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October 16th, 2014
09:20 PM ET

Pres. Obama: It "may be appropriate" to appoint Ebola czar

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday night that it "may be appropriate" for him to appoint a czar to lead his administration's response to Ebola.

"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.

First on CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

His comments to reporters in the Oval Office came after a meeting with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and others. Obama pointed to those two as the leaders of the U.S. response to Ebola so far.

He said they've done an "outstanding job" so far, but that with flu season coming and Homeland Security officials also involved in combatting ISIS, "they also are responsible for a whole bunch of other stuff."

Obama also said he has no "philosophical objection" to a ban on travel between West Africa and the United States - but said that doing so could make it tougher to determine whether passengers entering the United States would have recently visited the region that is at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.


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Filed under: Ebola • Health • News • Politics
October 7th, 2014
10:32 PM ET

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slams Obama on ISIS, leadership

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticizes Pres. Barack Obama's leadership style and decisions on Iraq and Syria in his candid memoir, "Worthy Fights."

Panetta's comments are a stinging rebuke of Obama at a crucial point in his administration as the President battles multiple national security threats, including ISIS, a resurgent Russia and the spread of Ebola.

Former defense secretary lays out disagreements with President Obama

In a fiery debate, Former House Speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich and Former Deputy White House Press Secretary for President Obama, Bill Burton discuss Panetta's controversial comments.

Will Panetta's comments hurt Obama's foreign policy?

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Politics
October 3rd, 2014
08:54 PM ET

Rep. Chris Smith: ISIS airstrikes never meant to be "silver bullet"

In a video released by ISIS Friday, British aid work Alan Henning appears to have been beheaded at the hands of the terrorists. In the same video, American aid Peter Kassig appears nearby, kneeling, with an ISIS militant standing by his side.

If ISIS continues with its now familiar, brutal pattern, that American is likely to be the next victim. Republican Congressman Chris Smith, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joins Jim Sciutto.

Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • News • Politics • Syria
September 30th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Paul Ryan: Obama cannot keep promise of no boots on ground

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan doubts President Barack Obama will be able to maintain his promise that there will be no American boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS.

"I'm supportive of what the President has done going into Syria and Iraq, but you have to see this thing through," the Wisconsin Republican said Tuesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

Obama suggested in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that his policy of sending no U.S. combat troops will stay in place. The situation in the region is more a political problem than a military one, he said.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, the overwhelming majority of Americans (73%) support the current airstrike campaign but less than four in 10 favor sending combat troops into Iraq and Syria.

If Obama's administration ultimately comes to Congress with a plan to send combat troops to Iraq and Syria, Ryan said he would support it.

"I think the President should come to Congress with an authorization of force resolution and I would support it," he said. "And I would help the President pass that because I think it's necessary to see this threat through."

"We need to destroy ISIS, and we need to do what it takes to destroy ISIS," he continued.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News • Politics • Syria
September 19th, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Democrat, rising star Wendy Davis distances herself from Obama

Wendy Davis is hoping to become the first Democratic governor of Texas in 20 years.

Today, Hillary Clinton turned the spotlight on her and other women running in this year's midterm election.

Hillary Clinton tells liberals to focus on women

"We have so many reasons to be hopeful," Clinton said, during a roundtable at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. "Mary Burke gives me hope. Maggie Hassan gives me hope. Martha Coakley and Wendy Davis give me hope."

Davis' new memoir is a portrait of a woman unafraid to go it alone, whether taking on the Texas senate or turning her back on the President of the United States.

CNN's Erin Burnett has more OutFront.

Filed under: Election • Politics
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