Obama makes his pick in contested Hawaii primary
Brian Schatz participates in a ceremonial swearing in event with Vice President Joe Biden, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill, on December 27, 2012.
March 31st, 2014
03:33 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama makes his pick in contested Hawaii primary

Updated 5:13 p.m. ET, 3/31/2014

(CNN) – President Barack Obama jumped into the heated Democratic primary battle in his native state of Hawaii, backing incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

Schatz, previously lieutenant governor, was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in 2012 after the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye.
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Filed under: 2014 • Hawaii • President Obama • Senate
He plans to run for Congress - in 4 states
January 23rd, 2014
01:46 PM ET
3 months ago

He plans to run for Congress - in 4 states

(CNN) - Allan Levene really - really - wants to serve in Congress.

So much so, that he plans to run in four states: Georgia. Minnesota. Michigan. Hawaii.

It's puzzling, but the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat.

As he sees it, all roads lead to Rome.

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Filed under: Congress • Georgia • Hawaii • Michigan • Minnesota
January 1st, 2014
03:38 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama stays largely off the radar during Hawaii vacation

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – As the sun rises in Honolulu, the White House Press Corps readies for another day in pursuit of the vacationing Commander in Chief.

Despite more than 40 journalists, photographers, and engineers being on site, getting a glimpse of the president over the last week has proved elusive.
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Filed under: Hawaii • President Obama
November 13th, 2013
10:09 AM ET
5 months ago

With Hawaii and Illinois, U.S. crosses a same-sex marriage mark

(CNN) - As Hawaii and Illinois join the list of states approving same-sex marriage, the United States crosses a big mark on the issue: More than 1 in 3 Americans will live where same-sex marriage is legal.

It's a dramatic shift in a short period of time - one not seen on other social issues.

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Filed under: Hawaii • Same-sex marriage
Hawaii to become 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage
November 12th, 2013
06:48 PM ET
5 months ago

Hawaii to become 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Hawaii's legislature gave final passage to a measure Tuesday to make it the 16th American state to legalize same-sex marriage.

"With today's vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law," President Obama, a native Hawaiian, said in a statement.

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Filed under: Hawaii • Same-sex marriage
Man who allegedly threatened to decapitate congresswoman kept in jail
August 30th, 2013
07:20 PM ET
8 months ago

Man who allegedly threatened to decapitate congresswoman kept in jail

(CNN) - A man who allegedly threatened to decapitate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii appeared in court in San Diego, California, Friday and was ordered to remain in jail for now.

Aniruddha Sherbow made two threats to murder the Democratic congresswoman earlier this month, according to newly unsealed court documents.

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Filed under: Hawaii • Tulsi Gabbard
Obama split on location of presidential library
February 22nd, 2013
08:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama split on location of presidential library

(CNN) – He holds a strong association with both places – Hawaii is his birthplace and winter retreat, but Chicago is his adopted home and where his children were born.

And on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he's still not sure which location would be the home of his presidential library.
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Filed under: Hawaii • President Obama
Obama’s vacation came amidst fiscal wrangling
January 5th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama’s vacation came amidst fiscal wrangling

(CNN) - About 90 minutes after publicly berating lawmakers for failing to reach a fiscal cliff deal before the holidays, President Barack Obama flew out of Washington. He landed in Hawaii 11 hours later - over 4,000 miles from Capitol Hill, and where the temperature was a balmy 80 degrees, twice what it was in Washington.

"As we leave town for a few days, I hope it gives everyone perspective," he said in those remarks on December 21, two weeks ago. "Everybody can drink some eggnog, have some Christmas cookies, sing some Christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones."
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Filed under: Hawaii • President Obama
The power of the (auto) pen
January 3rd, 2013
11:30 AM ET
1 year ago

The power of the (auto) pen

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - If you are a president who desperately wants to salvage your Hawaiian vacation, why stick around Washington to sign a bill when an automatic pen can do it for you?

That’s what happened Wednesday when the long-haggled over bill to avert the fiscal cliff was delivered to the White House for the president’s signature. With Obama 5,000 miles away in Hawaii, aides decided to prepare the president with an electronic version of the document for his review rather than commission a special flight to currier over the document.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Hawaii • President Obama
Schatz sworn in as U.S. senator from Hawaii
December 27th, 2012
02:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Schatz sworn in as U.S. senator from Hawaii

Washington (CNN) - Hawaii's newest senator was nominated, appointed, and sworn into his seat so quickly he had to scramble to get himself ready for the red-eye flight to Washington.

"I bought this coat yesterday," Brian Schatz told reporters after landing on the mainland dressed in an overcoat - hardly necessary in Hawaii, where temperatures were in the low 70s on Thursday.
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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Hawaii
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