Honoring Judge Roll
February 17th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Honoring Judge Roll

President Obama signed into law a bill that named a new federal courthouse after Arizona federal Judge John Roll. The judge was was among six people gunned down last month in Tuscon at an event for U.S. Republican Gabrielle Giffords.

Also in the photo are: Rep Paul Gosar, Rep Jeff Flake, Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senator John McCain, Rep Gabriel Giffords' Chief of Staff Pia Carusone, Rep Ed Pastor, Rep Trent Franks and Rep David Schweikert.


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Obamas Vote for Rahm?
February 17th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

Obamas Vote for Rahm?

Washington (CNN) - After likely landing two more votes in his bid for mayor, Rahm Emanuel might want to quote what Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson says after a player smacks a two-run homer, "Put it on the board yes!"

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago residents who are temporarily hanging their hats at the White House, have now both sent in absentee ballots for the Feb. 22 election to replace the legendary retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

And while Carney will not say publicly whom they voted for - the First Family probably does not want to ruffle any feathers back home in the seven-person race - it's a pretty safe bet that they checked the box for the president's former White House chief of staff.
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Obama 'friending' Zuckerberg, Jobs, Schmidt
Apple's Steve Jobs, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (Getty Images)
February 17th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Obama 'friending' Zuckerberg, Jobs, Schmidt

WASHINGTON (CNN) – If President Obama had a personal Facebook account, he might be "friending" technology executives to help advance his innovation agenda right about now.

But instead Obama has decided to fly to San Francisco Thursday afternoon to actually meet with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives in person to continue the dialogue he promoted in his State of the Union address about government working with the business community to help build American competitiveness.

Zuckerberg, CEO and President of Facebook, will be joined by Eric Schmidt of Google and Steve Jobs of Apple along with other executives at a private residence in the San Francisco area, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

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POTUS schedule February 17, 2011
Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes the rounds on the morning cable talk show circuit Thursday morning.
February 17th, 2011
08:23 AM ET

POTUS schedule February 17, 2011

President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen and his Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind.  This is a group that will be re-writing the law to make it in the White House words “more fair, flexible and focused on helping all students to graduate ready for college and careers.”

The president and his chief of staff will have a lunch with Democratic House leaders in the Oval Office.   He will also sign a bill that names a courthouse under construction in Yuma, Arizona after Judge John Roll, who among the six people killed in the Arizona massacre in January where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot.  Thursday evening, Obama travels to San Francisco where he'll meet with business leaders including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.  White House schedule provided by the White House: FULL POST


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