March 12th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Possible leak of politicians' info probed

Did sensitive information about Vice President Joe Biden and other high-profile politicians and celebrities get published to the Internet? And if so, how?

Federal investigators said Tuesday they're trying to find out.

A U.S. Secret Service spokesman said the agency was investigating how sensitive information that could be about Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama ended up on the Internet.

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Gotta Watch: Best commencement speeches
Conan O'Brien delivers advice to Dartmouth graduates in 2011.
May 15th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Best commencement speeches

It’s graduation time, which means high-profile celebrities and politicians are delivering commencement speeches at some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. First lady Michelle Obama cheered the Hokies at Virginia Tech’s 2012 graduation, while President Obama encouraged the 2012 graduating class of all-female Barnard College in New York to shape their destiny.

Graduation time reminds us at of some of the funnier commencement speeches that we’ve seen over the years. Here are some of our favorites.


Conan leaves speech writing to late night

TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien’s Dartmouth speech from last year has been called “The Greatest Commencement Speech Ever”. Watch and see if you agree.


Cooper sheds his serious persona

Listen for Anderson Cooper’s rare risqué advice to Tulane graduates back in 2010.


Harvard could learn from Will Ferrell

Watch ‘SNL’ alum Will Ferrell get emotional at 1:00 in his commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2003.

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Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song
President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon in a slow jam.
April 25th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Obama grabs late night laughs with a song

President Obama took time from his hectic schedule to unwind and share some laughs on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night. The president is well-known for singing in public, but last night he took on a slow jam with the late night host. You've "gotta watch" Obama's performance.

First lady Michelle Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are among the political figures who have also enjoyed some leisure time lately on the late night talk show circuit.  See how they've poked fun at themselves and others in front of a national TV audience.


Obama slow jams with Jimmy Fallon

President Obama has sung before, but last night he and Jimmy Fallon team up for a special slow jam session on Fallon's late night talk show. Watch to see what they sing about.


Romney's top ten: 'Gingrich? Really?'

Mitt Romney stopped by David Letterman's show to share the top ten things he'd like to share with the American people. Be sure to see number one on his list.


First lady gets Leno spoof treatment

Jay Leno has a little video editing fun with some footage of First lady Michelle Obama. Check out what he has her do.


Perry pokes fun of himself on Letterman

Gov. Rick Perry appeared on David Letterman's show to poke fun at his presidential debate performance. Watch how he smooths over his infamous "oops" moment.

This Week's Top Videos
March 23rd, 2012
06:36 PM ET

This Week's Top Videos

Editor's Note: This post is a recap of the top five videos on from the past week. So in case you didn't catch our best videos during the week, here is your chance to see what you missed.

The most popular videos on were led by an enormous boulder that smashed into a house. The other top videos consisted of a political confrontation from Bristol Palin, a toddler belting out Adele, the first lady's secret shopping trip and Trayvon Martin's father recalling his sons last moments.


Giant boulder crashes into house

A large boulder breaks free from a hillside in Athens, Ohio, hitting two vehicles and crashing into a house.


Bristol Palin wants Obama phone call

Bristol Palin writes a letter to President Obama asking for a phone call. CNN's Mary Snow reports.


2-year-old belts out Adele hit

A 2-year-old girl singing Adele's "Someone Like You" is taking the viral video world by storm.


First lady's incognito trip to Target

First lady Michelle Obama describes a recent trip to Target to David Letterman.


Dad sure cries on 911 are son, Trayvon

Trayvon Martin's father tells Anderson Cooper about the heartbreak of hearing his son's voice before he died.

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Michelle Obama talks Mandela, husband's campaign, daughters' privacy
First lady Michelle Obama paints a mural with teens at an HIV support center in Gaborone, Botswana, on Friday.
June 24th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Michelle Obama talks Mandela, husband's campaign, daughters' privacy

First lady Michelle Obama has visited with dignitaries, schoolkids and women as part of her weeklong visit to Africa to promote youth leadership and education.

She and daughters, Sasha and Malia, arrived Monday.

She has even more events lined up this weekend, including a safari before she heads home from Botswana, but she has already sat down with South African ex-President Nelson Mandela and done pushups with Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu. She also went to a Cape Town, South Africa, museum after her planned trip to the notorious Robben Island prison, where Mandela spent 18 years, was canceled because of weather.

CNN caught up with Obama for an interview during which she discussed some of the high points of her trip:

On Mandela: "The one thing I told him, I wanted to make sure he understood how important his leadership and sacrifice has been to who I've become, to who my husband has become and, in short, I just said, 'Thank you.' It's really hard to know what to say to such an icon."

