Post Politics: White House


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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 05:53 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 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 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)
Tags:  White House

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)
Tags:  White House

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 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)
Tags:  White House

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)
Tags:  White House

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 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 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 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 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)
Tags:  White House

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 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)
Tags:  White House

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

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Senate GOP blocks Mel Watt nomination

The Senate voted 56-42 to proceed to a vote on Watt’s nomination -- shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Obama says he feels ‘enormous frustration’ with GOP obstruction

The president reflected upon what he called “a challenging year” at a Boston-area fundraiser.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:42 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Syrian hackers redirect link on @barackobama Twitter account

A group of Syrian hackers was briefly able to redirect a link on the @barackobama Twitter feed to one of its own videos.

By Juliet Eilperin and Aaron Blake  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Merkel calls Obama about alleged U.S. monitoring of her phone

The White House said Wednesday that President Obama had assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States was not listening in on her calls.

By Scott Wilson and Michael Birnbaum  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Woman standing behind Obama grows faint (Video)

The incident happened toward the end of Obama’s speech in the White House Rose Garden about the Affordable Care Act.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/18/2013

White House tours will restart Nov. 5 on a ‘limited basis’

The administration will resume offering White House tours on a “reduced or limited schedule” starting Nov. 5.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House tours

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 10/09/2013

House Democrats invited to White House today to confer on shutdown, debt ceiling

Senate Democrats, House Republicans and Senate Republicans will be invited for similar meetings in the coming days, a White House official said.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:42 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Government Shutdown, White House

Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Putin: Obama was right to skip summits

By Anne Gearan  |  06:40 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Fiscal Cliff, Government Shutdown, President Obama, shutdown, White House

Posted at 10:32 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Obama’s trip to Asia canceled due to shutdown

The White House announced late Thursday night that President Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia has been canceled.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:32 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:08 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Obama cancels part of Asia trip because of shutdown

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  06:08 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, President Obama, Republican Party, White House

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Top White House aide: GOP acting like someone with ‘a bomb strapped to their chest’

“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest,” White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:05 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Obama on hot mike: I quit smoking ‘because I’m scared of my wife’

“I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years,” Obama says.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:41 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 09/23/2013

George W. Bush defends Obama’s frequent golf outings

Bush gave up golf during his first term, saying he didn’t want to play while the country was at war.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:11 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Carney assures that Obama ‘has twisted arms’

“You’re assuming he’s above the fray,” Carney said of Obama’s role in the current budget fight. “He’s not. He’s in the fray.”

By Aaron Blake  |  01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit White House

The two leaders will discuss concerns about Iran, Syria and peace negotiations with the Palestinians, administration officials said Tuesday.

By David Nakamura  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Senate recesses in light of Navy Yard shootings

The Senate had been scheduled to hold votes on Monday evening.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:29 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Obama: ‘We are confronting yet another mass shooting’

Obama made the remarks while addressing the fifth anniversary of the 2008 economic collapse.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:46 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/16/2013

White House says Obama’s economy speech still on schedule

A White House spokesman said it did not appear the speech would be delayed due to the shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Top White House aide hospitalized twice last week

Dan Pfeiffer, 37, has since returned to work and is being monitored.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Biden knocks ‘Neanderthal’ House Republicans

The vice president was discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Chertoff warns against Obama executive action on immigration

The former Homeland Security Secretary believes a unilateral move by the White House would further doom a bill’s chances in Congress.

By David Nakamura  |  01:50 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Adelson now stands behind ‘commander in chief’

Sheldon Adelson, who spent millions trying to defeat President Obama, now says he stands behind the White House’s push for air strikes in Syria.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, White House

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Biden’s trip to Orlando postponed

Biden had been scheduled to speak at the University of Central Florida about the importance of access to education.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:13 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 08/29/2013

White House calls dialogue with Congress on Syria ‘robust’

Senior administration officials plan to brief select lawmakers on Syria during a teleconference Thursday.

By David Nakamura  |  02:53 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria, White House

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Cabinet members tackle controversies in Alaska

Gina McCarthy and Sally Jewell hope to defuse environmental controversies in Alaska.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:08 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, White House

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Boehner consults with White House on Syria

The speaker says there "must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress" before any military action.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:08 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Syria, White House

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Missouri rodeo clown: It had nothing to do with race

"I didn't do this to do any hating on anyone," Tuffy Gessling says.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:43 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Axelrod: Coburn's impeachment comment 'way out of bounds'

"It's plainly absurd, but it's worse than absurd," Axelrod said.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Coburn: Obama getting 'perilously close' to impeachment standard

"I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' but I think you're getting perilously close."

