January 16th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Flashpoints for Obama's crisis room

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(CNN) - After his inauguration, if President Barack Obama needs real-time intelligence on crises around the world, he is likely to do it in the Situation Room, the ultra-secure conference room in the White House. It's a place this new president may be seeing a lot of.

During the election campaign, Obama often talked about Iraq, a war he opposed, and his plan to withdraw troops within 16 months. He stressed the need to increase U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

He criticized Russia for moving its troops into Georgia. Ultimately, however, the campaign hinged on the economy. Substantive debate over the long list of international challenges facing the United States never happened.

As soon as he lowers his hand after taking the oath of office, this new president is responsible for steering the United States through the stormy waters of foreign policy dangers.

He must decide not only which issues to take on, but when to take them on. But, in this interconnected world, the U.S. president cannot dictate the timing of world events. Crises can hit at any time.

An effective president must be ready to act quickly while, at the same time, keeping his long-term focus on strategic priorities. And everywhere he looks, a raft of questions need answering. So, where does Obama start?

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
January 16th, 2009
09:27 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama tries to rally support for stimulus plan

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(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama heads to Ohio on Friday as he tries to sell his economic stimulus package, a plan he says will immediately help jump-start the economy.

Obama will meet with workers at a factory in Bedford Heights, where he'll discuss the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." Obama says the proposal will save or create up to 4 million jobs and invest in health care, energy and education, among other priorities.

The president-elect has yet to put a price tag on his recovery package, but observers have estimated it would be in the neighborhood of $800 billion.

While in Bedford Heights, Obama will sit down with CNN's John King for an exclusive interview.

The interview will air Friday at 6 p.m. on "The Situation Room," which begins at 4 p.m. ET.

King will ask Obama about issues he will face in the first days of his administration, including the economy and national security.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy
January 16th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
12 years ago

New senator back on old turf

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ted Kaufman today becomes the newest senator in Congress, but he's back on some old turf.

Kaufman will be sworn as Delaware's junior senator. Standing next to him will be the man he's replacing, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, who stepped down from his seat yesterday after serving 36 years in the Senate.

But Kaufman's no stranger to Capitol Hill. He served on Biden's staff for 21 years, 19 of those as the Delaware senator's chief of staff. Now, he's been chosen by the state's governor to fill Biden's seat for the next two years.

There will be a special election in November of next year to determine who will serve the remaining four years of Biden's term. Kaufman says he only plans to serve the next two years and doesn't expect to run for election in 2010. Political observers expect that Biden's oldest son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, will run for his father's old seat.


Filed under: Delaware • Senate
January 16th, 2009
05:42 AM ET
12 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday Jan. 16th, 2009

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CNN: Bush: I would have done some things differently
In his final public address from the White House, a reflective President Bush on Thursday recalled the ups and downs of his eight-year tenure and said he was willing to make the tough decisions.

CNN: Senate OKs use of second half of bailout funds
President-elect Barack Obama won a significant political victory Thursday, just days before his inauguration, as the Senate voted to release the second half of the $700 billion bailout package.

CNN: 'Bloody Sunday' paved road to Obama White House, activists say
For almost 60 years, Grace Britton Sweet has had the right to vote. She can vividly recall the day she registered.

CNN: Gitmo closing may take time, Holder says
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder said Thursday that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be closed after President-elect Obama takes office, but not as soon as the administration would like.

CNN: Blitzer: An inside look at Air Force One
Driving to this sprawling base just outside Washington, D.C. this week brought back lots of memories. Covering a president often means traveling with a president aboard this extraordinary aircraft, and as CNN's Senior White House Correspondent during the Clinton administration, I used to come here all the time to board Air Force One.

CNN: Caroline Kennedy losing ground in another NY poll
A new survey of New York voters is the second poll in two days to find Andrew Cuomo pulling away from Caroline Kennedy.
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