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Chief Justice Roberts: The deciderupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 08:47:00

With his opinion for a narrow majority of the Supreme Court, upholding major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has, for the first time since his confirmation as chief justice in 2005, breached the gap between the conservative and liberal wings of the court on a polarizing political issue.

Republicans vow to repeal ObamaCareupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 08:47:00

Republicans in Congress and around the country are vowing to fight for a full repeal of ObamaCare after today's ruling.

'Con artist' who pilfered scores of historical documents gets seven yearsupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:23:00

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a self-proclaimed presidential historian who once claimed to have moved among White House circles to seven years in prison for conspiracy and theft of historical documents worth more than a million dollars.

Can Obama split the GOP?updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 08:31:00

When President Obama had his back to the wall after a month of bad economic news, he tried to change the national conversation by shifting attention toward the issue of immigration. Through a directive issued by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants, the administration made one of its boldest moves in four years in this area of policy.

You told us: Top 5 spots for plane geeksupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 09:45:00

It never fails, put out a list of favorite whatevers and it will ignite a firestorm of flaming opinions. What sparked the frenzy this time? A list of five cool destinations for airplane geeks and roto heads -- um, I mean aviation enthusiasts.

Are you still living by your dad's rules?updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 07:22:00

I was six years old when I found out the guy on the dime wasn't my father. (Turned out it was Franklin D. Roosevelt, whoever the hell he was.) I knew he couldn't be as impressive as my dad, who was so big (5'7", 130 pounds soaking wet), so smart (he did have an off-the-charts IQ, but he also frequently lost the family car), and so rich (a college professor with eight kids, he never stopped worrying about money).

Historian guilty of stealing documents worth millions to learn fateupdated: Mon May 07 2012 02:12:00

A self-styled historian who claimed to have moved among presidential circles is expected to be sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to stealing historical documents worth well over a million dollars.

What really kills family valuesupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 08:27:00

Seen from the perspective of 2012, the stunning Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman" offers a powerful reminder that economic policy and family values go hand-in-hand.

What's wrong with American politicsupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 08:33:00

As this election season unfolds, we are watching an age-old dream in politics go horribly smash. It isn't good for politics, and it sure isn't good for the country.

Biden brags about Obama's 'big stick'updated: Sat Apr 28 2012 08:33:00

Vice President Joe Biden touts President Obama's foreign policy prowess at an event at New York University.

Turn-of-century bakery invoked in health care law debateupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 05:25:00

At the turn of the last century, a New York bakery owner named Joseph Lochner decided he wanted his employees to work longer hours than state law allowed.

No 'Plan B' to limit health care costs?updated: Tue Apr 03 2012 05:46:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Will Cain and Christine Romans discuss whether there is an alternate plan to control rising health care costs if the Supreme Court strikes down President Obama's health care law.

Obama was too timid on health careupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 05:46:00

The individual mandate might prove to be the death knell for President Barack Obama's health care reform.

Why Obama's apologies make senseupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 12:31:00

In 1945, not long after attending a historic meeting with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin and mere weeks before dying, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress.

Will healthcare law pit Obama vs. Roberts?updated: Fri Mar 16 2012 10:08:00

President Franklin D. Roosevelt reacted with fury when major legislative pillars of his New Deal were declared unconstitutional by a Supreme Court anchored by four ideological conservatives. He lashed out at the justices, accusing them of practicing crass politics disguised as constitutional law.

Why 'Downton Abbey' is a hit in Americaupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 10:41:00

Americans love a period drama, and they dote on the British aristocracy. That's the way the popularity of "Downton Abbey," the British television series that drew 5.4 million viewers for the finale of its second season on PBS, is being explained these days.

Obama and golf: Par for the course for presidentsupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 11:26:00

Mitt Romney has made much of President Barack Obama playing what he considers an inordinate amount of golf. I've even read blogs likening it to Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

Obama as Truman: 'Give 'em hell, Barry'?updated: Mon Sep 12 2011 18:32:00

In a passionate speech before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Republicans: Compromise or I'll use it against you.

Obama stumps for unionsupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 18:32:00

President Obama defends unions and collective bargaining on Labor day in Detroit.

