Obama on hiatus from vacation with Iraq, Ferguson on his agenda
August 18th, 2014
09:24 AM ET
3 days ago

Obama on hiatus from vacation with Iraq, Ferguson on his agenda

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returned to the White House late Sunday night, taking the unusual step of interrupting his Martha's Vineyard vacation for two days.

The short visit was announced on August 6, the day before Obama authorized targeted airstrikes in Iraq aimed at protecting U.S. personnel and preventing a potential genocide of minorities by terrorist group ISIS.

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Rogers: ‘Never say never’ for combat troops in Iraq
August 17th, 2014
02:56 PM ET
3 days ago

Rogers: ‘Never say never’ for combat troops in Iraq

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN Sunday he’ll “never say never” to the possibility of U.S. combat troops returning to the ground in Iraq to fight Islamic extremists.

The question has come up in recent weeks as the Obama administration has watched the Iraqi leadership stumble in a bitter war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, cautioned that he doesn’t think sending in combat troops is necessarily beneficial at this point. But he also said President Obama is giving away too much strategically by placing such strict limits on the U.S. military role up front. FULL POST


Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • Mike Rogers • President Obama
August 14th, 2014
03:05 PM ET
7 days ago

Obama takes measured tone on clashes in Ferguson

Updated 4:34 p.m. ET, 8/14/2014

(CNN) – President Obama on Thursday urged calm and peace in Ferguson, Missouri, where clashes between protestors and police continue to escalate in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.

The President condemned all parties involved in the recent unrest.

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No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama
August 13th, 2014
05:55 PM ET
1 week ago

No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama

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Vineyard Haven, Mass. (CNN) – The foreign policy rift between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama that played out publicly this week was not enough to ruin the birthday party of a mutual friend.

She may have sharply chastised his foreign policy this week, but all remains well between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state insisted, and the two were happy to spend time together, along with 150 other guests, in Martha's Vineyard Wednesday at a party thrown by longtime friend Vernon Jordan for his wife Ann.

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
August 12th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
6 days ago

'Hugging it out’: Hillary Clinton calls Obama to calm tensions

Updated 12:55 p.m. ET, 8/15/2014

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton reached out to President Barack Obama on Tuesday to tell him that headline-grabbing comments she made about his foreign policy were not meant as a political attack.

The potential presidential candidate called Obama to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership," Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former secretary of state, said.

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head
August 12th, 2014
12:03 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is opting to stay dry.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged the President to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"The President appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge – though his contribution to this effort will be monetary," Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Tuesday.

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Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no
August 12th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
1 week ago

Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — President Barack Obama thinks he’ll have the chance to nominate at least one more Supreme Court justice before his term in the White House is up.

Speaking to Democratic supporters at a fundraiser on Monday in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama used the potential decision to elicit support for Democrats, who he said needed to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in order for his picks to be confirmed.

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Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
August 12th, 2014
08:09 AM ET
1 week ago

After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha’s Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.

The former top diplomat, on the tiny Massachusetts island to promote her book, will find herself at the same social gathering as Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday night.

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Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch
August 11th, 2014
02:18 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch

Washington (CNN) - Mr. President, you've been challenged.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged President Barack Obama to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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White House wants to improve government websites
August 11th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
1 week ago

White House wants to improve government websites

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) - The White House is putting the team of technology experts that helped revive the balky HealthCare.gov website to work, improving other government webpages, officials announced Monday.

The U.S. Digital Service, comprised of private and public sector technology experts, will help make websites of federal agencies and departments more user-friendly, accommodating the widespread desire among Americans to conduct business online.

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Filed under: Obamacare • President Obama
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