Source: Why Obama decided to talk about Egypt
In an official White House photo, President Obama speaks with National Security Staff members regarding the violent situation in Egypt on Thursday. He's currently vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.
August 15th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
8 months ago

Source: Why Obama decided to talk about Egypt

(CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke out against violence in Egypt Thursday, saying the United States "deplored" violence against civilians.

The speech was a call for calm on both sides.

A senior White House official told CNN's Jake Tapper that Obama was briefed on the situation in Egypt by National Security Adviser Susan Rice Wednesday.

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Filed under: Egypt • President Obama
Senior administration official: Moscow summit was probably going to be canceled anyway
August 7th, 2013
10:36 AM ET
8 months ago

Senior administration official: Moscow summit was probably going to be canceled anyway

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow that the U.S. called off Wednesday was probably going to be canceled anyway, a senior administration official told CNN.

"We just hadn't gotten any traction" on issues that the summit would have addressed, including missile-defense and a reduction in nuclear missiles, the senior administration official said. Attempts to find common ground on economic and trade agreements also were problematic.

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Filed under: President Obama • Russia
Staff Sgt. Ty Carter awarded Medal of Honor
July 26th, 2013
04:44 PM ET
9 months ago

Second Medal of Honor for fierce Afghan battle

Editor's note: Jake Tapper is an anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN. He is author of the best-selling book about Afghanistan, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor."

It was a devastating Taliban attack, launched on an eastern Afghanistan outpost positioned so poorly it was nearly indefensible. Combat Outpost Keating was tucked in a valley surrounded by towering mountains.

On October 3, 2009, 300 insurgents used the high ground to stage an overwhelming assault on just 53 U.S. troops.

“Just every kind of weapon they could get their hands on they were throwing at us, and we hadn't seen that before,” said Spc. Tom Rasmussen.

Eight men died, but there were heart stopping heroics to defend the base.

Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was already awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for his bravery in the face of overwhelming odds during the battle.

Read An American hero: The uncommon valor of Clint Romesha

Now there will be a second White House ceremony, this time to award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Ty Carter, a member of Black Knight Troop, in the 3rd platoon nicknamed the Bastards.

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Filed under: Medal of Honor • Military • President Obama
July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
10 months ago

State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup

(CNN) - After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.

Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News’ Mosheh Oinounou that: “A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted ‘Morsi.’”
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Filed under: Egypt • John Kerry • State Department
July 4th, 2013
09:12 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama chose his words on Egypt carefully - for a reason

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's statement about the Egyptian military's seizure of power is as telling for what he doesn't say as for what he does: he doesn't mention the word "coup."

He doesn't call upon the military to restore power to "the democratically elected civilian government," but rather to "a democratically elected civilian government."

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Filed under: Egypt • President Obama
Dept. of Homeland Security Inspector General accused of various misdeeds
June 27th, 2013
06:58 PM ET
10 months ago

Dept. of Homeland Security Inspector General accused of various misdeeds

(CNN) – Inspectors general are the internal watchdogs in government, the independent officers upon whom the public relies.

But what happens when the inspectors general themselves are accused of wrongdoing? Who watches the watchmen?

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Filed under: Homeland Security
June 2nd, 2013
11:18 PM ET
11 months ago

IRS controversy turns personal, nasty

(CNN) - An unusually harsh and personal war of words erupted on Sunday, even for the current hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, DC, with one of President Obama's top advisers bringing up the 40-year-old criminal record of the Republican congressman leading the investigation into alleged IRS abuses.

"Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler," tweeted David Plouffe, the political guru (and unofficial adviser) for President Obama, referring to the chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
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First on CNN: NRA steps in to recall Colorado state senate president
May 17th, 2013
03:51 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: NRA steps in to recall Colorado state senate president

Washington (CNN) – The national battle over guns is headed to the states in a major way.

Already groups supporting more gun restrictions have been active on the local level. And now for the first time in almost two decades, the National Rifle Association is attempting to coordinate the recall of a top state legislator for having successfully passed further gun restrictions in his state, CNN has learned.

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Filed under: Gun control • John Morse • Michael Bloomberg • NRA • Scott Walker
May 15th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: White House releases Benghazi e-mails

(CNN) - The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The e-mails detail the complex back and forth between the CIA, State Department, and the White House in developing unclassified talking points that were used to underpin a controversial and slow-to-evolve explanation of events last September 11.


Filed under: Libya • The Lead • White House
CNN exclusive: White House e-mail contradicts Benghazi leaks
May 14th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN exclusive: White House e-mail contradicts Benghazi leaks

(CNN) - CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department's desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.

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Filed under: Libya
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