.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged the President to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"The President appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge – though his contribution to this effort will be monetary," Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Tuesday.

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Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no
August 12th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — President Barack Obama thinks he’ll have the chance to nominate at least one more Supreme Court justice before his term in the White House is up.

Speaking to Democratic supporters at a fundraiser on Monday in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama used the potential decision to elicit support for Democrats, who he said needed to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in order for his picks to be confirmed.

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Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
August 12th, 2014
08:09 AM ET
2 weeks ago

After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha’s Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.

The former top diplomat, on the tiny Massachusetts island to promote her book, will find herself at the same social gathering as Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday night.

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Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch
August 11th, 2014
02:18 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch

Washington (CNN) - Mr. President, you've been challenged.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged President Barack Obama to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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White House wants to improve government websites
August 11th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
2 weeks ago

White House wants to improve government websites

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) - The White House is putting the team of technology experts that helped revive the balky HealthCare.gov website to work, improving other government webpages, officials announced Monday.

The U.S. Digital Service, comprised of private and public sector technology experts, will help make websites of federal agencies and departments more user-friendly, accommodating the widespread desire among Americans to conduct business online.

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Filed under: Obamacare • President Obama
August 10th, 2014
03:24 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Hillary Clinton splits with Obama on foreign policy

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, dramatically distanced herself from the President's approach to foreign policy in an interview published Sunday.

"Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," Clinton told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, knocking the Obama administration's foreign policy.

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Toddler causes security breach at White House, delays Obama address on Iraq
August 8th, 2014
07:26 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Toddler causes security breach at White House, delays Obama address on Iraq

(CNN) – President Barack Obama was about to address the nation on Iraq Thursday night when the briefing was delayed because of a security breach on the North Lawn of the White House.

But this wasn't your normal breach, this was one of a pint-sized variety.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obama to break up vacation with return to Washington
August 6th, 2014
07:03 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Obama to break up vacation with return to Washington

(CNN) - His past vacations have been interrupted by fights with Congress and foreign unrest.

This year, President Barack Obama is planning ahead, budgeting some work time into his two-week-long summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Instead of spending the full span on the island, Obama will return to Washington for two days to attend meetings before heading back to the Massachusetts resort.

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Filed under: President Obama
August 6th, 2014
10:16 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Final day of Obama's Africa summit to focus on security and corruption

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will participate in a full day of discussion with African leaders Wednesday, turning the conversation to "overall prosperity" in the third and final day of the African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

A White House official told CNN that the President will highlight the "complex security challenges" African countries face and how the United States can support them. The panel discussion is focused on "Peace and Regional Stability," one of three in which Obama will participate at the U.S. State Department Wednesday.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama • White House
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