Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate
August 7th, 2012
06:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate

(CNN) - A new attack ad by a Super PAC backing President Obama appears to blame Mitt Romney for a woman's death from cancer after his company, Bain Capital, shut down the steel mill where the woman's husband worked.

The ad makes it seem like Joe Soptic's wife, Ilyona, lost her battle with cancer shortly after he lost his job at GST Steel in Missouri, where he had worked for almost 30 years.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA
At VFW, Obama talks about promises kept
July 23rd, 2012
04:35 PM ET
2 years ago

At VFW, Obama talks about promises kept

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday emphasized the fulfillment of his promise to end the war in Iraq and pointed to his administration's work for veterans over the last three and a half years.

"Four years ago I made you a promise. I pledged to take the fight to our enemies and renew our leadership in the world. As president, that's what I've done," he said while speaking in Reno, Nevada at the 113th convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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Filed under: 2012 • AFSCME • Iraq • Nevada • President Obama • Race to '08 podcast • Veterans • Veterans Affairs • Washington • Washington D.C.
Obama and Bill Clinton: On same team but not always reading same playbook
June 4th, 2012
08:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama and Bill Clinton: On same team but not always reading same playbook

Washington (CNN) - How things change.

In 2008, after a bruising primary battle with Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama was on the outs with former President Bill Clinton. This election cycle, Clinton is one of Obama's most visible surrogates.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Fundraising • President Obama
President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour
April 25th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama targeted House Republican Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri in his remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa Wednesday.

He did not call out Akin by name, instead citing Akin's recent remarks about how the federal government should not be in the business of student loans.

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Filed under: President Obama
President Obama tries to shore up youth vote
April 24th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama tries to shore up youth vote

Boulder, Colorado (CNN) – President Obama kicked off a tour of three battleground states today with a speech at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This two-day college blitz is, on it's face, about pressing Congress to prevent interest rates on federally subsidized student loans from doubling this summer. In political reality, the president's latest excursion from Washington is all about energizing part of his base – youth voters – in an election year.

"For each year that Congress doesn't act, the average student with these loans will rack up an additional $1,000 in debt – an extra $1,000," President Obama told a supportive crowd of mainly students at UNC Chapel Hill. "That's basically a tax hike for more than 7 million students across America, more than 160,000 students here in North Carolina alone."

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Filed under: 2012 • North Carolina • President Obama
March 26th, 2012
08:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Open mic catches Obama asking Russian president for space on missile defense

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue.

"This is my last election," Obama told Medvedev. "After my election I have more flexibility."
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Filed under: Dmitry Medvedev • President Obama • Russia
Obama to fast track southern half of Keystone XL Pipeline
March 20th, 2012
05:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to fast track southern half of Keystone XL Pipeline

(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president's announcement tells CNN.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada's tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That decision was met by persistent Republican criticism that the president has not been doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gas prices.

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Filed under: Energy • President Obama
Congressional Republicans on Jobs Numbers: Don’t Hit Send Yet!
February 3rd, 2012
10:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Congressional Republicans on Jobs Numbers: Don’t Hit Send Yet!

Washington (CNN) – The better-than-expected jobs numbers caught congressional Republicans, as well as economists, off guard. They were poised to send out pre-written press releases about the 'disappointing' numbers. But some offices had to take time to adjust those email blasts, two congressional Republican sources told CNN, prompting a noticeable delay.

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor emailed out statements 40 minutes after The Labor Department announced the unemployment rate had dipped to 8.3% and the economy had added 243,000 jobs. They normally send out emails almost immediately.


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STOCK ACT to stop insider trading
February 1st, 2012
02:27 PM ET
3 years ago

STOCK ACT to stop insider trading

Washington (CNN) - The president will not oppose a Republican-proposed change to the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge), a senior administration official tells CNN. The bill would make clear that insider trading of stocks and other securities by members of Congress, their spouses and staffs are illegal.

Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) are pushing for the bill to apply to the executive branch as well.

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Filed under: Congress • White House
Democratic senator drops opposition to Obama judicial nominee
January 13th, 2012
06:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Democratic senator drops opposition to Obama judicial nominee

(CNN) –Sen. Robert Menendez is finally giving the go ahead to one of President Obama’s high profile judicial nominations, ending the New Jersey Democrat’s showdown with his own party that some attributed to a personal grudge.

In a statement released Friday, Menendez said he was dropping his opposition to Judge Patty Shwartz’s nomination to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Obama nominated Shwartz to the prestigious court nearly three months ago. Menendez, who as Shwartz’s home-state senator has the power block her nomination, originally expressed concerns with Shwartz’s understanding of certain areas of the law following an initial meeting with her.

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Filed under: President Obama
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