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Obama to name Ashton Carter secretary of defense today

President Barack Obama will name Ashton Carter, the former No. 2 official at the Pentagon, as his nominee to be next secretary of defense on Friday, according to a White House official. | 12/05/14 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Iowa GOP leaders sign pledge to stay neutral in ‘16 caucuses

Iowa’s Republican Party leaders have signed a pledge to stay neutral in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses, an attempt to convince potential candidates that the party will welcome all contenders. | 12/03/14 16:48:00 By - By David Lightman

WH calls on Cuba to release Alan Gross, remove ‘impediment’ to normalizing relations

The White House marked the fifth anniversary of U.S. contractor Alan Gross’s captivity in Cuba by calling for his release, saying it “would remove an impediment to more constructive relations between the United States and Cuba.” | 12/03/14 09:58:24 By - By Lesley Clark

‘Barack Black Eagle Obama’ focuses on youth at annual tribal conference

President Barack Obama will welcome the 566 leaders of federally recognized tribes to Washington Wednesday. Or, as he’s referred to by the tribal leaders, Barack Black Eagle Obama. | 12/03/14 06:00:40 By - By Anita Kumar

Republicans vs. White House: Laying out battle plan on immigration

The White House came under heavy scrutiny from Republicans on Tuesday in what’s expected to be the first of many clashes over President Barack Obama’s controversial executive action that shields from deportation around 4 million people in the country illegally and provides them with work permits. | 12/02/14 17:17:06 By - By Franco Ordoñez

GOP gains voter edge after elections

Slightly more people identify themselves as Republican now than before the November election, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday. | 12/02/14 15:05:12 By - By David Lightman

Ohio’s Portman says he won’t seek White House in ‘16

Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday he will not seek the presidency in 2016. | 12/02/14 08:47:29 By - By David Lightman

Obama: Put cameras on cops, but let them keep military hardware

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $75 million to buy 50,000 more body-worn cameras for local law enforcement following the national uproar over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. | 12/01/14 18:54:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama girls learn what all presidential kids do: They get slammed

The children of presidents have long captured the imagination of Americans – and criticism. | 12/01/14 19:40:36 By - By William Douglas and Lesley Clark

GOP aide who criticized Obama daughters reportedly quits

A Republican congressional aide who caused a firestorm when she took to Facebook and caustically criticized President Barack Obama’s daughters for their behavior and wardrobe at last week’s White House turkey pardoning ceremony reportedly resigned Monday. | 12/01/14 12:14:40 By - By William Douglas

Executive order opponents get green light of sorts

The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has handed a potential road map to opponents of the president’s executive order on immigration as they try to thwart its implementation. | 11/26/14 17:01:03 By - By Kevin G. Hall

UN torture experts weigh in on disputed Senate CIA interrogation report

Seven top United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama “not to yield” to demands from the Central Intelligence Agency that key material be edited out from a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices. | 11/26/14 16:56:44 By - By John Zarocostas

Obama unleashed: Defies GOP election wins, moves in opposite direction

President Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls. | 11/26/14 14:38:16 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters

Republican voters sure like nostalgia in their presidential candidates. | 11/26/14 11:57:45 By - By David Lightman

Americans split on Obama immigration policy

Americans are split over how President Barack Obama should deal with undocumented immigrants, but support for keeping them in this country is dropping. | 11/25/14 08:50:47 By - By David Lightman

Obama urges calm after grand jury declines to indict in Ferguson

President Barack Obama urged residents in Ferguson, Mo. and across the nation late Monday to remain calm after a St. Louis County grand jury decided against indicting white police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed lack teenager Michael Brown. | 11/24/14 22:41:19 By - By Anita Kumar

First African-American to play professional golf, others honored with Medal of Freedom

Charles Sifford withstood a torrent of racial slurs and death threats more than five decades ago to break the color barrier in professional golf, becoming the first African-American to earn a PGA tour card. | 11/24/14 18:08:12 By - By Lesley Clark

Democrats will pick between Columbus, New York or Philly

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in either Columbus, Ohio, New York or Philadelphia. | 11/24/14 17:50:55 By - By David Lightman

From folksy to intense, a look at GOP governors’ presidential potential

Governors are popular presidents-in-waiting. | 11/24/14 16:43:05 By - By David Lightman

Obama’s immigration plan gets overwhelming Latino support

Nearly nine in 10 Latino voters back President Barack Obama’s executive action, according to a survey released Monday. | 11/24/14 13:45:12 By - By David Lightman

Hagel to resign as defense secretary

Chuck Hagel, the beleaguered Secretary of Defense, announced he will step down less then two years after taking office and at the height of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group. | 11/24/14 10:18:46 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Anita Kumar

Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016

President Barack Obama said in an interview Sunday that he’s not sure what role he will play in the 2016 race for the White House because American people will want that “new car smell” when it comes to the campaign for his sucessor that has already begun. | 11/23/14 13:34:57 By - By Anita Kumar

Looking to 2016, Chris Christie’s style both delights, disturbs GOP

. Suddenly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a Republican miracle worker. | 11/21/14 19:11:30 By - By David Lightman

New chief of WH cupcakes, pastries

The White House announced Friday that Susan E. “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next White House Executive Pastry Chef. | 11/21/14 18:14:17 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to make ‘very aggressive’ immigration pitch

The White House on Friday criticized Republicans for suggesting they won’t work with President Barack Obama because of his decision to halt deportations for millions of immigrants, calling it “the third-grade equivalent of taking your ball and going home.” | 11/21/14 13:46:42 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to visit India in January

President Barack Obama will travel to India in January at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said. | 11/21/14 11:44:20 By - By Lesley Clark

Is GOP the party of Interstate 95?

Think Republicans are just a party of the South and Midwest? Take a look at the East Coast’s Interstate 95, urges new Republican Governors Association Chairman Bill Haslam. | 11/21/14 08:52:47 By - By David Lightman

Obama to immigrants: 'Come out of the shadows'

President Barack Obama moved Thursday to halt deportations for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants, defying congressional Republicans who called his unilateral action an affront to the constitutional separation of powers. | 11/20/14 18:57:10 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark

GOP governors bash Obama on immigration

Some Republican governors didn’t want to talk about immigration – after all, they said, it’s a federal issue – but most couldn’t help themselves Thursday. | 11/20/14 14:38:44 By - By David Lightman

Jim Webb for President?

