October 29th, 2010
07:15 PM ET

The President's Schedule – Saturday & Sunday October 30-31, 2010

On Saturday morning, the President will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Philadelphia International Airport are open press. Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks at a DNC event at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The President’s remarks are open press.

Later, the President will travel to New York. The departure from Philadelphia International Airport and the arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport are open press. The President will deliver remarks at a DNC “Moving America Forward” rally at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The President’s remarks are open press. FULL POST


Topics: President Obama • The Vault
October 29th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Press Briefing – Friday, October 29, 2010

Delivered by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan

MR. GIBBS:  Good afternoon.  Before I bring John up to answer a few of your questions, I wanted to run you all briefly through a tick-tock of some of the events of the last few hours, starting, as you know from our earlier statement, that at 10:35 p.m. last night, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan alerted the President of the credible terrorist threat.  The President directed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the American people and to determine whether these threats are a part of any additional terrorist plot.
FULL POST

October 29th, 2010
06:40 PM ET

Brennan thanks Saudis for Yemen tip

Statement from John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism

"The United States is grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their assistance in developing information that helped underscore the imminence of the threat emanating from Yemen. Their assistance, along with the hard work of the U.S. counter-terrorism community, the United Kingdom, the UAE, and other friends and partners helped make it possible to increase our vigilance and identify the suspicious packages in Dubai and East Midlands Airport."


Topics: John Brennan • Terror
October 29th, 2010
05:55 PM ET

Henry in the House: Meek story shows Dem fears of Senate wipeout

Washington (CNN) - The point that many people seem to be missing in the Florida Senate saga is that this whole mess actually has very little to do with Rep. Kendrick Meek or the Sunshine State - it's all about a much broader fear among senior Democrats that they may be about to lose control of the chamber.

There are some fascinating inside details I've been able to piece together about how and why this Meek story exploded into the public

For the complete Henry in the House, check out CNN.com

October 29th, 2010
02:51 PM ET

President to comment on terror threats

From the White House

Today at 4:15 PM, President Obama will make a statement in the Brady Press Briefing room.

Following the statement, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan will hold a press briefing.


Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • Terror • The News • Uncategorized
US Secret Service
October 29th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

US Secret Service

Uniformed Secret Service officer on duty as President departs for Beltsville, Maryland.


Topics: Secret Service • The Visuals
October 29th, 2010
01:12 PM ET

URGENT: Statement from White House on terror threats

From White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Last night, intelligence and law enforcement agencies discovered potential suspicious packages on two planes in transit to the United States. Based on close cooperation among U.S. government agencies and with our foreign allies and partners, authorities were able to identify and examine two suspicious packages, one in East Midlands, United Kingdom and one in Dubai. Both of these packages originated from Yemen. As a result of security precautions triggered by this threat, the additional measures were taken regarding the flights at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International Airports.

The President was notified of a potential terrorist threat on Thursday night at 10:35, by John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism. The President directed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security, to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and to determine whether these threats are a part of any additional terrorist plotting. The President has received regular updates from his national security team since he was alerted to the threat.


Topics: Robert Gibbs • Terror • The News
October 29th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Jill Biden to kick off Marine Corps Marathon

From the White House

On Sunday at 8am ET, Dr. Jill Biden will officially kick off the 35th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA. Prior to the race start, Dr. Biden will visit with Marathon participants, including the hand cyclist and wheelchair participants. The mission of the Marine Corps Marathon is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name, “The People’s Marathon.” The MCM is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world.


Topics: Jill Biden • The Buzz
October 29th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Remarks by President on the economy in Beltsville, Maryland

Delivered at Stromberg Metal Works in Beltsville, Maryland

Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Good to see you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. It is wonderful to be here at Stromberg Metal Works. And I want to thank Bob Gawne and his lovely bride of 58 years, Patricia, for their incredible hospitality.

I also want to note that you’ve got your great senator from the state of Maryland, Ben Cardin, in the house. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Your other senator, Barbara Mikulski, couldn’t make it but wanted me to say hello on her behalf, as well as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who couldn’t make it but wants to say hello as well. And I know they are all incredibly proud of this amazing facility.
FULL POST


Topics: Economy • Maryland • President Obama • The Vault
October 29th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

A shift in Obama's same-sex marriage vow?

Washington (CNN) –There may be some wiggle room in President Obama's unwavering opposition to same-sex marriage. Speaking to a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday the President said that "attitudes evolve, including mine."

It appeared to be a departure from his stance of supporting civil unions only but not same-sex marriage.

For the complete story, read CNN's Political Ticker


Topics: President Obama • The News