Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies
Former press secretary Mike McCurry (R) laughs with other former press secretaries Pierre Salinger ( L), Larry Speakes (2nd R) and Jerald teHorst (2nd L) prior to US President Bill Clinton dedicating the White House press briefing room to former press secretary James Brady 11 February 2000.
January 10th, 2014
08:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies

(CNN) - Larry Speakes, who served as the acting White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, the Bolivar County coroner said. He was 74, coroner Nate Brown said.

Speakes took over the duties as acting White House press secretary after James Brady, the press secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan on March 30,1981.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized
January 1st, 2014
11:36 AM ET
8 months ago

Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized

(CNN) – Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, Texas, for treatment of a "respiratory-related issue," a family spokesman said Tuesday.

Bush, 88, was admitted Monday at Methodist Hospital, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a written statement.

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Shift in policy? Phone call between Obama, Rouhani
September 27th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
11 months ago

Shift in policy? Phone call between Obama, Rouhani

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first direct conversation between leaders of the United States and Iran since 1979.

Obama believes a comprehensive agreement is possible regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, telling reporters at the White House that "the test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable action" and if proven would ease international sanctions in place against Iran.

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Filed under: Iran • President Obama
June 6th, 2013
07:09 AM ET
1 year ago

Report: Secret court order forces Verizon to turn over telephone records of millions

(CNN) – The U.S. government has obtained a top secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency on an "ongoing daily basis," the UK-based Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday.

The four-page order, which The Guardian published on its website, requires the communications giant to turn over "originating and terminating" telephone numbers as well as the location, time and duration of the calls.

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Significant progress made in fiscal cliff discussions, sources say
December 31st, 2012
11:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Significant progress made in fiscal cliff discussions, sources say

(CNN) - A possible deal to avert the midnight deadline for the "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts began to take shape Monday, including an agreement to raise the income tax rate on top earners to what it was during President Bill Clinton's last term in office, according to sources close to the process.

The potential deal also includes an increase in the estate tax and an extension of unemployment benefits, according to the sources.

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Florida to use federal database to challenge legitimacy of voters
July 15th, 2012
07:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Florida to use federal database to challenge legitimacy of voters

(CNN) - Florida election officials will have access to a federal law enforcement database to challenge the eligibility of a person to vote as part of its effort to purge non-citizens from its voting rolls, state officials said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow state officials access to the SAVE - Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements - database in an agreement that was announced Saturday by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida Department of State.

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Filed under: Florida • Homeland Security