February 22nd, 2013
10:33 AM ET
1 year ago

When do the forced spending cuts kick in?

Washington (CNN) - By now everyone knows the forced federal spending cuts trigger March 1 - a week from Friday - and will strip $85 billion from federal agencies over the next seven months.

But when exactly do they kick in?
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Business, labor make immigration deal
February 21st, 2013
02:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Business, labor make immigration deal

Washington (CNN) – The Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO reached an agreement Thursday over a visa program aimed at lesser-skilled workers, a flashpoint in the ongoing debate over immigration reform.

The announcement follows weeks of meetings between Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka over the issue, left out of the immigration plan unveiled by the White House.
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Michelle Obama, daughters going skiing
February 15th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Michelle Obama, daughters going skiing

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are headed out West this weekend for their annual ski trip with family friends, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.

The White House wasn't specific on their skiing destination. Last year, they went to Aspen, Colorado. In 2011 and 2010, the first lady and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, stayed in Vail.
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February 13th, 2013
08:28 AM ET
1 year ago

The fight over $1.75

Washington (CNN) – On Tuesday night Republican Rep. Paul Ryan took issue with President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the minimum wage arguing it will hurt, not help, the working poor.

"The goal ought to be to get people out of entry level jobs and into better jobs, better paying jobs. That's better education, that's a growing economy," the chair of the House Budget Committee said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, "I don't think raising the minimum wage, and history's very clear about this, doesn't actually accomplish those goals."
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Filed under: Alan Krueger • Economy • Paul Ryan • President Obama • State of the Union
Obama’s options on voting rights and delays
February 12th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama’s options on voting rights and delays

(CNN) – 102-year-old Desiline Victor is among first lady Michelle Obama's guests at the State of the Union Tuesday - and her example is meant to drive home President Barack Obama's commitment to protecting voting rights made during his inaugural address. In that speech he said, "Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote."

Victor, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Haiti, waited in line for three hours to cast an early vote ballot in Florida. According to voting rights advocates who know Victor's story, when she returned later in the day other people in line urged election officials to get her in to vote. It was her second time filling out a ballot since she became a citizen in 2005.
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February 12th, 2013
08:15 AM ET
1 year ago

5 things to watch in Obama's State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday.

Here are five things to watch for as the president lays out his second-term agenda:

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Obama set to challenge and persuade
February 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama set to challenge and persuade

Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday night he'll have a club in one hand and an olive branch in another, figuratively speaking.

According to Democrats close to the administration, he'll challenge Republicans to get on board with his economic agenda, including his plans for deficit reduction, broad tax reform and new investments.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.
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State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy
February 10th, 2013
03:12 PM ET
1 year ago

State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday, he'll return to the topic that's proven to be the most lasting dilemma of his presidency: jobs and the economy.

Administration officials describe the State of the Union as part of a "two-act play," where the "inaugural carries the vision and themes of the second term, and the State of the Union puts meat on the bones" with policy.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.

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Samantha Power leaving Obama administration
February 7th, 2013
03:40 PM ET
1 year ago

Samantha Power leaving Obama administration

(CNN) - Samantha Power, special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council, will be stepping down later this month, a White House official said Thursday.

She's considered the leading candidate to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations should Ambassador Susan Rice leave her post.
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Secret Service director retiring, agency says
February 1st, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Secret Service director retiring, agency says

(CNN) - U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will step down this month, concluding a long career that was clouded last year by a scandal at the agency involving agents and prostitutes ahead of a presidential summit in Colombia.

Spokesman Brian Leary said on Friday that Sullivan would retire on February 22 after leading the agency that protects presidents and fights financial crime since 2006. He's been an agent for 30 years.

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