June 9th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Guardian’s Greenwald, Rep. Mike Rogers trade blows over leaks coverage

(CNN) – Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, said Sunday the Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald "doesn't have a clue how this thing works," referring to the U.S. government's surveillance techniques approved by his committee.

"I know your reporter that you interviewed, Greenwald, says that he's got it all and now is an expert on the program. He doesn't have a clue how this thing works," Rogers said on ABC's "This Week." "Neither did the person who released just enough information to literally be dangerous."
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Filed under: Intelligence • Mike Rogers • NSA
Dressed up and ready to go: The inaugural date night one senator saved
Sharon and Blake Ilstrup, with their children Anna and Alec, received inaugural ball tickets from Sen. Patty Murray.
January 21st, 2013
08:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Dressed up and ready to go: The inaugural date night one senator saved

Washington (CNN) - Thanks to Sen. Patty Murray, Sharon and Blake Ilstrup can have their big inauguration date night after all.

Last week, the Seattle-area couple, along with many others, were shut out of the first-come, first-served official Presidential Inaugural Ball ticket sales when a mistake by Ticketmaster, the ticket vendor, inadvertently released tickets for both the inaugural ball and parade early, as CNN first reported.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN’s apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time Inauguration Day live blog at cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch inauguration coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.

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Filed under: Inauguration
Bibles, oaths and parades: Inaugural trivia
President Jimmy Carter walking to the White House after his inauguration in 1977.
January 18th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Bibles, oaths and parades: Inaugural trivia

Washington (CNN) - At its essence, the presidential inaugural symbolizes American democracy's peaceful transition or extension of power.

Every four years, the winner of the preceding November election swears to defend the Constitution. Cannons boom and bands play. It all unfolds outside in public, usually before a massive throng that thunders its approval.

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Filed under: Inauguration
Obama's gun violence measures: Would they work?
January 16th, 2013
08:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama's gun violence measures: Would they work?

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a package of measures intended to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown school massacre last month.

Some of the steps have been tried before and others are expansions of laws and policies already in place. Some face high hurdles in Congress.

Will they work? Here's a look at some of the key measures:

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Filed under: Gun rights • President Obama
All dressed up and nowhere to go: The date night that Ticketmaster messed up
January 8th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
2 years ago

All dressed up and nowhere to go: The date night that Ticketmaster messed up

Washington (CNN) - Sharon Ilstrup was looking forward to a very special date night with her husband, Blake - a chance to attend one of the Inaugural balls with the president and the first lady.

But a mistake by Ticketmaster - the online sales agent tasked with managing the ticketing process - led to the early release of all of tickets to the Inaugural balls and the Inaugural parade, derailing the plans for Ilstrup and thousands of other couples.

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Filed under: Inauguration
1966: Univ. of Texas tower
December 20th, 2012
12:13 PM ET
2 years ago

The list: Despite emotions, little happens legislatively after mass shootings

(CNN) - Days after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, demands from the public and lawmakers for tougher gun control legislation were met by President Barack Obama's call for a re-examination of the country's gun laws.

Obama announced Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an administration effort to develop recommendations no later than January for preventing another mass shooting.

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Filed under: 2012 • Gun rights
December 13th, 2012
06:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Rice once appeared to be inevitable secretary of state

Washington (CNN) – At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second term.

But that trajectory changed Thursday when the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations withdrew her name from consideration to succeed current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Filed under: 2012 • Susan Rice
President uses hashtag 'My2K' in fiscal cliff PR effort
November 28th, 2012
06:17 PM ET
3 months ago

President uses hashtag 'My2K' in fiscal cliff PR effort

(CNN) – The White House looked to harness the power of social media – again – to boost its public relations push on the fiscal cliff by launching the #My2K hashtag Wednesday.

The effort to popularize the Twitter subject hashtag coincided with President Barack Obama's meeting Wednesday with 85 Americans who answered a White House email sent out last week asking why extending middle class tax cuts was important for Americans.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama • Twitter
November 27th, 2012
04:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Accomplished and determined, Susan Rice at center of political storm

Washington (CNN) – At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second term.

But the confusing timeline that she and the Obama administration have offered around the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, might have altered that political course, begun years ago with the help of a powerful family friend.

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Filed under: Libya • Senate • Susan Rice
When a win isn't a win: House Democratic gains may not equal victory
November 20th, 2012
03:04 PM ET
2 years ago

When a win isn't a win: House Democratic gains may not equal victory

(CNN) – Two weeks after President Barack Obama's re-election, the "Blue" map keeps expanding as the last few "too close to call" congressional races break for Democrats.

They have won six of the seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that were undecided on Election Night with only Rep. Mike McIntyre's North Carolina result still subject to recount. A win there would push Democrats to 200 seats in the chamber compared with 234 for majority Republicans.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • House
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