White House appears to scale-back expectations for younger Obamacare signups
February 25th, 2014
05:35 PM ET
2 months ago

White House appears to scale-back expectations for younger Obamacare signups

(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.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Obamacare
February 24th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Vintage Rahm: Emanuel supports Obama's executive actions '1000 percent'

(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.
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Filed under: President Obama • Rahm Emanuel
Obama to announce two new manufacturing hubs Tuesday
February 22nd, 2014
07:01 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama to announce two new manufacturing hubs Tuesday

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.

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Filed under: Jobs • President Obama
Midterm pressures weigh on 'Three Amigos' summit
February 18th, 2014
07:22 PM ET
2 months ago

Midterm pressures weigh on 'Three Amigos' summit

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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mexico • President Obama
Obama administration developing automated system to measure payments for Obamacare coverage
February 13th, 2014
09:58 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama administration developing automated system to measure payments for Obamacare coverage

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.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare
Obama and Biden to address House Democratic retreat
February 4th, 2014
08:40 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama and Biden to address House Democratic retreat

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.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • President Obama
At Obama event, Ashley Judd says she may run for office one day
January 30th, 2014
07:45 PM ET
3 months ago

At Obama event, Ashley Judd says she may run for office one day

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.

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Filed under: Ashley Judd • President Obama • Tennessee
January 27th, 2014
11:31 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: The presidency - feeling feisty

(CNN) – After the start of the New Year, President Barack Obama's top advisers called a group of reporters into a small basement conference room and let it be known a new day had arrived at the White House.

Stung by a year of setbacks in 2013, senior administration officials described the President refreshed from his Hawaiian vacation and ready to embark on what they called a "year of action" - shorthand for pushing policy initiatives with or without the help of Congress.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried
Unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors and Iranian technicians are on hand to cut the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium enrichment at Natanz facility, some 200 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran.
January 24th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
3 months ago

No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried

Updated 3:04 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

Washington (CNN) – The interim nuclear deal with Iran and six other world powers was never signed by the representatives who brokered the agreement last November, leading one top Republican House leader to complain it allows Iranian leaders to ignore parts of the agreement, though the Obama administration said concern is unfounded.

The congressman, who only agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity, said the lack of actual signatures could be seen as a way for Iran to ignore provisions that offers Iran modest relief from some international sanctions in exchange for freezing and scaling back parts of its nuclear program.
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Filed under: Iran • White House
Troubled nuclear company announces bankruptcy plans, rakes in millions in spending bill
January 16th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
3 months ago

Troubled nuclear company announces bankruptcy plans, rakes in millions in spending bill

Updated 5:06 p.m. ET, 1/16/2014

Washington (CNN) – Tucked into the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill racing toward passage in Congress this week is a provision sending tens of millions of dollars to a uranium enrichment company that just last month announced it is filing for bankruptcy.

USEC, a government supported company formerly known as the United States Enrichment Corporation, has already received nearly a quarter billion in federal subsidies in the last two years, and billions over the last two decades. The latest multimillion dollar lifeline to USEC comes even though it has been rejected for loan guarantees by the federal government, despite support from House Speaker John Boehner and other members of the Ohio congressional delegation.

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Filed under: Congress
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