Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous
February 21st, 2014
02:24 PM ET
6 months ago

Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous

Washington (CNN) – The Internet is kind of like that annoying friend from college who remembers you at your sloppy drunk worst and keeps telling the stories over and over again.

While combing through 25,000 documents related to the now-closed investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, when he was the Milwaukee County executive, we came across this gem.

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Obama takes next step in fuel efficiency drive
February 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama takes next step in fuel efficiency drive

Updated 2:10 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama took the next step on Tuesday in his administration's effort to cut emissions and reduce oil use through better fuel economy on the nation's highways.

Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland, Obama instructed environmental and transportation agencies to get to work on the next round of gas mileage requirements for big trucks.
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Obama nominee would be first openly gay black male on federal bench
February 5th, 2014
01:28 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama nominee would be first openly gay black male on federal bench

Washington (CNN) - The slate of judicial nominees that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday includes a judge who, if confirmed, would become the first openly gay male African-American on the federal bench.

Darrin Gayles, a state circuit court judge in Florida, was one of four nominees announced Wednesday for two different U.S. District Courts in Florida. A fifth nominee – Cheryl Ann Krause – was tapped to serve on a Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • President Obama • White House
Obama says digital learning push will help U.S. catch up
February 4th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama says digital learning push will help U.S. catch up

Updated 1:00 p.m. ET, 2/4/2013

Adelphi, Maryland (CNN) - Nine-figure commitments from America’s leading technology and telecommunications firms will help U.S. students compete with their counterparts in nations with more technologically advanced schools, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

The commitments from Verizon, Sprint and other major companies come in the form of services and devices, including $100 million worth of iPads and laptop computers from Apple Inc., the California-based tech giant.

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Poll: Majority oppose NSA, Obama's address had little impact
January 20th, 2014
04:54 PM ET
7 months ago

Poll: Majority oppose NSA, Obama's address had little impact

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's proposed reforms to the National Security Agency have done little to change public opinion about its controversial telephone metadata collection practices, with a new national survey showing a majority of Americans oppose the agency's collection programs.

A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll released Monday indicates that half of respondents have not heard anything about the President's proposed changes. Forty-one percent said they were somewhat familiar with the reforms and only 8% said they had heard a lot.

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Filed under: NSA • Obama administration
January 19th, 2014
11:21 AM ET
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
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