LBJ backers plan major civil rights summit to honor legacy
February 16th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
6 months ago

LBJ backers plan major civil rights summit to honor legacy

Washington (CNN) - The family and friends of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson will sponsor a major three-day civil rights summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act he signed – and hope this can help them broaden the image many have of the 36th president.

Some allies of Johnson feel the Vietnam War is the only prism through which the public now sees Johnson and his presidency and are working to make sure some of his major domestic achievements receive more recognition.

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Giffords, Kelly to write another book
February 11th, 2014
11:06 AM ET
6 months ago

Giffords, Kelly to write another book

Washington (CNN) – Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recovering from a 2011 gunshot wound to the head, and her husband Mark Kelly will write a book to be issued later this year on gun rights and gun violence, their publisher, Scribner, announced Tuesday.

The book, "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence," is set to be published in June.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Mark Kelly
Major Obama group will now push for Hillary Clinton
January 23rd, 2014
12:15 PM ET
6 months ago

Major Obama group will now push for Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) – The major super PAC that supported President Obama's re-election now will begin raising money to help elect Hillary Clinton to the White House if she chooses to run, the group confirmed to CNN.

Priorities USA Action is reaching out to major Democratic donors as it starts to build support for her potential run and plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to begin to lay the groundwork for a potential candidacy.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
Former Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie expected to announce Senate candidacy
January 10th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
7 months ago

Former Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie expected to announce Senate candidacy

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to soon announce he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Virginia currently held by Democrat Mark Warner, who is running for re-election next year, a Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

He has informed some party leaders he will mount the campaign after testing the waters and could announce his candidacy as early as next week the source said.

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Filed under: Ed Gillespie • Senate • Virginia
One former President honored in name of predecessor
December 3rd, 2013
11:13 PM ET
8 months ago

One former President honored in name of predecessor

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush, a leader of one of the nation's most prominent Republican families, was honored Tuesday for his years of public service and leadership for civil rights - by a foundation named for his Texan predecessor and also one of the nation's most noted Democratic presidents.

Bush was given the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award by the LBJ Foundation.
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Obama, possible Republican candidates to speak at same event
November 8th, 2013
11:02 AM ET
9 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
9 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
9 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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Filed under: Congress
Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment
October 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
9 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
10 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
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