Obama: Web freedom will be part of Democratic platform
President Barack Obama posted this photo of himself answering questions on social-sharing site Reddit on Monday afternoon.
August 29th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Obama: Web freedom will be part of Democratic platform

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(CNN) - This week, Republicans made a free and open Internet part of their party's 2012 platform.

On Wednesday, during a visit with some of the most ardent open-Web supporters, President Barack Obama said Democrats will do the same.

"Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too," Obama wrote during an AMA ("ask me anything") on social-news site Reddit. "We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business."

Obama became the most high-profile person to host one of the site's live chats, during which well-known figures take questions live. The site's two most popular AMA's before Wednesday were astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and "Jeopardy" champ Ken Jennings.

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Obama vows to release his beer recipe
August 29th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Obama vows to release his beer recipe

(CNN) – Move over Anheuser Busch, President Obama is releasing his own beer recipe.

The president himself confirmed the news Wednesday during an online chat on the user-generated website Reddit.

“It will be out soon!” Obama wrote. “I can tell you from first hand experience, it is tasty.”

Public clamor for the recipe began earlier this month, when the president told a voter in Iowa that his campaign bus was stocked his homemade suds. Previously, Obama officials had been tight-lipped on the subject.

But in a petition on the White House website, individuals identifying themselves as “home brewers across America” called on the Obama administration to fork over details of the secret ingredients, which reportedly include honey from the White House gardens. Separately, a Freedom of Information Act request was filed in an attempt to score the details.

White House chefs reportedly brew three varieties: a porter, a honey ale, and a honey blonde.


Topics: 2012 Election • The Buzz
CNN Money: Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024
August 29th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

CNN Money: Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024

CNN Money has a great write-up of new fuel economy standards announced Tuesday by the Obama administration:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon.

The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports from OPEC by about half.

The standard takes effect in 2024 when 2025 model-year cars begin to hit dealer lots.

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POTUS Day Ahead: College tour day 2
August 29th, 2012
08:10 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: College tour day 2

President Obama continues his tour of colleges today with a visit to Charlottesville, VA home to the University of Virginia. The White House emphasizes that Obama is being briefed regularly on the effects of Hurricane Issac, which made land fall on Tuesday night, but he will be sticking to his campaign schedule. The president will return to the White House on Wednesday evening.

Here's the schedule as released by the White House:

MDT

9:40AM THE PRESIDENT departs Fort Collins, Colorado en route Charlottesville, Virginia
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport
Open Press

EDT

2:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Charlottesville, Virginia
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
Open Press

3:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville, Virginia
Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

6:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Charlottesville, Virginia
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
Open Press

7:10PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

7:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House
South Lawn
Open Press


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