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On the Radar: Wimbledon served up, Libya funds threatened, al-Assad blames gangs
Serena Williams, left, has won Wimbledon four times. Her sister, Venus, has won the tournament five times.
June 20th, 2011
08:53 AM ET

On the Radar: Wimbledon served up, Libya funds threatened, al-Assad blames gangs

First day of Wimbledon - There's no shortage of storylines this year at Wimbledon. High on that list, as usual, are the sisters Williams. Venus and Serena hold nine Wimbledon titles between the two of them, but observers are still trying to determine if Serena is rusty or if the Williams sisters are "the ones to beat" at the grass-court tournament. Never mind that Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed.

There's also the continuing saga of Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Roger Federer. The No. 3-seeded Federer snapped a historic winning streak by the No. 2-seeded Djokovic at the French Open two weeks ago. Now Federer is importing a little smack talk into the mix, saying, "I know I can beat Novak on any surface. ... I've done that in the past. Just because he's on a great winning streak doesn't mean he's unbeatable."

As for the No. 1 seed, Spain's Rafa Nadal is taking a different tack from Federer and playing down the chances of snaring his 11th Grand Slam title.


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On the Radar: Pentagon Papers, first lady in Hollywood, Burress announcement
Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, speaks during an anti-war protest December 16, 2010 in front of the White House.
June 13th, 2011
05:58 AM ET

On the Radar: Pentagon Papers, first lady in Hollywood, Burress announcement

Three things you need to know today.

Pentagon papers: On Monday, the federal government will release in full the Pentagon Papers, the secret government study of the Vietnam War.

While redacted and edited versions of the papers have been published before, most notably in The New York Times and other newspapers, this will be the first time the documents see the light of day in their complete form.

In 1971,  Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon official, leaked the papers, officially titled "United States-Viet Nam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense," revealing that the government had lied to Congress and the American public about the progress of the war.

First lady in Hollywood: First lady Michelle Obama is in Hollywood on Monday to discuss with members of the entertainment industry ways to tell the stories of the nation's military families.

The event is part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative, a campaign launched this year by Michelle Obama and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden.

"Monday’s discussion will shed light on the unique challenges military families face and showcase the families’ strength, resilience and service to our nation. Participants will also discuss ways in which entertainment content can better reflect this American reality," read an announcement from the Writers Guild of America, West.

The panel discussion will be moderated by writer-director J.J. Abrams, whose latest movie "Super 8" led the weekend's box office take.

Other guilds participating include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild.

Burress announcement: Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress, released a week ago from a New York prison after serving 20 months on a weapons charge, will hold a news conference Monday to make an "important announcement," the National Urban League said.

Billed as his first public appearance since his release, the event at the offices of the National Urban League will include Burress, Urban League President Marc Morial, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The former New York Giants player was sentenced to prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol he was carrying in his waistband. The incident occurred in November 2008, in the VIP area of the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan.

Burress was not licensed to carry a pistol in either New York or New Jersey, where he lived.

Wednesday's live video events
May 11th, 2011
07:37 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

Watch Live for continuing coverage on the flooding along the Mississippi River.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Race to 2012: Gingrich speaks in Washington - He's expected to announce today that he's running for president, but former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn't sitting on his laurels.  He'll address a Hispanic prayer breakfast in Washington this morning.


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May 6th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Friday's live video events

Watch Live for continuing coverage on reaction and fallout to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Employment numbers hearing - We will learn this morning what April's employment numbers are.  The Joint Economic Committee will meet to discuss those numbers and the country's jobs situation.


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Monday's live video events
April 25th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Monday's live video events

Easter may have come and gone, but the White House has one more holiday event on its calendar today.  Watch Live for coverage of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

9:30 am ET - Wartime contracting hearing - The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan holds a hearing on contract waste and obstacles to reform.


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April 19th, 2011
06:20 PM ET

Officials: Plane carrying first lady got too close to military C-17

A plane carrying Michelle Obama had to abort its landing on Monday after it came too close to a military C-17 cargo plane, according to a senior administration official and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The planes were three miles apart, when they are supposed to be five miles apart, the official told CNN. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what went wrong, as it is believed to be an air traffic controller mistake.

The White House does not believe the first lady's life was ever in danger, the senior official said.

The FAA said in a statement controllers at Andrews Air Force Base instructed an incoming Boeing 737 to perform a "go around" "because the plane did not have the required amount of separation" behind the military plane. The FAA is investigating. "The aircraft were never in any danger," the agency said.

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