Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together
June 25th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
1 month ago

Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together

Washington (CNN) - After more than six decades of public service, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid his last official visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader discussed with President Barack Obama the wavering stability in the Middle East as civil uprisings in Iraq and Syria plague the region, as well as Iran's nuclear program – an issue Israel sees as a major threat to its security.

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Filed under: Iran • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • President Obama • Syria • White House
June 22nd, 2014
09:09 AM ET
1 month ago

The "Inside Politics" Forecast: Obama tries to change the subject… again

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Washington (CNN) – A déjà vu moment for the Obama White House and a number of interesting 2014 election dynamics closed our Sunday Inside Politics discussion. And don’t forget about Mitt Romney. Or was that DO forget about Mitt Romney?

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Filed under: Inside Politics • Iraq • Obama administration • Syria
Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians
June 20th, 2014
12:24 PM ET
1 month ago

Rand Paul: No money to countries that persecute Christians

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul intertwined his message against foreign aid on Friday with a message that appeals to the GOP's social conservative base.

"There's a war on Christianity going on, and sometimes you're being asked to pay for it," the Kentucky Republican said. "I say not one penny to any country that persecutes Christians."

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Filed under: 2016 • Faith • Iraq • Rand Paul • Syria
Rice: United States is leading with ‘lethal and non-lethal’ aid to Syria
June 6th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
2 months ago

Rice: United States is leading with ‘lethal and non-lethal’ aid to Syria

Colleville-sur-Mer, France (CNN) - Defending President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as one of global leadership – rather than the passive stance his critics portray – National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Friday the United States was taking important steps in Syria by offering both "lethal and non-lethal" aid to the moderate opposition fighting a bloody civil war.

“The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars,” she said in an interview with CNN. “That's why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition.”

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • President Obama • Susan Rice • Syria
Obama again laments limits of presidential power
May 8th, 2014
11:05 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama again laments limits of presidential power

(CNN) – President Barack Obama once again lamented the limits of his power on the world stage, expressing regret in a speech Wednesday night that he was unable to stop recent atrocities against children in Nigeria and Syria.

"I have this remarkable title right now - President of the United States - and yet every day when I wake up, and I think about young girls in Nigeria or children caught up in the conflict in Syria - when there are times in which I want to reach out and save those kids, having to think through what levers, what power do we have at any given moment" Obama said in a speech at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation's gala in Los Angeles.

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Filed under: California • President Obama • Syria
February 23rd, 2014
04:18 PM ET
5 months ago

Sunday chatter: 2016 and an unapologetic Susan Rice

(CNN) - CNN’s State of the Union Host Candy Crowley aptly put it at the top of her show Sunday: Four of the last six presidents were governors.

Governors descended upon Washington this week for the annual National Governors Association meeting. They also filled the hot seats on the Sunday talk shows.

That inevitable question was asked. The one about running for president.
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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Chris Christie • Libya • Marijuana • Mike Pence • Scott Walker • Syria • Ukraine
February 16th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
5 months ago

McCain: Still 'viable' options in Syria

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Sunday slammed U.S. policy in Syria as an “abysmal failure and a disgraceful one.”

A second round of peace talks wrapped up in Geneva Saturday with little progress toward ending Syria's civil war, and nearly 5,000 people have died in there in the past three weeks, marking the most violent stretch in Syria's almost three-year conflict.

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Filed under: John McCain • Syria • TV-State of the Union
December 1st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Rogers: Obama administration 'screwed up' Syria deal

Washington (CNN) – Two and a half months after the U.S. backed off its threat to launch a bombing campaign against the Syrian regime, not everyone in Congress is happy with the easing of tensions.

In an interview that aired Sunday morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told CNN's Candy Crowley that the the sweeping, Russian-brokered agreement prematurely closed the door to a more wide-ranging armistice between the regime and opposition forces. The agreement requires Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014.

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Filed under: Mike Rogers • Obama administration • Syria
Barack Obama's tweets hacked
October 28th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
9 months ago

Barack Obama's tweets hacked

(CNNMoney) - A pair of tweets sent by President Barack Obama's Twitter account re-directed users to to pro-Bashar al-Assad YouTube videos Monday afternoon.

One tweet about immigration reform was supposed to send followers to an article from The Washington Post. Instead, it linked to a video montage of terror attacks, starting with the attacks on 9/11.

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
Drama obscures concerns over Obama approach to Mideast
September 25th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
10 months ago

Drama obscures concerns over Obama approach to Mideast

United Nations (CNN) - The drama over whether President Barack Obama would shake hands with his Iranian counterpart detracted from what diplomats at the U.N. General Assembly described as an acute disappointment with his handling of Mideast turmoil.

A perceived lack of leadership in Syria during its civil war coupled with U.S. handling of the political crisis in Egypt has forced the Obama administration to confront a growing lack of confidence among Middle East allies.

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
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