Jim Webb for President? | 11/20/14 09:42:39 By - By David Lightman

Obama immigration order draws split GOP response from possible candidates

. President Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration is exposing different approaches in the Republican Party, evident Wednesday as six potential candidates for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination differed in how they would ease the nation’s immigration crisis. | 11/19/14 18:40:19 By - By David Lightman

Obama to announce immigration order in prime time Thursday

President Barack Obama will announce his controversial and long-anticipated plan that would shield millions of immigrants from deportation with a prime-time address Thursday night from the White House. | 11/19/14 13:45:09 By - By Lesley Clark

GOP governors to celebrate, talk 2016 as they gather at posh resort

The nation’s Republican governors gathered at a Florida resort Wednesday for talks, celebrations, and looking ahead to 2016 – because a lot of these governors have their eye on the White House. | 11/19/14 12:22:23 By - By David Lightman

Obama pitches health care law in call

President Barack Obama made a personal pitch for his health care act Tuesday, convening a call with what the White House says was a bipartisan group of 200 plus state and local elected officials. | 11/18/14 19:13:09 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. reviewing how it deals with families of American hostages

The Obama administration is reviewing its policies for helping the families of Americans held hostage overseas, following criticism from Congress and families of captives later executed by the Islamic State. | 11/18/14 18:27:09 By - By Lesley Clark

Where in the world was Hillary Clinton?

That’s what a pro-Hillary Clinton group hopes to show with a new interactive map that allows one to “follow Hillary Clinton’s many accomplishments as Secretary of State.” | 11/17/14 15:24:10 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama arrives home after “pretty good week” overseas

President Barack Obama Sunday wrapped up what was arguably the best week he’s had in years. Then he had to go home. | 11/16/14 22:37:12 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to world on Ebola: We can’t build a moat around our countries

President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest economies urged governments across the globe Saturday to swiftly send money, healthcare workers and equipment to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak in the West Africa. | 11/15/14 16:19:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama pledges billions for climate work

President Barack Obama announced Saturday that the United States will contribute $3 billion to an international fund designed to help developing countries cut carbon emissions and prepare responses to the effects of climate change. | 11/14/14 21:24:30 By - By Anita Kumar

In Australia, Obama looks for help cutting cash flow to Islamic State

President Barack Obama arrived in Australia on Saturday looking for help on one of the most difficult tasks in the fight against the Islamic State: cutting off the millions of dollars flowing to one of the world's best-funded terrorist organizations. | 11/14/14 15:58:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama strongly defends pending immigration executive action

President Barack Obama said Friday that he will continue with his plan to halt the deportation of up to five million illegal immigrants despite Republican threats that executive actions on the contentious issue will prevent cooperation in the future with the new Congress. | 11/14/14 08:20:16 By - By Anita Kumar

US to expand program to teach young Asians

President Barack Obama announced Friday that he is expanding his year-old program designed to boost the leadership skills of young Asians. | 11/14/14 08:18:33 By - By Anita Kumar

At unusual news conference, Obama said Myanmar’s progress is ‘still incomplete’

It isn’t unusual for Barack Obama to hold a news conference with a president or prime minister when he visits another country. | 11/14/14 07:51:03 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama carries U.S. economic clout with him to summit

President Barack Obama carries a big stick with him when he arrives in Australia on Friday to meet with leaders of the world’s largest economies – the U.S. economy. | 11/13/14 16:49:31 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Anita Kumar

Obama’s China trip exceeds expectations with wins on climate change, trade

Expectations were low when President Barack Obama started his China trip Monday, less than a week after Democrats were trounced in the midterm elections. “Lame duck swims to Asia” was the headline the Washington political news website Politico put on the story. | 11/12/14 11:22:48 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

Boost in U.S. tech sales foreseen as China, U.S. vow to work to eliminate tariffs

In a move likely to benefit U.S. information and technology companies, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he had reached an “understanding” with China that could eliminate tariffs on global sales of high-tech equipment. | 11/11/14 12:09:56 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

Obama: ‘Protect net neutrality’ on the Internet

President Barack Obama on Monday dove head-first into the heated net neutrality debate, urging the Federal Communications Commission to adopt “the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality” by aggressively regulating Internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T. | 11/10/14 16:13:39 By - By Vera Bergengruen

Obama nominates first African-American woman for attorney general

President Barack Obama on Saturday nominated New York-based U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the nation’s attorney general. | 11/08/14 21:24:03 By - By Lesley Clark and Michael Doyle

Obama to double U.S. troops in Iraq

President Barack Obama moved Friday to escalate the U.S. military role in Iraq against the Islamic State, deciding to more than double the number of American troops and dispatching some to Iraq’s most restive provinces. | 11/07/14 19:25:26 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Lesley Clark

Civil War veteran gets Medal of Honor

Saying it’s “never too late to do the right thing,” President Barack Obama on Thursday posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, a veteran of the Civil War. | 11/06/14 18:20:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama says Republicans “had a good night”

President Barack Obama sought to strike an upbeat, conciliatory tone Wednesday in the face of sweeping Republican gains in the midterm elections that are likely to constrain his final two years in office. | 11/05/14 16:19:01 By - By Lesley Clark

President Obama is now truly a lame duck

Now, President Barack Obama limps into his final two years in office. | 11/04/14 23:52:00 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama stays at home on Election Day

President Barack Obama -- who raised millions but was a rare presence on the 2014 campaign trail -- spent Election Day at the White House, meeting with his Ebola response team and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. | 11/04/14 16:03:25 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Yellen meet on economy

Call it the ultimate power meeting. President Barack Obama met privately with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen Monday afternoon on a wide range of issues. | 11/03/14 18:51:51 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama warns against strict quarantines for Ebola workers

President Barack Obama called for health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa to be treated as “the heroes that they are,” amid continuing confusion and public anxiety over state health measures that call for some to be confined to their homes. | 10/29/14 19:18:14 By - By Lesley Clark, Nancy Youssef and Tony Pugh

White House computers subject of cyber attacks

The White House is confirming that its computers were the subject of a persistent cyber-attack, but won’t say whether the perpetrator is Russia, as some cyber security experts suspect. | 10/29/14 14:57:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama urges calm, praises Ebola workers as nurse Vinson released

