Obama names new White House counsel
April 21st, 2014
04:20 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama names new White House counsel

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston as White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

He starts the second week in May, replacing Kathryn Ruemmler, one of the President's most trusted advisers.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obama talks to Web MD and Ryan Seacrest to tout Obamacare
March 14th, 2014
02:39 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama talks to Web MD and Ryan Seacrest to tout Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - As part of the administration's final push to encourage people to sign up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline, President Barack Obama spent nearly 30 minutes Friday answering questions about premium prices, Medicaid expansion and other issues from WebMD users from all 50 states.

Lisa Zamosky, WebMD's health care reform expert, said the site got a "huge response," receiving hundreds of questions and from some users who were concerned about the Affordable Care Act, others who were confused about the law, and still others who wanted to thank the President for signing it into legislation.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare • President Obama
Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa
December 9th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
8 months ago

Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa

Washington (CNN) - With President Obama departing for South Africa just four days after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, security and logistical preparations that would usually take months were crammed into less than a week. "We've done things in less time," said a Secret Service spokesman.

The expectations for the agents assigned to protect the President are the same as if they had six months to prepare, said the spokesman, who noted the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon had been ill for some time, which allowed U.S. personnel to make some preparations in advance in conjunction with the State Department and the South African government.
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September 23rd, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

VIDEO: Campaigns push to get voters registered

(CNN) – With less than 44 days left before the election, voter registration efforts are well underway in battleground states.

According to the Census Bureau, there are about 73 million eligible citizens who aren't registered to vote. We catch up with supporters for both campaigns as they try to register voters, and educate them about how to vote. One potential complicating factor at the polls: voter ID laws.


Filed under: 2012
Candidates prepare to take center stage
September 23rd, 2012
02:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidates prepare to take center stage

Washington (CNN) - With just 10 days to go before the first presidential debate, both campaigns are weighing what they can do to take advantage of the three head-to-head matchups in October that will help decide the race.

Republican pollster Whit Ayres said GOP nominee Mitt Romney must use the debates to "score points" on the economy, the No. 1 concern of voters.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
In hometown to raise campaign cash, Obama targets Romney’s running mate
August 12th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

In hometown to raise campaign cash, Obama targets Romney’s running mate

Chicago (CNN) – President Barack Obama congratulated Paul Ryan Sunday for being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate, but cut short the plaudits to blast the Wisconsin congressman's economic proposals.

"I know him. I welcome him to the race," Obama said at a fund-raiser in Chicago. "Congressman Ryan is a decent man. He is a family man. He is an articulate spokesman for Gov. Romney's vision. But it's a vision that I fundamentally disagree with."
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Filed under: Fundraising • Illinois • President Obama
Virginia's 'personhood' bill is latest front in the culture war
February 19th, 2012
04:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Virginia's 'personhood' bill is latest front in the culture war

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - In the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican Robert Marshall is a longtime abortion opponent who has tried repeatedly to pass legislation in his state that would give rights to the unborn.

This year, on his third try, Marshall just might get his wish, and that has advocates for women's reproductive rights concerned.

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Filed under: Abortion • Virginia
January 22nd, 2012
11:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Political newcomers face high costs and difficult odds

Washington (CNN) – Political newcomer Ken Vaughn is betting big on his own run for Congress.

The first-time candidate believes so strongly in the need for a new brand of leaders in Washington that, after careful consideration with his wife, he's cashed in a large chunk of his 401(k) in order to invest $100,000 in his campaign.


Filed under: Congress • Fundraising
CBC members react to Obama's speech on jobs, the black community
September 25th, 2011
11:40 AM ET
3 years ago

CBC members react to Obama's speech on jobs, the black community

Washington (CNN) – In a fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, President Obama challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and was roundly cheered for showing he’s “going to fight” to fire up his supporters in a battle to “save the country.”

As he has done frequently in the weeks since he introduced the American Jobs Act, the president repeatedly called on Congress to pass the bill.
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Obama urges black community to 'march with me'
September 24th, 2011
04:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama urges black community to 'march with me'

Washington (CNN) - While acknowledging the hard-hit black community and budding criticisms in its ranks, President Barack Obama said in a speech Saturday night to the Congressional Black Caucus that he wouldn't give up - and urged members of the black community to join him to jump-start the still sluggish economy.

"I expect all of you to march with me, and press on," Obama said. "... Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do."

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