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February 5th, 2009
01:42 PM ET

Presidential Memo on Making Appliances More Fuel Efficient

Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent

Here are some key points on the Presidential Memorandum:

The President is taking action this week to bring greener, more efficient appliances to American consumers.

He will be signing a Presidential Memorandum requesting the Dept of Energy to finalize new rules to improve the efficiency of over 30 product categories – from dishwashers to ovens and air conditioning units. The PM also requests the DOE to give a high priority to developing new standards for other products that provide the most energy savings bang for the buck.

Appliance and equipment efficiency standards have been one of the most successful policies used to save energy.

This action will save American families money and result in significant energy savings over the next 30 years – – in fact enough energy savings to run all existing coal plants in the U.S. for two years. In addition, using less energy means lower greenhouse gas emissions so this action helps us tackle climate change as well.

These greener standards spur more investment in energy efficiency and pay for themselves many times over. It’s a win for consumers, a win for the economy and a win for the environment. “

February 4th, 2009
09:12 AM ET

White House new restrictions on executive compensation

Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent

Here are the new restrictions on executive compensation:

"Under the new rules, companies that have already received Treasury investments will have to demonstrate to the American people that they have complied with the current set of restrictions and reforms on executive pay and lending requirements, and agree to strict monitoring and oversight going forward.

Going forward, companies receiving exceptional assistance from the Treasury will face even stricter rules—including no top executives will be paid more than $500,000 a year - any additional compensation will be in restricted stock that will not vest until taxpayers have been paid back.

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Filed under: Bailout Turmoil • Raw Politics • Suzanne Malveaux
February 2nd, 2009
03:52 PM ET

Nice party, but let's talk Stimulus vote later

Obama was rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Obama was rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Suzanne Malveaux
White House Correspondent

The White House theater was packed, all 40 seats filled, so guests spilled out into the East Wing where big TVs were set up overlooking the First Lady’s Garden. The Super Bowl game blasted from the theater, but the party focused more on family.

Attendees say about 75 people showed up Sunday evening, including several dozen children from ages two on up.

Kids gathered around a Nintendo WII where Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent says his 8-year-old son Jack took on two sisters determined to win. No, not the two sister who live upstairs.

President Obama, wearing a casual button-downed shirt, walked from room to room serving his guests brownies, and oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies. Michelle Obama worked the crowd too.

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January 27th, 2009
12:07 PM ET

Obama works phones for stimulus

Barack Obama is meeting with Republican lawmakers as he tries to get support for his stimulus package.

Barack Obama is meeting with Republican lawmakers as he tries to get support for his stimulus package.

Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent

President Obama is hands-on in shaping the $825 billion economic stimulus package, urging his fellow Democrats to take out provisions he feels are unnecessary and controversial, according to a senior administration official.

An Obama aide said the President has personally called House Democratic leaders recently to urge them to remove a $200 million family planning provision that would have made it easier for states to use federal funds to provide contraception for poor families.

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January 23rd, 2009
06:11 PM ET

Obama issues executive order reversing GOP abortion policy

Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order Friday afternoon reversing a controversial abortion policy from the past three Republican administrations, a senior administration official said.

The order comes the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States.

The order reverses the "Mexico City policy," initiated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, canceled by President Bill Clinton and reinstated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

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January 19th, 2009
03:31 PM ET

Obama considers reversing Bush-era abortion policy

Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent

President-elect Barack Obama is considering issuing an executive order to reverse a controversial bush administration abortion policy in his first week in office, three Democratic sources say.

Thursday-Barack Obama's second full day as president falls on the the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade-the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

Sources say Obama may use the occasion to reverse the "Mexico City Policy" reinstated by President Bush in 2001.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Suzanne Malveaux
January 12th, 2009
03:53 PM ET

Inside scoop on the new Bush-Obama bailout agreement

President Bush addresses reporters at the White House on Monday in his final news conference.

President Bush addresses reporters at the White House on Monday in his final news conference.

Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

These are some more details from White House officials regarding the Bush-Obama Agreement to ask for funds:

White House spokesman Tony Fratto says Barack Obama called President Bush 10:25am, about 15 minutes after Mr. Bush's final news conference. The conversation lasted for just a few minutes. Obama asked Mr. Bush to formally notify Congress the Administration's intent to access the third and final portion ($350 billion) of the bailout fund.

So what happens next?

White House officials involved in the discussions with the Obama transition team and members of Congress say now Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will prepare a report, and then the White House will notify or send up the document to the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees, and the House and Senate leadership.

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November 13th, 2008
11:28 AM ET

Want to work in Obama's cabinet? Take this questionnaire...

Read the 7-page questionnaire sent by the Office of President Elect Obama here:
Read the 7-page questionnaire sent by the Office of President Elect Obama here:

Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

I just received the 7-page questionnaire being sent by the Office of President Elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high ranking jobs.

It includes 63 questions to be completed...

covering everything from info on family members, Facebook pages, hired help, links to Fannie, Freddie, AIG and other troubled banks, lawsuits, gifts, resumes, loans, blogs, etc....

Click on the questionnaire for more


Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Suzanne Malveaux
October 2nd, 2008
02:03 PM ET

Debate expectations from Obama camp

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Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

I talked to Obama campaign spokeswoman Linda Douglass who just arrived at debate site. Nothing surprising regarding Joe Biden, just some points:

– Biden is feeling “pretty relaxed.”

– He has lots of family members coming to the debate (he’s got famously big family.)

– “Biden will make a clear convincing case that the Obama-Biden ticket will bring change from the last 8 years of the failed Bush policies.”

– “Will provide a sharp contrast to the McCain-Palin ticket, and argue that the opposing candidate is more of the same.”

– They “expect Palin will deliver strong sharp, pointed attacks.”

– Biden will respond by “trying to stay connected to voters. He’ll do his best to avoid getting drawn into game-playing.”

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