President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted the Ebola epidemic can be halted if the United States doesn’t give in to fear and adopts “sensible” monitoring requirements for health care workers whom he said were “doing God’s work” in West Africa, where the virus is raging. | 10/28/14 18:22:03 By - By Lesley Clark and Tony Pugh

Obama congratulates Brazil’s president

President Barack Obama called Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday to congratulate her on her re-election, the White House said. | 10/28/14 15:26:57 By -

Obama unveils executive actions to boost manufacturing

President Barack Obama will unveil a series of executive actions Monday designed to boost manufacturing, including spending $300 million on technologies considered critical to the nation’s competitiveness. | 10/27/14 10:51:06 By - By Anita Kumar

As a doctor fights Ebola, a nurse beats the deadly virus

The dangers confronting health care workers who treat Ebola patients took center stage Friday in the nation’s capital and in America’s largest city. | 10/25/14 08:16:24 By - By Tony Pugh

Secret Service dogs hailed as heroes at White House

Hurricane and Jordan, a pair of Secret Service dogs who were injured as they helped take down a White House fence jumper, got the all-clear to return to duty Thursday and quickly became stars for the beleaguered agency. | 10/23/14 18:09:39 By - By Lesley Clark

White House dogs ‘cleared for duty’

A pair of Secret Service dogs injured in the line of duty when they helped to take down a man hopping over the fence at the White House have been “cleared to return to duty,” the Secret Service says. | 10/23/14 16:21:06 By - By Lesley Clark

Secret Service captures White House fence jumper

The Secret Service captured a Maryland man as he climbed over a fence at the White House Wednesday night, forcing a lockdown at the mansion and injuring two of the agency's dogs. | 10/23/14 06:25:32 By - Lesley Clark

In Ebola czar, Obama again looks outside his government for help

President Barack Obama welcomed his new Ebola czar to the job Wednesday, the latest example of looking outside his own government for someone to help run a major government initiative. | 10/22/14 18:44:31 By - By Lesley Clark

White House says missing portion of transcript a mistake, not intentional

President Barack Obama joked at a fundraiser Monday night that while visiting his Chicago home he found junk left on his desk -- “including some unpaid bills” -- that he said he believes were eventually paid. | 10/21/14 18:22:08 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama’s Ebola czar is a government insider with no medical background

President Barack Obama on Friday named a former longtime top aide to coordinate the government’s efforts to combat Ebola, a veteran insider with experience in navigating the government bureaucracy but also a man with no medical background. | 10/20/14 11:29:39 By - By Anita Kumar and Lindsay Wise

Obama taps former longtime aide as Ebola czar

President Barack Obama will tap a former longtime top-level aide Ron Klain to coordinate the administration’s response to the Ebola virus, according to the White House. | 10/20/14 11:39:50 By - By Anita Kumar

White House intruder faces additional charges

– A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned another indictment Thursday charging Omar Gonzalez with three additional crimes after he scaled the White House fence armed with a knife. | 10/16/14 16:57:40 By - By Anita Kumar

White House to display Armenian Orphan Rug

The White House has confirmed that it will be displaying the Armenian Orphan Rug, also known as the Ghazir Rug, as part of an exhibit at the White House Visitors Center. | 10/16/14 09:43:32 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama said his administration will respond to Ebola in a ‘much more aggressive way’

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he will begin mobilizing "rapid response teams" to hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated as soon as possible, hopefully within 24 hours. | 10/16/14 10:16:12 By - By Anita Kumar

Timeline: How often has Obama canceled plans to handle a crisis?

President Barack Obama canceled plans to travel Wednesday to campaign events in New Jersey and Connecticut to convene a meeting of top aides coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak at the White House. The move was unusual for Obama, who has been criticized through the years for failing to changes personal or political plans during a variety of world crises. Some examples: | 10/15/14 18:38:23 By - Anita Kumar

Tea party boils over reported ‘crazy’ remark by Biden

The co-founder of a major tea party group lashed out at Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday after he reportedly called tea party members ‘crazy’ during a closed-door meeting. | 10/15/14 14:36:19 By - By William Douglas

Obama cancels campaign trip to hold meeting on Ebola

President Barack Obama canceled plans to travel to campaign events in New Jersey and Connecticut to convene a meeting of several top Cabinet members coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. | 10/15/14 14:01:45 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama defends ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama met with the military leaders of 21 countries Tuesday to discuss the ongoing strategy to combat the Islamic State terrorist group as he faces mounting pressure at home and abroad to take more aggressive action in Iraq and Syria. | 10/14/14 17:40:15 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama delays replacing Holder until after election

President Barack Obama will not nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. | 10/14/14 15:49:48 By - By Anita Kumar

White House vows to keep searching for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

It’s been six months since 270 Nigerian school girls were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, six months in which the Ebola virus, the rise of the Islamic State, and racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., have consumed America’s attention span. | 10/14/14 13:41:59 By - By William Douglas

Documents show how Clintons tried to cope with Lewinsky, other scandals

The Clinton Presidential Library on Friday released 10,000 pages of previously undisclosed documents that involved a series of touchy subjects from the 42nd president’s time in the White House. | 10/10/14 17:53:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama administration forms panel to review Secret Service lapses

The Obama administration announced Friday the members of a new panel charged with examining White House security following a recent series of lapses that led to the resignation of the Secret Service director. | 10/10/14 14:01:53 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama names new monument in California

President Barack Obama will designate nearly 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California as a national monument Friday while on a three-day swing to the west coast. | 10/10/14 12:32:16 By - By Anita Kumar

Gwyneth Paltrow to Obama: ‘You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly’

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow swooned just a bit when she welcomed President Barack Obama to her Los Angeles home Thursday for a Democratic fundraiser. | 10/10/14 04:53:19 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama fundraising swing includes a town hall with millennials

President Barack Obama’s three-day West Coast fundraising swing will include a town hall today with millennials -- which the White House bills as members of the “largest, most diverse and most educated generation” in U.S. history. | 10/09/14 13:31:41 By - By Lesley Clark

Ka-ching! That’s the sound of Obama helping out his party

Forget the big campaign rallies, glitzy photo ops and lofty stump speeches. President Barack Obama’s strategy for winning the midterm elections next month is simple: Raise money, lots of it. | 10/07/14 19:48:37 By - By Anita Kumar

