White House: No concessions to hostage takers
August 21st, 2014
02:23 PM ET
2 months ago

White House: No concessions to hostage takers

Edgartown, Massachusetts (CNN) - National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden tells CNN that U.S. policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear. She said Thursday that it "does not grant concessions to hostage takers.”

“Doing so would only put more Americans at risk of being taken captive," she said.

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Filed under: Iraq • White House
July 28th, 2014
05:26 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama 'being updated' on Ebola outbreak in Africa

Washington (CNN) – An administration official told CNN that President Barack Obama "is being updated" on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in parts of Africa.

The administration official would not offer further details on the briefing.

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Filed under: President Obama
July 28th, 2014
04:52 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama admits boyhood crush on Linda Ronstadt

Washington (CNN) – During an awards ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama whispered in the ear of superstar musician Linda Ronstadt that he once had a crush on her.

The President admitted to the crowd afterwards that, "I told Linda Ronstadt I had a crush on her back in the day " Ronstadt joined Obama on stage, along with 11 other recipients of the 2013 National Medal of Arts.

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Obama to discuss immigration crisis with Central American leaders
July 18th, 2014
05:54 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama to discuss immigration crisis with Central American leaders

Washington, (CNN) - The White House announced Friday that leaders from three Central American countries will meet with President Obama next week to discuss the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama will hold talks with President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador on July 25.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
July 10th, 2014
05:57 PM ET
3 months ago

Anti-deportation activists protest outside Obama’s Austin speech

Austin, Texas (CNN) – A dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the Paramount Theatre in Austin on Thursday, rallying against President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

The group was trying to send a message to the President, who was speaking inside, asking him to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Texas
Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together
June 25th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
4 months ago

Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together

Washington (CNN) - After more than six decades of public service, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid his last official visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader discussed with President Barack Obama the wavering stability in the Middle East as civil uprisings in Iraq and Syria plague the region, as well as Iran's nuclear program – an issue Israel sees as a major threat to its security.

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Filed under: Iran • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • President Obama • Syria • White House
Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’
June 24th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
4 months ago

Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’

Washington (CNN) - White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice told LGBT activists on Tuesday that protecting and upholding human rights for all is "fundamental to our American character" and "essential to our American story."

She said President Barack Obama is committed to protecting the rights of gay and transgender couples, comparing their fight for equal rights to the struggle African Americans faced during the civil rights movement.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • Susan Rice • Washington
Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions
June 18th, 2014
02:39 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama opened the first 'Maker Faire' at the White House Wednesday, by asking why there was an 'e' at the end of ‘Faire’ He then quipped, “This is America, we don't have 'e's at the end of 'fair'."

He then asked jokingly if there would be jousting.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
At tech event, Obama praises U.S. forces for capturing Benghazi suspect
June 17th, 2014
03:16 PM ET
4 months ago

At tech event, Obama praises U.S. forces for capturing Benghazi suspect

Pittsburgh (CNN) - President Barack Obama praised U.S. forces on Tuesday for capturing Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a militia leader alleged to have been a mastermind of the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"We are all aware of the tragedy that happened in Benghazi where four Americans, including our ambassador there, Chris Stevens, was killed in an attack on a consulate office there," Obama said in Pittsburgh.

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Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation
June 16th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees "on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that specifics "are still being finalized," but the order would "build upon existing protections" around race, ethnicity and religion for those employed by entities doing business for the government.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
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