Post Politics: House


Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Congress returns with one goal: Do no (political) harm

Fewer than 200 days remain until Election Day, with a handful of things left to do.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Immigration, Senate

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Rep. Michael Grimm indicted, according to people familiar with case

Two-term New York lawmaker expected to face charges for campaign finance violations.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Republicans

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 04/25/2014

Obama: I’d save Putin from drowning

“I’d like to think if anyone was out there drowning I’d save them,” he said.

By Katie Zezima  |  11:24 AM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Boehner ‘mocked’ colleagues on immigration

The speaker takes a notably theatrical tone in conveying sentiments he’s expressed for months: That Congress needs to find a way to take up the issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Obama calls Boston Marathon winner

Meb Keflezighi is the first American to win in 38 years.

By Katie Zezima  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Obama visits site of mudslide that killed 41 in Washington state

He toured the scene by helicopter and will make remarks.

By Katie Zezima  |  05:31 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 04/22/2014

38 GOP lawmakers join Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

Legislators including Ted Cruz, John McCain and Marsha Blackburn sign on after conservative groups urge Republicans to sign a friend-of-the-court brief.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:16 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/21/2014

W. Neil Eggleston chosen to be new White House counsel

He’ll be doing his second stint in the White House, where he served as an associate counsel to President Clinton.

By Katie Zezima  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/17/2014

The jockeying for the Obama presidential museum has begun

Chicago fires the first salvo.

By Katie Zezima  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Obama, Cantor spar over House GOP inaction on immigration

Obama said Republicans prefer “the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform.“

By Katie Zezima  |  01:11 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Obama shortens prison sentence made longer by typo

A clerical error led to a longer sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to drug and money laundering charges.

By Katie Zezima  |  02:36 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Obamas made a half million dollars in 2013

The Obamas made just more than $503,000 and paid about $98,000 in taxes.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:58 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/11/2014

George W. Bush tells a dirty joke (Video)

The former president says presidents like to compare their libraries -- in a certain way.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Obama: Doors ‘swung open for me’ because of LBJ’s legacy

The president lauded Johnson’s legacy at a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Civil Rights Act.

By Katie Zezima  |  02:55 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Vance McAllister scandal a reminder that harassment policies vary on Capitol Hill

Unlike federal agencies and most of the private sector, there is no blanket policy requiring sexual harassment training for new House and Senate employees.

By Ed O'Keefe and Emily Heil  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Boehner says McAllister has ‘decisions that he has to make’; state GOP chair calls for resignation

House speaker comments as head of Louisiana GOP calls on congressman to step down.

By Wesley Lowery and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Cory Booker, Tim Scott team up for the first time

The two African American members of the U.S. Senate came to the chamber under similar circumstances but are on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Vance McAllister skips votes for a second day

Louisiana lawmaker vows not to resign, but hasn’t shown up for votes as a colleague floats the idea of mandatory sexual harassment courses for lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Obama to visit site of Washington mudslide

The death toll in the mudslide reached 34 people on Tuesday. The visit will come April 22.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014

GOP push for immigration reform thwarted

A committee chairman says he’ll keep two GOP-written immigration proposals out of a must-pass defense policy bill.

By Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Meet George W. Bush, artist.

“There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body,” Bush said.

By Katie Zezima  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014

House votes to repeal Obamacare work rule

Responding to concerns of business and workers, proposal repeals law’s definition of “full time” as 30 hours a week or more.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Stockman once again calls for repeal of weapons ban on military bases

Texas lawmaker first introduced his proposal after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 04/03/2014

George W. Bush to unveil 24 portraits of world leaders

The reveal will be captured by the “Today Show” on Friday.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:40 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Ryan’s last budget proposal would slash $5 trillion over next decade

Spending plan would slash $5 trillion over the next decade, mostly by repealing Obamacare and revamping Medicaid. He also ignores a more ambitious tax code overhaul.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House Republicans

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Obama to make statement on ACA Tuesday

He’s expected to give some numbers.

By Katie Zezima  |  10:48 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Dave Camp to retire after his current term

Head of the powerful tax-writing committee has served in Congress since 1991.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  04:58 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Boehner on Obamacare: ‘House Republicans will continue to work to repeal this law’

House to vote this week to repeal the law’s “30-hour rule.“

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Obamacare

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Don’t follow President Obama’s advice for your March Madness bracket.