Former top Obama aide Panetta takes a few swings at the president

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticizes his former boss in a new memoir, saying President Barack Obama too often “relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader.” | 10/07/14 18:45:57 By - By Lesley Clark

White House defends gaffe-prone Biden

The White House defended the voluble vice president Monday, after Joe Biden spent the weekend apologizing for remarks he made that offended key allies in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists. | 10/06/14 18:41:58 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama goes local, endorses Democrat in D.C. mayor’s race

President Barack Obama has personally waded into few Senate and House of Representatives races on behalf of Democratic candidates. But proving that all politics is indeed local, Obama wholeheartedly ventured into one very close-by contest: the Washington, D.C., mayor’s race. | 10/06/14 17:41:17 By - By William Douglas

Biden continues to apologize; first Turkey, now UAE

Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida and other jihadi groups in Syria's internal war, his second apology in as many days to a key participant in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists. | 10/05/14 21:20:34 By - By Roy Gutman

Obama pays tribute to veterans, pledges US should 'never rush to war'

President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the U.S. should "never rush into war" as he helped to dedicate a new memorial in honor of disabled veterans. | 10/05/14 13:32:31 By - Lesley Clark

Two years out, poll shows Hillary Clinton’s the 2016 favorite

Hillary Clinton has a comfortable lead among Democrats for the 2016 presidential nomination, while the Republican race remains a free-for-all, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 10/04/14 08:02:00 By - By David Lightman

Lawmakers ask for full Secret Service review

The top lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee are asking for a independent review of the Secret Service that looks beyond the Sept. 19 security breach in which a man hopped the fence and made it into the White House. | 10/03/14 14:50:06 By - By Lesley Clark

Secret Service chief out; multiple probes of security lapses loom

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday amid mounting congressional criticism and as new revelations of agency lapses convinced President Barack Obama it was time for new leadership. | 10/01/14 18:59:33 By - By Lesley Clark

Poll: Public backing grows for Obama’s actions against Islamic State

Americans overwhelmingly back U.S. airstrikes against terrorists in Syria and are increasingly supportive of President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 10/01/14 18:11:44 By - By David Lightman

Sporting Kansas City honored at White House, plays a little ball

According to President Barack Obama, something is going on with Kansas City. | 10/01/14 18:16:56 By - By Samantha Ehlinger

Hillary Clinton would face uphill fight in Arkansas in 2016

Even Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters acknowledge that she didn’t fit in when she arrived in Arkansas four decades ago. | 10/01/14 13:41:26 By - By Anita Kumar

Secret Service chief on Capitol Hill hot seat over security breach

A senior Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday he’s “not comfortable” with Secret Service Director Julia Pierson at the helm of the troubled agency and suggested it was time for her to go. | 10/01/14 11:44:25 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Indian leader Modi pledge to cooperate on shared concerns

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed Tuesday to work together to combat climate change, bolster economic growth and fight terrorism as they began to repair the neglected relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies. | 09/30/14 19:28:52 By - By Anita Kumar

From California’s Central Valley to possibly ‘Madam ambassador’

Lifelong high achiever Maria Echaveste, a farmworker’s kid shaped by California’s San Joaquin Valley, has now been tapped for her biggest job yet, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. | 09/30/14 17:12:43 By - By Michael Doyle

Once shunned by U.S., Indian premier arrives in Washington as rock star

Nearly a decade ago, Narendra Modi was banned from entering the United States after he was blamed for failing to stop a series of deadly riots against a minority group in the Indian state of Gujarat. | 09/29/14 18:41:59 By - By Anita Kumar

WH expresses confidence in Secret Service as reports note slip-ups

The White House expressed confidence in the Secret Service Monday, despite a Washington Post story that says it took agents in 2011 four days to realize that shots fired from Constitution Avenue had hit the White House residence -- “a discovery that came about only because a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement on the floor.” | 09/29/14 17:14:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: U.S. underestimated the rise of Islamic State

President Barack Obama said the United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi military’s ability to fight off the terrorist group in an interview Sunday night on 60 Minutes. | 09/28/14 20:36:28 By - By Anita Kumar

As attorney general, Holder made friends, enemies and history

Attorney General Eric Holder leaves a mixed legacy of highs and lows as the nation’s top law enforcement official. | 09/25/14 18:37:19 By - By Michael Doyle, William Douglas and Lesley Clark

Public to Secret Service at White House: Don’t fence us out

Washingtonians are pushing back against suggestions that the U.S. Secret Service might make it harder for the public to get close to the White House. | 09/24/14 18:26:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama asserts U.S. leadership, tells UN to follow us

President Barack Obama urged the world’s nations Wednesday to follow the lead of the United States in combating a variety of crises around the globe, from the threat of terrorist groups in the Middle East to the Ebola epidemic killing thousands in West Africa. | 09/24/14 17:23:38 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: Asking Clinton to serve as secretary of state ‘one of best decisions’

The hug must have worked. | 09/23/14 17:46:58 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to seek world help stopping Americans, others, who go to join terrorists

President Barack Obama will push other countries this week to join the United States in an unprecedented program to stop the often deadly activities of the thousands of so-called foreign fighters who travel abroad to join terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State, in the Middle East. | 09/23/14 16:52:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama touts coalition of nations fighting Islamic State

President Barack Obama on Tuesday touted the coalition he had formed to fight the Islamic State before launching airstrikes in Syria. | 09/23/14 10:54:07 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to announce new ways to combat climate change

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce new ways the United States can help populations around the world combat climate change, which includes participating in more than a dozen new climate change partnerships and administering a new executive order that requires federal agencies to consider climate resilience in international development programs and investments, according to the White House. | 09/23/14 10:54:07 By - By Anita Kumar

Administration moves to discourage corporate ‘inversions’

The Obama administration announced regulatory steps Monday to deter U.S. corporations from merging with foreign companies and shifting their headquarters to countries with lower tax rates. | 09/22/14 21:17:53 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama lauds Secret Service as probes reveal alleged intruder’s focus on White House

President Barack Obama expressed confidence Monday in the Secret Service, as authorities launched inquiries into how an armed man made it to the front door of the White House, a man with hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his nearby car and an alleged history of interest in the executive mansion. | 09/22/14 18:27:54 By - By Lesley Clark

