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
Obama to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China
December 18th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama to nominate Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China

(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.
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Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo
December 18th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo

(CNN) – In a defeat for the Obama administration over executive privilege, a federal judge has ordered the release of a secret government document dealing with foreign aid that President Barack Obama has refused to make public.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle, in a ruling dated Tuesday, rejected as "troubling" the sweeping White House contention that a single unclassified directive was within the so-called presidential communications privilege.

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December 17th, 2013
10:02 PM ET
4 months ago

Tech source: We weren't at White House for health care chat

Washington (CNN) - While President Barack Obama and White House aides may have wanted the nation's top tech executives to help dissect their botched health care website, the industry titans themselves had something else in mind: the federal government's vast cybersnooping.

A source familiar with Tuesday's discussion at the White House said several executives at the meeting were frustrated with the White House's focus on HealthCare.gov, because the chiefs came to Washington to voice their concerns on surveillance issues.
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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • NSA • Obama administration
December 17th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
4 months ago

Microsoft exec to oversee Obamacare website

New York (CNNMoney) - Tech executive Kurt DelBene, who recently served as president of Microsoft's key Office division, was tapped by the government Tuesday to oversee the continued efforts to fix the troubled Obamacare website.

The move was announced by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services. DelBene has agreed to stay on the job through at least the first half of next year, she said.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obama administration • Obamacare
New Obama adviser won't advise on Keystone decision
December 11th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
4 months ago

New Obama adviser won't advise on Keystone decision

Washington (CNN) - John Podesta, the Democratic wise man brought on by President Barack Obama to assist on health care and climate issues, won't advise the President when he decides whether or not to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The decision to abstain from the Keystone decision-making was Podesta's suggestion, the White House said Wednesday, and was made because the former Clinton chief of staff has made his opposition to the project known.
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White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment
December 3rd, 2013
06:27 PM ET
5 months ago

White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

"We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • Obama administration
Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress
December 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
5 months ago

Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress

Washington (CNN) - News that the Obama administration met critical repair goals for HealthCare.gov brought almost no applause from Capitol Hill Sunday, with just a few members of Congress responding to the website progress report at all.

Of those who responded, most either indicated that they expect more issues or that they saw the website as the beginning of Obamacare's problems.

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Ex-national security adviser: ‘Direct line’ between Iran sanctions and Rouhani's election
December 1st, 2013
12:24 PM ET
5 months ago

Ex-national security adviser: ‘Direct line’ between Iran sanctions and Rouhani's election

Washington (CNN) - In an interview Sunday, Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to the Obama White House, traced a clear path between President Barack Obama's decision to implement sanctions against Iran and the deal brokered with Tehran last week.

"There is a direct line here between the sanctions, Rouhani's election, and their coming to the table," Donilon told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

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Filed under: Iran • Obama administration • Tom Donilon
Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’
December 1st, 2013
10:39 AM ET
5 months ago

Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’

Washington (CNN) - Retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday the United States has all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

"We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," Hayden said when asked about the agreement reached last week between Iran and the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • Michael Hayden • Obama administration
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