Another tournament, another failed rebound.

By Katie Zezima  |  03:21 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Rep. Mike Rogers to retire, launch national radio show

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is a former FBI agent, declined overtures to run for a U.S. Senate seat.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:04 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Five photos of Obama and Pope Francis at the Vatican

Highlights from the much-anticipated meeting.

By Katie Zezima  |  09:35 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Poll: Obama’s disapproval rating hits a new high

The AP-GfK poll shows 59 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Obama gives Iraq war a more generous spin

The president dismisses criticisms that the Iraq invasion is similar to the Russian invasion in Crimea.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Obama concerned not all NATO members ‘chipping in’ for Russia deterrent

Everyone needs to reach into their bank accounts, he said.

By Katie Zezima  |  10:57 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/25/2014

McConnell: Reid ‘injects hyperpartisanship’ into Ukraine debate

Senate leaders spar over Ukraine aid as the House and Senate continued debating competing bills Tuesday with no signs of resolution.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Ralph Hall challenger John Ratcliffe picks up endorsements from Club for Growth, Madison Project

John Ratcliffe picks up support from Club for Growth and The Madison Project as he tries to unseat 90-year old incumbent.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better

Rumsfeld said the Bush administration had a “first-rate” relationship with Karzai and that it has gone “downhill like a toboggan” since Obama took over.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:12 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ukraine, White House

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Report: Markwayne Mullin earned $600,000-plus in outside income against House rules

The earnings violate House rules, according to a congressional watchdog report.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:38 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/24/2014

No special ethics investigation of Cathy McMorris Rodgers, committee says

Fourth-ranking House Republican improperly mixed campaign and official funds over the course of reelection, leadership races, report says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Jimmy Carter: U.S. one of worst offenders in modern slavery

“The slave trade now greatly exceeds anything that happened in the 19th and 18th centuries,” the former president says.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Jack Lew to have surgery

The Treasury Department says the surgical procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis in New York.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:18 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Biden: GOP governors will eventually take Medicaid expansion

Some GOP governors have declined the funds, saying they worry their states will have to foot the bill down the road.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘I believe that it’s a winner’

House Democratic leader also scolds a reporter, reminding him to refer to the law by its proper name.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/20/2014

White House and its reporters rush to debunk claim about submitting questions in advance

The claim was made by a local reporter who visited the White House on Wednesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Boehner has ‘serious concern’ with Senate unemployment insurance deal

House speaker cites concerns of state workforce officials who say the agreement might take too long to implement.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Obama releases ‘not imaginative’ NCAA bracket

Trying to rebound from years of busted brackets, Obama picks Michigan State to beat Louisville in final.

By Katie Zezima  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Home Depot founder half-apologizes for comparing income inequality fight to Nazi Germany

Langone is the second wealthy executive in recent weeks to make such a comparison.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:31 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Obama, lawmakers sing ‘Wild Rover’ at Friends of Ireland Luncheon

They sang along at one of the rare moments when top political leaders break bread together.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 03/13/2014

House Democrats try -- and fail -- again to pass resolution condemning Issa

House Democrats still demanding apology after Issa cut short oversight committee hearing

By Wesley Lowery  |  06:42 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Oversight

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Harry Reid accuses Republicans of using Ukraine aid as bargaining chip

American campaign politics are now holding up U.S. foreign policy as Democrats and Republicans feud over new IRS rules on political groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress

Congressional leaders invite the pontiff to address lawmakers during a visit to the U.S. expected in 2015.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014

House passes bill making it easier for Congress to sue the president

Democrats fear the bill, if passed, would force the deportation of children of illegal immigrants.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:08 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Rogers on CIA accusations: ‘The important thing here is to make sure we get the facts’

Head of House Intelligence Committee says he sought to stay out of a dispute between senators and the CIA.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 03/12/2014

‘Between Two Ferns’ video leads to 40 percent more visits to HealthCare.gov

The 40 percent figure was in comparison to the previous day.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:51 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 03/08/2014

