August 12th, 2014
08:09 AM ET
2 months ago

After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha’s Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.

The former top diplomat, on the tiny Massachusetts island to promote her book, will find herself at the same social gathering as Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday night.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
July 16th, 2014
11:58 AM ET
3 months ago

In interview with CNN, O'Malley defends call with White House on immigrant kids

(CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley defended his criticism of Obama administration plans to return thousands of undocumented children to Central America, even after his remarks sparked a heated discussion with a senior White House official.

In an interview with CNN, O'Malley acknowledged that he asked White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz that the immigrants not be sent to a site in western Maryland that was under consideration.

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Filed under: 2016 • Immigration • Martin O'Malley
July 15th, 2014
07:43 PM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: After criticizing White House over unaccompanied minors, Martin O'Malley said don't send them to Maryland site

(CNN) - After his strong criticism of the Obama administration's plans to return thousands of young undocumented migrants back to Central America, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked a top White House official that the children not be sent to a site that was under consideration in his home state, sources familiar with the conversation said.

"He privately said 'please don't send these kids to Western Maryland,'" a Democratic source told CNN. The heated discussion between O'Malley and White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz occurred during a phone call late Friday evening, sources familiar with the conversation added.

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Filed under: Immigration • Martin O'Malley • White House
White House reaches out to Hispanic lawmakers during border crisis
July 14th, 2014
04:42 PM ET
3 months ago

White House reaches out to Hispanic lawmakers during border crisis

(CNN) – Obama administration officials will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus this week to discuss mounting concerns about the fate of the unaccompanied minors fleeing to the United States from Central America.

"Administration officials will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday," a White House official said Monday. The official said more details about the meeting would come later.

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Obama caught in border photo-op catch-22, White House says
July 10th, 2014
02:12 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama caught in border photo-op catch-22, White House says

(CNN) - Damned if he does. Damned if he doesn't.

That is essentially the White House explanation for why President Obama opted against a visit to the country's besieged southern border during his trip to Texas this week.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
June 26th, 2014
08:26 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama, the ‘Bear,’ is loose and trying to reconnect with voters

(CNN) President Barack Obama first said it two weeks ago during an impromptu walk from the White House to the Interior Department and then again during a quick coffee run to Starbucks just last Monday.

"The bear is loose," he said.

And now he’s modified his new-found catch phrase. At a town hall event in Minnesota on Thursday, he added for emphasis: "I'm feeling super loose today."
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Filed under: President Obama
June 16th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
4 months ago

White House: Lerner emails lost in computer crash

(CNN) – A top White House official blamed a computer crash for the disappearance of emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, echoing the explanation the agency gave Congress last week for the two years' worth of missing subpoenaed correspondence.

"I think it's entirely reasonable. And it's fact," incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • IRS • Josh Earnest
June 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama has 'fundamental' set of options on Iraq

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has a "fundamental" set of options for a military response to the crisis in Iraq, a White House official told CNN Monday. The options could be tweaked or changed somewhat, the official added.

The President's entire national security team spent much of the weekend urgently preparing options for potential military action against the militant group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, senior administration officials said. Obama will review those options with national security officials Monday evening, incoming press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
June 5th, 2014
08:46 AM ET
5 months ago

Bergdahl backlash surprises White House

Updated 10:35 a.m. ET, 6/5/2014

Brussels, Belgium (CNN) - White House officials expected controversy when the deal was announced to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Despite the feel-good moment in the White House Rose Garden featuring President Obama and Bergdahl's beaming parents last Saturday, the five-for-one trade was sure to create an uproar, a White House official acknowledged.

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • President Obama
Inconsistencies from both sides in Bergdahl release
June 4th, 2014
09:23 AM ET
5 months ago

Inconsistencies from both sides in Bergdahl release

Warsaw, Poland (CNN) - The partisan feud erupting between the White House and Republican critics over the release of former POW Bowe Bergdahl has revealed inconsistencies on both sides of the debate.

Late Tuesday, Democratic supporters of President Barack Obama’s decision to trade five Guantanamo detainees for Bergdahl’s freedom began circulating quotes from several GOP lawmakers who initially supported efforts to free the Army sergeant but who later criticized the swap.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Dianne Feinstein • Jim Inhofe • John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • President Obama
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