State official caught up in Benghazi controversy in line for new post
May 23rd, 2013
07:59 PM ET
1 year ago

State official caught up in Benghazi controversy in line for new post

(CNN) - The State Department spokeswoman who earlier this month found herself in the middle of the controversy surrounding key revisions to the Benghazi talking points appears to be in line for a promotion.

The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, a position that requires Senate confirmation.
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Obama against prosecuting journalists, White House says
May 21st, 2013
05:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama against prosecuting journalists, White House says

(CNN) – Following revelations that the Obama administration has launched investigations into journalists from both the Associated Press and Fox News over national security leaks, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama does not believe journalists should be "prosecuted for doing their jobs."

"I can tell you that in our conversation yesterday, [President Obama] reiterated just how important he believes it is that reporters, that all of you and your colleagues, are able to do your jobs in a free and open way," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at Tuesday's press briefing.
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Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama
Biden tells law enforcement officials he's pushing on with gun control
May 3rd, 2013
04:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden tells law enforcement officials he's pushing on with gun control

(CNN) – Regrouping with the nation's leading law enforcement representatives three weeks after bipartisan gun-control legislation suffered a surprising defeat in the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden indicated he will begin a new push to rally the American public around the issue, according to attendees of the meeting.

"He said he is committed to seeing this through. He wants to hit the road and interact with stakeholders and the public in general and continue to educate them on what the purpose of this legislation is," said Jon Adler, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and one of the participants in the meeting.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
Unions could again be key to immigration reform
February 5th, 2013
05:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Unions could again be key to immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - It should come as no surprise that prominent union leaders are among the first group President Barack Obama courts as he seeks support for overhauling immigration policy.

It was organized labor that helped ensure defeat of a bipartisan effort to reform the nation's immigration laws five years ago.

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Filed under: AFL-CIO • Immigration • President Obama
Another prominent woman to depart White House
DeParle, right, walks with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett
January 11th, 2013
07:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Another prominent woman to depart White House

(CNN) – Nancy-Ann DeParle, among the most prominent women in President Barack Obama's inner circle, is set to depart her White House post after his second-term inauguration.

DeParle, deputy White House chief of staff, will join the Brookings Institution later this month and also begin lecturing at Harvard Law School. News of DeParle's departure was announced Friday by Brookings Institution's president, Strobe Talbott.

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Filed under: President Obama
The power of the (auto) pen
January 3rd, 2013
11:30 AM ET
2 years ago

The power of the (auto) pen

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - If you are a president who desperately wants to salvage your Hawaiian vacation, why stick around Washington to sign a bill when an automatic pen can do it for you?

That’s what happened Wednesday when the long-haggled over bill to avert the fiscal cliff was delivered to the White House for the president’s signature. With Obama 5,000 miles away in Hawaii, aides decided to prepare the president with an electronic version of the document for his review rather than commission a special flight to currier over the document.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Hawaii • President Obama
Springsteen, Jay-Z to campaign with Obama on final day
November 1st, 2012
04:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Springsteen, Jay-Z to campaign with Obama on final day

(CNN) – President Obama is bringing a heavy dose of star power with him on his final day on the campaign trail.

The campaign announced Thursday that musician Bruce Springsteen will perform at all three of the president's stops on Monday – Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; and Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, rapper Jay-Z will perform at the Columbus, Ohio stop.

First lady Michelle Obama will also join the president at his last stop in Des Moines, according to the campaign.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Obama makes push for New Hampshire's four electoral votes
October 27th, 2012
04:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama makes push for New Hampshire's four electoral votes

Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) – In the latest sign of just how tight both presidential campaigns view the race, President Barack Obama rallied voters on Saturday in New Hampshire – a battleground state that caries just four electoral college votes.

Obama carried the state by a 10 points four years ago, but his fortunes in the Granite State now are considerably more in doubt. Obama's victory in 2008 was largely due to support from self-identified independents, who make up more than a third of the electorate.
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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama
Obama looks for veteran support in Virginia
September 27th, 2012
03:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama looks for veteran support in Virginia

(CNN) - On the offense in a state that has historically voted GOP in presidential elections, President Obama brought his campaign to the southern tip of Virginia Thursday and made a direct appeal to military veterans whose support he will need to carry the Old Dominion's 13 electoral votes.

"I travel around a lot in Virginia and across this country, I don't meet a lot of victims," the president told a crowd here numbering more than 7,000. "I see a whole bunch of veterans who have served this country with bravery and distinction. And I see soldiers who defend our freedom every single day."
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Filed under: 2012
Obama stumps in surprise battleground state
September 22nd, 2012
04:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama stumps in surprise battleground state

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) - His campaign thought Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes were in the bag long ago, but President Barack Obama's trip here Saturday is the latest indicator that both sides believe the Badger State has become a toss-up.

The president touches down in the state Saturday for the first time in more than 200 days, set to attend two fund-raisers that will net his campaign more than $600,000 as well as an evening rally at a large amphitheater on the banks of Lake Michigan.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
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