Longtime Obama aide Alyssa Mastromonaco to depart

One of the president’s closest aides and confidants is leaving the White House in May.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:05 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Dalai Lama visits Capitol Hill and prays in the Senate: ‘May there be joy in the world’

The Tibetan spiritual leader is a frequent guest of lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe and Wesley Lowery  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 03/05/2014

House GOP leaders want to move quickly on aid package to Ukraine

House Republican leaders want to move quickly on a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Obama

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Boehner: Lois Lerner should testify or be held in contempt

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said former IRS official Lois Lerner should testify before a congressional panel or be held in contempt of Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House, IRS

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Congressional support builds for $1 billion Ukraine aid package

Lawmakers expected to approve a loan package and possible sanctions in the coming days.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Ukraine aid package, sanctions possible, lawmakers say

Package could be approved as early as next week, according to aides.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:29 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Ukraine

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Senate postpones votes until Wednesday due to snow

A series of confirmation votes are scheduled to occur this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/03/2014

U.S. cancels delegation to Paralympic Games in Russia

Athletes from the United States will still be encouraged to compete, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/03/2014

McCain: Obama ‘was smarter than the rest of us’

McCain adds: “I don’t see that now. I don’t see any of that.”

By Aaron Blake  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014

More information released on lawmakers who donated after shutdown

Revelations come after The Post reported on members of the House and Senate who gave money after the 16-day impasse.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Congress is taking a snow day Monday

The House and Senate won’t meet Monday, aides to top leaders say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014

More members respond to inquiries about shutdown pay

More lawmakers respond and reach out after The Post first published data Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Government Shutdown, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Democrats begin push to force vote on minimum wage

They hope that collecting signatures for a rarely used procedural tactic will put pressure on Republicans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress; House Democrats

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Boehner on tax reform: ‘Blah, blah, blah blah’

The speaker says a tax reform proposal released this week is a good start -- but he doesn’t want to get into details.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Senate Republicans, tax reform

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Biden: ‘I may be a white boy, but I can jump’

The vice president on Tuesday took some time out from a Black History Month event to talk up his basketball skills.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:03 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama, Boehner meet at the White House Tuesday

The rare meeting is to discuss policy matters, including immigration reform and the minimum wage.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama quotes ‘Caddyshack’ in remembering Harold Ramis

Obama says he hopes to director received “total consciousness.“

By Aaron Blake  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Nugent says Obama administration is like Nazis

The conservative rocker said three days ago that he would adjust his tone.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/24/2014

White House condemns ‘abhorrent’ Uganda law criminalizing homosexuality

White House spokesman decries Uganda law that punishes homosexuality with prison time.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:59 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights, Uganda, White House

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Americans: Obama not respected around the world

Just 41 percent say the president commands the respect of other countries.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Scott Walker calls Wisconsin probe and e-mails ‘old news’

Wisconsin’s governor said the probe should not give pause to Republicans who see him as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors, House Republicans

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Obama on Ukraine: ‘There will be consequences if people step over the line’

Obama has tough words for the Ukrainian government.

By David Nakamura and Aaron Blake  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/19/2014

No, 71 percent of Obama voters don’t regret voting for him

Unfortunately for conservatives, the unbelievable poll was unbelievable for a reason: It was wrong.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Gingrich calls for Kerry to resign over climate change speech

Kerry on Sunday labeled climate change “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Joel McHale to host White House Correspondents’ Dinner

McHale is best known for hosting “The Soup” on E! and for his role on the NBC series “Community,“

By Aaron Blake  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama knocks GOP for fighting unionization of Tenn. VW employees

President wades into a fight with Tennessee Republicans concerned about the state’s business-friendly image.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, Obama

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama says little about House Democrats winning races this year

The little he did say contrasted sharply with what he told them a year ago in the same setting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Biden: ‘There isn’t a Republican Party’

Vice president starts laying out Democratic arguments for the upcoming midterm elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Joe Biden

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Obama commits to six more fundraisers for House Democrats

President’s draw may help Democrats maintain a cash edge over GOP campaign committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Biden cancels, dozens of House Democrats skipping annual meetings

The absentee rate is notable because President Obama is planning to visit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Democrats cheer new Obamacare enrollment figures

Leaders say new numbers show that the American public is catching on.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Obamacare

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014

What are House Democrats discussing at their retreat this week? Here’s the agenda

Topics include immigration reform, job creation, and how to win the votes of unmarried women.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, Immigration

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Obama: Choosing between France, Britain like choosing between daughters

The president gives a diplomatic answer when asked if France has become Britain’s equal in the eyes of the United States.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Obama will travel to Normandy for 70th anniversary of D Day

Obama was also there for the 65th anniversary in 2009.

