Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama went out to dinner Friday night with first lady Michelle Obama and senior aide Valerie Jarrett for a birthday dinner for Jarrett at a certified organic restaurant.
The trio dined at Restaurant Nora in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.
(CNN) - CIA contract security officers who responded to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, last year were told by the CIA to sign nondisclosure agreements just before a memorial ceremony at the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, this past May, a congressional source told CNN.
The source says this was disclosed by the contractors during closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill this week, and it seems to contradict information sent by CIA Director John Brennan to the House Intelligence Committee investigating the events in Benghazi.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's proposal to allow people to keep canceled health plans for one year could end up costing the government millions of dollars.
This is due to a provision of the Affordable Care Act called risk corridors that allows for insurers to share the cost of insuring more expensive customers.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama took to the podium for Thursday's news conference/cum-mea culpa on the disastrous Obamacare roll out, the commander-in-chief said repairing his damaged credibility was on him and no one else.
The bloodletting was a near-acknowledgment that his presidency is at a tenuous point. The Obama administration's mismanagement of his signature legislative achievement threatens to sink the rest of his second-term agenda. With more than three years left in office, Obama teeters on the brink of lame-duckedness.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon has the “Bat Signal” to talk to the “Caped Crusader.” In Washington, President Barack Obama has Vine.
“Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham,” Obama said in a Vine video tweeted by the White House Friday.
Washington (CNN) - The disastrous roll out of the Affordable Care Act raises a litany of questions about President Barack Obama's leadership and management ability. But it also begs for an answer to who would take the fall.
As problems mount, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia, said Thursday that "heads should have rolled" at the White House.FULL STORY
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HOWARD DEAN: “I’D DO ANYTHING TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE” Howard Dean, in interview on Political Wire, speaks out against President Obama’s handling of health care reform:
Q: I bet you’re happy not to be the DNC Chair today?
DEAN: I’m happy not to be the DNC Chair, but I’d give anything to be in the White House and kick some serious butt over fixing this thing.
Washington (CNN) - Since leaving her role as U.S. Representative for Arizona's 8th district last year, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has become a national advocate for gun control reform, but is also devoting herself to another personal issue.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Friday that she will serve as the honorary chairwoman of its "Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse" program. Giffords is married to former Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden stumped Friday for Sen. Kay Hagan, a vulnerable Democrat up for re-election in North Carolina next year.
The vice president didn't bring up the turbulent rollout of Obamacare - an issue that’s creating heartburn for red state Democrats. Instead Biden focused on praising the first-term senator as someone who can work with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Washington (CNN) - Gay rights group Human Rights Campaign is blasting House Speaker John Boehner for scheduling a room on Capitol Hill for a meeting of individuals the organization accuses of supporting Russia's anti-LGBT "propaganda" law.
Speakers from a variety of groups that support things like traditional marriage took part in a symposium on Friday by the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society – a traditional marriage group.
The event was called "Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?"
Human Rights Campaign argued in a statement the event was used "to promote using Russia's anti-gay laws as a model for the U.S."