By Aaron Blake  |  05:10 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 08/21/2013

White House says Beau Biden procedure 'successful'

"He is in great shape and is going to be discharged tomorrow and heading home to Delaware," said the vice president.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:59 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Jesse Jackson: Obama could never have played the sax on 'Arsenio'

Jackson said there remains a double-standard in American society and the media.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:03 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 08/21/2013

GOP congressman: Impeaching Obama would be a 'dream come true'

"If I could write that bill, it'd be a dream come true," Bentivolio said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:10 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Biden in Houston as son undergoes medical evaluation

According to a statement from the vice president's office, Beau Biden experienced weakness and disorientation during a family vacation last week.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:02 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Michelle Obama says she'll see a woman president, but it won't be her

Asked whether she might take the same route as Hillary Clinton, Obama had a one-word answer: "No."

By Aaron Blake  |  04:33 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Michelle Obama: Barack's presidency 'changes the bar for all of our children'

The first lady talks about race in the upcoming issue of Parade

By Ruth Tam  |  01:52 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 08/15/2013

The August Surprise: another interrupted vacation

President Obama once again had to put his vacation on hold in order to respond to breaking events.

By Billy Kenber  |  01:35 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/15/2013

White House solar panels being installed this week

The Obama administration pledged to install solar panels on the White House roof back in 2010.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 08/13/2013

White House gives Bo the 'Mean Girls' treatment

The White House Twitter account combines two of the Internet's favorite things: pets and 'Mean Girls'

By Ruth Tam  |  06:28 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Obamas socialize with friends on Martha's Vineyard

The Obamas have been making the most of the opportunity to spend some time away from the kids during the first few days of their vacation.

By Billy Kenber  |  04:49 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Missouri State Fair officials apologize for rodeo clown who wore Obama mask

The rodeo announcer asked people if they want to see the president "run down by a bull."

By Aaron Blake  |  08:09 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Samantha Power gives first address as U.N. ambassador at youth summit

The youngest U.N. ambassador in U.S. history speaks with youth to encourage activism and criticize bureaucracy

By Ruth Tam  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 08/11/2013

McCain: Obama's 'slouch' comment dismissive of Putin

McCain said Obama's words Friday were "very indicative of the president's lack of appreciation of who Vladimir Putin is."

By Aaron Blake  |  09:40 AM ET, 08/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 08/09/2013

White House: Robots are more than meets the eye

Modern robots can make tea, perform surgeries and even make IKEA furniture

By Ruth Tam  |  05:49 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 08/09/2013

President Obama's news conference (live video and updates)

President Obama is set to hold his first news conference since April at the 3 p.m. on Friday.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:50 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Clintons switch up August vacation plans

Fees and schedule restrictions result in a change of location for Bill and Hillary Clinton's summer getaway

By Ruth Tam  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 08/08/2013

Obama to hold news conference Friday

Obama's last solo news conference was April 30.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:22 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Anti-Obama protesters get racial in Arizona

One protester labeled Obama '47 percent Negro' and others sang"Bye Bye Black Sheep," according to a report.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:32 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Obama: Michelle and I would "benefit from refinancing" our home

Obama chatted about the housing market in a live online discussion hosted by Zillow.

By Ruth Tam  |  02:14 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Obama to address housing in online chat

The president will address questions from homeowners, renters and perspective buyers in a live online discussion.

By Ruth Tam  |  12:30 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, White House

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 07/31/2013

House Democrats share birthday cake with Obama

The dark-chocolate dessert was presented during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:41 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, President Obama, White House

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Obama, Holder meet with civil rights leaders

The president told the advocates that they should report violations directly to the Justice Department.

By David Nakamura  |  05:07 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 07/28/2013

Obama to host Hillary Clinton at White House lunch

Obama and Clinton will meet for a lunch in the president's private dining room.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:33 PM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 07/24/2013

White House photographer debuts Instagram account

White House photographer debuts new Instagram account

By Ruth Tam  |  01:56 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, White House

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Obama scolds Republicans in economic speech

Debates over the deficit, the Affordable Care Act, and Washington scandals are a distraction, he said.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:53 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Carney calls Boehner claim on immigration 'laughable'

House Speaker John Boehner's remarks, at a news conference, drew a stinging rebuke from White House press secretary Jay Carney at his daily briefing.

