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politics lead

January 30th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Rep. Ryan to Obama: You've got to go through Congress

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is pushing for executive orders and executive actions, going after goals he does not need Congress to accomplish.

But former Vice Presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, says the President's got to go through Congress.

"There's a difference between effectively using the bully pulpit to encourage good things in America and doing an end run around Congress," Ryan said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"It looks he is willing to circumvent the Constitution. The presidents do not write laws. That's what Congress does. That’s Congress’ job," said the Wisconsin congressman.

For more of our interview with Congressman Paul Ryan, including 2016 talk, check out the video above. For a web only discussion on the debt ceiling, click here.

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sports lead

January 30th, 2014
04:56 PM ET

Exclusive: Obama's choice: Hillary vs. Biden? Or Broncos vs. Seahawks?

Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

(CNN) - In an exclusive interview, CNN's Jake Tapper pressed President Barack Obama on far-reaching issues including the Sochi Olympics, Sargent First Class Cory Remsburg, the wounded soldier Obama honored so memorably during the State of the Union speech, the President's push for executive action, and more.

But Tapper also had to ask the questions on everyone's mind: Hillary vs. Biden? Or Broncos vs. Seahawks?

Hear the President's answer to that tomorrow, when the exclusive interview with President Obama airs on CNN's "New Day" at 6 a.m. ET, and on "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.

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national lead

January 30th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others pledge help for long-term jobless

Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

By Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham, CNN

(CNN) - The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies, signing on to a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed.

"What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.
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national lead

January 29th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Cruise passenger: Royal Caribbean did all it could

(CNN) - Back from her trip on the "Explorer of the Seas," frequent cruise passenger Theresa Swierkowski says the illness on board the ill-fated Royal Caribbean cruise ship was "an act of God."

CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports.

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politics lead

January 29th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Roundtable: Obama White House veterans break down 2016

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the morning shows Thursday, answering questions on the President's State of the Union address, and a rumored 2016 bid.

Asked if Hillary Clinton's decision will influence whether he runs or not, Biden told CBS: "No, not directly. The only reason a man or woman would run for president ... is that they think they're in a better position to help the nation at the moment, and what is the plan you have for your the country, and that's the only thing to generate whether you run."

How does the rest of the Democratic party feels about that answer?

Former speechwriter to Obama Jon Lovett, and former deputy press secretary for the Obama 2008 campaign Ben LaBolt discuss.

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