November 13th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Obama to hold 16th full press conference

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama holds a news conference on Wednesday, it will be the 16th solo, formal White House press conference of his presidency.

It will be his first since winning re-election and since the resignation of his CIA director over an affair – both topics likely to come up on Wednesday.

Obama has taken reporters' questions in a variety of other forums, most recently in late August, when he made an unannounced stop at the regular White House briefing for reporters in the midst of the heated campaign and a week before the start of the Republican National Convention.

He confronted criticism of a video produced by the main super PAC supporting his candidacy which appeared to tie Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to a woman's death, as well as stood by his call for Romney to release his tax documents. He also addressed the controversial comments on "legitimate rape" made by Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri.

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Labor to press Obama on tax hike for wealthy
November 13th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Labor to press Obama on tax hike for wealthy


WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) - A cadre of top labor leaders is headed to the White House on Tuesday to press their concerns about the fiscal cliff.

Topmost on their list: Tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans, and protection from cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other programs for low income families.

Attending the meeting are leaders representing teachers, municipal employees, nurses, truck drivers, grocery store clerks, and factory floor workers, among others.


Topics: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama • Unions
POTUS spends day behind closed doors
A man holds up his daughter over the construction fence so she can see the White House. Construction for the inauguration parade platform has already begun on Pennsylvania Ave.
November 13th, 2012
08:47 AM ET

POTUS spends day behind closed doors

At this point, we won't see President Obama in front of any cameras today but he definitely has many issues on his plate that will get attention behind closed doors today. The only thing listed on his public schedule is a meeting with labor leaders and other progressive leaders to discuss solutions to avoiding the fiscal cliff. The meeting is in the Roosevelt Room and is closed to the press. Other than that, we assume he'll continue to be briefed on the scandals and investigations involving Gen. Petraeus and Gen. Allen. Here is a listing of meeting participants, as provided by a White House official:

  • · Mary Kay Henry, SEIU
  • · Lee Saunders, AFSCME
  • · Dennis Van Roekel, NEA
  • · Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO
  • · Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress
  • · John Podesta, Center for American Progress
  • · Bob Greenstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
  • · Laura Burton Capps, Common Purpose Project
  • · Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • · Justin Ruben, MoveOn
  • · Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change

Beyond that, we'll hear from the WH Press Secretary when he holds a briefing at 12:30p.