Obama meets again with tech CEOs on privacy issues
March 21st, 2014
09:05 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama meets again with tech CEOs on privacy issues

Updated 7:43 p.m. ET, 3/21/2014

(CNN) - President Barack Obama met with tech company chief executives on Friday as a part of the administration's dialogue with the private sector on "issues surrounding intelligence, technology and privacy," according to the White House.

"The President reiterated his administration's commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe," the White House said in a readout of the meeting, which was closed to reporters.

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Filed under: Facebook • President Obama • White House
White House surprises Massachusetts high school with presidential visit announcement
March 20th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
3 weeks ago

White House surprises Massachusetts high school with presidential visit announcement

(CNN) – Worcester Tech High School Principal Sheila Harrity got the shock of her life, and then had to keep it secret for a week and a half. But, on Thursday she got the okay to reveal to 311 graduating high school seniors that President Barack Obama will be their commencement speaker.

A White House official says the administration picked the high school in the central Massachusetts city because the school, "has made outstanding headway in boosting its graduation rate, implementing cutting edge vocational programs, and ensuring that all of its students have the opportunity to succeed."

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Filed under: Massachusetts • President Obama
President Obama pushes for equal pay for women
Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Obama is visiting the school to highlight women's economic issues. (AP Images)
March 20th, 2014
05:25 PM ET
4 weeks ago

President Obama pushes for equal pay for women

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama's latest push in his much touted "Year of Action" is to help women get on an equal playing field with men.

Obama, speaking Thursday to a group of students and staff at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, discussed his plan to give women more access to higher education and skills for the workforce.

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Obama: Lincoln liked 'the occasional bawdy joke'
March 20th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama: Lincoln liked 'the occasional bawdy joke'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama defended himself Thursday against critics who argued that his recent appearance on a Web-based comedy show undermined the dignity of his office and would never have been done by one of his most famous predecessors – Abraham Lincoln.

Obama said in an interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd that Lincoln "loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and, you know, being out among regular folks."

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Filed under: Healthcare • President Obama
Obama 2014 campaign role: Fundraiser-in-Chief
March 20th, 2014
11:45 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama 2014 campaign role: Fundraiser-in-Chief

Washington (CNN) - With President Barack Obama's approval rating hovering near its all-time lows – and with polls indicating his health care law remains unpopular with many Americans – the President may not be in high demand this year on the campaign trail.

But while there are a number of congressional Democrats facing challenging reelections who aren't screaming for Obama to stump with them, they do look to the President to bring in the bucks. Because when it comes to fundraising, Obama remains the party's top rainmaker.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama
Obama announces more Russian sanctions
March 20th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama announces more Russian sanctions

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced more sanctions on individuals and one bank in response to Russia's moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula, as well as a new executive order that authorizes possible further sanctions on what he called "key sectors" of the Russian economy.

"We want the Ukrainian people to determine their own destiny and have good relations with the United States, Russia, Europe - anyone they choose," the President  said in calling for continued diplomatic efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis over Russia's moves to annex the Crimean Peninsula.


Filed under: President Obama • Russia • Ukraine
Obama talks health care, ‘Scandal’ and celebrity selfies with Ellen
March 20th, 2014
09:56 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama talks health care, ‘Scandal’ and celebrity selfies with Ellen

(CNN) - With less than two weeks until enrollment closes on Obamacare insurance exchanges, President Obama took his health care pitch to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, urging moms to get their kids covered and explaining to DeGeneres how different television’s White House is from the real thing.

“If you don’t have health insurance right now, you should go on HealthCare.gov and especially all the moms out there who may have young people - 26, 27 - don’t have health insurance but they think they’re invincible and nothing’s ever going to happen to them,” Obama said in a remote appearance from what the host called the “Ellen Blue Room” at the White House.
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March 20th, 2014
09:23 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama: 'Happy if Scott Brown' moves to Texas

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's weighing in on what could turn into the hottest U.S. Senate battle this year.

When asked during an interview Wednesday with New England Cable News whether former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts - who's taken an important step towards running for the Senate this year in neighboring New Hampshire - is the kind of moderate Republican needed on Capitol Hill, the President said he'll wait to comment until Brown formally announces his candidacy.
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Filed under: 2014 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Scott Brown
March 19th, 2014
09:55 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama: Missing Malaysia Flight 370 a 'top priority'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "a top priority" for the United States.

"We have put every resource that we have available at the disposal of the search process," Obama said in an interview with KDFW of Dallas.

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Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change
March 19th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
1 month ago

Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities.

The private sector commitments from firms like Google and Microsoft come at the same time the White House announced Wednesday a new government initiative to make public data related to climate more accessible to the public, with the goal of spurring better preparation and prevention for eventual changes to Americans' environment.

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Filed under: climate change • President Obama
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