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Obama: Health care sign-ups hit 8 million

(CNN) – The number of Americans who signed up for private insurance in the marketplace has grown to 8 million, President Barack Obama said Thursday during a rare appearance at the daily White House news conference, where he talked about the Affordable Care Act.

'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's 2016 choice...again

(CNN) - The selfie. The “guys’ trip.” An endorsement? Not quite. President Barack Obama, who has never been less than glowing in public praise of his vice president, said in an interview aired Thursday that Joe Biden “will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history” and has been “a great partner […]

Sanctions against Russia for Ukraine actions working – and more may be on the way

(CNN) – Sanctions imposed against Russia are working as a deterrent, President Barack Obama and other White House senior administration officials said Wednesday in a detailed defense and explanation of the U.S. response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine. And new sanctions could be imposed as early as Friday, with key Putin allies, institutions and […]

Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

(CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make […]

Obama marks Holy Week, reflects on Kansas shooting

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama took time on Monday at a Holy Week prayer breakfast to reflect on the deadly shooting outside a Jewish community center in Kansas. He noted the religious timing of the violence in Overland Park where a man with a long history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric is suspected of killing […]

Obama caps two days of civil rights focus at landmark play

New York (CNN) – After two speeches heralding the civil rights movement and its impact on his life, President Barack Obama on Friday took in a revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun,' the landmark play chronicling racial tension on Chicago's South Side. The drama, which entered the canon of American literature soon after its […]

Obama on 'birther' controversy: 'That was crazy'

New York (CNN) – President Barack Obama grew nostalgic and paused with laughter Friday while remembering the noisy controversy over his birth certificate a few years ago. Speaking in New York at an event hosted by Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Obama was blasting a recent push by some states for stricter voting laws, many […]

After hailing civil rights milestone, Obama to narrow in on voting

New York (CNN) — If President Barack Obama’s remarks Thursday at Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential library were meant to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement, Friday’s planned speech to a rights group in New York will focus on an area where activists say work remains in achieving racial equality. Obama was expected to […]

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning

(CNN) - Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday. President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sylvia Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius, according to the official. FULL STORY

Jimmy Carter knocks Hillary Clinton-President Obama foreign policy

(CNN) – Former President Jimmy Carter took a jab at President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over their handling of Middle East peace negotiations in an interview published Thursday. Heralding the nation's current top diplomat, John Kerry, the former Democratic President told TIME Magazine he has "great admiration" for Kerry and […]

Inside Politics Speed Read: How Obama's legacy will stack up to LBJ's

Obama to honor LBJ’s civil rights legacy: President Barack Obama on Thursday will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. A lot of people have compared Obama with Lyndon B. Johnson recently. The LBJ people want to rescue his legacy from Vietnam. In a […]

Obama: Congress 'least productive' in modern history

President Barack Obama didn't mince words about Congress and the opposition during a speech at a Houston dinner Wednesday evening. "This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory," Obama said at the Texas dinner, according to media pool reports. The event was closed to cameras. Obama spoke to about 60 people […]

Bush 41 greets Obamas in Houston

(CNN) - Former President George H. W. Bush greeted President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama as they disembarked from Air Force One in Houston on Wednesday. The former president, seated in a scooter, smiled and spoke with the Obamas for several minutes, according to pool reports. “I just wanted to say hello to […]

Christie on minimum wage, marijuana

Fairfield, New Jersey (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explained Wednesday where he stands on a recent push by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to increase the minimum wage, saying he’d only support it if it was done in a “commonsense way” and phased in “over a period of time.” At a town […]

Gun violence again brings Obama to Fort Hood

Killeen, Texas (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to Ford Hood on Wednesday to attend another memorial service for soldiers gunned down at the Army post in Texas, five years after making the same journey following a similar tragedy. Officials say that last week Army Spc. Ivan Lopez took a.45-caliber handgun onto the installation […]

President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's aunt has died in Boston after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to her immigration lawyer. Margaret W. Wong and Associates released a statement Tuesday that Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, Barack Obama, Sr., had died on Monday in Boston. Onyango was born in Kenya in 1952 […]

White House counsel set to leave in May

From CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta Washington (CNN) – Kathryn Ruemmler, the top White House lawyer who became a key adviser to President Barack Obama, will leave her post in May, a White House official said on Monday. Ruemmler will return to private practice after her time serving Obama. She has advised the […]

White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will go back to the first law he signed as president on Tuesday, addressing equal pay with two new executive actions that satisfy both policy and political priorities within the White House. According to a White House official, Obama's executive actions will focus on "pay secrecy," the idea that […]

Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday's memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced. Obama vowed after the shootings that "We're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened" at Fort Hood, where three […]

Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the high turnout of voters in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in Afghanistan's history. Increased violence ahead of the elections threatened to keep voters home, but long lines at polling centers across the country showed the determination of the Afghan people to have their voices […]

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