American heroes who get no creditupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 09:24:00

Imagine that some member of Congress back in the 1990s had devoted himself or herself to toughening America against terrorism. He or she had introduced legislation to require airlines to harden their cockpit doors. After years of work, he or she at last prevailed and the new law went into effect sometime in early 2000. The 9/11 plot would have been thwarted without any American ever knowing that the plot had existed.

Americans want security for 2012updated: Mon Aug 15 2011 11:03:00

Just as the 2004 presidential election was all about the concept of security, the same term will shape the campaigns of 2012.

Obama on jobs-focused bus tourupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 11:03:00

With the 2012 campaign looming, President Obama begins a Midwest bus tour to focus on jobs. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Five things Obama should do to leadupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 06:16:00

When you have flown through a heavy storm, the plane tossing one way and another, have you ever wondered whether there was really anyone in the cockpit? That's the feeling that many Americans have today -- as if we are lurching through an economic storm with no one in charge.

Fire burns two historic FDR-era cottages in Georgiaupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 22:53:00

Two historic cottages in Georgia -- including one that served as a home to Franklin Roosevelt before he became president -- were destroyed by fire Tuesday morning, authorities said.

What happened to 'We're all in this together'?updated: Tue Jul 26 2011 20:55:00

In the debate over raising the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans now agree that failure to act will be a disaster for the country. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner made their anxiety clear in their dueling speeches to the nation Monday night.

Comparing competing U.S. debt plansupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 20:55:00

CNN's Christine Romans explains the differences between the competing U.S. debt plans.

President's bully pulpit is not what it used to beupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 09:34:00

At key moments in his presidency, Barack Obama has struggled to win the support of the American people through the power of his oratory. The power of persuasion has traditionally been one of the most powerful weapons of the commander in chief.

American dream is about equality, not wealthupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 15:45:00

The battle between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over raising the debt ceiling has escalated into more than a fight over the budget and taxes. It has become a battle over who speaks for the American dream -- those who want the wealthy to pay a greater share of the nation's taxes or those who want to cut entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.

McCain, Graham show courage on Libyaupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 10:05:00

The decisions of Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to support President Obama's sending of military aid to America's NATO allies in their air war against Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi are acts of political courage in a time of intense partisanship.

McCain: Obama not communicatingupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 10:05:00

CNN's Dana Bash talks to Sen.John McCain about President Obama's strategy in Libya.

What if a president served 42 years?updated: Wed Jun 15 2011 20:52:00

Moammar Gadhafi has been the leader of Libya for 42 years. In America, a tenure of that length would be equivalent to Richard Nixon still being president today rather than having left office in 1974.

Rebels gaining ground in Libyaupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 20:52:00

Rebels report progress against government forces in Libya. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Don't doom GOP's chance to win in 2012updated: Mon Jun 06 2011 09:15:00

There seems no end to bad economic news:

Did Palin take media for a ride?updated: Mon Jun 06 2011 09:15:00

Should the media have paid so much attention to Sarah Palin's bus tour at the expense of declared Republican candidates?

Liberal tradition is under assaultupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 11:05:00

In one of the unexpected moments from the past few weeks, some defenders of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attack on public unions have pointed to President Franklin Roosevelt.

Wisconsin's collective bargaining battleupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 11:05:00

Tensions rise in Wisconsin after the assembly passed a bill that would reduce workers' collective-bargaining rights.

'The King's Speech' producer tells allupdated: Sun Feb 27 2011 19:09:00

Producer Iain Canning talks to CNN's Ali Velshi about the hit movie.

What's wrong with presidential rankingsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 10:38:00

Since the late 1940s, it has been an American custom for pollsters and publications to release a ranking of U.S. presidents.

Rumsfeld says Democrats key in early political formationupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 02:12:00

During Donald Rumsfeld's first public appearance since the release of his new book, he praised many former elected officials and a surprising number of them were Democrats.

How FDR unleashed his Supreme Court 'scorpions'updated: Tue Dec 14 2010 21:41:00

One Supreme Court justice threatened to punch out another during a legal debate. Another called a colleague "Der Fuehrer." And a third had joined a terrorist group.

Ballplayers served country on battlegroundsupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 20:58:00

In the days before there was an organized baseball draft, there was a military draft.

