December 30th, 2011
06:47 PM ET

The work of Pres. Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham

Tonight on CNN's The Situation Room, Brianna Keilar took a look at an exhibit currently on display at Honolulu's East-West Center of the anthropological work of Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama's mother.

Topics: President Obama
White House delays debt ceiling increase request
December 30th, 2011
02:17 PM ET

White House delays debt ceiling increase request

The White House announced today that a planned request for Congress to approve an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling would be delayed by several days in order to prevent Congressional leaders from being forced to call members back early from their holiday recess.

According to Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the Budget Control Act passed earlier this year allows the President to “submit a written certification to Congress when the debt subject to limit is within $100 billion of the debt limit” and request an increase in the nation’s borrowing limit. After that certification is submitted, Congress has 15 days to vote on a resolution of disapproval – if they so choose.

If the White House was to submit its certification today, Congress would be required to come back early to voice its objections to the debt limit increase, as both the House and Senate are not due back in session for several weeks.

Topics: The News
December 30th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Obama campaign: President will address Iowa supporters Tuesday via web chat

As Republican presidential hopefuls continue whirlwind campaign events inIowain advance of next week’s caucuses, the Obama campaign is planning for the president to speak to hisIowasupporters via the web Tuesday night—as the GOP caucus results come in. 

A Democratic campaign official tells CNN the technology is new and is a version of the web chat feature "Skype" but on a much larger scale. 

The president is expected to return toWashington,DCfrom his Hawaiian holiday early next week.  The campaign official, who did not want to be identified by name, says the president will speak fromWashingtonto his supporters gathered in various locations inIowavia a web chat called Adobe-connect. 

Four years ago, Mr. Obama's surprising eight-point win in theIowacaucuses gave him the initial momentum that eventually allowed him to surge past Hillary Clinton in a long nomination fight.

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