February 28th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Thursday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts will happen unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal by tomorrow.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - State of the U.S. economy hearing - The threat of forced budget cuts will likely be discussed when the Joint Economic Committee meets to discuss the health of the U.S. economy.

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Obama, lawmakers may discuss cuts Friday
February 27th, 2013
09:56 AM ET

Obama, lawmakers may discuss cuts Friday

Congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday, the day forced federal spending cuts are scheduled to start taking effect, according to a senior Republican aide.

The aide told CNN that Republicans do not anticipate the meeting to be anything more than optics - an effort, the aide said, by President Barack Obama to show he is at least talking to Congress on the day the cuts are supposed to kick in.

But the aide added it wasn't clear what was on the president's agenda.

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February 27th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts will take place if President Obama and Congress can't reach a deal by March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Assault weapons ban legislation briefing - The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on proposed legislation that, if signed into law, would ban the sale and manufacturing of dozens of firearms.

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February 26th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board cuts will happen unless President Obama and Congress come to an agreement by March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is slated to discuss the economy and U.S. monetary policy before a Senate committee today, but he may also discuss the threat of forced spending cuts.

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February 23rd, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Obama urges GOP to act on spending cuts

In another plea for congressional action, President Barack Obama on Saturday warned of the pitfalls should a series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts go into effect late next week.

The president faulted Republicans for not acting and urged lawmakers to avert the crisis by drawing up a deficit-reduction plan that has both spending cuts and revenue.

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February 22nd, 2013
07:36 AM ET

Friday's live events

$85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts could happen if President Obama and Congress don't reach a deal by March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

The Jodi Arias murder trial is in recess until Monday.

11:20 am ET - White House briefing - Spending cuts, immigration and gun control will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with the White House press corps.

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February 20th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Billions of dollars in automatic across-the-board spending cuts could take place on March 1 unless President Obama and Congress do something about it.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this story.

Today's programming highlights...

11:00 am ET - Kerry speaks at university - Secretary of State John Kerry makes his first major public address since taking over the post.  The remarks will be made on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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February 19th, 2013
07:49 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama and Congress look to avert $85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the sequestration crisis.

Today's programming highlights...

10:45 am ET - Obama's sequestration warning - President Obama will ask Congress to work with him to avoid the March 1 spending cuts in remarks from Washington.

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February 15th, 2013
07:42 AM ET

Friday's live events

President Obama and Congress look to avert $85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the sequestration crisis.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - U.S. drone aircraft hearing - A House science subcommittee holds a hearing on the use of unmanned aircraft over U.S. airspace.

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February 14th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Thursday's live events

President Obama and Congress look to avert $85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the sequestration crisis.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Sequestration threat hearing - Three Cabinet secretaries and others will testify before a Senate committee on how the threatened spending cuts would affect their departments.

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February 13th, 2013
08:50 AM ET

Afghan president: We've wanted troop withdrawal 'for so long now'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed President Obama's announcement of a major troop withdrawal, saying "this is something Afghanistan has wanted for so long now."

The pullout, announced at the State of the Union on Tuesday, will help ensure "peace and full security," according to a statement released by Karzai's office Wednesday.

The United States will draw down 34,000 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan in a year's time, Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The current number stands at 66,000.

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February 13th, 2013
07:53 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

President Obama and Congress look to avert $85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts scheduled for March 1.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the sequestration crisis.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Postal Service crisis hearing - The U.S. Postal Service is ending most Saturday delivery amid concerns that its time is running short.  Can the USPS be saved?  The House Government Affairs Committee looks into the matter.

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February 12th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress tonight.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage: North Korea's nuclear test

9:30 am ET - Military sequestration hearing - What would threatened across-the-board budget cuts mean for the U.S. military and national defense?  Top Pentagon and military officials discuss the matter before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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February 11th, 2013
07:34 AM ET

Monday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage: The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - Tomorrow's State of the Union address and gun violence will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with the White House press corps.

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February 8th, 2013
07:49 AM ET

Friday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

Ongoing coverage - U.S. winter storm preparation and briefings

12:00 pm ET - Murder suspect manhunt briefing - The search continues for ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, who is accused of killing three people.  Police update the investigation.

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February 7th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Thursday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

8:05 am ET - National Prayer Breakfast - Held annually on the first Thursday in February, the National Prayer Breakfast brings together politicians, religious leaders and others from around the world.  President Obama will speak before the breakfast this morning.

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Official: Obama to turn over legal advice on targeted killings
An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft vehicle sits in a shelter at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, after a mission Nov. 10, 2008.
February 6th, 2013
07:55 PM ET

Official: Obama to turn over legal advice on targeted killings

Amid new controversy over the administration's targeted killing of American citizens overseas, President Barack Obama has yielded to demands that he turn over to Congress classified Justice Department legal advice seeking to justify the policy, an administration official said.

The president's move comes on the eve of confirmation hearings Thursday for his CIA director nominee John Brennan and amid complaints from senators, including several Democrats, about secrecy surrounding the drone policy.

"Today, as part of the president's ongoing commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters, the president directed the Department of Justice to provide the congressional Intelligence committees access to classified Office of Legal Counsel advice related to the subject of the Department of Justice White Paper," an administration official said.

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Tuesday: Memo backs U.S. using lethal force against Americans overseas

Opinion: When are drone killings illegal?

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February 6th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Briefing on U.S. Postal Service changes - Changes are afoot at the struggling U.S. Postal Service, but no one is sure what that means.  Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe may provide details at a morning briefing.

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February 6th, 2013
01:56 AM ET

Trump sues Maher for $5 million for orangutan sex joke

It's best not to monkey around with Donald Trump - or maybe that's a bad choice of words.

The billionaire real estate mogul is suing millionaire comedian Bill Maher for $5 million.

Why?

Because Maher said - in jest, as comedians are wont to do - that he would donate $5 million to a charity if Trump could prove he wasn't the "the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan."

"I'm not saying it's true," Maher said told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" last month.

"I hope it's not true, but unless he comes up with proof ... I'm willing to offer $5 million to Donald Trump that he can donate to a charity of his choice - Hair Club for Men; The Institute for Incorrigible Douche-bag-ery. Whatever charity."

Maher picked the figure after Trump, long a skeptic of President Barack Obama's citizenship, offered to give $5 million to the charity of Obama's choice if the president publicly released his college transcripts in addition to his passport records ahead of last year's elections.

 

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February 5th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address before Congress on February 12.  Watch CNN.com Live for all of your political coverage.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Trayvon Martin shooting motion hearing - Attorneys in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman will argue motions in anticipation of the trial.

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