Obama to discuss immigration crisis with Central American leaders
July 18th, 2014
05:54 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama to discuss immigration crisis with Central American leaders

Washington, (CNN) - The White House announced Friday that leaders from three Central American countries will meet with President Obama next week to discuss the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama will hold talks with President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador on July 25.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
July 18th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
1 week ago

Obama, GOP lawmakers place blame on Putin

Washington (CNN) - Top American officials harshly criticized Russia on Friday for its continued support of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

President Barack Obama said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has the "most control" over the situation in eastern Ukraine as intelligence indicates that rebels most likely shot down Flight 17 from an area they control with a surface-to-air missile.

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Filed under: President Obama • Russia • Vladimir Putin
White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director
July 15th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
2 weeks ago

White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director

Washington (CNN) - Few Americans know the name David Simas. But the White House political adviser has become the latest flashpoint in the continuing battles between the White House and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

Late last week, Simas was subpoenaed by Issa's committee to testify about his duties as the White House Director of Political Strategy. Issa is demanding to know whether Simas' activities are in violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • David Simas • President Obama • White House
Obama's Republican road rage
July 15th, 2014
01:18 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama's Republican road rage

McLean, Virginia (CNN) - His car wasn't moving Tuesday, but President Barack Obama was gunning for Republicans.

After testing a car simulator at a research facility here - an experience he equated to stepping into "Knight Rider" - the President let loose on GOP lawmakers, saying his opponents were standing in the way of any legislative fixes to the country's problems.

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July 15th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Poll: Most give Obama, GOP in Congress, thumbs down on border crisis

Washington (CNN) - It's one of the hottest national debates this summer: What to do about the influx of unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America who are crossing from Mexico into the U.S.

A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's short term remedy, but most give the President and his GOP critics in Congress a thumbs down on how they're handling the crisis along the country's southern border.

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Filed under: Immigration • Poll • President Obama • Republican • Republicans
Cheney: Iraq invasion was the ‘absolute right thing to do’
July 14th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Cheney: Iraq invasion was the ‘absolute right thing to do’

Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush Administration’s decision to invade Iraq more than a decade ago on Monday, saying, “I believed in it then. I look back on it now - it was absolutely the right thing to do.”

A few minutes into a Politico event in Washington, where Cheney, his wife Lynne and his daughter Liz were speaking, protesters began to heckle the three members of the Cheney family. The protesters called the former Vice President a “war criminal” while holding signs reading “Arrest Cheney.”

Cheney’s wife Lynne brushed off the interruption, joking, “I wondered why the line (to the event) was so long.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check • Dick Cheney • Iraq • Liz Cheney • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure
July 14th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 weeks ago

With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure

Washington (CNN) — Once again using some of the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure as his backdrop, President Barack Obama this week plans to pressure lawmakers into finding a way to keep money flowing to road and bridge projects before funding dries up next month.

It’s a message he’s pushed in front of crumbling bridges and at the White House since the beginning of the summer, often using the issue to blast Republicans on Capitol Hill, who he said could be responsible for massive layoffs and stalled projects should a plan to replenish the Highway Trust Fund not materialize before next month.

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Filed under: President Obama
Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal
July 13th, 2014
02:53 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal

Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he won’t encourage his state’s congressional delegation to approve President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to mitigate the border crisis.

“The President doesn't have to have this big amount of money,” Perry told Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume. “He could pick up the phone today, call the (Defense Department) and direct them to have the 1,000 National Guard troops on the border.”

After meeting with Perry last week in Texas, Obama said he had asked the Texas governor to use his influence to urge the Texas congressional delegation to support the emergency funding request.

Obama requested the money to deal with a growing number of undocumented children and youths arriving in the U.S. illegally and overwhelming federal facilities. While many have been released to family pending deportation hearings, others have been detained by authorities amid a growing backlog of pending cases.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
O'Malley: U.S. shouldn't send immigrant children back to 'certain death'
July 11th, 2014
07:50 PM ET
2 weeks ago

O'Malley: U.S. shouldn't send immigrant children back to 'certain death'

(CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley advocated for sympathy for the surge of young Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. southern border, arguing that to turn the children away without due process would be un-American given what violence awaits in their home countries.

"We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death," he told reporters Friday at a National Governors Association meeting in Nashville.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Martin O'Malley • President Obama
July 10th, 2014
06:07 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Republicans to sue Obama over health law

(CNN) – House Republicans plan to sue President Barack Obama over the sweeping health care law he championed.

Speaker John Boehner said the suit will follow the argument Obama violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress and changing the law's employer mandate on his own.

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Filed under: 2014 • House Republicans • John Boehner • Obamacare • President Obama
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