Brewers seek White House’s secret beer recipe
August 21st, 2012
06:42 PM ET

Brewers seek White House’s secret beer recipe

(CNN) – President Obama makes a point of being seen enjoying a beer now and again. (See hereherehere, and here).

This may be no surprise, given that the winner of recent presidential elections has usually been the same person that voters have identified in polls as someone with whom they’d prefer to drink a beer.

But the president even went a step further last week during his trip to Iowa, revealing to a voter that his campaign bus was stocked with beer that is brewed in the White House. Obama officials have long been tight-lipped about the home-made beer that is reportedly made with honey extracted from the White House gardens, but now home-brewing enthusiasts are hoping to force their hand.

In a petition on the White House website, individuals identifying themselves as “homebrewers across America” are calling on the Obama administration to fork over the special suds recipe.

“In keeping with the brewing traditions of the founding fathers, homebrewers across America call on the Obama Administration to release the recipe for the White House home brew so that it may be enjoyed by all,” the petition reads.

While the White House website allows for anybody to make a petition on any matter, the administration will not formally respond unless the petition garners at least 25,000 signatures within one month. As of last count, the petition had 880 signatures.

Meanwhile, as reported by Government Executive, at least one user on the home-brewing forum of the website Reddit is going a more bureaucratic route – filing a Freedom of Information Request with the administration. In the request, the individual writes that disclosure of the recipe will “likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government.”

While it’s unlikely the recipe will be forked over anytime soon, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did divulge a few details last week.

“The President said there are two types - there’s a light and a dark. I think I’ve only tried the light, and it’s quite refreshing,” Carney told reporters.

Obama says college must be more affordable
August 21st, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Obama says college must be more affordable

COLUMBUS, OH (CNN) - President Barack Obama began a swing through the battleground states of Ohio and Nevada on Tuesday with a focus on education, slamming his Republican opponents for a budget he said would mean deep cuts to education programs and make college less affordable.

Speaking on a college campus in a state he won in 2008, the president touted his administration's efforts to make college more affordable through grants and tax credits and used his own biography to stress the importance of education.

"I'm only standing before you today because of the chance my education gave me," he told the crowd gathered on the quad at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. "So I can tell you, with some experience, that making higher education more affordable for our young people - it's something I've got a personal stake in."
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Topics: 2012 Election • Ohio • President Obama
Top Dems, Obama campaign seek to tie Romney to GOP anti-abortion stance
August 21st, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Top Dems, Obama campaign seek to tie Romney to GOP anti-abortion stance

(CNN) – Top Democrats on Tuesday pounced on news that Republicans adopted as part of their party platform a call for a constitutional ban on abortion and sought to tie the controversial policy plank to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

In a conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz asserted that the measure, which does not provide an exception for pregnancies that result from rape and incest, “was written at the direction of the Romney campaign.”

“This is just another example of a Republican Party led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan whose policies on women’s health are dangerously wrong,” Wasserman Schultz said.
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Topics: 2012 Election • Abortion • DNC • RNC
On the road again
August 21st, 2012
08:23 AM ET

On the road again

President Obama is back on the campaign trail today. He will be stopping in Ohio and Nevada. Ohio and it's whopping 18 electorial votes favored Obama in 2008 yet elected a republican ticket to state office in 2010. After Ohio he will head to Nevada, a state he carried in 2008, stopping in Reno and Las Vegas.

The latest polls show Obama leading Romney in Ohio by 6 points while in Nevada he leads by a slim 2 points.

Full schedule after the jump
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