How do you spell ‘thrilled?’ Bee champ meets the president

Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth thought things were finally settling down after the hoopla of winning the nail-biting final in May. | 09/21/14 00:00:00 By - By Maria Recio

Biden praises disgraced senator in DNC speech

Vice President Joe Biden has had one of those weeks. | 09/19/14 19:31:35 By - By Anita Kumar

White House starts new public awareness drive to prevent sexual attacks on campus

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday launched a new public awareness campaign at campuses across America to prevent sexual assaults. | 09/19/14 15:13:17 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

The president of Ukraine came to Washington Thursday seeking special ally status and lethal aid to fight the Russians. He walked away with neither but declared he was happy to get what he did get, new non-lethal aid. | 09/18/14 19:03:13 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden ‘Shylock’ offense turns into praise

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday he made a “poor choice of words” when he used the word “shylock” to describe nefarious lenders. | 09/17/14 14:57:42 By - By Lesley Clark

Bill Clinton sides with unity in Scotland independence vote

Former President Bill Clinton says voters in Scotland should elect to stay in the United Kingdom. | 09/16/14 18:38:54 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama’s UN ‘dance card’ unlikely to include Putin

President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations next week -- but he’s not scheduled to meet there with Russian President Vladimir Putin or Iran’s Hassan Rouhani -- despite potential common ground for a conversation. | 09/16/14 06:28:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to send 3,000 U.S. military to Africa to help against Ebola

President Barack Obama plans to dispatch 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Africa as part of a major U.S. boost to counter the outbreak of Ebola as world health agencies warn that there aren’t enough medical personnel willing to work there to stem the tide of the disease. | 09/16/14 00:00:00 By - By Lesley Clark

Chicago, New York and Honolulu being considered for Obama library

A group of Barack Obama’s longtime friends and supporters announced Monday that it had narrowed down the list of possible locations for a multimillion-dollar presidential library. | 09/15/14 21:24:40 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama awards highest military honor to two for actions in Vietnam

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to a pair of soldiers for their bravery during the Vietnam War during a White House ceremony Monday. | 09/15/14 18:01:10 By - By Anita Kumar

On Scotland vote, White House hopes for a united United Kingdom

With Scottish voters heading to the polls on Thursday to decide whether or not to split from the United Kingdom, the White House is making it (sort of) clear that it prefers togetherness. | 09/15/14 17:35:10 By - By Lesley Clark

Statement by the President on the Death of David Haines

Statement by the President on the Death of David Haines by ISIS | 09/13/14 20:45:49 By -

White House says we’re at war with Islamic State

The U.S. is at war with the Islamic State -- as it is with al Qaida and its affiliates -- the White House said Friday. | 09/12/14 17:41:48 By - By Lesley Clark

Americans ready for military action - for now

A nation furious about the beheading of two Americans is eager for military action. At least for the moment. And at least for the kind of low-risk military action now planned. | 09/12/14 16:09:11 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Obama, Bill Clinton tout community service at White House

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton appeared together Friday at the White House to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program during a event where hundreds of new volunteers were sworn in for duty. | 09/12/14 14:21:48 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama on 13th anniversary of 9/11: ‘America stands tall’

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Thursday with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House under a partly cloudy sky. | 09/11/14 10:38:22 By - By Anita Kumar

Reality killed Obama’s hope to end U.S. military entanglements

Unveiling a new defense policy in January 2012 that called for a leaner U.S. military, President Barack Obama assured the nation that more than a decade of foreign conflict that cost thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars was drawing to a close. | 09/11/14 00:53:12 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Prepared Remarks: President Obama's Address to the Nation on ISIS

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. | 09/10/14 21:11:54 By -

Obama vows to destroy Islamic State ‘wherever they exist’

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a broader war against the Islamic State, pledging a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the militants “wherever they exist” as he escalated U.S. involvement in an armed conflict he spent years trying to avoid. | 09/10/14 22:35:21 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

White House Visitor Center to open after multi-million renovation

The White House Visitor Center is re-opening after a two-year makeover. | 09/10/14 15:36:29 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama will announce stepped-up attacks on Islamic State

With bipartisan pressure building in Congress and support growing in the country for action, President Barack Obama is expected to announce Wednesday night that he will authorize U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of a broader plan to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State extremist group in the Middle East. | 09/10/14 12:51:07 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Airstrikes in Syria possible as Obama readies speech to nation

President Barack Obama is considering authorizing U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of a broader campaign that will include additional resources in the form of money, training and diplomatic support for those fighting the terrorist group responsible for murdering hundreds and beheading two American journalists. | 09/09/14 19:45:39 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Biden honors anniversary of law to protect women

In the wake of Ray Rice’s release this week from the Baltimore Ravens and suspension from the National Football League, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing conversation about ending domestic violence at a commemoration Tuesday of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. | 09/09/14 17:56:49 By - By Samantha Ehlinger

Obama administration warns of possible veto if presented Clean Water Act bill

As the U.S. House voted on a bill that would stifle the Obama administration’s ability to push through new clean-water rules, the White House said it “strongly opposes” the bill and that the president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto it. | 09/09/14 19:01:52 By - By Chris Adams

President Obama to speak to nation on countering Islamic State

President Barack Obama will speak to the nation Wednesday night, laying out the administration’s strategy for confronting “and ultimately destroying” the militant Islamic State. | 09/09/14 13:06:12 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does’

After news broke Monday that the Baltimore Ravens had terminated the contract of Ray Rice after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-finance, Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to President Barack Obama about the case. | 09/09/14 12:02:24 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: concern about mid-term elections not behind delay in immigration actions

President Barack Obama said Sunday that he did not postpone his highly anticipated executive actions on immigration because of November’s congressional elections, but because he wanted to build support from the American people for his plan. | 09/07/14 16:19:34 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama defends decision to delay immigration actions

President Barack Obama defended his decision to delay executive actions on immigration, arguing that the decrease in the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally changed the politics of the issue. | 09/07/14 14:08:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to outline strategy to combat Islamic militants Wednesday

President Barack Obama said Sunday that he will outline to the nation on Wednesday his plans for fighting Islamic militants, but does does not expect to ask Congress for approval to act. | 09/07/14 14:08:59 By - By Anita Kumar

