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politics lead

June 27th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Obama, the ‘Bear,’ is loose and trying to reconnect with voters

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama first said it two weeks ago during an impromptu walk from the White House to the Interior Department and then again during a quick coffee run to Starbucks just last Monday.

"The bear is loose," he said.

And now he’s modified his new-found catch phrase. At a town hall event in Minnesota on Thursday, he added for emphasis: "I'm feeling super loose today."

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world lead

June 25th, 2014
04:50 PM ET

America's unlikely helping hand in Iraq

Washington (CNN) – White House officials are not disputing reports that both Syria and Iran are conducting military operations in Iraq to contain the ISIS threat.

That may be making for some of the strangest possible bedfellows when it comes to dealing with Iraq

CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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world lead

June 6th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

Susan Rice defends Bergdahl comments, calls his service 'honorable'

Colleville-sur-Mer, FRANCE (CNN) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise ofArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness to go to war for his country - despite questions about whether or not he deserted his Army colleagues.

Susan Rice, who on Sunday said Bergdahl served the United States with "honor and distinction," told CNN in an interview that she was speaking about the fact the Idaho native enlisted and went to Afghanistan in the service of his country.

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May 28th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Obama outlines foreign policy vision of 'might and right'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a foreign policy vision of "might doing right," arguing that modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership.

He told graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that after the nation's "long season of war and divisions about how to move forward," they now would represent America with the duty "not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

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May 20th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

VA controversy: When did the White House know?

(CNN) – On Monday, the White House said it hadn't learned about the situation at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, in which as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for delayed appointments, until CNN first reported it.

But what about a recently disclosed internal memo from the VA, which warned of "inappropriate scheduling practices" way back in 2010? Who in the White House bothered to read it?

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta reports.

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