Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’
June 24th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
2 months ago

Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’

Washington (CNN) - White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice told LGBT activists on Tuesday that protecting and upholding human rights for all is "fundamental to our American character" and "essential to our American story."

She said President Barack Obama is committed to protecting the rights of gay and transgender couples, comparing their fight for equal rights to the struggle African Americans faced during the civil rights movement.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • Susan Rice • Washington
Political drama 'Camp David' chronicles messy path to peace
President Jimmy Carter (Richard Thomas) diffuses a tense moment between Menachem Begin (Ron Rifkin) and Anwar Sadat (Khaled Nabawy) in the new political drama "Camp David."
April 9th, 2014
01:23 PM ET
5 months ago

Political drama 'Camp David' chronicles messy path to peace

Washington (CNN) – They stood in front of the White House on a sunny day 35 years ago, their hands clasped together and big grins on their faces. The three world leaders, one Arab, one Orthodox Jew, and one born-again Christian, had just signed what would become the Middle East's most enduring peace treaty.

And all it took was a trip to the woods.
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Sebelius thanks staff, warns work is far from over
April 2nd, 2014
12:26 AM ET
5 months ago

Sebelius thanks staff, warns work is far from over

Washington (CNN) - With Obamacare enrollment surpassing the key 7 million mark and the website able to handle record traffic while only experiencing some glitches, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius showed her appreciation to her department's employees.

"Today, as we mark the end of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, I want to thank you for the progress we’ve made, together," Sebelius wrote the staff Tuesday afternoon in a note obtained by CNN.

This marks a moment of vindication for Sebelius, who came under withering criticism last fall for the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website and some calls for her resignation.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Washington
December 6th, 2013
08:27 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama lights National Christmas Tree, pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and his family lit the National Christmas Tree on Friday, continuing a 91-year tradition in Washington. In his remarks at the ceremony, the President also paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.

"This year we give a special measure of gratitude for Nelson Mandela and man who championed that generosity of spirit," Obama said of the iconic former president of South Africa, who passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
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Filed under: Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama • Washington
November 29th, 2013
10:27 AM ET
9 months ago

Obamas might stay in DC after presidency

(CNN) – After the elections in 2016, President Barack Obama will leave the White House, but he may not leave Washington.

In an interview with ABC, Obama said the decision will revolve around Sasha, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama's youngest daughter, who will be a sophomore in high school when he leaves office. Malia, the oldest daughter, will be in college.
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Filed under: Facebook • Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama • Washington
Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama
November 25th, 2013
07:19 AM ET
9 months ago

Nervous Dems get cash boost–and pep talk–from Obama

Updated 10:34 a.m. ET, 11/25/2013

Seattle (CNN) – Congressional Democrats, many downright scared of the political fallout from the botched rollout of Obamacare, are getting a boost this week as the President completes a month-long fundraising sprint a year ahead of 2014's midterm elections.

Obama–who has jetted to New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Philadelphia in the past several weeks to help add millions of dollars to Democrats' campaign coffers–is spending three days on the West Coast convincing donors his falling popularity and the faulty implementation of his signature legislation don't mean all is lost for the Democratic Party next year.
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Filed under: 2014 • California • DCCC • Fundraising • Obamacare • President Obama • Washington
November 18th, 2013
09:44 PM ET
9 months ago

Christie to GOP: 'If being me isn't good enough, then fine, I will go home'

Washington (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, fresh off a landslide reelection victory earlier this month, says if being himself "is not good enough in any other election I might someday pursue," he will just find another job.

Republican Christie, who won reelection in blue New Jersey by garnering a broad coalition of support, said he didn't feel like he had to do any further outreach to his fellow party members who see him as a moderate unable to tap into the conservative base.
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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Washington
Anti-NSA rally targets Washington
October 26th, 2013
05:53 PM ET
10 months ago

Anti-NSA rally targets Washington

(CNN) – Hundreds rallied in front of the Capitol on Saturday in protest of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and demanded a congressional investigation and reform of the laws governing the agency.

“This isn't a partisan issue. This is for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, conservatives and liberals, everyone in between,” said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, who proposed an amendment to rein in the NSA surveillance programs but was defeated in July by a thin, seven-vote margin.
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Filed under: NSA • Washington
October 14th, 2013
07:42 PM ET
10 months ago

Veterans group condemns political nature of Washington rally

Updated 10:53 a.m. ET 10/15/2013

Washington (CNN) - A veterans group behind a rally in Washington that protested the closure of national monuments and memorials issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the political undertones that took center stage at the demonstration.

“We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain,” read a statement posted on the website and Facebook page for Sunday’s event, which was facilitated by Brats for Veterans Advocacy Group.
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Filed under: President Obama • Tea Party • Washington
October 13th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
10 months ago

Rallier tells Obama to 'put the Quran down'

Updated 3:37 p.m. ET, 10/13/2013

Washington (CNN) - Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate.

High-profile speakers with close ties to the tea party appeared at the event, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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Filed under: President Obama • Tea Party • Washington
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