FDR's lessons for Obama on power of the black churchupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 08:30:00

At the middle of his first presidential term, Barack Obama faces major electoral challenges, some of which have come to involve questions of religious identity and power.

Bad timing could sink Democratsupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 09:51:00

With the real possibility of a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, many Democrats are starting to argue for budget cuts.

Presidential vacationsupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 09:43:00

CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the flack president's have faced for spending time outside of Washington on vacation.

Buck: Raise retirement ageupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 20:21:00

Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck talks about his political views with CNN's John King.

Democrats to use Social Security against GOP this fallupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 20:21:00

Democrats pledged Friday to not only keep Social Security in place, but use the historic program against Republicans ahead of the midterm election.

Fortune: Curtis Roosevelt on lessons from FDRupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 14:45:00

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's grandson, Curtis Roosevelt, recently gave this speech about the presidents at an event in Washington, DC.

Fortune: What would FDR do? A Roosevelt speculatesupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 11:00:00

Despite the fact that just about everyone has an opinion on it, the jury's out on whether President Obama is a latter day Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

How the power of oil dogged former presidents, and could tar Obamaupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 10:20:00

The president was young, a Harvard-educated intellectual admired for his charisma and skill with the written word.

Smithsonian's real-time oil researchupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 10:20:00

The Smithsonian Institution weighs in on the Gulf spill and its long term effects. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

Washington has always helped set rules for Wall Streetupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 16:33:00

On Sunday, Sens. Chris Dodd and Richard Shelby said that they were close to a bipartisan compromise on financial regulation, which could be reached as early as this week.

Wall Street reform explainedupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 16:33:00

Personal finance experts Ken and Daria Dolan explain the goals of the proposed financial industry reforms.

CNNMoney: Junk stocks rise from the scrap heapupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 12:55:00

Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Looking at how the stock market has been behaving recently though, I think it's now fair to say that the only thing we have to fear is no fear itself.

'Up' composer's big yearupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 16:22:00

Michael Giacchino is "Up" for an Oscar and he also has "Lost" to keep him busy. CNN's Douglas Hyde reports.

Ed Asner remains high on 'Up'updated: Wed Mar 03 2010 16:22:00

Ed Asner has collected virtually every small-screen and lifetime achievement honor Hollywood has to offer.

Health summit site already part of presidential historyupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 09:12:00

Sixteen-fifty-one Pennsylvania Avenue isn't quite as famous as the address right across the street.

1 year in: Will fortune smile on Obama?updated: Mon Jan 25 2010 13:41:00

Tuesday's Democratic meltdown in Massachusetts not only wreaks havoc with the president's health care legislation; it jeopardizes the legacy of a leader who barely two months ago was summoning up links to the ghosts of great presidents past.

Obama should focus on jobs, not deficitupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 11:40:00

Regardless of the outcome of the health care reform effort, the difficult issue of cutting the federal budget deficit is likely to move front and center in 2010.

Without jobs, where's the recovery?updated: Tue Oct 27 2009 10:46:00

When the stock market broke the 10,000 point barrier a few weeks ago, many investors celebrated. Economists have started to talk about the end of the "Great Recession." But many Americans can't see what all the enthusiasm is about.

Commentary: Is Obama overexposed?updated: Mon Sep 21 2009 11:22:00

One of the themes of the Sunday talk shows this week -- ironically, as they nearly all featured President Obama -- was whether the president is "overexposed," particularly on health care.

The making of the 'First 100 Days'updated: Mon Apr 27 2009 10:02:00

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod has called the 100-day benchmark an "odd custom, the journalistic equivalent of the Hallmark holiday.'' But where did the notion of a president's "First 100 Days" originate?

President's first 100 daysupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 10:02:00

CNN's Bill Schneider takes a look at where the notion of a President's First 100 Days originated.

Commentary: AIG bonuses follow an American traditionupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 06:35:00

In the explosion of outrage over the AIG executive bonus scandal, each party has hurled charges at the other. Both parties are blaming each other for rejecting measures that would have limited executive bonuses.

New Deal or raw deal?updated: Fri Feb 20 2009 14:39:00

The clash between Democrats and Republicans over the nation's economic crisis isn't just fueled by politics. It's also being driven, in part, by two competing views of history.

