President to host CEOs in Situation Room for cyber security chat
March 13th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

President to host CEOs in Situation Room for cyber security chat

By Alex Mooney

President Obama has invited a handful of CEOs to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday to discuss the growing threats posed by cyberattacks.

Administration officials are so far staying tight-lipped about who is attending the closed-door meeting, but one White House official tried to downplay the choice of convening it in the Situation Room, which is ordinarily reserved for high-ranking members of the president's national security team.

Instead, the White House official said, the Situation Room is the only conference room available Wednesday to accommodate the meeting.

The president is expected to discuss his administration's latest steps to beef up cybersecurity, including a recently signed executive order designed to improve intelligence sharing between the government and the private sector over potential cyber vulnerabilities, particularly those posed by Chinese hackers.

Among the CEOs invited are the leaders of AT&T, Honeywell and Northrop Grumman, the White House said Wednesday. FULL POST

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Clinton won't stump for Obama in 2012
April 2nd, 2012
02:38 PM ET

Clinton won't stump for Obama in 2012

She proved to be an important ally for President Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, but CNN's Alex Mooney writes that Clinton won't be making a return performance in 2012.

A senior administration official said Monday Clinton would be sitting out the 2012 election, as has been customary for past secretary of states during the campaign season, Mooney reports on CNN's 1600 Report. The position is an apolitical one, the senior administration official explained, and dispatching Clinton on the campaign trail would compromise that.

Clinton did breach protocol in February when she told an audience in Tunisia that the president would be re-elected.  She later defended her comment in an interview with CNN's Elise Labott. FULL POST