Sanctions against Russia for Ukraine actions working – and more may be on the way
April 16th, 2014
10:05 PM ET
6 days ago

Sanctions against Russia for Ukraine actions working – and more may be on the way

(CNN) – Sanctions imposed against Russia are working as a deterrent, President Barack Obama and other White House senior administration officials said Wednesday in a detailed defense and explanation of the U.S. response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

And new sanctions could be imposed as early as Friday, with key Putin allies, institutions and top oligarchs among the targets, other senior administration officials said.
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Filed under: Obama administration • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day
April 15th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
7 days ago

RNC files suit against IRS on Tax Day

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday, the day Americans file their taxes, it's suing the Internal Revenue Service over withholding records involved in the agency's targeting of conservative and other groups.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) has spent nearly a year investigating why the agency used conservative political terms like "Tea Party" and "patriot" to flag some applications for tax-exempt status.

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Filed under: Obama administration • RNC • Taxes
April 15th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
1 week ago

U.S. supports Ukraine's military moves for now, urges caution

Washington (CNN) – For weeks, the White House has on an almost daily basis applauded the Ukrainian government’s restraint in dealing with what many see as an attempted Russian takeover of more than just Crimea, repeatedly stating there should not be a military solution.

The Obama administration reiterated that sentiment on Tuesday, while also supporting Ukraine's movement of troops toward the worst trouble zones in the eastern part of the country.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
April 13th, 2014
01:43 PM ET
1 week ago

Sebelius’ resignation and the politics of Obamacare

(CNN) – Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing health and human services secretary, said the decision to step down from her post was hers - not the Obama administration's.

After seeing Obamacare through its botched rollout and the eight-week fix period, and past the 7 million sign-up goal after the open enrollment deadline, Sebelius announced last week she would step down, saying Sunday it was a "logical time to leave."

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Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning
April 10th, 2014
06:56 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning

(CNN) - Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday.

President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sylvia Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius, according to the official.

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Filed under: HHS • Kathleen Sebelius • Obama administration
Obama administration: U.S. and Saudi Arabia 'very much aligned'
March 28th, 2014
05:44 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama administration: U.S. and Saudi Arabia 'very much aligned'

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN) - The United States and Saudi Arabia are "very much aligned" despite recent policy differences over Iran and Syria, a senior U.S. official said following a meeting between President Barack Obama and King Abdullah.

Sitting down face to face with the King at his desert retreat, Rawdat Khuraim, outside the capital, Obama reiterated the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

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Rumsfeld 'trained ape' comment stirs controversy
March 26th, 2014
11:40 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Rumsfeld 'trained ape' comment stirs controversy

(CNN) – Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's comments earlier this week that a "trained ape" could have done a better job securing diplomatic relations with Afghanistan than the Obama administration sparked a backlash on social media.

But a Rumsfeld aide notes that he has used the phrase before and wasn't referring specifically to President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Donald Rumsfeld • Hamid Karzai • Obama administration • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Obamacare applicants to get more deadline flexibility
March 25th, 2014
11:35 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Obamacare applicants to get more deadline flexibility

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration will give more time to people who try to apply for health insurance coverage through the federal marketplace by Monday but encounter difficulty, administration officials said Tuesday evening.

Monday is the deadline for people to enroll in order to have coverage for this year or face penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

"Open enrollment ends March 31. We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment - either online or over the phone," said Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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March 23rd, 2014
01:37 PM ET
4 weeks ago

White House continues calls to isolate Russia, support Ukraine

(CNN) - The Obama administration said Sunday that action against Russia for its incursion into Crimea is working, as Moscow’s economy struggles under sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries.

"This is exactly already a real cost for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and in Russia and the economy," White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Obama administration • Russia • TV-State of the Union • Ukraine
U.S. concerned Russians not being truthful about Ukraine intentions
March 21st, 2014
04:21 PM ET
1 month ago

U.S. concerned Russians not being truthful about Ukraine intentions

(CNN) - Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine's eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Officials assess that Russia - as early as coming days - could use any number of pretexts to justify further military incursions into Ukraine.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Russia • Ukraine
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