(CNN) – The final debate showdown Tuesday between Massachusetts rivals Gabriel Gomez and Rep. Ed Markey was peppered with stinging attacks from the candidates, whose race for U.S. Senate culminates in one week.
The wide-ranging forum veered from each candidate’s record on job creation to which Senate hopeful is more entrenched in his party’s establishment. It also touched on last week’s White House decision to further intervene in Syria’s civil war, as well as recent disclosures about government surveillance programs.
(CNN) – What's a visit to Ireland without a pub lunch alongside Bono?
First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia partook in the quintessentially Irish experience Tuesday, joining the U2 front-man at Finnegan's restaurant in Dalkey, a posh suburb south of Dublin. Bono and the Obamas arrived and left the restaurant separately.
(CNN) – Critics who have compared President Barack Obama's stance on government surveillance to that of hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney are missing his insistence on proper systematic balances, Obama said in an interview that aired Monday.
Defending at length the recently revealed government programs that gather information about phone calls and Internet usage, Obama said his focus has always been on allowing information to be gathered while ensuring necessary oversight.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The names of dozens of detainees held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were released for the first time on Monday after a newspaper sued the federal government for the information.
The list identifies 46 inmates being held for “continued detention” at the facility, which President Barack Obama has vowed to close. The report was made public after a lawsuit from the Miami Herald. The Obama administration first acknowledged that detainees were being held indefinitely in Guantanamo in 2010, but didn't make their identities public until now.
(CNN) – Even as President Barack Obama seeks to rally support for his plan to further assist Syrian rebels at this week's Group of Eight conference in Northern Ireland, polls show Americans back home casting a wary eye on providing arms to opposition forces in the conflict-torn nation.
In a Gallup survey conducted over the weekend, 54% of adults said they disapproved of the Obama administration's decision to provide military aid to rebel fighters in Syria, compared to 37% who said they approved of the move.
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(CNN) – The first round of negotiations for a possible new trans-Atlantic trade deal between the United States and the European Union will take place next month in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland. "I believe that we can form an economic alliance as strong as our diplomatic and security alliances," President Obama said.FULL STORY
(CNN) – After expressing disagreement with President Barack Obama's reticence toward further U.S. action in Syria, former President Bill Clinton said Friday he welcomed news that the United States would begin taking a larger role in assisting opposition forces in the conflict-torn nation.
Clinton's earlier remarks came ahead of Thursday's White House announcement that the Syrian regime had crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons, a conclusion that will prompt the U.S. to increase the "size and scope" of its assistance to rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad.
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(CNN) – Months after leaving her role as America's top foreign diplomat, Hillary Clinton is diving back into a domestic public advocacy role at the foundation started by her husband and recently re-named to include the entire Clinton family.
The Too Small to Fail initiative will promote research into early childhood development and promote scientific findings to parents and caregivers, with a goal of improving the formative years of American children. Hillary Clinton announced the project during an appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative’s meeting in Chicago later Friday.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama - said to be weighing whether or not to send lethal weapons to Syrian rebels - will not decide on further American involvement in the country's civil war with his critics' opinions in mind, the White House said Thursday.
The pushback came as a response to comments made by former President Bill Clinton, who on Wednesday said he agreed with Republican Sen. John McCain's calls for a greater U.S. role in assisting Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad.
(CNN) – Traveling to Boston Wednesday to help reinforce Rep. Ed Markey's bid for U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama said the longtime Democratic congressman would join a slate of Massachusetts senators known for achieving big things.
"Here in Massachusetts you have a long history of sending smart, though, hardworking leaders to the Senate who roll up their sleeves and fight the great battles on behalf of middle class families and everyone who's trying to get into the middle class," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd, adding later: "I need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate."