Obama: I won't 'twiddle my thumbs' waiting for GOP
July 27th, 2013
08:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: I won't 'twiddle my thumbs' waiting for GOP

(CNN) - President Barack Obama explained why, amid a series of executive branch controversies, his renewed focus on the economy matters: it's not only about financial stability, but about equal opportunity.

The message he sees as "jobs and justice" from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington 50 years ago still rings true, Obama told The New York Times in an interview published Saturday evening.
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Filed under: President Obama
Lindy Boggs, congresswoman and advocate for women, dies
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, pictured in 2006.
July 27th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Lindy Boggs, congresswoman and advocate for women, dies

Washington (CNN) - Lindy Boggs was only 24 when she arrived in Washington as the top political adviser to her husband, newly elected to Congress. Thirty-two years later, the seat became hers after Hale Boggs was presumed dead in a plane crash, and she made her own mark as an advocate for women and minorities.

Boggs died Saturday at the age of 97, according to ABC News, where Boggs' daughter Cokie Roberts is a political contributor. A cause of death was not specified.
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Filed under: House • Louisiana
July 27th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama marks 'forgotten war' on Korean peninsula

Washington (CNN) - No veteran should be forgotten, President Barack Obama said Saturday while commemorating the end 60 years ago of the Korean conflict, sometimes described as the "forgotten war."

He laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall and spoke to veterans and family members with ties to both U.S. and Korean troops, an audience estimated by event organizers to number 5,000.
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Filed under: North Korea • President Obama • South Korea
Bush sees positives for U.S. in Egypt, Arab Spring
July 7th, 2013
02:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Bush sees positives for U.S. in Egypt, Arab Spring

(CNN) – When the dust settles from the protests in Egypt and other Arab nations, the resulting political balance will be favorable to the United States, former President George W. Bush predicts.

"I think (it's) a good thing," he said in an interview with ABC News broadcast Sunday, speaking broadly about the Arab Spring, the string of protests in the Middle East and North Africa stretching back more than two years.
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Filed under: 2013 • Egypt • George W. Bush
U.S. not interfering in Egyptian transition, ambassador says
July 7th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
1 year ago

U.S. not interfering in Egyptian transition, ambassador says

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has not voiced support for any particular person to head Egypt's next government, the country's top envoy to the United States said Sunday, amid conflicting reports that an opposition leader would be installed as prime minister this weekend.

Mohamed Tawfik, the Egyptian ambassador to the U.S., told CNN that the Obama administration had "absolutely not" indicated it would back any candidate, including Mohamed ElBaradei, who is expected to be named prime minister.
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Filed under: 2013 • Egypt
There's an alphabet soup of government overreach, Cain says
June 15th, 2013
01:47 PM ET
1 year ago

There's an alphabet soup of government overreach, Cain says

Washington (CNN) - The federal government is an out-of-control train racing down the tracks toward socialism and communism, Herman Cain said Saturday.

"We've got the IRS abuse. FEC intimidation. EPA discrimination. DOJ intimidation. NSA corruption. And it goes on and on and on in terms of the abuse and the corruption in the government that wants to control all of our lives," he said at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.
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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Herman Cain
Priebus: Romney was vulnerable like a "duck on the pond"
June 15th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Priebus: Romney was vulnerable like a "duck on the pond"

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican Party official on Saturday urged conservatives to unite behind his plan to revitalize the party and deliver electoral success in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the party must avoid the situation of 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, where he was left sitting as a "duck on the pond."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Reince Priebus • Republican Party
Perry: Politicians aren't perfect
June 15th, 2013
10:26 AM ET
1 year ago

Perry: Politicians aren't perfect

Washington (CNN) - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas made light at a major gathering of conservatives on Saturday of his sometimes rocky 2012 run for the White House.

"I've learned a little bit about humility particularly on national television," he quipped to laughter at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference, which is one of the largest gatherings of social conservatives.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
Congressman denies involvement in staffer's alleged vote fraud attempt
Rep. Garcia on the campaign trail last year.
June 1st, 2013
06:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressman denies involvement in staffer's alleged vote fraud attempt

Updated Saturday 6/1 6:53 p.m. ET

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia said Saturday he was saddened and disappointed by absentee ballot fraud allegations leveled against his former chief of staff.

The congressman said at a press conference he asked for the staffer's resignation and called for fixes to the "flawed voter absentee process" which left the system vulnerable.
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Filed under: Florida
Storm prediction agency scraps furlough plans
June 1st, 2013
05:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Storm prediction agency scraps furlough plans

Washington (CNN) - The federal agency which issued tornado warnings this week has suspended plans for across-the-board employee furloughs that would kick as the summer hurricane season kicks in.

Ciaran Clayton, communications director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the agency is canceling plans to furlough its 12,000 employees for as many as 20 days between July and September, when the federal fiscal year ends.
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Filed under: Budget
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