Under pressure from Dems, Obama delays action on immigration

Facing pressure from Senate Democrats worried about losing seats in November, President Barack Obama will postpone until after the election his plans to act on his own to change immigration laws, White House officials said Saturday. | 09/06/14 15:52:56 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama postpones immigration action until post-election

President Barack Obama is delaying a plan to unilaterally change immigration laws until after the November election, with the White House citing “extreme politicization” of the issue by Republicans. | 09/06/14 13:23:04 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama defends policies as allies move against terrorist, Russian aggression

Under fire for his response in the face of foreign threats, President Barack Obama defended his methodical approach as he wrapped up meetings with allies Friday that included new steps aimed at deterring Russian aggression in Europe and the launch of a coalition designed to combat Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. | 09/05/14 18:01:49 By - By Lesley Clark

NATO pledges money to help Ukraine, meets Friday on new bases

The U.S. and its European allies plan another round of sanctions against Russia if President Vladimir Putin doesn’t withdraw thousands of troops from Ukraine. | 09/04/14 22:41:56 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Cameron vow to “confront” the Islamic State

- President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Thursday to confront the Islamic State, saying they “will not be cowed” by the militants who have slain two American journalists and threatened the life of a British captive. | 09/04/14 08:05:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama vows to ‘destroy’ Islamic State, critics still don’t see strategy

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to destroy the Islamic State, staking out a more aggressive stand than ever before even as skeptics suggested he still doesn’t have a strategy to carry it out and he himself appeared to narrow the commitment later. | 09/03/14 17:56:19 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: Second journalist killing stiffens U.S. resolve

President Barack Obama on Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist executed in two weeks by Islamic militants in response to U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in northern Iraq. | 09/03/14 07:00:44 By - By Anita Kumar

In long line of Bushes, grandson honors heroic grandfather

A small band of the Greatest Generation gathered on the National Mall at the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning to mark the 69th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day that ended the war. | 09/02/14 17:31:59 By - By Maria Recio

Obama notifies Congress on new round of Iraq airstrikes

The White House said Monday that its latest airstrikes in Iraq are “consistent” with prior military missions the White House has authorized to date in Iraq -- “to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.” | 09/01/14 16:39:12 By - By Lesley Clark

From Syria to Ukraine, crises fill the Obama-NATO agenda

President Barack Obama heads to Europe Tuesday, looking to assure nervous allies of the United States’ commitment to the region, as NATO prepares to beef up forces amid fears that Russia will step up its provocations beyond Ukraine. | 08/29/14 18:41:33 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama delays self-imposed immigration deadline

For awhile now, the White House has insisted that President Barack Obama would issue a series of executive actions on immigration by the end of the summer. | 08/29/14 15:05:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama vows justice for Foley, but no boots on the ground

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed justice for slain American journalist James Foley, but said again that he will not put American troops on the ground in Iraq to battle the Islamic State militants who last week threatened to kill a second U.S. hostage after beheading Foley. | 08/26/14 14:18:26 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. drops search for new shelters to house child immigrants

The Obama administration has quietly abandoned its aggressive months-long search for emergency shelters across the nation as the number of children illegally crossing the southern border alone continues to drop. | 08/23/14 12:46:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Inside conservative fold, Perry talks of indictment, immigration

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, fresh from his recent indictment on charges of abusing the powers of his office, told a conservative audience Thursday that the “porous” southern border provides an entry point for Islamic terrorists to strike in the United States. | 08/21/14 18:07:38 By - By Ali Watkins

Obama hails Foley, vows to be ‘vigilant’ and ‘relentless’ in pursuing terrorists

President Barack Obama on Wednesday decried the slaying of U.S journalist James Foley by the Islamic State, saying the entire world was “appalled” as he vowed to protect Americans by whatever means necessary. | 08/20/14 13:56:51 By - By Lesley Clark and Nancy Yousssef

Palin goes 0 for 2 in Alaska as clout disappears nationally

Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates have stumbled across the nation. | 08/20/14 13:22:50 By - By Sean Cockerham

Obama on race: Watch what he does as much as what he says

President Barack Obama’s reluctance to delve intensely into the issue of race is drawing criticism from some African-Americans, who say he needs to contribute to the dialogue on race in America, especially as violence continues to roil Ferguson, Mo. | 08/19/14 20:25:37 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama again urges calm in Ferguson, dispatches Holder to Missouri

President Barack Obama said on Monday that he has dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday to assess the ongoing federal investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager that has led to a week of unrest in the St. Louis suburb. | 08/19/14 06:38:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama notifies Congress about targeted airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama on Sunday sent Congress a report notifying lawmakers that he had authorized military to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq to help the government retake the Mosul Dam as part of an ongoing campaign against Islamic militants. | 08/18/14 04:55:00 By - By Anita Kumar

Perry vows to fight Texas indictment

AUSTIN A defiant Rick Perry on Saturday went on the offensive one day after being indicted for allegedly abusing his power with a controversial veto, denouncing the charges as “outrageous” political theatrics and predicting that he will ultimately prevail over “those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes.” | 08/16/14 21:15:59 By - By Dave Montgomery

A defiant Perry calls felony indictment a 'farce'

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion as part of an ethics inquiry into his veto of funding for the state’s public integrity unit. | 08/15/14 20:13:57 By -

Obama to travel to Estonia to meet with Baltic leaders on Ukraine

President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia early next month to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to defend NATO allies in a Baltic region nervous about Russia’s activities in Ukraine. | 08/15/14 14:53:31 By - By William Douglas

Jeb Bush says he'll decide this year on presidential run

Looking fit, relaxed and in prime condition for a possible presidential run, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday he has not yet decided what he will do. "I'm not going to make a decision until later this year," Bush said. | 08/14/14 11:44:11 By - James A. Jones Jr.

