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September 7th, 2014
11:38 AM ET

Intel Chair: Obama needs an endgame on ISIS

Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers tells Candy Crowley that President Obama needs to have an endgame for ISIS.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Iraq • ISIS • Mike Rogers • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Terrorism
April 27th, 2014
02:44 PM ET

Is Pres. Obama's foreign policy failing?

Amb. Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Amb. to Russia, and Stephen Sestanovich evaluate Pres. Obama's foreign policy.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Newsmakers • Tony Blinken
April 27th, 2014
11:22 AM ET

WH: U.S. power has not declined

White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken says Pres. Obama's trip to Asia strengthens U.S. alliances.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Newsmakers • Tony Blinken
March 2nd, 2014
01:09 PM ET

How will Ukraine affect Obama?

This week's panel discusses how the unfolding crisis abroad in Ukraine could impact public opinion of Obama at home.

Filed under: Amy Walter • Barack Obama • Bill Burton • Ross Douthat • State of the Union • Ukraine
December 1st, 2013
09:54 AM ET

White House: Significant progress made in fixing

The White House says that significant progress has been made in fixing The site's capacity has reportedly improved and can accommodate about 50,000 users at a time. CNN's Joe Johns received a progress report from the White House and he talks to Candy about the latest news.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Obamacare • State of the Union • White House
May 19th, 2013
06:39 PM ET

Pfieffer on the "cardinal rule" of politics

WH Adviser Dan Pfeiffer on the trio of controversy that hit the White House, and their plan for surviving the political storm.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Dan Pfeiffer • IRS • Newsmakers • State of the Union • White House
May 19th, 2013
03:17 PM ET

President Obama's not so bad week

Candy Crowley and Jessica Yellin break down the new CNN/ORC polls on controversies around the president this week and why he hasn't taken a big hit.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Polls • President Obama • State of the Union
May 19th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday 5-19-13

Today on State of the Union, we released new polls showing the president is withstanding a trio of controversies. A CNN/ORC Poll shows his job approval rating is steady at 53%. White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president is moving ahead with his second term agenda including improving the economy and immigration reform. Regarding the alarming number of military sexual assaults, Pfeiffer said the “lack of response and action …is completely unacceptable.” Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) pointed to an “error of judgment” by President Obama and then Secretary of State Clinton regarding security at the Benghazi consulate. He wondered why “no one's accepting responsibility and no one was fired” after the attacks that left four Americans dead last September.


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on Benghazi

“I think there was some misdirection and some political nature to the talking points, but I think that's always missed the point that what's most important is someone made a decision to put an embassy and consulate in a war-torn country with no host country to guard that embassy or consulate, leaving the guarding and security up to a militia. [extra space here?] That decision alone was a terrible and tragic error.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on the IRS targeting conservative groups
“I can't believe that one agent sort of started this, one rogue agent started this, because it seems to be too widespread. And, we do need to get to the bottom of this, but I think what the American people want is just like on Benghazi. Why does Benghazi go on? No one was ever fired? So, people made tragic errors. No one's accepting responsibility and no one was fired.”

Dan Pfeiffer, White House Senior Adviser, on when the president learned about IRS targeting conservative groups
“When it came out in the news a week ago Friday, I think. And here's why. Because here's the cardinal rule when you know a situations like these, not for just for this White House but for all White Houses is you do not interfere in an independent investigation and you do not do anything to give off the appearance of interference in an independent investigation.”

Dan Pfeiffer, White House Senior Adviser, on American’s trust in government
“I think this is a long running tradition in sort of how Americans view government is they have great faith in our democracy as they should, because we have the greatest system in the world and it works. But government - there is a healthy skepticism of government in this country. And where there are problems like there were in the IRS this week, we have to address them in order to build that confidence up.”

February 10th, 2013
12:46 PM ET

Politics panel reviews SOTU expectations

The State of the Union political panel reviews their expectations for Obama's state of the union address.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Conservatives • State of the Union
February 3rd, 2013
12:18 PM ET

Panel questions proposals of White House, Rubio

Passage of gun and immigration legislation faces skepticism as backers' priorities - on right and left - questioned.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Marco Rubio
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