Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'
July 24th, 2014
12:36 AM ET
1 week ago

Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'

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(CNN) – Olivia Pope may be the best crisis manager - real or fictional - to ever grace Washington.

But that doesn't mean the situations on "Scandal" are anything close to what President Barack Obama wants to see play out in real life.

Speaking during a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, Obama used a now-familiar phrase - "phony scandals" - to describe what he sees as a petty obsession among the political class.      FULL POST


Filed under: Democrats • Elections • President Obama
Acknowledging global unrest, Obama forges ahead with fundraising swing
July 23rd, 2014
01:11 AM ET
1 week ago

Acknowledging global unrest, Obama forges ahead with fundraising swing

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SEATTLE (CNN) - As President Barack Obama helped Democrats bank millions in campaign cash on Tuesday, he acknowledged his administration is confronting "some big overseas challenges" in the Middle East, Ukraine and elsewhere.

Speaking at a fundraiser in a wealthy enclave of Seattle, Obama said there is a sense among Americans "that around the world the old order isn't holding and we're not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order that's based on a different set of principles."

Overseas, Israel continues its ground invasion of Gaza and investigators continue to probe the downing of a Malaysia Air jetliner over Ukraine. Some Republicans and pundits have chastised Obama for maintaining his three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast, though his aides argue the President can do his job from anywhere.

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White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling
June 20th, 2014
12:00 AM ET
1 month ago

White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling

Washington (CNN) – Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, the White House is announcing Friday that more benefits will be extended to those couples, no matter where they live.

Included in those benefits will be the ability to take time off to care for a same-sex spouse without the risk of being fired.

A White House official said Friday the Department of Labor was beginning a process to extend those benefits, which are laid out in the Family and Medical Leave Act, to married same-sex couples. The rules would extend nationwide, even in states that don't recognize such marriages.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
Top White House aide takes on Veterans Affairs review
President Barack Obama talks with Rob Nabors in the Oval Office, Dec. 22, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
May 14th, 2014
11:42 PM ET
3 months ago

Top White House aide takes on Veterans Affairs review

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(CNN) – A top aide to President Barack Obama will assist officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs conduct a review of agency procedures after accusations of deadly delays in care at some hospitals.

Obama said he had tasked Rob Nabors, his deputy chief of staff, to assist VA leaders, including Secretary Eric Shinseki, in conducting their audit of clinics nationwide.

"America has a sacred trust with the men and women who serve our country in uniform - one that continues when they come home - and we must do everything to keep that trust," Obama said in a statement Wednesday, adding it was essential "we get to the bottom of what happened" at a VA hospital in Phoenix, where some veterans died while waiting for care.

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