Clinton’s lead over GOP candidates shrinking

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 08/13/14 18:52:04 By - By William Douglas

160 is an even number that presents daunting odds for Hillary Clinton White House run

If potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is into numerology, she better watch out for the number 160, according to a recent Smithsonian.com article. | 08/13/14 14:54:03 By - By William Douglas

Hillary Clinton gets it from right and left on break with Obama

Hillary Clinton isn’t running for president yet, but she’s already learning that it’s not easy running away from her former boss, even if he’s unpopular. | 08/12/14 21:48:58 By - By Anita Kumar and William Douglas

Obama on Iraq: ‘This is going to be a long-term project’

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the United States has been successful in destroying arms and equipment in Iraq through a series of targeted airstrikes that began Friday. | 08/09/14 13:12:15 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama departs Washington for two-week vacation

President Barack Obama departed Washington late Saturday morning for Martha’s Vineyard, where he and his family will vacation for two weeks. | 08/09/14 12:53:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Iraq’s turmoil continues to plague Obama

President Barack Obama proudly embraces a foreign policy that, after a decade of war, includes a resistance to military action in hotspots around the globe. | 08/08/14 19:44:35 By - By Anita Kumar

Russia’s sanctions a “cruel irony,” White House says

Russia’s new sanctions against U.S. agricultural imports are likely to have an “insignificant effect” on the U.S. economy, but could limit Russian people’s access to food, Obama administration officials said Thursday. | 08/08/14 05:43:22 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama sends U.S. planes to aid Iraqi refugees, threatens Islamic State with air strikes

The United States early Friday took direct action for the first time to counter the Islamic State's advances in Iraq, dropping humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people who’d fled their homes when the extremist group captured the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq. | 08/08/14 05:42:16 By - By Mitchell Prothero and Anita Kumar

White House stands by interrogation report, but will work with lawmakers

The White House on Thursday defended the administration’s censorship of a not-yet-public report on the CIA’s use of interrogation methods after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against harsh criticism by Senate Democrats. | 08/07/14 22:02:25 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama signs bill with more money for VA care

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Thursday designed to restore trust in the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs following a national uproar over long waits and poor care at veterans’ hospitals and clinics across the nation. | 08/07/14 17:57:52 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama vows to act on issues if Congress won’t

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would act alone _ even on the hot-button issue of illegal immigration _ if a divided and uncooperative Congress continued to fail to act. | 08/06/14 20:07:24 By - By Anita Kumar

As Obama pushes more Africa trade, security concerns loom

President Barack Obama wants to persuade Americans to look beyond Africa’s image of hunger and disease as he hosts a first-of-its-kind meeting of leaders of nearly all of Africa’s nations this week. | 08/06/14 20:09:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Bush rallies support for women’s health issues in Africa

Former President George W. Bush says it takes a lot to convince him to return to the nation’s capital these days. | 08/06/14 17:12:47 By - By Lesley Clark

Poll: Hillary Clinton leads N.J. Gov. Christie on his turf

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a potential White House contender, in his home state, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday. | 08/06/14 10:17:26 By - By William Douglas

Obamas toast 'new Africa' at White House dinner

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday night with 50 African leaders and a slew of other notable guests, including the chairman of the African Union. | 08/06/14 05:59:32 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama pledges investment and partnership with Africa

President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised more than $33 billion in public and private investments in Africa, pledging that the United States wants to deliver business and development to the rapidly booming continent, where China already has a massive presence. | 08/05/14 18:46:39 By - By Lesley Clark

White House to announce $14 billion in new deals with Africa

President Barack Obama today will announce more than $14 billion in investments in Africa by U.S. companies as the administration seeks to bolster trade ties with the rapidly growing continent that is already being courted by China. | 08/05/14 09:49:50 By - Lesley Clark

Obama: We have a moral obligation to support Africa’s progress

Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? | 08/05/14 07:26:10 By - Barack Obama

Obama writes article on Africa’s promise as summit opens

As he kicks off a historic meeting of African leaders, President Barack Obama tells Americans that the United States must invest in an up-and-coming Africa that’s trying to shed its image of poverty and disease. | 08/05/14 06:00:00 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Brady, Reagan press secretary, gun control advocate, dies

James S. Brady, seriously wounded during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and later an influential fighter for gun control, died Monday. | 08/04/14 20:05:50 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

First African summit in D.C. to be largest ever; economic growth on agenda

President Barack Obama will welcome the leaders of nearly all Africa’s nations to Washingtonthis week as part of a first-of-its-kind summit designed to boost economic ties between the United States and Africa. | 08/04/14 13:21:19 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Obama blasts lawmakers as they leave for summer recess

President Barack Obama blasted Congress on Friday for failing to approve a number of “big-ticket” items, including additional money to help stop the influx of unaccompanied minors on the southern border, before leaving Washington for its annual five-week recess. | 08/01/14 16:57:27 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama’s crackdown on leakers damages constitutional protections, activists say

Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. | 08/01/14 11:38:24 By - By Vera Bergengruen

As Ebola threat grows, CDC calls for halt to nonessential travel to West Africa

- Americans are being asked to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where history's largest outbreak of the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout the region. | 08/01/14 08:54:25 By - By Tony Pugh

First lady calls homeless vets a ‘stain on the soul of the nation’

First lady Michelle Obama stressed the administration’s commitment to end homelessness among veterans Thursday and predicted that the country is on “the verge of making a major breakthrough.” | 07/31/14 18:05:38 By - By Alejandro Davila Fragoso

City or tropics? Obama ponders where to put presidential library

As he embarks on his final years in office, President Barack Obama has begun to look beyond the White House to his next task: solidifying his legacy. | 07/31/14 14:55:15 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to sign executive order requiring companies to fess up bad behavior

President Obama today will sign an executive order aimed at requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations. | 07/31/14 16:05:55 By - By Lesley Clark

Clinton tops potential ‘16 GOP rivals in crucial Ohio

Hillary Clinton is leading potential Republican challengers in the key state of Ohio in 2016 matchups, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. | 07/31/14 09:41:14 By - By David Lightman

Israel and Gaza: U.S leverage is limited

President Barack Obama’s call for a ceasefire to Israel’s assault in Gaza got him nowhere. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the U.S. empty-handed after a try at a truce, amid a volley of ridicule from the Israelis. | 07/30/14 18:41:52 By - By Lesley Clark

Florida official describes efforts, challenges in combating climate change

Citing South Florida’s unique view on climate change, a Broward County commissioner told a Senate panel Tuesday that the issue is one of the most pressing the region now faces _ and that local governments will help usher in necessary changes. | 07/30/14 07:28:52 By - By Chris Adams