By Aaron Blake and David Nakamura  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

House Republicans receive lowest approval rating in 44 years by environmental group

House Republicans earned a collective approval rating of just 5 percent in 2013 on 28 bills.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Russian Olympian apologizes for racist Obama tweet, says account was hacked

Irina Rodnina initially defended her tweet as free speech.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Michelle Obama: Gay NFL hopeful an ‘inspiration’

The first lady tweets her support.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/06/2014

White House suggests Russia behind leaked call from State Dept. official

“The video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government; I think it says something about Russia’s role,” Carney said.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Republicans argue Obamacare is expanding House playing field

“Republicans have the opportunity to expand the playing field and stay on offense in 2014,” Liesl Hickey, executive director of the NRCC, wrote in a memo provided to The Washington Post.

By Paul Kane  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House, House Republicans

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Kerry to speak at Gridiron Dinner

Kerry’s appearance means President Obama, who told some jokes at the 2013 dinner, won’t be appearing.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Billie Jean King drops out of U.S. Olympic delegation, White House says

The tennis star cites her mother’s health as reason for missing Sochi Opening Ceremony

By David Nakamura  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olympics, White House

Posted at 07:26 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Obama praises CVS’s decision to stop selling cigarettes

CVS is the nation’s second-largest chain of drugstores.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:26 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz: Obama, Reid ‘dancing’ over GOP’s immigration push

Senator says that new focus on immigration could upset GOP chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Farm bill passes after three years of talks

The $956.4 billion measure dramatically overhauls the nation’s farm and nutrition policies and will mean notable cuts to food stamp funding.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Farm Bill, House, Senate

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Obama, Biden to address House Democrats next week

Their appearances will occur during the House Democratic policy retreat next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Obama: ‘Of course’ Fox News is unfair

“Absolutely, of course you are, Bill,” Obama told Bill O’Reilly. “But I like you anyway, though.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Obama friends begin push for presidential library

The process will begin this year.

By Scott Wilson  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014

House Republicans might propose canceling ‘Obamacare bailouts’ to raise debt limit

No final decision has been made, but there is growing support for the plan among conservatives.

By Robert Costa and Ed O'Keefe  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014

McCain: House GOP immigration ‘principles’ wouldn’t have happened ‘if Boehner hadn’t gotten control’

Senator suggests House Republicans’ discussion of immigration couldn’t have happened just a few months ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014

House GOP has alternative for Obama’s executive orders: Pass our bills instead

The four areas identified are: job training, natural gas, workplace rules and research.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/29/2014

White House must respond to ‘Deport Bieber’ petition

The petition, titled “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card,” has more than 107,000 signatures so far. A petition needs 100,000 to earn a response.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Grimm: ‘When you’re wrong, you’re wrong’

“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you have to admit it and it shouldn’t have happened.”

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Trey Radel ethics investigation ends

The committee no longer has jurisdiction over the now-former lawmaker.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Farm bill passes House, heads to Senate for final approval

The measure now moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to easily pass later this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Drama of the State of the Union, with a reality-TV side show

For the first time in the history of State of the Union addresses, a reality television star nearly upstaged the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, State of the Union

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014

GOP congressman calls Obama a ‘Socialist dictator’

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.) is a freshman.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Campaign cash used to pay for some State of the Union guests

In some cases, lawmakers are using money raised for political purposes to pay for their invited guest to travel to Washington. And it’s legal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Barack Obama State of the Union 2014, campaign finance, Congress, Democrats, GOP, House, House Republicans, Obama, Obama SOTU 2014, Obama speech, Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, SOTU 2014, State of the Union 2014, state of the union address, White House

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Harry Reid: Vulnerable Dems should and will campaign with Obama

“Anytime the President of the United States appears supporting a candidate, it helps,” Reid told CNN’s Dana Bash.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, White House

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014

When the State of the Union was controversial

A flashback to the Post’s coverage of the ‘13 State of the Union address -- 1913, that is.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 01/28/2014

When is the State of the Union Address?

