(CNNMoney) - President Obama is set to name Jason Furman as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the fourth person to hold the top economics post since Obama took office.
Furman has served as assistant to the president for economic policy and as principal deputy director of the National Economic Council, a post he has held since the beginning of the administration. During his time in the White House, he has helped craft the stimulus bill passed in the administration's early days and was a major contributor to the shaping of health care reform legislation.FULL STORY
Palm Springs, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up their Sunnyland summit Saturday with a late-morning stroll in the California desert.
Obama declared the visit "terrific."FULL STORY
(CNN) – The immigration reform measure senators will begin debating next week isn’t a perfect fix to the nation’s broken system, President Barack Obama said Saturday, but it does solve many of the flaws currently hampering the process.
Speaking in his weekly address, Obama said the measure devised by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” was consistent with his principles, and should move forward in the Senate without delays from Republicans.
CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at President Obama's defense of the NSA's surveillance programs.
(CNN) - A Texas actress has been arrested in connection with allegedly ricin-tainted letters that were mailed last month to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, federal law enforcement sources said Friday.
Investigators believe Shannon Rogers Richardson, also known as Shannon Rogers Guess, mailed the letters, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The data surveillance programs discussed in recent media reports "help us prevent terrorist attacks, and modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration ... without looking at content" is worth doing, President Barack Obama said Friday in San Jose, California.
"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," he said. "... What the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls. They're not looking at people's names, and they're not looking at content, but by sifting through this so-called metadata, they may identify certain leads that" might help authorities disrupt potential terrorists.
(CNN) - Is the U.S. government indiscriminately monitoring your phone calls or e-mails? It says no.
But reports in two newspapers this week claim that intelligence agencies have collected vast amounts of data from U.S. phone and Internet companies.FULL STORY
Moorseville, North Carolina (CNN) - President Obama took his second term agenda to North Carolina on Thursday to announce a new initiative aimed at increasing high-speed internet in the nation's schools. Speaking at Mooresville Middle School 30-minutes outside Charlotte, Obama heralded internet technology as a crucial part of improving the U.S. education system.
"What we're going to be able to do is to get companies to compete to create affordable digital devices designed specifically to these new connected classrooms," Obama said. "I want to see a tablet that's the same price as a textbook. I want to see more apps that can be instantly updated with academic content the day it's available, so you don't have old outdated textbooks with student names still in 'em from years ago."
(CNN) - A Republican-led effort to discard President Barack Obama's rule allowing some young undocumented immigrants to defer deportation passed the U.S. House Thursday, a further indication of the challenges still facing pending comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
This amendment, however, appears doomed to be a political gesture as the Senate remains Democrat-controlled and Obama serves out his second term.