Paul to filibuster Obama judicial nominee, author of drone memos
May 15th, 2014
07:31 PM ET
4 months ago

Paul to filibuster Obama judicial nominee, author of drone memos

Washington (CNN) - Rand Paul has set the stage for an encore.

Fourteen months after the Republican firebrand from Kentucky railed against President Barack Obama administration's unwillingness to rule out using drones on American soil - and the lack of judicial justification for such hypothetical attacks - Paul vowed on Thursday to deliver a repeat performance.

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Top White House aide takes on Veterans Affairs review
President Barack Obama talks with Rob Nabors in the Oval Office, Dec. 22, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
May 14th, 2014
11:42 PM ET
4 months ago

Top White House aide takes on Veterans Affairs review

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(CNN) – A top aide to President Barack Obama will assist officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs conduct a review of agency procedures after accusations of deadly delays in care at some hospitals.

Obama said he had tasked Rob Nabors, his deputy chief of staff, to assist VA leaders, including Secretary Eric Shinseki, in conducting their audit of clinics nationwide.

"America has a sacred trust with the men and women who serve our country in uniform - one that continues when they come home - and we must do everything to keep that trust," Obama said in a statement Wednesday, adding it was essential "we get to the bottom of what happened" at a VA hospital in Phoenix, where some veterans died while waiting for care.

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Obama to push for infrastructure projects, resulting jobs
President Obama in 2011 stood in front of the Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac River to address the country's infrastructure
May 14th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama to push for infrastructure projects, resulting jobs

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(CNN) – In a bid to address the country's crumbling infrastructure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will use the backdrop of New York's outdated Tappan Zee Bridge to warn that House Republicans are jeopardizing thousands of American jobs by failing to replenish the nation's highway trust fund.

"While a bipartisan group of members in the Senate are working toward a compromise, there has been no progress by House Republicans to date on the issue. A look at the House Republican approach to infrastructure shows the same top-down approach to the economy that isn't good for the middle class or jobs," a White House official said.

The White House official is referring to a transportation bill put forth by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat.

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May 1st, 2014
07:59 PM ET
5 months ago

Crossfire: Is Obama striding or stumbling on the world stage?

(CNN) – Is Barack Obama doing enough to stop Vladimir Putin?

That’s the question CNN “Crossfire” co-hosts Van Jones, on the left, and Newt Gingrich, on the right, asked Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, on Thursday.
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Filed under: Crossfire • Foreign Policy • Obama administration • President Obama • Ron Johnson • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Sanctions against Russia for Ukraine actions working – and more may be on the way
April 16th, 2014
10:05 PM ET
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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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