Obama addresses 'birther' issue
President Obama departing for Chicago to attend fundraisers Thursday evening.
April 14th, 2011
08:30 PM ET

Obama addresses 'birther' issue

Washington (CNN) – Before President Obama left Washington Thursday for three fundraisers in his hometown, he tackled Trump's recent concerns and outlined the road ahead as a candidate for re-election.

In an interview on ABC News, he addressed the on-going zings from real estate mogul Donald Trump, who's ramped up his questioning of Obama's birth place in recent months saying, "Over the last two and a half years there's been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans."

"But it creates, I think, a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii."

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

April 14th, 2011
06:26 PM ET

Science showdown with first lady and Dr. Biden

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With bragging rights on the line, students at a Colorado high school did battle with their military parents in a science competition on Thursday. The event was hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, as they continued their cross country tour to promote their recently launched initiative supporting military families.

Mrs. Obama and Biden were joined at the event at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado Springs by Jamie Hyneman and Grant Imahara from the Discovery Channel program “MythBusters.” The two, who host a program that tests the scientific accuracy of various stories and myths, were split up to serve as an adviser to each team. “If you lose, don’t blame the Mythbusters,” the first lady joked as she kicked off the competition.

The event was used to highlight the new initiative, “Joining Forces,” whose efforts include a push to increase interest in math and science at schools serving military children. Such courses “open up a whole new world,” for future careers in medicine, engineering, and business Mrs. Obama said in her remarks before the competition got underway.
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April 14th, 2011
01:31 PM ET

White House (in VA) for sale

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House is on the market and it can be yours for $4.65 million. But you won't have to kick out the first family, because this white house is actually a replica in a nearby Washington suburb.

The McLean, Virginia home is over 12,000 square feet, has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and six fireplaces, according to Long & Foster's Real Estate.

CNN affiliate WUSA toured the house and the exterior looks pretty close to the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Inside its a different story.  Despite having an Oval Room and Lincoln Bedroom, the interior doesn't quite hold up to the real thing. Nothing a good interior decorator couldn't fix.


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April 14th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

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Jackie Robinson
April 14th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

A manager, a minister, and the faith that changed baseball

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sometimes, matters of faith have a quiet yet powerful way of influencing history.

Take, for example, the behind-the-scenes story that preceded the entry of the first African-American player to major league baseball more than six decades ago.

That player, of course, was the legendary Jackie Robinson, who shattered the big-league color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The story of faith belongs to the baseball executive who signed Robinson, the equally legendary Branch Rickey, and to a New York minister who played a quiet role in a major decision.

Watch Sr. White House Correspondent Ed Henry's report on this story
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Obama heads home to kick off fund raising
April 14th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Obama heads home to kick off fund raising

By CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellen

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to his hometown Thursday evening to begin fund raising for his re-election bid for the White House.

The president is the main attraction at three events in Chicago. The first two are smaller gatherings at Nine and MK, restaurants in the city. The third and largest event is being held at Navy Pier, along the shore of Lake Michigan.

The president announced his re-election bid on Monday April 4, with an e-mail and video sent to supporters. His campaign says it received 23,000 contributions in the first 24 hours following Obama's re-election announcement, with nearly all of those donations in the amount of $200 or less, a source confirms to CNN.

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


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POTUS schedule for Thursday, April 14
President Obama's appointed NEC director Gene Sperling during an interview with Christine Romans on CNN's American Morning
April 14th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Thursday, April 14

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will meet continue his focus on deficit reduction Thursday, meeting with the chairs of his debt commission (pool for statement). He then turns to international affairs and unrest in the Middle East meeting with the Amir of Qatar. The two leaders will deliver statements in the Oval office (pooled press).  Later in the afternoon the president switches to campaign mode, traveling to Chicago to attend a series of fundraisers to kick off his re-election bid (one event is open to TV cameras). He will remain overnight in Chicago.

The president's schedule provided by the White House after the jump. FULL POST