Everything you need to know in advance of the big speech.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:47 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Romney knocks CNN’s Crowley over debate flap

Candy Crowley, in a debate, verified one of President Obama’s claims about the administration’s Benghazi talking points.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:18 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Negotiators unveil new farm bill; vote expected this week

Bipartisan, budget-busting agreement will slash billions in spending and prop up 16 million farming jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Embattled Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) resigns from Congress

The congressman is stepping down months after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014

Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days

Release of a final bill will cap years of difficult talks between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/26/2014

White House: Move to act without Congress is ‘not confrontational’

“I don’t think it’s confrontational,” Pfeiffer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Boehner appearing on Leno: GOP is to blame for shutdown

Speaker tells Leno he’s not willing to give up simple pleasures to be president of the United States.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Rand Paul to deliver alternate response to State of the Union

Paul gave the tea party address last year.

By Robert Costa  |  08:25 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 01/23/2014

GOP taps highest-ranking woman for State of the Union response

McMorris Rodgers serves as House Republican Conference chairwoman -- a member of House GOP leadership.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:28 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Bill O’Reilly to interview Obama on Super Bowl Sunday

The interview will air on Fox’s pre-game show Feb. 2.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 01/22/2014

McCain: Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter

“I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president, in my opinion,” McCain says.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:08 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, White House

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Michelle Obama dunks on LeBron James (Video)

The Miami Heat were at the White House to help the first lady with her “Let’s Move” campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Reid: Gates is attacking people to make money

The Senate majority leader is the first big-name lawmaker to question Gates’s intentions.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Biden to Ford executive: ‘Thanks for saving our ass’

Ford didn’t take part in the auto bailout.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Gates: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria was huge mistake

“I always used to say to the president, if you cock the pistol, you’ve got to be willing to fire it,” Gates says.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, White House

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014

House approves spending measure, sending it to the Senate

Agreement now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve the deal by Saturday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Jim Moran will retire at the end of the year

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

By Ben Pershing  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Obama to promote manufacturing agenda in North Carolina visit

The president will announce the first of manufacturing institutes promised last year.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Gates clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political

In his book, the former defense secretary appeared to say Obama opposed the Iraq surge because of the 2008 presidential campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Obama to speak on NSA reforms Jan. 17, White House says

The president and his aides have been focused behind-the-scenes this week on finishing its review of the spy agency.

By David Nakamura  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, White House

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014

House approves HealthCare.gov security bill

Measure would require swift notification of people potentially affected by a security breach on the site.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Omnibus spending bill to be finalized this weekend, top appropriator says

Senior appropriator says an agreement should be finalized this weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Robert Gates: White House very suspicious of military

The comments are Gates’s first since the contents of his book were reported earlier this week.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014

House GOP would consider extending unemployment benefits, Boehner says

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans in the House would consider extending unemployment benefits if they’re paid for.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 01/08/2014

White House picks first five economic ‘Promise Zones’

The official said the first five “Promise Zones” will be San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:47 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 01/07/2014

White House responds to Gates’s criticism of Biden

The White House responded to former defense secretary Robert Gates’s comments on President Obama’s leadership and criticism of Vice President Biden.

By David Nakamura  |  06:43 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Gates bashes Biden in memoir

“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates wrote of Biden, according to the New York Times.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:10 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, White House

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Gates: Obama and Clinton admitted opposition to Iraq surge was due to ’08 campaign

“To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying,” Gates writes in his new memoir.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:12 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, Iraq, White House

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Obama: Nobody wants unemployment checks more than a job

“They just want a shot,” Obama says.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unemployment, White House

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Obama will push unemployment insurance at White House on Tuesday

Obama will make the case that the failure to extend the benefits will hurt the economy as a whole.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unemployment, White House