Fortune: The truth about stimulus and the Depressionupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 06:03:00

You often hear President Obama's stimulus plan referred to as the new New Deal. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that some critics of the stimulus aren't big fans of Franklin Roosevelt either. In fact, if you've been following the debate, you may have heard a surprising number of people put forth the notion that the New Deal actually prolonged the Great Depression.

Five places to rendezvous with presidentsupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 10:09:00

The White House may be the official residence of the U.S. president, but it's only a temporary address. The former homes and libraries of presidents offer an inside look into the lives of the select few who served as the nation's leader.

Fortune: Don't worry, be happyupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:34:00

Every now and then my natural talent for the evasion of unpleasant duties fails me. So it was that recently I found myself in a hotel chair, to my right some guy with dandruff and a Bluetooth in his ear, to my left his clone, listening to an analyst who works for a failing financial institution grill a variety of senior officers about the state of their businesses in this pesky economy of ours.

CNNMoney: First 100 days: Obama's burdenupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 12:53:00

The scope and intensity of problems facing President Obama are similar only to those that Franklin D. Roosevelt faced in 1933.

Commentary: Obama has 100 days to prove his mettleupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 17:01:00

When presidents enter the White House, they have approximately 100 days to show what they are made of.

Obama picks Bible for inauguration, but what verse?updated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:03:00

While President-elect Barack Obama will certainly be making history when he takes the oath of office on January 20, he'll also be repeating it -- by placing his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used during the inauguration of 1861.

Commentary: Chicago factory sit-in fits nation's moodupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 09:28:00

The factory occupation by 200 workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago, Illinois, recalls one of the most storied moments in American history, when thousands of Depression-era workers took over their own workplaces, seeking union recognition and better wages.

Commentary: Which hero do we want Obama to be?updated: Fri Nov 28 2008 10:47:00

America loves its heroes and Barack Obama has already become one. In fact, he's become several.

Commentary: Can Obama lead another New Deal?updated: Fri Nov 21 2008 13:43:00

Students here in Cambridge watched in horror in September 2005 as they saw lines of desperate people snaked round the convention center and the Superdome in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Time.com: Presidential Transitionsupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 18:00:00

The ten weeks from a President's election to his inauguration are arguably more crucial a period than any during his time in office. And one that history has shown can easily be mishandled

Commentary: New president's 100 days of pressureupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 09:25:00

When presidents enter the White House, they have approximately 100 days to show what they are made of.

CNNMoney: Tough transition for new presidentupdated: Sat Oct 25 2008 11:50:00

The next United States president won't have long to savor victory after Election Day.

Commentary: Bailout should treat the root cause, not the symptomsupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 12:00:00

To borrow the title of a classic modern novel, "Things Fall Apart." In just decades, Americans have gone from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal to George W. Bush's Rash Deal.

A celebration of almost-great menupdated: Fri May 09 2008 09:07:00

In the words of Vice President John Nance Garner, the vice presidency "isn't worth a pitcher of warm piss."

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Political Pollsupdated: Sun May 04 2008 19:42:00

Use this information to understand how polls are conducted.

'Old Gumlegs,' the Rat Pack and star wars of 1980updated: Tue Jan 08 2008 17:47:00

Some historians credit Republican President Warren G. Harding with running the first campaign that made use of celebrity endorsement.

'Chasing Life' chapter 1, part 2: 'Beginning the chase'updated: Mon Mar 26 2007 12:10:00

Currently, most of us reach our physical peak between twenty and thirty and begin a steady decline after that. By seventy, we have lost 40 percent of our maximum breathing capacity, muscle and bone mass have declined, body fat has increased, and sight and hearing have gotten worse. We may want to chase life and live longer, but not at the expense of function, both of mind and body.

Fortune: The cure for depressionupdated: Thu Jul 06 2006 11:40:00

In 1933, the U.S. Senate passed a bill mandating a 30-hour workweek. Alabama Senator Hugo Black, still a few years from the Supreme Court, was the sponsor.

Roosevelt's legacy shapes U.S. of todayupdated: Sun Jun 25 2006 09:55:00

At home and abroad, he was the locomotive president, the man who drew his flourishing nation into the future.

