(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin spent much of their time in their one conversation in recent days on Ukraine arguing about facts on the ground.
An Obama administration official says Putin, in the 90-minute phone call on Saturday, argued that the rights of ethnic Russians are being threatened.
Washington (CNN) – In a speech aimed at rallying his party's base, President Obama painted Republicans as only focused on "opportunity for a few" in an address laying out his vision for the midterm elections to fellow Democrats Friday night.
In a return to his "year of action" theme, the President discussed the upcoming release of his 2015 budget as well as what he thinks the party should be fighting for during remarks to the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting here in the nation's capital.
"The choice could not be clearer. Opportunity for a few or opportunity for all, that’s what this election is about. As Democrats, we have a different idea of what the future looks like – an idea rooted in our conviction that our economy grows best not from the top down, but from the middle out. That’s what an opportunity agenda offers," Obama said.
(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has joined calls from key Republicans urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that critics say would codify discrimination against gays and lesbians in that state.
(CNN) - The Obama administration appears to be scaling back its expectations for enrollment of young adults under the Affordable Care Act.
For months, administration officials embraced estimates by the Congressional Budget Office anticipating 2.7 million of the 7 million enrollees under Obamacare by the end of March would be people between the ages of 18 and 34, or nearly 40 % of the total.
(CNN) – Former White House chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended President Barack Obama's accelerated use of executive actions "1,000 percent," in an interview with CNN.
"Do you think Japan or China is able - or Taiwan looks to the future and says, well, let's see what the United States Congress does before we invest? So I'm proud that the President took executive action, because he can't allow America's future to be held hostage by a Congress that won't do anything," Emanuel said.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday two new private-public partnerships meant to spur high-quality manufacturing jobs in Chicago and Detroit.
A White House official told CNN that the announcement will pave the way for two "innovation institutes" led by the Defense Department and supported by $280 million - half from the federal government and half from private partners.
Toluca, Mexico (CNN) - Midterm election pressures are likely to follow President Barack Obama to Mexico where he’ll meet his North American counterparts on issues that have caused headaches for Democrats, from the Keystone pipeline to immigration reform to trade.
Obama is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the North American Leaders’ Summit.
Washington (CNN) - It's one data point Obama administration officials have yet to disclose: just how many new Obamacare enrollees have actually paid their premiums.
As the Obama administration released its latest enrollment figures Wednesday, officials broke down some of the demographics on consumers who are signing up for coverage. But White House officials have so far not provided data on how many people have sent in their payments to activate their plans.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will separately address the House Democratic retreat next week in Cambridge, Maryland, a White House official confirms to CNN. Biden will speak on Thursday and Obama will speak on Friday.
The retreat follows Tuesday's meeting at the White House with the House Democratic Caucus. On Wednesday, the President and former President Bill Clinton will headline a Senate Democratic retreat at Nationals Park.
Nashville (CNN) - It's a role that's still on the mind of actress Ashley Judd.
At an education event hosted by President Barack Obama in Nashville, Judd, who considered and then decided against a campaign to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said she may decide to run for political office in the future.