Obama looks to bypass Congress: 'I've got a pen'
January 14th, 2014
10:45 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama looks to bypass Congress: 'I've got a pen'

Washington (CNN) –  It's the new White House catch-phrase for 2014: "Year of Action."

Those words have been on President Barack Obama's mind over the last few weeks, earning a mention at December's year-end news conference and in his weekly address to the nation last Saturday. Administration officials are hinting it will be one of the major theme's of the President's upcoming State of the Union speech.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama
January 8th, 2014
08:47 AM ET
3 months ago

White House denies Obama-Biden lunch opened due to gates book

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET, 1/8/14

Washington (CNN) - One day after excerpts from a tell-all memoir penned by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates took Washington by storm, the White House is granting the press rare but limited access to a lunch between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

According to the daily schedule for the President released by the White House, still and television photographers will be allowed to capture images of Obama and Biden during what is normally a private meeting. The President and Vice President typically sit down for lunch once a week.

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Obamacare ads to run during Winter Olympics
A picture taken on December 17, 2013, shows a view of the construction site of 'Fisht' Olympic Stadium in the Imereti Valley in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
January 7th, 2014
08:48 PM ET
3 months ago

Obamacare ads to run during Winter Olympics

(CNN) - The Obama administration will run television ads in some cities during next month's Winter Olympics pushing health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

An official with the Department of Health and Human Services said the ads will run in markets with the highest rate of uninsured people during the Olympics. The official would not confirm the cost of the ad buy.
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White House: Judge us not by what passes Congress
January 7th, 2014
06:02 PM ET
3 months ago

White House: Judge us not by what passes Congress

Washington (CNN) – Signaling what could be a difficult year for enacting legislation in Washington, a top Obama administration official said the White House is taking a realistic view on what can pass Congress in the months leading up to the fall's mid-term election.

Don't judge us by what makes its way through Capitol Hill, the senior administration official cautioned.
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Filed under: Congress • White House
December 17th, 2013
10:02 PM ET
4 months ago

Tech source: We weren't at White House for health care chat

Washington (CNN) - While President Barack Obama and White House aides may have wanted the nation's top tech executives to help dissect their botched health care website, the industry titans themselves had something else in mind: the federal government's vast cybersnooping.

A source familiar with Tuesday's discussion at the White House said several executives at the meeting were frustrated with the White House's focus on HealthCare.gov, because the chiefs came to Washington to voice their concerns on surveillance issues.
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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • NSA • Obama administration
Obamas, Former Presidents Journey South Africa to Honor Mandela
December 10th, 2013
03:57 AM ET
4 months ago

Obamas, Former Presidents Journey South Africa to Honor Mandela

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) - A powerful U.S. delegation led by President Obama and representing the current and last two American administrations, arrived in South Africa for a whirlwind visit to attend a memorial service set for Tuesday honoring the late ant-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela.

Former president George W. and Laura Bush accompanied President and Mrs. Obama on Air Force One for the 16 hour journey to Johannesburg. Also on board was a potential future president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Obamacare enrollment ramps up in days after website fix
December 4th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
5 months ago

Obamacare enrollment ramps up in days after website fix

(CNN) – A revamped federal health care website has helped enroll 29,000 Americans in insurance plans over the past several days, a source familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.

The number is higher than the online enrollments for the entire month of October, and reflects a boost in sign-ups after HealthCare.gov underwent a massive repair job after its initial launch.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment
December 3rd, 2013
06:27 PM ET
5 months ago

White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

"We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • Obama administration
WH: Obamacare website 'on track' to meet Nov. 30 goal
November 25th, 2013
02:45 PM ET
5 months ago

WH: Obamacare website 'on track' to meet Nov. 30 goal

White House (CNN) - Obama administration officials are sounding increasingly confident they will meet the President's goal of having the troubled website HealthCare.gov working for the "vast majority" of users by November 30.

"We continue to be on track to meeting the goals that we established for ourselves and established for the website on Nov. 30," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One Monday en route to San Francisco for an event and fundraiser President Obama was expected to attend.
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CNN obtains GOP playbook to target Obamacare
November 21st, 2013
09:35 AM ET
5 months ago

CNN obtains GOP playbook to target Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - It's a playbook on the bruising field of health care politics, complete with "x's and o's."

The House Republican strategy memo, entitled "Because of Obamacare... I lost my insurance," offers samples of talking points, social media, videos, digital flyers, op-eds, and a fact sheet for GOP lawmakers doing battle against the president's signature legislative achievement.

Read the playbook (PDF)
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Filed under: Congress • Obamacare
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