Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play
April 11th, 2014
08:22 PM ET
6 years 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 years 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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April 11th, 2014
10:43 AM ET
6 years 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
6 years 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
6 years 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
6 years 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
6 years 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
Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change
March 19th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities.

The private sector commitments from firms like Google and Microsoft come at the same time the White House announced Wednesday a new government initiative to make public data related to climate more accessible to the public, with the goal of spurring better preparation and prevention for eventual changes to Americans' environment.

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Filed under: climate change • President Obama
March 13th, 2014
03:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says it's time to change overtime rules

Washington (CNN) – Current rules governing overtime pay are "wrong," President Barack Obama said Thursday as he signed an order directing his administration to reexamine how employees are paid for working more than 40 hours per week.

"Overtime is a pretty simple idea. If you have to work more, you should get paid more," Obama said at the White House. "Unfortunately today, millions of Americans aren't getting the extra pay they deserve."
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Obama drives ahead with domestic agenda – and vacation – amid Ukraine crisis
March 7th, 2014
07:44 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama drives ahead with domestic agenda – and vacation – amid Ukraine crisis

MIAMI (CNN) - The standoff between the United States and Russia over Ukraine is not preventing President Barack Obama from pursuing his domestic agenda – and his vacation.

The foreign policy crisis has occupied the bulk of Obama's attention this past week although he’s also carved out time to press issues opposed by Republicans: his budget proposal, a hike in the minimum wage, and encouraging Latinos to sign up for Obamacare.

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