Rumsfeld vindicatedupdated: Thu Jun 22 2006 16:32:00

Awash as we are in the cranky appraisals of our war in Iraq and the congressional projects to end it summarily, we have every reason to conclude that for some Americans a real war is not nearly as amusing as one produced in Hollywood. A real war is a lot more difficult to script than a war headed for the silver screen. Inopportune events take place. Even uncovenanted happenings occur. During World War II more than 14,000 American POWs died in German and Japanese hands. President Franklin Roosevelt had not anticipated such brutal treatment. Other unanticipated enormities took place, for instance, the dithering in the hedgerows of France after the D-Day landings. Still, no congressional investigations were convened to distract our leaders from bringing the war to a diplomatically viable conclusion.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.: Peace zaniesupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 13:19:00

In the months after our invasion of Iraq -- our liberation of Iraq -- there was a neat little peace movement. It was composed of the likes of linguist Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark and various lesser patheticoes who all looked like they belonged on the streets of Berkeley, California, some with begging pots in their hands.

Cell phones have the answerupdated: Tue Jan 03 2006 10:26:00

Ever been stumped by a question when you're on the road? The answer could now be in the palm of your hand.

CNNMoney: Dems question private accountsupdated: Fri Jan 28 2005 16:53:00

Members of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Friday assembled an array of witnesses to air concerns over what is publicly known about the Bush plan to change the Social Security System by including individual investment in the stock market.

Cheney: Preserving freedom, security 'greatest challenge of our time'updated: Wed Sep 01 2004 22:24:00

Vice President Dick Cheney addressed Republican National Convention delegates Wednesday. This is a transcript of his remarks.

Miller: I entrust my family's future to Bushupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 20:34:00

Sen. Zell Miller, of Georgia, was the keynote speaker Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. Miller, a Democrat, has broken with his party and sided with President Bush on such issues his handling of the war against terror. Here is a transcript of his remarks:

Six career lessons from U.S. presidentsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 07:59:00

U.S. presidents have guided us to wartime victory and plunged us into economic depression. All of their triumphs and failures can teach us a thing or two about our own careers.

Clark: Kerry has moral courage born in battleupdated: Thu Jul 29 2004 20:28:00

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a former Democratic presidential candidate, gave a prime time speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. This is a transcript of his remarks.

Reagan's vice president remembers his good friendupdated: Fri Jun 11 2004 12:19:00

The following is a transcript of the eulogy given Friday by former President George H.W. Bush at Ronald Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington:

Fortune: BUSINESS BASHING: BLASTS FROM PRESIDENTS PAST updated: Mon Jun 28 1993 00:01:00

You talk about a labor lobby. Well, it is a child compared to this utility lobby . . . ((It is)) the most powerful, dangerous lobby . . . that has ever been created by any organization in this coun...

Money Magazine: WHOEVER WINS THE ELECTION, STOCKS COULD BE THE LOSERupdated: Thu Oct 01 1992 00:01:00

History tells us that the two years leading up to a presidential election are usually the best of times for small investors. And, at least until recently, these past two years were no exception. St...

Fortune: WHAT THE ECONOMY NEEDS NOW Not fiscal stimulus. It would send interest rates soaring. A better idea for the long term: Cut taxesupdated: Mon Dec 16 1991 00:01:00

CONSUMERS ARE UP-TIGHT and worried, their confidence battered by big layoffs. Business executives are equally glum. Says Robert C. Snyder, president of Quanex, a $650-million-a-year specialty-metal...

Money Magazine: THE OTHER RACE: WHICH BUTTON WILL TRIUMPH DOWN THE ROAD?updated: Sun May 01 1988 00:01:00

In a year with so many candidates, choosing which campaign buttons to store in the attic can be even more difficult than predicting the next President. The election will be decided in November, but...

Fortune: A Long Shot in Washington, It Seems Like Old Times, Adam Smith Finds a Friend, and Other Matters. The Invincible Graysupdated: Mon Mar 28 1988 00:01:00

A fellow could get a touch of cognitive dissonance brooding over the material in Trends in Family Income: 1970-1986, the latest unsnappily titled publication of the Congressional Budget Office. The...

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