Obama uses weekly address to send Easter, Passover wishes
Passover Seder at the White House, 2013
April 19th, 2014
03:37 PM ET
17 hours ago

Obama uses weekly address to send Easter, Passover wishes

Washington (CNN) - Politics were put aside Saturday as President Barack Obama wished the American people a Happy Easter in his weekly address.

In remarks to people of all faiths, “believer or nonbeliever,” the President noted the special time of year, for Christians and Jews especially, and called on all to “love and serve one another, particularly ‘the least of these’ among us.”

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Filed under: President Obama
April 17th, 2014
03:46 PM ET
3 days ago

Obama: Republicans 'were wrong' about Obamacare

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called on his fellow Democrats to "forcefully defend and be proud" of the fact that millions of people have signed up for health care insurance through the federal marketplaces, and faulted Republicans who are still angling to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I don't think we should apologize for it. I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell," Obama said Thursday during a rare appearance at the daily White House news conference.
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Filed under: Obamacare • President Obama
'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again
April 17th, 2014
10:57 AM ET
2 days ago

'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again

(CNN) - The selfie. The “guys’ trip.” An endorsement?

Not quite.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
April 17th, 2014
07:33 AM ET
3 days ago

'Pals': Biden, Obama make selfie time

(CNN) – Let the selfies continue.

Vice President Joe Biden posted his first selfie late Wednesday, hours after launching his Instagram account.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
Obama, Biden announce millions for job training
April 16th, 2014
09:11 AM ET
4 days ago

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Oakdale, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers.

“When it comes to training our workers, not all of today's good jobs require a four-year college degree, but I promise there's not a job out there that's going to pay a lot if you don't have some sort of specialized training,” Obama said. “So our best bet is keeping ahead in the skills race and you see what happens when we put effort into making sure workers have new skills, the education that's required for this 21st century economy.”

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Filed under: Jobs • Pennsylvania • President Obama
April 14th, 2014
12:15 PM ET
6 days ago

Obama marks Holy Week, reflects on Kansas shooting

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama took time on Monday at a Holy Week prayer breakfast to reflect on the deadly shooting outside a Jewish community center in Kansas.

He noted the religious timing of the violence in Overland Park where a man with a long history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric is suspected of killing three people, including a boy and his grandfather.
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Filed under: President Obama
April 13th, 2014
01:07 PM ET
5 days ago

GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

(CNN) - Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric Holder and events marking the anniversary of the law’s passage renewed the dialogue over race relations in the 21st century.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "not all" of his GOP colleagues are racist but "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

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Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play
April 11th, 2014
08:22 PM ET
6 days ago

Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play

New York (CNN) – After two speeches heralding the civil rights movement and its impact on his life, President Barack Obama on Friday took in a revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun,' the landmark play chronicling racial tension on Chicago's South Side.

The drama, which entered the canon of American literature soon after its premiere in 1959, is currently running on Broadway starring Denzel Washington.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
April 11th, 2014
04:59 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama on 'birther' controversy: 'That was crazy'

New York (CNN) – President Barack Obama grew nostalgic and paused with laughter Friday while remembering the noisy controversy over his birth certificate a few years ago.

Speaking in New York at an event hosted by Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Obama was blasting a recent push by some states for stricter voting laws, many of which require various forms of photo identification.
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Filed under: President Obama
April 11th, 2014
10:43 AM ET
1 week ago

Obama says voter rights threatened from ID laws

Updated 4:41 p.m. ET, 4/11/2014

New York (CNN) – If President Barack Obama's remarks Thursday at Lyndon Johnson's presidential library were meant to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement, Friday's speech to a rights group in New York focused on an area where activists say work remains in achieving racial equality.

Obama addressed voting rights as part of his speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, continuing the White House's effort to spotlight Republican-backed measures they say place undue hardships on voting for minorities, students and immigrants.

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Filed under: Al Sharpton • New York • President Obama
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