NSA denies agency chief discussed Merkel operation with Obama in 2010
October 27th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
10 months ago

NSA denies agency chief discussed Merkel operation with Obama in 2010

Washington (CNN) - The NSA is denying a report in a German newspaper that the agency’s chief – Gen. Keith Alexander-had informed President Obama in 2010 about the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee’ Vines told CNN: "Gen. Alexander did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel. News reports claiming otherwise are not true."

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Obama to discuss financial crisis anniversary Monday
September 14th, 2013
02:11 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama to discuss financial crisis anniversary Monday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver remarks in the Rose Garden on Monday to mark the five-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which triggered a massive, nationwide financial meltdown.

A White House official said Obama would discuss his record on creating jobs during the first five years of his presidency, as well as his administration's continued efforts to bolster hiring. The unemployment rate currently stands at 7.3% - far lower than when Obama took office in January 2009, but still high compared to historic levels.

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Rand Paul lays out demands ahead of potential Syria filibuster
September 8th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
12 months ago

Rand Paul lays out demands ahead of potential Syria filibuster

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, who's already said he opposes the limited U.S. military strikes in Syria being pushed by President Barack Obama, said Sunday he was still weighing his options for stalling a vote in the full Senate on the use of force resolution.

The Kentucky Republican said a filibuster - which he used earlier this year to demand more information from the Obama administration on the use of drones - could only delay a vote, but wouldn't "put off a vote forever."
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Obama in weekly address: Syria won't be another Iraq or Afghanistan
September 7th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama in weekly address: Syria won't be another Iraq or Afghanistan

(CNN) – President Barack Obama assured war-weary Americans in his weekly address Saturday that a potential military intervention in Syria wouldn't resemble the unpopular engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama and his allies are hurriedly working to muster popular approval for his plan of limited strikes in Syria after they say a chemical weapon attack killed more than a thousand people in August. Lawmakers, who return to Washington next week, have been divided over whether or not to support Obama's plan.
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Sessions: Assad would have feared Bush
September 6th, 2013
02:49 PM ET
12 months ago

Sessions: Assad would have feared Bush

(CNN) – Sen. Jeff Sessions – a Republican who has yet to say whether he'll approve President Barack Obama's plan for military strikes in Syria – said at a town hall Friday that the situation in the conflict-torn nation would be far different if George W. Bush was still in the White House.

Speaking to tea party activists outside Montgomery, Sessions said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad would have heeded calls from the former Republican commander-in-chief to not use chemical weapons on his people.
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Filed under: Jeff Sessions • Syria
September 5th, 2013
07:04 PM ET
12 months ago

Lawmaker explains his Syria turnabout

(CNN) – Rep. Michael Grimm, who on Monday voiced support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike Syria, stepped away from his endorsement on Thursday by claiming the president was backtracking on previously held postures toward the use of chemical weapons.

The Republican lawmaker, who represents parts of Staten Island, originally said on CNN's "The Situation Room" Monday that he would vote to support Obama's use of force in Syria, saying it would damage American credibility if President Bashar al-Assad wasn't punished for allegedly using sarin gas against his people.
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Filed under: Syria
September 5th, 2013
06:02 PM ET
12 months ago

McCain gets an earful from voters on Syria

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, whose endorsement of President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria provided the president a key Republican backer, faced vocal opponents of military action during a town hall in Arizona Thursday.

McCain has long advocated a more muscular American approach toward Syria, calling for a plan to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power. But on Thursday many people who showed up to a town hall in Phoenix said that getting more involved in the civil war would lead to unintended consequences.
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As Obama considers Syria strikes, Bush and Carter weigh in
August 30th, 2013
09:36 AM ET
12 months ago

As Obama considers Syria strikes, Bush and Carter weigh in

(CNN) – Two of President Barack Obama's White House predecessors offered their views of his impending decision on Syria Friday as global support for strikes in the country faltered.

Former President George W. Bush, in an interview, said Obama has a "touch choice to make" on potential U.S. military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.
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Filed under: George W. Bush • Jimmy Carter • President Obama • Syria
De Blasio opens lead in New York's mayoral race
August 30th, 2013
07:47 AM ET
12 months ago

De Blasio opens lead in New York's mayoral race

(CNN) – Bill de Blasio, New York City's public advocate, has opened a double digit lead over his Democratic rivals for mayor, a poll showed Friday.

The New York Times/Siena College survey also indicated Eliot Spitzer, a former governor, maintaining his healthy lead in the race for the city's top financial post, the day after another poll showed a dead heat.
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Spitzer's lead vanishes in New York City poll
August 29th, 2013
12:17 PM ET
12 months ago

Spitzer's lead vanishes in New York City poll

(CNN) - Eliot Spitzer's once-commanding lead in the race for New York City's top financial post has disappeared, according to a survey released Thursday.

The onetime New York governor is now tied with his rival, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 46%-46%, according to the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Democratic primary voters.
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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • New York • Scott Stringer
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