(CNN) – The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 but still the focus of intense Republican scorn, will get a boost from its champion President Barack Obama on Friday at an event singling out the law's benefits for women.
His remarks, to be delivered at the White House, will be made alongside women and families the White House says are already benefiting from the measure, which has become known as Obamacare. The event is pegged to Mother's Day.
Austin, Texas (CNN) – In Texas on Thursday, President Barack Obama used some small-scale campaign tactics to help push his political message.
On a one-day trip the White House called a “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour,” the president made four separate stops.
(CNN) - Deplaning in Austin, Texas, Thursday, President Barack Obama was greeted by Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who made a bid for last year's GOP presidential nomination.
The focus of Thursday's visit is job growth - something Perry has touted as a chief accomplishment of his time in office. Speaking after greeting Obama, the governor said the president was smart to visit Austin.
"We are doing things right in Texas and I think the president is wise to come here and take a look at it," he said, noting Obama had recently visited the Lone Star state to attend a memorial service for the first responders killed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
A vocal critic of Obama's, Perry most recently railed against the president's gun control proposals during last week's National Rifle Association annual meeting in Houston.
"I realize to those who don't understand the issue, gun laws may look like an easy fix, and might even make some of them feel like these laws do something to solve a problem. Except they don't fix anything. They may win a news cycle, or help our president score political points, but they do nothing but make it harder for law-abiding Americans to own guns," Perry said.
Washington (CNN) – About a dozen members of Congress were invited to meet at the White House Thursday with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and the first lady's chief of staff Tina Tchen to address the issue of sexual assault in the military, a senior administration official said.
The official did not provide names of the lawmakers invited to the bicameral bipartisan meeting, but CNN confirmed three of the guests were Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.
Washington (CNN) – A new Census Bureau report shows a higher percentage of African-Americans than whites voted in a presidential election for the first time in history last year during the matchup between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will debut two executive actions designed to spur job growth when he visits Austin, Texas, on Thursday, fulfilling a vow he made during his State of the Union address to further bolster American manufacturing.
The trip south is the first in a series of day-long jaunts Obama will take to promote his jobs agenda, which was a major part of last year's presidential race but has been overshadowed by recent legislative fights over gun control and government spending.
(CNN) - Continuing a relationship first established in the run-up to Superstorm Sandy, President Barack Obama sat down with representatives from the electric utility industry on Wednesday to discuss ways the federal government can help companies quickly restore power after major disasters.
According to accounts from two industry executives in attendance, much of the meeting focused on improving responses to natural disasters, but both industry and government officials also drew parallels to potential outages caused by a major cyber attack.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday nuclear aggression from North Korea has further isolated the region and vowed to use all means to deter further provocations.
"If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again," Obama said during a joint press conference with the two leaders. "The United States and the Republic of Korea are as united as ever ... North Korea is more isolated than ever."
(CNN) – The political group formed from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign has collected more than 1.4 million signatures on a petition urging congressional leaders to reconsider and pass legislation expanding background checks on gun sales.
Organizing for Action collected the signatures online and in-person, and will send the petition to leaders on Capitol Hill Thursday. Rules prevent the boxes of paper from being delivered directly to lawmakers, so names will be sent digitally, and the physical signatures will be shipped to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner.
Washington (CNN) – On the eve of meetings between President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, a White House official says the recent saber rattling by North Korea has only strengthened the relationship between the allies.
Daniel Russel, White House special assistant and senior director for Asian affairs, told reporters on a conference call Monday Obama will use Park’s visit to "reaffirm the strong commitment" of the U.S. to the defense of the Republic of South Korea.