February 9th, 2011
08:30 PM ET

Did Obama get good intelligence on Egypt?

CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the intelligence questions surrounding the White House and the crisis in Egypt.  This story was edited by Julian Styles.


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The Visuals
February 9th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Wednesday poll


Topics: Poll
What's NOT in Gibbs' future?
February 9th, 2011
03:56 PM ET

What's NOT in Gibbs' future?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is used to speaking on behalf of the Obama administration in his daily briefing. Today, Gibbs spoke for himself, ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate.

When asked how Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s (D) announcement that he will not seek re-election would impact the 2012 elections, Gibbs admitted the Old Dominion state would be competitive.

“Will you run?” a White House reporter asked.  Gibbs, a Virginia resident, laughed and replied in no uncertain terms, “I wouldn’t serve if I was appointed.”

The outgoing press secretary is leaving the White House Sunday, but will continue to be an outside adviser to the president as a private citizen.


Topics: Robert Gibbs • The Buzz
Lunch diplomacy with Republicans
February 9th, 2011
02:26 PM ET

Lunch diplomacy with Republicans

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama hosted the House Republican leadership for lunch this afternoon to continue his outreach to those on the other side of the aisle.

There's no word of what was on the menu food-wise but topics on the agenda were mostly economy-related: specifically spending cuts, trade, and creating jobs. Afterward, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said it was a "very good meeting" where they were "able to find enough common ground to show the American people we're willing to work on their behalf."


Topics: John Boehner • Republicans • The News
"Let's move" one year later
February 9th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

"Let's move" one year later

WASHINGTON (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama hit the road and the airwaves Wednesday to mark the one year anniversary of her initiative to fight childhood obesity.

"One year later, 'Let's Move!' is far more than just a campaign," Obama said in a written statement.  "It is so much more than just a slogan.  It's a nationwide movement to give our kids everything they need – all the energy, strength and opportunities they need to fulfill every last bit of their potential and achieve every last one of their dreams."

Billed as an effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, the program tries to provide children with access to healthier foods both at school and at home, and more time for physical activity.  Mrs. Obama also led the push last year for passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a piece of legislation that increased the reimbursement rate for meals to school districts, and aims to replace some of the junk food in school vending machines with more healthier options.

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Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family
U.S. to release plan for Fannie and Freddie
February 9th, 2011
06:40 AM ET

U.S. to release plan for Fannie and Freddie

By CNNMoney Staff Reporter Ben Rooney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration will issue a proposal
later this week recommending the gradual elimination of government-sponsored mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a White House official said Wednesday.

The highly-anticipated "white paper," which is expected to be released Friday, will include three different options for reducing the role government plays in the mortgage market, the official said.

While the paper would mark an important development in the debate over what to do with Fannie and Freddie, a final decision by Congress is not expected any time soon.

After being rescued by the government in 2008, Fannie and Freddie have presented a major conundrum for policymakers in Washington.
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Topics: Economy • The News
Obama administration pushes trade timetable
Obama and Kirk announcing the free trade deal with South Korea in December.
February 9th, 2011
06:27 AM ET

Obama administration pushes trade timetable

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The Obama administration is poised to lay down the most ambitious and definitive timeline on several key trade deals.

The president's point man on trade, Ambassador Ron Kirk, will ask Congress on Wednesday to vote on the South Korea agreement "this spring."

He'll also push for resolution on similar deals with Colombia and Panama "as soon as possible this year" according to the USTR.

In excerpts from prepared remarks to be delivered before the House Committee on Ways and Means, the U.S. Trade Representative will say that “after extensive consultations with the business community, Labor and Congress, in December we concluded a U.S.-Korea trade agreement that is better for America’s auto industry and better for America’s auto workers.  It is winning widespread support.   To bring home its promise – billions of dollars in exports and tens of thousands of jobs in America – the President intends to submit the U.S.-Korea trade agreement to Congress in the next few weeks and looks forward to working with you to secure its approval this spring.”
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Topics: President Obama
POTUS Schedule for February 9, 2011
February 9th, 2011
06:10 AM ET

POTUS Schedule for February 9, 2011

The President spends the day away from the cameras, but is sure to have plenty to talk about when he hosts House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. At his briefing on Tuesday, Robert Gibbs said he expected both domestic and foreign policy issues to be discussed, with a heavy focus on the economy and spending. Gibbs said the president would also talk through many of the things he discussed in the State of the Union while also discussing the cares and concerns of his guests as well. While all events are closed to press coverage, here is a look at the president's schedule as released by the White House:

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office
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February 9th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

The Contenders: Mr. Incumbent

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The President's hitting the road tomorrow. This time it's Michigan and the White House says the trip is to tout his message on his national wireless initiative. But only that? With 2012 looming and the Iowa caucuses one year away it seems his recent trips have focused on states where he might need those all important electoral votes ( Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana and now Michigan all post midterm elex). But does the power of the presidency help or hurt when you're running? Yeah there are perks (think Air Force One) but there's a downside to incumbency –controversial policies, dealing with world crisis to name a few. This week CNN is taking a look at the 2012 race: The Contenders. And our senior White House correspondent Ed Henry is looking at President Obama transitioning to candidate Obama talking with two strategists who have been through the whole game before- Democrat Jack Quinn who was Al Gore's former chief of staff and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Take a look.


Topics: 2012 Election • The News