Congressional leaders reach deal on Patriot Act
May 19th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Congressional leaders reach deal on Patriot Act

Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Congressional leaders have agreed on a tentative deal that would extend the Patriot Act for four years.

The deal to extend the expiring law was sealed today by Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to senior Democratic and Republican sources.

The move would largely take the issue off the table for the next election by extending the law well beyond November 2012.


Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
Stakes high - again - for Obama speech
May 19th, 2011
08:15 AM ET
3 years ago

Stakes high - again - for Obama speech

Washington (CNN) - By now, top aides to President Barack Obama like Dan Pfeiffer have learned to just tune out the round-the-clock punditry that tends to build up every speech by this commander-in-chief as the pivotal moment in his presidency.

The phrase "stakes are high" has been used so many times for speeches about anything from health care to the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, to the war in Libya that the White House communications director has voted with his remote control.

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Filed under: President Obama
White House: No plan B on debt ceiling
May 18th, 2011
04:42 PM ET
3 years ago

White House: No plan B on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - Obama administration officials declared Wednesday that there is no fallback plan if Congress fails to lift the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit by August 2, and they warned that inaction could spark a series of catastrophic events.

"There really is no alternative to raising the debt limit," one senior administration official said at a briefing with reporters. "There is no plan that can preserve our credit worthiness."
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Filed under: Debt • Obama administration
George Mitchell resigns as Middle East envoy
May 13th, 2011
12:05 PM ET
3 years ago

George Mitchell resigns as Middle East envoy

Washington (CNN) – Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is resigning as the Obama administration's Mideast envoy, the White House announced Friday.

Mitchell has served as President Barack Obama's point man in the region as the administration has tried to keep Arab-Israeli peace talks on track.

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Clock ticking for Obama's security team
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (C) speaks after US President Barack Obama (L) nominated Central Intrelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta (R) as the new Secretary of Defense during a official announcement at the White House in Washington, DC, April 28, 2011.
April 29th, 2011
07:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Clock ticking for Obama's security team

Washington (CNN) - When President Obama unveiled his revamped national security team in the East Room, he quickly joked about how badly Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been itching to finally get serious about retirement.

"When I took office, Bob Gates had already served under seven presidents, and he carried a clock that counted down the days, hours, and minutes until he could return to Washington state with his wife, Becky," Obama said. He added that he felt lucky to get Gates to keep pushing the exit date back to deal with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as some major budget decisions confronting the nation.

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Filed under: President Obama • Robert Gates
66 years later, Biden honors Dole's World War II service
April 12th, 2011
02:26 PM ET
3 years ago

66 years later, Biden honors Dole's World War II service

Washington (CNN) – There was a terrible rainstorm here on Tuesday morning, but NBC News anchorman and special correspondent Tom Brokaw said he woke up knowing there was just no way that an event on the National Mall honoring a certain World War II veteran would be cancelled.

"Don't worry about it, God wouldn't dare rain on Bob Dole's parade," Brokaw quipped at the beginning of a ceremony honoring the former Republican Senator and presidential nominee's efforts to create the National World War II Memorial.

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Filed under: Bob Dole • Joe Biden
April 7th, 2011
07:26 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Chances of government shutdown 50-50

(CNN)–Senior White House officials tell CNN the chances of a government shutdown are 50-50.


Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown
Obama playing defense over Libya
Libyan rebels wave their flag on top of a wrecked tank belonging to Moammar Gadhafi's forces on the western entrance of Benghazi on March 20, 2011.
March 22nd, 2011
07:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama playing defense over Libya

San Salvador, El Salvador (CNN) - In the end, President Barack Obama apparently decided that photos of himself touring historic remnants of a collapsed society might not be the best image for a commander in chief fending off charges even from Democrats that his Libya policy is in shambles.

The controversy over the decision to use U.S. military force has gotten so intense that at a news conference here Tuesday, Obama calmly pushed back at his critics by declaring the effort to stem the humanitarian crisis in Libya has paid important dividends by avoiding a massacre of civilians.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
Obama walks fine line on Gadhafi's future
March 21st, 2011
05:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama walks fine line on Gadhafi's future

Santiago, Chile (CNN) - President Barack Obama repeated Monday that Moammar Gadhafi "needs to go," but he acknowledged the Libyan dictator may remain in power for some time because the allied military mission in North Africa has a more narrow mandate of just protecting innocent civilians.

"Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Colonel Gadhafi's people," Obama said at a news conference here.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
Obama barely mentions Libya as Boehner demands details
March 20th, 2011
03:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama barely mentions Libya as Boehner demands details

RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) - As the massive bombardment of Libya continued for a second day over 5,000 miles away from here, President Barack Obama delivered a speech that did not mention any specifics about the U.S. role in the military action despite Republican demands for him to better define the mission.

"We’ve seen the people of Libya take a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens," Obama said in a 25-minute address that only briefly mentioned Libya.
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
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