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014

White House takes two executive actions on gun background checks

A series of mass shootings in recent years have been traced to mentally ill shooters who the system failed to properly treat or identify.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, White House

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Trey Radel coming back to Congress next week

Freshman lawmaker plans return to Congress next week after guilty plea, drug rehab.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/22/2013

Manchin: Obama not friendly enough with senators

“It makes it more difficult,” Manchin said.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:08 AM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Obama mistakenly said Snowden has been indicted

White House says Obama was referring to criminal complaint, not an indictment

By Sari Horwitz  |  05:10 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Live updates: President Obama’s year-end press conference

The press conference begins at 2 p.m.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/20/2013

HealthCare.gov goes down as Dec. 23 deadline looms

With less than two hours to go before President Obama is scheduled to give his year-end press conference, the HealthCare.gov Web site is down.

By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/20/2013

White House confirms Baucus is pick for China ambassador

The choice of Baucus was widely reported earlier this week, but it’s now official.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, White House

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Mayorkas confirmed for Homeland Security post

The Senate voted along party lines to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas for No.2 spot at DHS

By Tom Hamburger  |  10:38 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Obama to hold year-end press conference at 2 p.m.

Obama is sure to get questions about the NSA’s surveillance program.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  10:29 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 12/18/2013

White House to nominate Baucus for ambassador to China

Baucus, 72, previously announced that he won’t seek reelection to the Senate in 2014.

By Paul Kane and Aaron Blake  |  05:22 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Christie tweets retort to Obama’s ‘Pajama Boy’

N.J. governor says December should be devoted to volunteering, not lounging in PJs.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:44 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, White House

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Podesta apologizes for calling GOP ‘a cult worthy of Jonestown’

The Jonestown massacre included the assassination of a member of Congress.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:38 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, White House

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Obama wishes D.C. worked more like it does in ‘House of Cards’

“I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” Obama said, noting Kevin Spacey’s character is “getting a lot of stuff done.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:37 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 12/16/2013

House Ethics Committee to investigate Trey Radel

The launch of a formal probe may result in a formal reprimand by the full House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:04 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Center for American Progress releases donor list

The move comes as think tank chair John Podesta prepares to assume a top White House post.

By Holly Yeager  |  05:53 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, White House

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Politifact awards ‘Lie of the Year’ to Obama

“If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it,” wins the dubious distinction.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:08 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/12/2013

White House tweet + Photoshop = Obamacare jokes

The Internet has some fun at the White House’s expense.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013

At deaf caucus meeting, jokes about Mandela interpreter

Joking aside, the group is forming to address concerns of the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Farm Bill won’t be approved until January

Whether or not Congress needs to pass a formal extension of current policy remains an open question.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 12/11/2013

House Democrats in wait-and-see mode on budget

Democrats, who probably will be needed in large numbers to pass the budget deal in the House, said Wednesday morning that they were still reviewing the agreement and would reserve judgment.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:34 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Senate confirms Patricia Millett, Mel Watt using new majority rules

One of Obama’s judicial picks and another to lead a federal housing agency are confirmed.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  05:57 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 12/10/2013

George H.W. Bush joins Twitter

The 41st president, who is 89 years old, drafted his first tweet Tuesday afternoon.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:16 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/10/2013

McCain compares Obama-Castro handshake to Chamberlain-Hitler

“Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler,” McCain said in response to Obama’s handshake with Raul Castro.

By Vincent Bzdek and Aaron Blake  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mandela, White House

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Democrat who cited shutdown as impetus for House run ends bid

His decision deals Democrats a blow in their long-shot bid to win back the House majority.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:14 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Obama: Biden among the best VPs ever, Clinton among best secretaries

Obama said the two have “different strengths, but both of them would be outstanding.“

By Aaron Blake  |  07:00 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

After denial, White House now says Obama lived with uncle

After two days of silence, the White House acknowledges the president lived with his uncle Omar for a brief period in the 1980s.

