February 27th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
2 months ago

Nutrition labels to get makeover for first time in 20 years

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is hoping to make healthy eating easier for Americans by announcing a makeover for all nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods.

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed new rules would be the first upgrade in 20 years and would include changing the serving size and updating the recommended daily guidelines for various nutrients.

The guidelines will be announced on Thursday by first lady Michelle Obama in an event at the White House.

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Filed under: FDA • Health care • Michelle Obama • White House
Confidential Clinton White House documents nearing release
February 26th, 2014
08:19 PM ET
2 months ago

Confidential Clinton White House documents nearing release

Washington (CNN) – Tens of thousands of previously confidential documents from the Clinton administration are nearing public release, the National Archives said Wednesday.

The documents, numbering approximately 33,000 pages and spanning the eight years of Bill Clinton's presidency, consist of confidential communications between the former Democratic President and his advisers, and potentially then-first lady Hillary Clinton.

The release would also include documents pertaining to the former President's appointments for federal office.
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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • White House
February 24th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal, Malloy spar after White House meeting

(CNN) – Red-state/blue-state rancor flared on Monday outside the White House between two governors – one with potential presidential aspirations.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and his Connecticut Democratic counterpart, Dannel Malloy, squared off over the minimum wage after they and other governors met with President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Dan Malloy • Minimum wage • President Obama • White House
What's the big deal about 'chained CPI'?
February 20th, 2014
09:01 PM ET
2 months ago

What's the big deal about 'chained CPI'?

Washington (CNN) - It's got a bookish sounding name - "chained CPI." The President's decision to drop the financial measure from his upcoming budget, after including it in his proposal last year, sparked sharp political reaction here Thursday.

Why is that such a big deal?

For those scratching their heads, three reasons: the fight over workers and retirement, the fight over the deficit and the fight over who is Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Budget • White House
February 20th, 2014
03:07 PM ET
2 months ago

A depressing 'House of Cards' analogy on chained CPI

Washington (CNN) - Thought bubble: The White House removing chained CPI from their budget arguably shows that Washington is even more cynical than "House of Cards."

The plot lines are similar between today's headlines and the first few episodes of the second season of the Netflix show, in which lawmakers raise the age of retirement to 68. Specifically, Democratic leaders push a Republican proposal to raise to the retirement age through Congress even after Republicans, out of pique, abandon negotiations.
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Filed under: Congress • White House
One CBO report: Two fast, political reactions
February 18th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
2 months ago

One CBO report: Two fast, political reactions

Washington (CNN) – Republicans and Democrats reacted with lightning speed and polarizing conclusions to a new report on the minimum wage released Tuesday.

To the GOP, it is evidence that Democrats' policies would cut jobs; to Democrats, it shows that Republicans' ideas would keep more people in poverty.

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Survey: The best of the first ladies
1940: Eleanor Roosevelt making an address at the headquarters of the American Red Cross at Washington DC appealing for donations to a Red Cross War Relief drive.
February 15th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Survey: The best of the first ladies

(CNN) – The longest-serving first lady also outranks the others who have held the title in integrity, accomplishments and public image.

At least when it comes to a survey of historians and experts on what best epitomizes the characteristics of a first lady: Eleanor Roosevelt is their choice.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michelle Obama • White House
Some in administration encouraged on Obamacare
February 13th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
2 months ago

Some in administration encouraged on Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – The White House, which has been set back on its heels for months due to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is voicing some real optimism about the recent uptick in enrollment numbers, as well as the demographic trends.

“We’re very encouraged, because this is trending in the right way,” says a senior administration official. “The fact that millions have signed up is good—and it also makes it more likely that others will sign up.”
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Filed under: Obamacare • White House
February 11th, 2014
09:44 AM ET
2 months ago

GOP investigation says White House didn't recognize Benghazi threat

Washington (CNN) – A congressional investigation into the Defense Department's response to the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, found that the Obama administration failed to protect the compound and recognize the severity of the deteriorating security situation.

For the partisan report, the investigative arm of the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee pored over thousands of pages of classified and unclassified written material, witness testimony and classified briefings to piece together the events of September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Libya • White House
February 10th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
2 months ago

No detail spared for French president's arrival at the White House

Washington (CNN) – The White House social secretary and executive chef are working late into the night and all day Tuesday to put the finishing touches on the first State Dinner at the executive mansion in over two years.

Tuesday night, the President and Mrs. Obama will host French President Francois Hollande, and an official familiar with the process of preparing the feast says the first family will include treats "from farmers and growers across the country." White House chefs say they hope to, "honor our guests by showcasing the best of American Bounty."

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Filed under: Francois Hollande • White House
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