Obama to announce nominee for FCC
April 30th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to announce nominee for FCC

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday he's nominating Tom Wheeler, a top fundraiser for the president's re-election campaign, to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to a White House official.

Until he's confirmed, Mignon Clyburn, a member of the commission, will serve as acting chair.
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More Cabinet picks expected this week
Penny Pritzker participates in a White House event on community colleges in 2010.
April 29th, 2013
01:59 PM ET
1 year ago

More Cabinet picks expected this week

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is expected to make two more additions to his Cabinet this week when he names a commerce secretary and U.S. trade representative, two Democrats familiar with the discussions told CNN Monday.

The likely picks for Obama are Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker for commerce secretary and current White House adviser Michael Froman for trade representative, the two sources said.
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Filed under: Trade
Sandy Hook families to ride AF-1 to DC, lobby Senate
April 8th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Sandy Hook families to ride AF-1 to DC, lobby Senate

Washington (CNN) - Twelve family members of children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school flew to Washington with President Barack Obama on board Air Force One Monday following the president's speech in Connecticut.

They'll spend two days lobbying senators to pass gun safety legislation, after joining the president for the event in Hartford, during which the president pressed Congress to act in the wake of the Newtown killings.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • President Obama
Obama to propose changes to Medicare and Social Security in new budget
April 5th, 2013
05:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama to propose changes to Medicare and Social Security in new budget

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare plus some new tax increases, changes that are an effort for the president to reach a deficit deal with Republicans, according to senior administration officials.

The budget will include an offer Obama made to House Speaker John Boehner in December, officials said. That proposal included $400 billion in savings to Medicare over 10 years.

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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? Maybe
April 1st, 2013
09:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? Maybe

(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy has been asked to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan and is being vetted for the post, a Democrat familiar with the discussions told CNN on Monday.

Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, was a top backer of President Barack Obama during both of his presidential campaigns and served as the co-chair of his vice presidential search committee in 2008.
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Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • Japan
Clinton's first paid speech to be in April
March 31st, 2013
03:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton's first paid speech to be in April

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver her first paid speech since leaving office last month in late April, according to a Democratic source close to Clinton.

The source told CNN the speech will be to the National Multi Housing Council in Dallas on April 24. The source did not disclose how much Clinton is being paid for the speech.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
Sides reach broad agreement on immigrant guest workers
March 30th, 2013
05:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Sides reach broad agreement on immigrant guest workers

Washington (CNN) - Business and labor negotiators working to hammer out a deal on an immigrant guest worker program have reached broad agreement, a source familiar with the talks said Saturday, eliminating one major hurdle to legislation revamping the nation's immigration system.

Business leaders and labor groups had been working to develop a plan on guest workers, tackling major sticking points on how much workers would be paid and the number of workers that would be allowed into the country each year.

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Filed under: Immigration
March 1st, 2013
04:04 PM ET
1 year ago

The new Obama has his heart on his sleeve

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is showing his softer side. The man who was known in his first term for his cool, detached style has been crying, repeatedly.

It started the day after his re-election when a teary and happy president told campaign volunteers, "I'm so proud of you guys."

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The day that was never supposed to happen is here
March 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

The day that was never supposed to happen is here

(CNN) - Today is the day lawmakers have known about since August 2011: the day those forced federal spending cuts kick in.

This Friday is also a day many never expected would come. After all, the cuts known as sequestration were designed to be so draconian that lawmakers would be forced to compromise and avoid them.
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Filed under: Budget • Deficit
Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors
February 28th, 2013
01:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors

Washington (CNN) - Major donors of President Barack Obama are leading candidates for ambassadorships, Democratic sources tell CNN.

Marc Lasry, founder of Avenue Capital Group and a key Wall Street backer of Obama during the election, is the leading candidate for ambassador to France, according to two Democratic sources.

The Lasrys were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign, but became big Obama bundlers in the last election cycle.

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Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • President Obama
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