By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Boehner defends House against charges of inaction

He suggests that the Democratic-controlled Senate is to blame for an historically-unproductive session.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Majority of youngest voters would recall Obama

Fifty-two percent of 18-to-24-year olds would recall Obama.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, White House

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Report: Obama said he wants to host ‘Sportscenter’ after presidency

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Obama said during a visit to DreamWorks’s animation studio that he would like to anchor ESPN’s flagship program, “Sportscenter.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:04 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Farm Bill talks resume today among House, Senate negotiators

There is agreement over vast portions of the omnibus measure, but significant disagreements remain in key areas.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Farm Bill, House, Senate

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Boehner hires well-known immigration policy expert

Move signals House may indeed take up the issue next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:07 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Obama’s uncle contradicts White House, says Obama stayed with him in 1980s

Onyango “Omar” Obama, 69, made the comments at a deportation hearing Tuesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:50 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Obama fundraiser gripes about lack of valet parking at White House

Haim Saban offered to pay for the valet service himself.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:07 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013

What lawmakers are talking about over the Thanksgiving recess

Every time lawmakers head home, party leaders give them suggested talking points and ways to earn local news coverage. Here are the Thanksgiving Week tips from both parties.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Obama: Batkid ‘cleaned up the streets. I love Batkid.’

The 5-year-old hero couldn’t make it to Obama’s appearance.

By Philip Rucker and Aaron Blake  |  03:15 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Batkid, White House

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Poll: 4 in 10 say Obama an effective leader

That’s down from 52 percent just five months ago.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls, White House

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Boehner initially unable to sign up for D.C. health-care exchange

Speaker documents his troubles signing up for D.C.-based insurance exchange, as required by law.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:52 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Grassley: GOP will likely expand nuclear option to Supreme Court nominees

Grassley said Republicans will probably make the change when they regain power.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed

New York freshman is the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.

By Ed O'Keefe and Clarence Williams  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Radel didn’t inform Boehner of arrest until Tuesday

Radel didn’t vote Wednesday and only began informing colleagues of his troubles in recent days

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Man claims ‘Joe Biden defense’ after firing shotgun into the air

“I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air,” the man said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:13 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, White House

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013

How two vulnerable House Republicans are preparing for 2014

Two moderate Republicans from the Philadelphia suburbs are girding for tough reelections next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Obama, Pelosi, Leahy cheer on Batkid

A 5-year old dressed as Batman has some of the most powerful people in America tweeting about him.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:07 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013

House approves ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’

Proposal dramatically undercuts the new health-care law and comes as GOP attempts to divide Democrats on health-care.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama announces health-care fix to allow Americans to keep plans

The president talked Thursday about health-care.

By Amy Goldstein and Sean Sullivan  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama to try to turn attention to economy in Cleveland

Obama will be visiting ArcelorMittal, a company that makes steel for cars, to celebrate the rebound of the auto industry since the lows of the recession

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Biden taps new chief of staff, deputy

Vice president appoints a new chief of staff and promotes his communications director.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  08:43 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Obamacare disapproval hits new high as Obama hits new low

Obama appears to have suffered from his now-disproved promise that Americans who liked their insurance could keep it.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Poll: Obama’s approval hits new low

The newly released poll shows 41 percent view Obama in a positive light -- down from 55 percent after his reelection win, in December.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Obama apologizes to Americans losing health plans

Obama apologizes in an interview with NBC News.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013

New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans

Campaign is designed to jump-start debate on immigration reform ahead of next year’s elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Biden congratulates the wrong Marty Walsh

Vice President Biden called the wrong Marty Walsh on Tuesday in an attempt to congratulate the new mayor-elect of Boston.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:11 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, White House

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Poll: Obama’s approval rating dips below 40 percent

The daily tracking poll shows Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, compared to 53 percent who disapprove.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:06 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Carney gets animated as reporter pressures him on Obamacare (Video)

Carney began the exchange by mocking Karl’s animated first question and closes it by saying, “I give up.“

By Aaron Blake  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Plouffe denies considering Biden-Hillary swap

A new book says Obama’s campaign brass considered the switch and conducted focus groups on it in 2011.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:51 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Rand Paul: Yellen very likely to be confirmed

Paul has said he will block Yellen unless the Senate takes up legislation to audit the Federal Reserve. But he said he will likely fail to stop her.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:08 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cabinet, White House

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Republicans block Patricia Millett nomination to D.C. court

After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he didn’t know whether the Senate would reconsider Millett’s nomination.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House