Obama to lay out foreign policy approach in speech at West Point
May 25th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama to lay out foreign policy approach in speech at West Point

Washington (CNN) - Eager to respond to criticism of his foreign policy approach to recent crises, from Syria to Ukraine, President Barack Obama will lay out his vision on Wednesday at the commencement at West Point for how the United States should apply force around the world.

"You will hear the President discuss how the United States will use all the tools in our arsenal without over-reaching," a White House official said.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Military • President Obama
Obama to tap San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as HUD secretary
May 23rd, 2014
12:01 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama to tap San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as HUD secretary

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will announce plans Friday to nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be his next secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a government source said.

The 39-year old, three-term mayor first gained national recognition when he delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention - the first Hispanic to do so.

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Filed under: Julian Castro • President Obama
Carney: President first learned about VA allegations from CNN report
May 19th, 2014
03:40 PM ET
3 months ago

Carney: President first learned about VA allegations from CNN report

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama first learned through news reports on CNN about accusations that officials at a Veterans Affairs medical facility in Phoenix had allegedly used fraudulent lists to conceal wait times for veterans receiving care, a top White House spokesman said Monday.

"If you mean the specific allegations that I think were first reported by your network out of Phoenix I believe, we learned about them through the reports," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in reference to CNN's story on April 23.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans • Veterans Affairs
Source: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be tapped as HUD secretary
May 17th, 2014
02:29 PM ET
3 months ago

Source: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be tapped as HUD secretary

Updated 7:26 p.m., 5/17/2014

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama intends to nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be his next secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a government source said Saturday.

The 39-year old, three-term mayor first gained national recognition when he delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention - the first Hispanic to do so.

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Filed under: Obama administration
May 15th, 2014
10:21 AM ET
3 months ago

As Obama visits 9/11 museum, a call to intervene in dispute over remains

New York (CNN) - The mother of a New York City firefighter who died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks says President Barack Obama should speak out in the long-running dispute over the placement of human remains at the 9/11 memorial museum.

Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, toured the museum Thursday morning before speaking at a dedication ceremony. The museum, which opens to the public next week, will house unidentified remains from the terror attacks, which has left some victims' families outraged.
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Filed under: 9/11 • New York • President Obama
Obama makes new pitch for immigration reform
May 13th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama makes new pitch for immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama renewed his push on Tuesday for House Republicans to approve most of what exists in the Senate-passed version of comprehensive immigration reform. But he signaled a willingness to compromise.

At an event with law enforcement officials, Obama said he was "not hell-bent" on seeing every word from the Senate version in any immigration bill that might reach his desk.

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Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • John Boehner • President Obama
Obama again laments limits of presidential power
May 8th, 2014
11:05 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama again laments limits of presidential power

(CNN) – President Barack Obama once again lamented the limits of his power on the world stage, expressing regret in a speech Wednesday night that he was unable to stop recent atrocities against children in Nigeria and Syria.

"I have this remarkable title right now - President of the United States - and yet every day when I wake up, and I think about young girls in Nigeria or children caught up in the conflict in Syria - when there are times in which I want to reach out and save those kids, having to think through what levers, what power do we have at any given moment" Obama said in a speech at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation's gala in Los Angeles.

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Filed under: California • President Obama • Syria
May 7th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
4 months ago

On climate change forecast, White House opts for meteorologists

Washington (CNN) - When it came to spreading the word about the government's alarming new report on climate change, senior advisers to President Obama thought who better to talk about extreme weather forecasts than meteorologists.

A senior administration official said the decision to bring in well-known weather forecasters from both national broadcast networks and local television stations for a series of interviews in the White House Rose Garden with the President was designed to avoid a debate over whether climate change is actually happening. Instead, the intended focus was to help communities prepare for the National Climate Assessment's predictions of droughts, heat waves, and severe storms that are on the way.
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Filed under: climate change • President Obama • White House
From sanctions to storms: 5 takeaways from Obama's Philippines news conference
April 28th, 2014
09:28 AM ET
4 months ago

From sanctions to storms: 5 takeaways from Obama's Philippines news conference

Manila, Philippines (CNN) - Feeling the pull back to pressing matters back in Washington, President Barack Obama found his fourth and final news conference on his trip to Asia dominated by events far removed from the Pacific theater.

At a joint news conference with Philippines President Benigo "Noynoy" Aquino, the President announced the U.S. will impose a new round of sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
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Filed under: President Obama • Russia
April 25th, 2014
08:17 AM ET
4 months ago

Five take-aways from President Obama's news conference in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - President Obama will speak with key European leaders about the crisis in Ukraine Friday. But earlier in the day at a joint news conference with President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, Obama acknowledged the sanctions against Russia put in place by the U.S. and its allies may not ultimately change Vladimir Putin's calculus.

"I think that's self-apparent," Obama said when asked if the Russian president may simply remain unresponsive to the economic pressure.

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Filed under: Middle East • North Korea • President Obama • South Korea • Ukraine
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