January 31st, 2014
09:25 AM ET
3 months ago

Laura Bush: Future ‘first gentleman’ should get same critiques as first ladies

(CNN) – Former first lady Laura Bush proposed that the future first gentleman should get the same scrutiny about his looks and style as first ladies have faced in recent decades.

Asked in a recent C-SPAN interview whether the media focuses too much on the first lady's hair, makeup and clothes, Bush said, "Yes. For sure."

“But I don't think we can get around it. Maybe when we finally have a first gentleman," she said. The interview was taped for C-SPAN's continuing First Ladies series and airs Monday.

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Petition to deport Justin Bieber may be reviewed by White House
January 29th, 2014
05:17 PM ET
3 months ago

Petition to deport Justin Bieber may be reviewed by White House

(CNN) - It looks like the White House may have to weigh in on the Biebs.

A petition calling for the deportation of Canadian-born Justin Bieber surpassed the 100,000 signature threshold, meaning the White House must, by its own rules, issue a response.

Titled, "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card," was created less than a week ago and quickly amassed the required signatures long before the 30 day deadline for the "We the People" petition program.

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Filed under: Canada • White House
January 28th, 2014
12:14 PM ET
3 months ago

White House offers look at State of the Union prep

Washington (CNN) - Ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union, the White House is flooding its social media platforms to try and get Americans to tune in to the annual address.

The latest pitch is a behind-the-scenes video of President Barack Obama preparing his address with a team of speechwriters, telling them he thinks the "tone" of the speech is spot-on but it needs more real-world illustrations to make his point.

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White House adds GM exec, immigration activist, Georgia school shooting hero to SOTU guest list
January 28th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
3 months ago

White House adds GM exec, immigration activist, Georgia school shooting hero to SOTU guest list

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation, the White House released additional names of guests invited to join the first lady for Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Among those attending the speech will be Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Company and the first woman to run a major global automaker. Antoinette Tuff, a Georgia bookkeeper deemed a hero after talking down a school shooter, will also join the first lady, along with immigration activist Cristian Avila, who joined the fasting protest in Washington last year.

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White House: Obama “will not wait for Congress”
January 25th, 2014
12:03 PM ET
3 months ago

White House: Obama “will not wait for Congress”

Tune in to CNN for complete State of the Union coverage, starting Tuesday, January 28 at 7 pm ET.

Updated 1:58 p.m. ET, 1/25/2014

Washington (CNN) - Just days from President Obama's State of the Union address, a senior adviser is providing a glimpse into the speech's central themes: "opportunity, action and optimism."

In an e-mail message to supporters, Dan Pfeiffer is rallying supporters ahead of the address this Tuesday, with a glimpse at the President's plans for 2014.
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Behind the scenes: Gearing up for the State of the Union address
January 24th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
3 months ago

Behind the scenes: Gearing up for the State of the Union address

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night, his words will have been months in the making. So will his chief speechwriter's beard.

Cody Keenan began sporting stubble in November, just before White House officials first met to discuss the big speech and plans to shave after Obama delivers his speech before Congress.
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No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried
Unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors and Iranian technicians are on hand to cut the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium enrichment at Natanz facility, some 200 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran.
January 24th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
3 months ago

No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried

Updated 3:04 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

Washington (CNN) – The interim nuclear deal with Iran and six other world powers was never signed by the representatives who brokered the agreement last November, leading one top Republican House leader to complain it allows Iranian leaders to ignore parts of the agreement, though the Obama administration said concern is unfounded.

The congressman, who only agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity, said the lack of actual signatures could be seen as a way for Iran to ignore provisions that offers Iran modest relief from some international sanctions in exchange for freezing and scaling back parts of its nuclear program.
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White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union
January 23rd, 2014
01:10 PM ET
3 months ago

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – Just days before President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address, the White House is offering a rare look at the preparations for the speech.

The President's chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, used the White House's Instagram account on Wednesday to release several pictures of the process that goes into writing the speech. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett continued the behind-the-scenes look on Thursday with pictures listed under #InsideSOTU on Instagram as well as Twitter.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
January 22nd, 2014
02:19 PM ET
3 months ago

White House says Obama’s marijuana policy hasn’t changed

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama remains opposed to a nationwide decriminalization of marijuana, despite his assertion in an interview this week the drug is no more dangerous than alcohol.

“The President's position on these matters haven't changed,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in response to a question from CNN on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • Marijuana • President Obama • White House
Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth
January 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

Weekly addresses: White House, GOP push for economic growth

(CNN) - Both sides homed in on the economy Saturday in their weekly addresses.

While President Barack Obama promoted his 2014 strategy to take action on helping the middle class - touting his trip to North Carolina this week and pushing for a revival in America’s manufacturing sector - Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, called on the President to urge the Democratic-controlled Senate to take up a House-approved jobs bill.

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