Obama, possible Republican candidates to speak at same event
November 8th, 2013
11:02 AM ET
5 months ago

Obama, possible Republican candidates to speak at same event

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and two Republicans who may be running to succeed him in 2016 will be speaking at the same Washington event later this month.

The President along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, will speak at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, organizers announced.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Paul Ryan • President Obama
Vice President Biden works the phone
November 6th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
5 months ago

Vice President Biden works the phone

Updated 11/6/2013 at 10:25 a.m. ET

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden called several winners in Tuesday's elections, including reaching out to the new mayor of a town in Iowa - a contest that had garnered national attention, an official in the Vice President's office confirmed.

The Vice President reached out to Tuesday evening to new Coralville, Iowa mayor John Lundell after Americans For Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch Brothers, weighed in against his candidacy and that of two city council members. The conservative national advocacy group got involved because of the city's debt.
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Filed under: 2013 • Joe Biden
Former Clinton official to run for Congress in Arkansas
November 5th, 2013
03:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Former Clinton official to run for Congress in Arkansas

Updated 3:45 p.m. ET, 11/5/2013

Washington (CNN) - Former Clinton emergency management official and Arkansas native James Lee Witt announced Tuesday he will run for Congress.

Witt, a Democrat and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Bill Clinton's administration, will seek to represent the Fourth Congressional District, where he lives and which covers the southwest area of the state.
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Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment
October 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
6 months ago

Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is going to kick off what it calls "a grassroots effort" to encourage more enrollment by the uninsured in the new health care exchanges, an administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

"We are planning to deploy White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries to the 10 cities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured Americans to do enrollment events and other grassroots activities. These cities and metropolitan areas include Dallas; Houston; Miami; Atlanta; Phoenix/Tucson; North Jersey; Tampa; Orlando; Detroit and San Antonio," the official said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is among those who will be traveling. She will visit Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, later this week, a second official told CNN.

Debt ceiling hikes included policy ideas in the past
October 7th, 2013
07:28 PM ET
6 months ago

Debt ceiling hikes included policy ideas in the past

(CNN) - While the White House vows it doesn't want to set a precedent negotiating policy proposals to be included in a debt ceiling increase — calling it extortion - there have been discussions in the past surrounding such a hike and Congress has attached other issues to raising the limit a number of times.

The House and Senate, in November 1989, agreed as part of a debt ceiling increase to repeal a tax rule approved three years earlier barring discrimination in employer-paid health insurance plans.

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Filed under: Congress • national debt • White House
GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension

(CNN) – One idea being considered to end the immediate fiscal impasse is a bill to fund the government and extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks, a senior Republican member of the House told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

The congressman agreed to speak with CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The GOP lawmaker said a committee could then be set up to negotiate the fiscal issues dividing the two parties and negotiate a plan to keep the government funded for the rest of the year without the proverbial gun to their heads.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • House • House Republicans • national debt
Hillary Clinton gets political
September 30th, 2013
09:10 PM ET
7 months ago

Hillary Clinton gets political

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton delivered a very personal speech in support of her longtime friend Terry McAuliffe Monday night during a fundraiser she held at her home for his Virginia gubernatorial candidacy, one attendee told CNN.

This event marked Clinton's first foray into electoral politics since she left the State Department at the beginning of the year.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Terry McAuliffe
Former President George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage
September 25th, 2013
11:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Former President George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage

(CNN) - George H.W. Bush was an official witness to a same-sex marriage this past weekend in Maine, a spokesman for the former president told CNN.

Bush and his wife attended the wedding of two friends, Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement, as private citizens, said spokesman Jim McGrath.
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Filed under: George H. W. Bush
American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures
September 25th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
7 months ago

American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures

Washington (CNN) – Several leaders in the American Jewish community cautiously embraced President Barack Obama's call to engage in dialogue with the Iranian government however expressed much skepticism over whether President Hassan Rouhani can be trusted.

Preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program – and possibly gaining a nuclear bomb – is one of the top priorities for Israel and for American-Jewish leaders.
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Filed under: Iran • Israel • President Obama • United Nations
White House calling senators to build support for Yellen nomination
September 20th, 2013
04:52 PM ET
7 months ago

White House calling senators to build support for Yellen nomination

Washington (CNN) - White House officials are reaching out to some Democratic senators to discuss the possible nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, one source with knowledge of the calls confirmed to CNN.

The only name mentioned on these calls is that of Yellen, the source told CNN, adding the idea is to generate support for the expected nomination.
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