Carol Browner to leave the White House
January 24th, 2011
10:20 PM ET

Carol Browner to leave the White House

Washington (CNN) - Two senior officials confirm to CNN that Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner is planning to step down.

Democratic sources said Browner's move makes it more likely Nancy DeParle, the president's well-respected health care czar, is in a strong position to broaden her portfolio and get the deputy chief of staff post.

What is most significant about this move is that Browner had been under consideration for a powerful deputy chief of staff job focused on policy issues.

A senior administration official also tells CNN’s Dan Lothian Carol Browner will be leaving.


Topics: Carol Browner • The Buzz • White House
Guess who will sit in the First Lady's box at the State of the Union?
January 24th, 2011
08:31 PM ET

Guess who will sit in the First Lady's box at the State of the Union?

The White House released the guest list for the first lady's box at the State of the Union address. In addition to Dr. Jill Biden and Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Legislative Affairs, Michelle Obama invited 24 others.

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Who will replace Robert Gibbs?
January 24th, 2011
06:43 PM ET

No deal yet on White House press secretary job

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While the guessing game continues over who will take the podium after White House spokesman Robert Gibbs officially steps down, Gibbs told CNN a replacement has "not yet [been] picked."

Names in the mix for press secretary range from current White House deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, to Vice President Biden spokesman Jay Carney and Stephanie Cutter, a trusted Obama adviser.

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Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz
Biden reports for jury duty
January 24th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

Biden reports for jury duty

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When Vice President Biden received his Summons for Jury Service in the mail, he could have tried to get excused citing undue hardship, extreme inconvenience or public necessity.  He didn't.  Biden is fulfilling his civic duty reporting for jury duty in Delaware today.

He arrived at the Superior Court of Delaware at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington Monday morning.  The vice president's office said he will participate in the standard jury selection process in his capacity as a private citizen.  There is no word yet on whether he'll be selected to sit in on a trial.

Jurors are not paid but if they serve more than one day in New Castle County, there is a reimbursement rate of $20 a day for expenses incurred, according to the Delaware State Courts Web site.

Tucson shooting hero to be to honored at State of the Union
January 24th, 2011
08:23 AM ET

Tucson shooting hero to be to honored at State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – It is a Washington ritual at the State of the Union address. The president honors special guests by inviting them to sit alongside the first lady in her reserved box in the House chamber.

This year the special guests will include at least one of the heroes from the tragic Tucson shooting.  White House spokesman Nick Shapiro tells CNN Daniel Hernandez, the intern who assisted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the Safeway parking lot, will join first lady Michelle Obama for the speech.

According to a senior White House official, Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Giffords, was also invited but is unlikely to attend because of the Congresswoman’s ongoing treatment and rehabilitation at a Houston, Texas hospital.  The rest of the guest list has not yet been announced.

Traditionally, the special guest list can include about two dozen people, ranging from guests who exemplify extreme valor and courage to those who represent the president’s political agenda.

Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.

POTUS schedule for Monday January 24, 2010
January 24th, 2011
08:15 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Monday January 24, 2010

11:00AM       THE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY and DR. BIDEN deliver remarks at an event highlighting the Federal government’s support for military families

East Room

4:30PM         THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Gates

Oval Office Closed Press

7:30PM         THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host a reception for new Members of Congress; THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend

State Floor Closed Press

Briefing Schedule

12:00PM      Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs


Topics: Daily Schedule • White House
Obama's speech will expose partisan divide on spending
January 24th, 2011
04:29 AM ET

Obama's speech will expose partisan divide on spending

By the CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech will emphasize "winning the future" for America by strengthening the nation's ability to compete in a changing world, according to White House talking points provided Monday by a Democratic source.

Tuesday night's annual speech to Congress, a nationally televised event considered the president's biggest address of the year, brings together the three branches of government for an assessment of where America stands and where it is heading.

"The president will lay out a plan to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world," said the White House talking points. "He will talk about the need to take responsibility for our deficits, by investing only in what makes America stronger and cutting what doesn't, and reforming our government so that it's leaner and smarter for the 21st century."

Check out the complete story on CNNPolitics.