White House: Obama not skipping intel briefings
The president is show pictures during an intelligence briefing in 2011. (Credit: White House photo)
September 10th, 2012
05:15 PM ET

White House: Obama not skipping intel briefings

The president's spokesman disputed a Washington Post item that suggested the commander-in-chief has not attended the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) "more than half the time."

The PDB is a daily rundown of threats and developments as assessed by the national security community. It is a top secret written document that is read by the President and his inner circle of security advisors and is often accompanied by in-person briefing by intelligence officials.

Check out CNN's Security Briefing for the full story.

If These Walls Could Talk: Shotgun Willie goes to the White House
September 10th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

If These Walls Could Talk: Shotgun Willie goes to the White House

Washington (CNN) – Former President Jimmy Carter once told Rolling Stone magazine that “all the good things I did as president, all the mistakes I made - you can blame half of that on Willie.”

The Willie that Carter is referring to is none other than Willie Nelson, the famed “outlaw” country singer known for his unique sound and his affinity for marijuana.

Although Carter was known as a buttoned-up president - during the 1976 campaign, he regularly highlighted his Southern Baptist roots and his role as a Sunday school teacher - the former governor of Georgia was also known to escape the pressures of the presidency by listening to Willie Nelson.

And on September 13, 1980, the president’s love for the music of the “redheaded stranger” was fulfilled when Nelson played for Carter at the White House.


Topics: White House
Obama's day ahead: laying low
September 10th, 2012
07:55 AM ET

Obama's day ahead: laying low

Freshly back from the convention and a campaign swing through New Hampshire, Iowa, and Florida, president Obama his laying low in the White House Monday with no scheduled events. Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:30 p.m.

Full schedule provided by the White House:


10:30AM Pool Call Time

Briefing Schedule

12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama outraises Romney for first time in months
September 10th, 2012
07:15 AM ET

Obama outraises Romney for first time in months

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and supporting committees brought in more than $114 million last month – the first time the incumbent has outraised his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney, since April.

Obama’s Campaign Manager Jim Messina announced the figure for August late Sunday night.

Romney’s campaign brought in $111 million last month.

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Topics: 2012 Election
September 10th, 2012
06:56 AM ET

Man spontaneously bear hugs Obama

Fort Pierce, Florida (CNN) – President Barack Obama got a warm embrace on Sunday – one that lifted him about a foot off the ground.

While campaigning in Fort Pierce, Florida, the president stopped into Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, where about 10 customers were gathered inside, and greeted the shop's owner, Scott Van Duzer.

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