By David Nakamura  |  01:11 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 07/22/2013

OFA's effectiveness contingent on 'Action August'

Organizing For Action is launching a major advocacy push in August for Obama's health-care law and immigration reform initiative.

By Ruth Tam  |  06:08 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Organizing for Action, President Obama, White House

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Obamas offer congratulations on royal baby

"The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations," the Obamas say.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:29 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Biden: 'We don't know' if feds can help Detroit

"Can we help Detroit? We are now going through exactly the details."

By Philip Rucker  |  01:33 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 07/19/2013

White House reveals the stuff superheroes are made of

The White House will host a Google+ Hangout Friday exploring the stuff superheroes are made of.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  07:02 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Obama takes victory lap as Cordray is sworn in

By Philip Rucker  |  11:47 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Warren: Profits from student loans are 'obscene'

Speaking to a young audience, Warren didn't mince words when describing the money the government makes off student loans.

By Vincent Bzdek  |  11:24 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Ruth Tam, White House

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Obama picks new NLRB nominees

Republicans have promised a speedy confirmation for the new nominees.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:11 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Holder condemns 'Stand Your Ground' laws

Attorney General Eric H. Holder strongly condemned so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws on Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP.

By Manuel Roig-Franzia  |  04:49 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Organizing for Action raises $8.2 million in second quarter

The non-profit formed out of President Obama's reelection campaign raised $8.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:37 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Janet Napolitano to resign

Napolitano is resigning to take a position as President of the University of California.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:35 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/11/2013

What's next for immigration? Google Plus Hangout with Nia-Malika Henderson

By JulieAnn McKellogg  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, White House

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 07/09/2013

President Obama (says he) loves broccoli

President Obama has at long last revealed his favorite food.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:58 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Trump releases Obama parody video Republicans axed

At last, what someone has possibly been waiting for -- the Donald Trump parody video that never aired at the Republican National Convention.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:49 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Carney not ready to label Morsi's ouster a military coup

As members of the Muslim Brotherhood call for a popular uprising against the Egyptian military, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the administration is not ready to call the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi a coup.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  02:10 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 07/05/2013

Biden to attend firefighter memorial service in Arizona

The vice president will pay tribute to the firefighters killed fighting an Arizona wildfire.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:02 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 07/05/2013

Kerry was 'briefly' on yacht in Nantucket Wednesday

Republicans say the secretary of state should go back to Washington to deal with the crisis in Egypt.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:57 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 07/03/2013

White House wrote memo on 'magic' of Valerie Jarrett

After an article in the New York Times painted Obama confidante in a somewhat unflattering light, the White House sent out a memo to staff with ways to praise the adviser.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:38 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 07/03/2013

The White House pushed dirt on Darrell Issa, book says

And other tidbits from New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich's "This Town."

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:24 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Obama visits Senegal at start of Africa trip

President Obama holds news conference in Dakar, Senegal on the first full day of his weeklong Africa trip.

By David Nakamura  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Obama science adviser calls for 'war on coal'

A Harvard University geochemist who sits serves as a scientific adviser to President Obama is urging the administration to wage a "war on coal."

By Aaron Blake  |  08:35 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Biden says gun control isn't dead yet

At an annual meeting for U.S. mayors, Biden pushed for immigration reform, gun control, and job creation

By Ruth Tam  |  07:38 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 06/21/2013

McConnell: Obama probably didn't order IRS targeting, but still bears responsibility

McConnell said the the IRS's targeting of conservative groups is symptomatic of a larger problem in the administration.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:17 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS, White House

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 06/20/2013

James Comey, former Bush administration official, to be named new FBI director

President Obama on Friday will formally nominate Comey, a former high-ranking Bush administration official to head the FBI, officials said.

By David Nakamura  |  04:36 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Biden on emancipation: 'Finally, the message got to Texas'

Vice President Biden joked today that it "took a long time" for emancipation to make its way to Texas.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:09 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Bill Ayers: Obama should be tried for war crimes

"Yes, I think that these are war crimes. I think that they're acts of terror," Ayers says.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 PM ET, 06/17/2013

The 9 most important quotes from Obama's Charlie Rose interview

A 45-minute interview, distilled down to 9 quotes.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:01 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Obama on NSA: I'm no Dick Cheney

"Some people say, 'Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he's, you know, Dick Cheney,'" Obama tells PBS's Charlie Rose.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, White House

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/17/2013

OFA launches pro-Obamacare ad

The ad, titled "Impact of Obamacare," offers anecdotal evidence of the program's benefits.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House