Obama to nominate next U.S. ambassador to China
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
March 7th, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Obama to nominate next U.S. ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama intends to nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, a senior administration official confirms to CNN's Jill Dougherty.

If confirmed by the Senate, Locke, the first Chinese-American to hold the post at Commerce, and a former governor of Washington, would replace current Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

Huntsman, a former governor of Utah, has announced he will leave his post at the end of April. There is heavy speculation that he may eventually seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.


Topics: China • President Obama • The News
Obama says military commissions for Guantanamo detainees will resume
March 7th, 2011
03:40 PM ET

Obama says military commissions for Guantanamo detainees will resume

By: CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States will resume using military commissions to prosecute alleged terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.

The announcement said the Obama administration remains committed to closing the controversial detention facility, but will rescind its previous suspension on bringing new charges before military commissions.

The commissions are military proceedings rather than trials in civilian courts.

Obama previously pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay facility within a year of taking office in January 2009. However, it remains open today due to legal complexities involving the status of some detainees and congressional opposition to holding trials for high-profile suspects in U.S. criminal courts.

Check out the complete story on CNN.com.


Topics: Guantanamo • The News
History class gets presidential surprise
President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visiting a high school history class in Virginia.
March 7th, 2011
02:58 PM ET

History class gets presidential surprise

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The often separate worlds of U.S. foreign and domestic policy merged for a few minutes in Arlington, Virginia Monday afternoon when President Obama and visiting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard mad an unannounced visit to an 11th grade history class.

Gillard, a former education minister in Australia, made the trip across the Potomac with Obama to Wakefield High School where the two spoke with students in Collette Fraley’s class. They took questions from the students with topics ranging from the recent floods in Australia, the state of basketball there, to establishing what Vegemite tastes like. Gillard also gave the students a “kind of pop quiz” about Australia.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who once played semi-professional basketball in Australia, accompanied the two as well.
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Topics: Arne Duncan • Education • President Obama • The News
Australian PM stays at Blair House
March 7th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Australian PM stays at Blair House

President Obama is meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia in the Oval Office right now and in a little while, the two leaders will deliver statements to the press pool.  Earlier today, CNN photojournalist Barry Schlegel captured Prime Minister Gillard exiting the Blair House, which is just across the street from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, and happens to be where she's staying.  The Blair House, known as the President's Guest House, is often used to host foreign heads of state visiting the U.S. on official business.


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Presidential motorcade fender bender
First Lady Michelle Obama (and President Obama-not pictured) arrive at Sidwell lower school to attend a Teacher/Parents conference for their daughter Sasha on March 07, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.
March 7th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Presidential motorcade fender bender

Just because you’re the commander in chief doesn’t mean you’re immune to those everyday traffic woes. It happened this morning as President and Mrs. Obama’s motorcade was returning to the White House from a teacher visit at their daughter Sasha’s school in suburban Maryland. A U.S. Park Police motorcycle, which was part of the presidential motorcade security, appeared to rear-end a small mini bus. The press pool reporter said it was a small, black mini bus. Secret Service tells CNN no one was hurt in the minor accident. And the motorcade – well it just zipped past the fender bender. There are some perks to being the leader of the free world after all.


Topics: President Obama • The Family • The News
POTUS schedule March 7, 2011
March 7th, 2011
06:58 AM ET

POTUS schedule March 7, 2011

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister
Julia Gillard of Australia
Oval Office/Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT holds an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime
Minister Julia Gillard of Australia
Oval Office/Closed Press

11:15AM THE PRESIDENT and Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia
deliver statements to the press
Oval Office/Pooled Press

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Topics: Daily Schedule • The News • White House