Jimmy Carter knocks Hillary Clinton-President Obama foreign policy
April 10th, 2014
12:29 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Jimmy Carter knocks Hillary Clinton-President Obama foreign policy

(CNN) – Former President Jimmy Carter took a jab at President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over their handling of Middle East peace negotiations in an interview published Thursday.

Heralding the nation's current top diplomat, John Kerry, the former Democratic President told TIME Magazine he has "great admiration" for Kerry and the two stay in touch frequently through email.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Jimmy Carter • President Obama
Obama: Congress 'least productive' in modern history
April 10th, 2014
12:15 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama: Congress 'least productive' in modern history

(CNN) –President Barack Obama didn't mince words about Congress and the opposition during a speech at a Houston dinner Wednesday evening.
"This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory," Obama said at the Texas dinner, according to media pool reports. The event was closed to cameras.

Obama spoke to about 60 people at a Democratic fundraiser at the home of John Eddie and Sheridan Williams.
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Filed under: Congress • GOP • President Obama
April 9th, 2014
06:03 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Bush 41 greets Obamas in Houston

(CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush greeted President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama as they disembarked from Air Force One in Houston on Wednesday.

The former president, seated in a scooter, smiled and spoke with the Obamas for several minutes, according to pool reports.

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Filed under: George H. W. Bush • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Texas
April 9th, 2014
08:10 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama makes 'painful' return to Fort Hood

Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) - For the second time in less than five years President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Fort Hood in Texas on Wednesday to honor the memory of U.S. Army soldiers killed in a shooting.

"What makes this so painful is that we've been here before," Obama said. "This tragedy tears a wound still raw from five years ago. Once more, soldiers who survived foreign war zone were struck down here at home where they're supposed to be safe."

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Filed under: Fort Hood • President Obama • Texas
April 7th, 2014
12:44 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Democrats highlight equal pay in political push

Washington (CNN) - From the White House to Capitol Hill to the campaign trail, Democrats are planning an across-the- board push on paycheck equality on Tuesday, the party's first large-scale coordinated effort on the issue ahead of November's midterm elections.

The full-court press by the White House, congressional Democrats and party officials, comes on National Equal Pay Day, which reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Senate • White House
White House counsel set to leave in May
Kathryn Ruemmler seen at far right
April 7th, 2014
09:34 AM ET
2 weeks ago

White House counsel set to leave in May

Washington (CNN) - Kathryn Ruemmler, the top White House lawyer who became a key adviser to President Barack Obama, will leave her post in May, a White House official said on Monday.

Ruemmler will return to private practice after her time serving Obama. She has advised the President on a number of delicate issues, most recently the CIA's clash with the Senate over allegations of spying on Intelligence Committee staffers.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
April 7th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Inside Politics: Jeb Bush says immigration is an "act of love"; Will his party agree?

Jeb Bush’s “act of love” vs. President Obama as “deporter-in-chief”: The Republican Party base has recently shown no love for candidates who talk about the need for compassion in dealing with undocumented immigrants.

In 2012, for instance, Mitt Romney used the issue of immigration to distinguish himself from rivals like Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, who wanted to let the children of undocumented immigrants stay in the country.

So it was a bit jarring over the weekend to hear Jeb Bush say that coming to the country illegally shouldn’t really be viewed as a felony.

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love; it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center.

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Filed under: Inside Politics • Jeb Bush • President Obama • Uncategorized
White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push
April 6th, 2014
11:57 AM ET
3 weeks ago

White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will go back to the first law he signed as president on Tuesday, addressing equal pay with two new executive actions that satisfy both policy and political priorities within the White House.

According to a White House official, Obama's executive actions will focus on "pay secrecy," the idea that women who are paid less than their male counterparts may not know it because they don't know what other employees are making.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial
April 6th, 2014
11:23 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday's memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.

Obama vowed after the shootings that "We're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened" at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

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Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout
Afghan residents wishing to vote line up underneath underneath Afghan flags outside a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 5, 2014 (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
April 5th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the high turnout of voters in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in Afghanistan's history.

Increased violence ahead of the elections threatened to keep voters home, but long lines at polling centers across the country showed the determination of the Afghan people to have their voices heard.

As the U.S. draws down its forces in Afghanistan, the President called on officials to follow through on the election results.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Elections • Hamid Karzai • John Kerry • President Obama
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