'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again
April 17th, 2014
10:57 AM ET
17 hours ago

'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again

(CNN) - The selfie. The “guys’ trip.” An endorsement?

Not quite.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
April 15th, 2014
02:12 PM ET
3 days ago

Biden to Boston memorial: ‘Twisted’ terrorists won’t prevail

(CNN) - Honoring victims of last year’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday the terrorists who carried out the act could never claim victory over America’s ideals.

“You will send a resounding message around the world - not just around the world but to the terrorists – that we will never yield. We will never cower. America will never ever stand down,” Biden told survivors of the 2013 attack, which left three people dead and scores more injured.

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‘Nothing grassroots’ about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says
April 13th, 2014
10:53 AM ET
5 days ago

‘Nothing grassroots’ about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says

Washington (CNN) – Attacks on police stations and government buildings in eastern Ukraine bear “telltale signs of Moscow’s involvement,” a top U.S. administration official said on Sunday, adding it was becoming more clear Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to expand his reach into the country.

Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the latest attacks, in the city of Slaviansk, were “professional” and “coordinated” - similar to Russia’s incursion into the Crimean Peninsula last month.

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Filed under: Ukraine
Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play
April 11th, 2014
08:22 PM ET
4 days ago

Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play

New York (CNN) – After two speeches heralding the civil rights movement and its impact on his life, President Barack Obama on Friday took in a revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun,' the landmark play chronicling racial tension on Chicago's South Side.

The drama, which entered the canon of American literature soon after its premiere in 1959, is currently running on Broadway starring Denzel Washington.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
Alan Gross, held in Cuba for four years, ends hunger strike
April 11th, 2014
03:55 PM ET
6 days ago

Alan Gross, held in Cuba for four years, ends hunger strike

Washington (CNN) - Alan Gross, the former American subcontractor who's spent four years imprisoned in Cuba, ended a hunger strike Friday that he launched last week in a bid to spur both the United States and Cuba to resolve his case.

Gross told his attorney Scott Gilbert that he would end his hunger strike, at the urging of family and friends who were concerned with his deteriorating health, but more protest would come.
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Filed under: Cuba
April 11th, 2014
10:43 AM ET
6 days ago

Obama says voter rights threatened from ID laws

Updated 4:41 p.m. ET, 4/11/2014

New York (CNN) – If President Barack Obama's remarks Thursday at Lyndon Johnson's presidential library were meant to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement, Friday's speech to a rights group in New York focused on an area where activists say work remains in achieving racial equality.

Obama addressed voting rights as part of his speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, continuing the White House's effort to spotlight Republican-backed measures they say place undue hardships on voting for minorities, students and immigrants.

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Filed under: Al Sharpton • New York • President Obama
Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan
April 2nd, 2014
08:50 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama takes minimum wage pitch to Michigan

Updated 3:49 p.m. ET, 4/2/2014

Ann Arbor, Michigan (CNN) – Having declared his signature health care initiative a success - at least for now - President Barack Obama headed to Michigan Wednesday to push another top domestic priority, raising the federal minimum wage.

Speaking to a rowdy crowd at the University of Michigan, Obama used much of his remarks to lambast Republicans who oppose such a hike, saying it amounted to giving working-class Americans "the shaft."
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Filed under: 2014 • Michigan • Minimum wage • President Obama
Obama’s Europe trip shifts focus to Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
11:43 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama’s Europe trip shifts focus to Ukraine

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s European tour – originally focused on nuclear security and a first-time meeting with the new Pope – has taken on new urgency as international allies seek ways to punish Russia for its incursion into Ukraine.

Obama’s four-day continental excursion still features some Old World flair at the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a tour of the Colosseum in Rome. But amid the Vermeers and ancient ruins, the President must try to rally European leaders around a tougher response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s movement into the Crimean Peninsula.

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Filed under: European Union • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
08:46 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine

(CNN) – Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.

Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Ukraine • Vice President Biden
Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations
March 19th, 2014
11:46 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations

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New York (CNN) – Hillary Clinton cast doubt Wednesday on whether Iran would ultimately agree to halt its nuclear program, the end goal of a longstanding U.S. effort that President Barack Obama has touted as a top foreign policy achievement.

Clinton told the American Jewish Congress in New York that she was “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the interim deal Obama announced late last year, which mandated Iran reduce its stockpile of highly enriched uranium and allow inspectors into some of its facilities.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iran
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