Obama recalls own family's struggle with work-life balance in vow to help working families
June 23rd, 2014
04:55 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama recalls own family's struggle with work-life balance in vow to help working families

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama talked about his own family's struggle to balance work and family life at Monday's White House Summit on Working Families, calling on Congress to act to make finding that balance easier.

“Before I moved into the White House, I was away a lot, sometimes with work, sometimes with campaigning. Michelle was working full-time and was at home with the responsibility all too often of dealing with everything that the girls needed,” the President said.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Washington D.C.
May 22nd, 2014
12:31 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate Dems pressure NFL to change Redskins’ name

(CNN) – Invoking the heated racial controversy triggered by basketball’s Donald Sterling, the U.S. Senate has stepped up pressure on the NFL to force the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Fifty senators, all Democrats, have signed a letter released on Thursday by Majority Leader Harry Reid that urges pro football’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, to take action over concerns that continued use of the Redskins brand is offensive to Native Americans.

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Filed under: Senate Democrats • Washington D.C.
Play Ball! Obama surprises Little Leaguers
Obama greets Little League baseball players as they warm up prior to games at Friendship Park in Washington on May 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
May 19th, 2014
06:50 PM ET
5 months ago

Play Ball! Obama surprises Little Leaguers

(CNN) - Talk about a little pre-game motivation.

President Barack Obama made a surprise stop Monday at a Little League baseball field in D.C. to greet players before their game.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama • Washington D.C.
Obama, Biden lunch at Shake Shack
May 16th, 2014
01:26 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama, Biden lunch at Shake Shack

Washington (CNN) - President Obama met up with his vice president for lunch Friday at a Shake Shack location not far from the White House.

But more than burgers were on the President's mind.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama • Washington D.C.
Incumbent Mayor Vince Gray concedes defeat in Democratic primary
April 1st, 2014
03:53 PM ET
7 months ago

Incumbent Mayor Vince Gray concedes defeat in Democratic primary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray will not win a second term in office.

The mayor, who has been dogged by ethics questions since his first campaign in 2010, conceded defeat early Wednesday morning to D.C. council member Muriel Bowser in the district's Democratic primary. And shortly after Gray's remarks, Bowser claimed victory in the primary contest.

According to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, Bowser captured 44% of the vote, compared to Gray's 33% with 127 out of 143 precincts reporting.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • Political • political speech • Politics • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
Ethics key in tight D.C. mayoral primary race
March 31st, 2014
11:53 AM ET
7 months ago

Ethics key in tight D.C. mayoral primary race

Washington (CNN) – The race to become the Democratic nominee for mayor of Washington, D.C. – a contest that was once defined by a crowded, fractured field – has become a head-to-head competition between incumbent Mayor Vince Gray and Muriel Bowser, a D.C. councilmember.

As voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Bowser has become the most likely challenger to unseat Gray, who a majority of voters believe knew of an illegal shadow campaign that helped him win the mayor's office in 2010.
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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
D.C. mayor says he won't resign over scandal
March 11th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
8 months ago

D.C. mayor says he won't resign over scandal

(CNN) – Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on Tuesday he would not resign as prosecutors for the first time sought to tie him to a political scandal.

In an interview with CNN, Gray again denied any wrongdoing following the biggest guilty plea so far in the federal probe of a nearly $700,000 unlawful "shadow campaign" that was part of his successful 2010 mayoral run. FULL POST


Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
D.C. council votes to ease marijuana laws
March 4th, 2014
03:16 PM ET
8 months ago

D.C. council votes to ease marijuana laws

Washington (CNN) – The District of Columbia Council voted to significantly ease marijuana laws in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.

By a near unanimous vote, the council decided to lessen penalties for public and private consumption of marijuana and decriminalize the possession of small quantities of the drug.

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Filed under: Marijuana • Washington D.C.
February 21st, 2014
10:19 AM ET
8 months ago

Chris Christie: The $18 million man

Washington (CNN) - It appears the controversies New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dealing with back in the Garden State haven't affected his standing as one of the GOP's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

As Christie convenes two days of Republican Governors Association meetings here in the nation's capital Friday and Saturday, an RGA official tells CNN that the group has raised $18 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first three months of a new RGA chairman's tenure. The previous record holder was then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber, who chaired the RGA from June 2009 through the end of 2010.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • RGA • Washington D.C.
Lawmakers step into Washington Redskins name fray
February 10th, 2014
08:58 PM ET
9 months ago

Lawmakers step into Washington Redskins name fray

(CNN) – Two lawmakers have joined the debate over the name of the Washington Redskins football team, writing a letter to the National Football League calling for a name change and threatening to hold hearings on the subject.

The name Redskins is "an insult to Native Americans," according to the two lawmakers, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington state and chairwoman of the Indian Affairs Committee, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, who is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
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