Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to his home state of Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches intended to shift the public conversation back to the economy.
The first speech in the series will take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Obama delivered his first major economic address of his national political career eight years ago.
(CNN) - On October 1, uninsured Americans can begin purchasing health insurance in state- or federal-run exchanges, and over the next 10 weeks the Obama administration is engaging in an all-out education blitz meant to encourage broad participation.
One part of the education effort is a series of public conference calls in both Spanish and English organized by the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, the first of which was held on Tuesday. The calls are intended to introduce Hispanic consumers and community leaders to services offered under the Affordable Care Act and help demystify the insurance marketplace.
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(CNN) - Two petitions posted on the White House's public website over the weekend urge President Barack Obama to recommend that the Justice Department begin a federal civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty Saturday in the Florida killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. Combined, the petitions have garnered more than 15,000 signatures since they were created on Sunday.
Additionally, petitions sponsored by the NAACP urging federal action in the Zimmerman case had garnered almost 800,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. That documents ask Attorney General Eric Holder to “Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today."
(CNN) - James Comey, who served as a top Justice Department official during George W. Bush's presidency, was tapped to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Friday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Comey would replace Robert Mueller, who is leaving in September after leading the bureau for 12 years.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will formally nominate former federal prosecutor James Comey as FBI director, a White House official said on Thursday.
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(CNN) - In remarks Tuesday touting the Obama administration's progress in addressing gun safety, Vice President Joe Biden vowed to revisit gun control legislation that failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this year, and warned legislators that the political climate shifted after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December.
"The one thing that each of us have been saying to our colleagues about these votes is the country has changed," Biden said. "You will pay a price, a political price for not – for not getting engaged and dealing with gun safety."
(CNN) – Weeks after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last December, President Barack Obama issued 23 directives aimed at curbing the threat of gun violence.
At an event on Tuesday in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden will unveil a progress report that the administration says shows it is on its way to meeting nearly all of the goals from that effort.
Miami (CNN) – At a fundraiser in Florida on Wednesday, President Barack Obama praised the U.S. Senate on its success moving forward to a debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, telling donors the procedural move is a great step towards passing a bipartisan bill.
“I’m pleased to see that we got a good vote this week so far on immigration,” the president said, citing it as a rare example of bipartisanship in today’s politics. “That immigration bill is on the floor, and I think we have an enormous opportunity to get a bipartisan immigration bill done. And that will be not just an enormous political achievement, but an important economic foundation for us to continue to attract the best and the brightest from all around the world.”
San Jose, California (CNN) – While in California for diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama took time for a short victory lap praising the successes achieved so far by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
"In the states that have committed themselves to implementing this law correctly, we're seeing some good news," the president told reporters at a San Jose hotel. "Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like the law was designed to do."
Moorseville, North Carolina (CNN) - President Obama took his second term agenda to North Carolina on Thursday to announce a new initiative aimed at increasing high-speed internet in the nation's schools. Speaking at Mooresville Middle School 30-minutes outside Charlotte, Obama heralded internet technology as a crucial part of improving the U.S. education system.
"What we're going to be able to do is to get companies to compete to create affordable digital devices designed specifically to these new connected classrooms," Obama said. "I want to see a tablet that's the same price as a textbook. I want to see more apps that can be instantly updated with academic content the day it's available, so you don't have old outdated textbooks with student names still in 'em from years ago."