January 19th, 2014
11:21 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’

Washington (CNN) – Marijuana, which is still placed in the same category as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms by the federal government, is no more dangerous than alcohol, President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday.

Speaking to New Yorker editor David Remnick, Obama said he still viewed pot smoking negatively – but that on the whole, the drug wasn’t the social ill that it’s been viewed as in the past.

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Filed under: Obama administration
January 7th, 2014
07:07 PM ET
3 months ago

Gates' tell-all rattles White House, Congress

Updated 12:05 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

(CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates set off shock waves in Washington with accounts from his upcoming memoir, in which he unleashes blistering criticism of Congress and his former colleagues in the Obama administration.

He also claims the President lost faith in his own Afghanistan policy.
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Filed under: Obama administration • Robert Gates • White House
January 5th, 2014
07:13 PM ET
3 months ago

5 tests for kumbaya on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) – 2013 ended with Congress reaching a deal on funding the government without all the end-of-the-year drama that we've come to expect. Democrats and Republicans defied the recent all-or-nothing gamesmanship and brokered a budget deal before its deadline, prompting speculation that maybe, just maybe, dogs and cats can live together.

Here are five things on both President Barack Obama's and Congress' agendas that will show pretty quickly whether breaking the partisan logjam in the capital is possible or just a fantasy.

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Romney bashes Obama for 'deceptive' healthcare promises
January 5th, 2014
11:52 AM ET
3 months ago

Romney bashes Obama for 'deceptive' healthcare promises

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Sunday he believes President Barack Obama obscured the truth when he pledged citizens could keep their insurance plans if they liked it under his new health care law.

"He told people, 'You can keep the insurance you have, if you like it,'” Romney told Fox News' Chris Wallace. "That was not honest. That was deceptive."

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • Mitt Romney • Obama administration
Sen. Paul has his own Obamacare debacle
January 5th, 2014
11:49 AM ET
3 months ago

Sen. Paul has his own Obamacare debacle

Washington (CNN) - It seems everyday Americans aren’t the only ones suffering through a disastrous rollout of Obamacare; politicians are, too.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he’s had trouble signing up his own family through the Kentucky state health exchange.

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • Obama administration • Obamacare • Rand Paul
January 5th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
3 months ago

White House warns Republicans against fighting economic fixes

Washington (CNN) – The President’s top economic adviser warned Republicans that threatening default on the debt limit was risking political peril.

The White House's Director of the National Economic Council told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday morning that Republicans not only risk doing irreparable damage to the economy if they were to risk the full faith and credit of the United States in another political showdown with the Obama administration, but they could also destroy their chances at the polls in November.

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McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence
January 4th, 2014
06:13 PM ET
3 months ago

McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence

Washington (CNN) - As the Iraqi army and al Qaeda-linked militants battle for control of the city of Falluja, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are slamming the Obama administration for its Iraq policy.

More than two years after the administration failed to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq and withdrew all American combat troops from the country, the two senior Republican senators are blaming President Barack Obama for the violence erupting there this week.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Obama administration
December 20th, 2013
10:21 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China

(CNN) – President Barack Obama Friday announced he will nominate longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana as U.S. ambassador to China.

"For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China," the President said in a statement released by the White House.
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Filed under: Max Baucus • Obama administration
More than 1 million get Obamacare so far
December 19th, 2013
08:16 PM ET
4 months ago

More than 1 million get Obamacare so far

Updated 5:57p.m. ET, 12/20/2013

(CNN) – More than 1 million people have purchased new private health insurance on Obamacare exchanges at the state and federal level since the program launched in October, President Barack Obama said on Friday.

Obama told a news conference that more than 500,000 people selected plans through the federally run HealthCare.gov website in the first three weeks of December.

The remaining signed up over the nearly three-month period through online and other programs offered by 14 states.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Obama administration • Obamacare • President Obama
Obama's pick for China ambassador: Baucus
December 18th, 2013
07:19 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama's pick for China ambassador: Baucus

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is planning to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as U.S. ambassador to China, a Democratic official told CNN.

The Montana Democrat is retiring from Congress.

A longtime Baucus friend and confidante speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN's John King the Senator informed him directly that the China appointment was true. A spokesman for Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and a close friend of Baucus, confirmed to CNN's Paul Steinhauser that Hatch told the Washington Post that Baucus is the ambassadorial pick.

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Filed under: China • Max Baucus • Obama administration
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