Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no
August 12th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
1 week ago

Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? White House says no

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — President Barack Obama thinks he’ll have the chance to nominate at least one more Supreme Court justice before his term in the White House is up.

Speaking to Democratic supporters at a fundraiser on Monday in Martha’s Vineyard, Obama used the potential decision to elicit support for Democrats, who he said needed to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in order for his picks to be confirmed.

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Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
August 12th, 2014
08:09 AM ET
1 week ago

After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha’s Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.

The former top diplomat, on the tiny Massachusetts island to promote her book, will find herself at the same social gathering as Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday night.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
August 11th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
1 week ago

Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration

Washington (CNN) – Republicans already are steaming about President Barack Obama's expected executive action to potentially allow millions of undocumented workers to remain in the country.

But another debate on immigration will refocus on internal GOP splits and raise questions about whether the party is taking any of its own advice about being more open to Hispanics.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
August 11th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
1 week ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 11, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HAPPENING NOW … President Obama to speak about Iraq at 4:45pm from Martha’s Vineyard. Tune in live on CNN.

WITH VOCAL SUPPORT OF ISRAEL, CLINTON RANKLES PRO-PALESTINIAN AMERICANS … Hillary Clinton has been upfront about her support for Israel's recent military operations in Gaza. And her outspokenness is infuriating pro-Palestinian supporters in the United States. Since Israel kicked off Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in early July, Clinton has strongly and repeatedly said she backs Israel's right to defend itself. She stepped up that message in a recent interview with The Atlantic, in which she charged Hamas for "stage-managing" the conflict to engender sympathy. – Dan Merica
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Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch
August 11th, 2014
02:18 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch

Washington (CNN) - Mr. President, you've been challenged.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged President Barack Obama to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Filed under: President Obama
White House wants to improve government websites
August 11th, 2014
01:30 PM ET
2 weeks ago

White House wants to improve government websites

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) - The White House is putting the team of technology experts that helped revive the balky HealthCare.gov website to work, improving other government webpages, officials announced Monday.

The U.S. Digital Service, comprised of private and public sector technology experts, will help make websites of federal agencies and departments more user-friendly, accommodating the widespread desire among Americans to conduct business online.

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Filed under: Obamacare • President Obama
With vocal support of Israel, Clinton rankles pro-Palestinian Americans
August 11th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
2 weeks ago

With vocal support of Israel, Clinton rankles pro-Palestinian Americans

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton has been upfront about her support for Israel's recent military operations in Gaza. And her outspokenness is infuriating pro-Palestinian supporters in the United States.

Since Israel kicked off Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in early July, Clinton has strongly and repeatedly said she backs Israel's right to defend itself. She stepped up that message in a recent interview with The Atlantic, in which she charged Hamas for "stage-managing" the conflict to engender sympathy.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • Israel
Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on
August 11th, 2014
11:15 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on

(CNN) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his brand of liberalism could serve as a "damn good platform" to run for president.

In an interview posted Monday to ABC/Yahoo News, Sanders, an independent who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, said income inequality is at its highest point in over eight decades - and the American people are ready to elect someone who's able to close that gap.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bernie Sanders • Hillary Clinton
Deadlocked Hawaii race might force candidates to seek votes amid damage, devastation
August 10th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Deadlocked Hawaii race might force candidates to seek votes amid damage, devastation

(CNN) – It will be a very delicate task: How to seek votes from voters coping with damaged homes, downed trees, power outages and water shortages.

Yet that task awaits the two candidates in Hawaii's Democratic Senate primary as their race lies deadlocked and the majority of the votes they'll need to win lie in an area hit hard by a weekend storm.

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Filed under: Hawaii • Senate Primaries
August 10th, 2014
03:24 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Hillary Clinton splits with Obama on foreign policy

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, dramatically distanced herself from the President's approach to foreign policy in an interview published Sunday.

"Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," Clinton told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, knocking the Obama administration's foreign policy.

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