New White House climate report: Waiting on action boosts costs dramatically

The cost of waiting to act on climate change would be enormous and would grow rapidly with each passing year, the White House says in a new report coming out Tuesday. | 07/29/14 07:24:43 By - By Chris Adams

Obama to meet with Kansas City letter writers

President Obama will continue his meetings with people who have written him letters as he travels to Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday -- and this time the attendees got their invites via a Kansas City native: new Press Secretary Josh Earnest. | 07/29/14 00:11:16 By - Lesley Clark

Obama meets with Central American leaders on border crisis

President Barack Obama pushed the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Friday to find ways to keep their country’s children from fleeing here illegally and creating a crisis on the southern border. | 07/25/14 18:43:45 By - By Anita Kumar

White House mindful of impeachment talk

White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer said administration officials aren’t dismissing talk of efforts to impeach President Barack Obama. | 07/25/14 17:30:23 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

Obama considers allowing Honduran children into country

The White House confirmed Thursday that it is considering allowing children from Honduras into the United States without making the journey through Mexico. | 07/25/14 05:27:51 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama administration knew Islamic State was growing but did little to counter it

Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad. | 07/25/14 05:17:01 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Obama wants to get tough on companies that flee U.S. taxes

President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to end a controversial practice that allows U.S. companies to relocate abroad to avoid paying billions of dollars in federal taxes. | 07/24/14 19:31:01 By - By Lesley Clark, Anita Kumar and Kevin G. Hall

Obama to call for tax ‘loophole’ closure

LOS ANGELES - As he closes out a three-day West Coast fund raising trip, President Barack Obama will call today for closing what the White House calls “one of the most unfair tax loopholes” that allows U.S. companies to avoid paying taxes. | 07/24/14 11:29:44 By - By Lesley Clark

White House announces $10B fund for rural communities

The White House, though its rural council (yes, there is one), will announce a new $10 billion dollar investment fund Thursday to promote economic development in rural regions. | 07/24/14 06:20:13 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama raises money at ‘Scandal’ creator’s home

LOS ANGELES - President Barack Obama raised money from a Hollywood crowd here Wednesday night, joking about seeing pictures of Scandal star Kerry Washington’s new baby -- and jokingly accusing singer Janelle Monae of harboring a secret video of the president trying to outdance Usher. | 07/24/14 06:19:39 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. officials: We still don’t know who shot down Malaysian airliner

The United States is confident that the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine was downed by an SA-11 missile likely fired by pro-Russian separatists _ most plausibly by mistake _ but there still is no hard evidence tying the rebels or Russia to the disaster, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday. | 07/23/14 06:35:24 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Obama cancels Kimmel show appearance amid world crises

President Barack Obama, who is being criticized for a three-day trip to the west coast in the midst of several international crises, did make at least one alteration to his schedule: | 07/23/14 06:33:24 By - By Anita Kumar

White House says health care tax credits to continue for now

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to downplay dueling court rulings over the validity of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans on Capitol Hill seized on the latest news as another reason the federal health care law should be scrapped. | 07/22/14 17:26:48 By - By Anita Kumar

Top Obama aides fly to Berlin to talk about spying allegations

Two weeks after Germany demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official stationed in its country leave, President Barack Obama has dispatched two top aides to Berlin. | 07/22/14 17:15:36 By - By Anita Kumar

Are the Obamas moving to California?

Is America’s First Family buying a multi-million dollar home in the tony desert town favored by the rich and famous? | 07/22/14 17:15:06 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to launch West Coast fund raising trip

President Barack Obama leaves Washington today for a three day fund raising trip to the West Coast -- with White House officials noting that he’ll shorten his trip if his presence is required back at the White House. | 07/22/14 09:40:03 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama: Biden would be ‘superb’ president

President Obama says in a New Yorker profile of vice president Joe Biden that his second in command would make a “superb” president. | 07/22/14 06:27:03 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama awards Medal of Honor to soldier who ‘held the line’

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan J. Pitts doesn’t see the Medal of Honor that was bestowed on him Monday as his alone. | 07/21/14 19:04:58 By -

Obama signs order barring LGBT bias for federal contractors

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday that bars companies that do work for the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. | 07/21/14 18:07:40 By - By Anita Kumar

White House defends Obama’s travel schedule in wake of crises

The White House on Monday defended President Barack Obama’s schedule this week --including a three-day trip to the west coast -- amid escalating international and domestic crises. | 07/21/14 17:26:39 By - By Anita Kumar

What’s the message when Obama sticks to public schedule during a crisis?

Just after a passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine, President Barack Obama flew to Delaware to have a burger and fries at the popular Charcoal Pit restaurant and then to New York to attend a pair of private political events. | 07/18/14 18:46:20 By - By Anita Kumar

Kids relish the healthy ‘state dinner’ with first couple

The White House band played gentle cocktail music as the guests arrived. The East Room’s crystal chandeliers glittered over the neat table settings surrounded by the room’s signature gold curtains. | 07/18/14 23:06:02 By - By Patrick Gillespie

Claims that missile downed Malaysia airliner likely to take months to prove

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine renewed the world’s attention Friday to the conflict that’s been raging there for months. But despite near unanimous assertions that a missile had blasted the plane from the sky, definitive blame for what President Barack Obama labeled a “global tragedy” seemed likely to be months away. | 07/18/14 20:38:56 By - By David Lightman, Anita Kumar and Jonathan S. Landay

There isn’t that much action in Obama’s ‘year of action’

President Barack Obama boasts about his “year of action,” the 40-plus executive actions he’s taken this year to push past a gridlocked Congress in order to help struggling Americans. | 07/18/14 14:17:45 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama: Missile from Russian-controlled area of Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Friday that evidence shows that the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was caused by a surface-to-air missile launched from areas in Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. | 07/18/14 12:54:05 By - By Anita Kumar

Biden gets credit for pushing Obama on gay marriage

There may be no "Ready for Biden" campaign here, prodding the vice president to launch a third bid for the presidency, but he received an enthusiastic welcome Thursday by the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists. | 07/18/14 06:29:40 By - By Lesley Clark

Clinton, Huckabee best liked potential White House hopefuls

It’s often the big question as voters choose a president--who do you like? | 07/18/14 06:29:40 By - By David Lightman

Obama travels to Delaware to tout new infrastructure program

President Barack Obama will travel to the Port of Wilmington in Delaware Thursday to announce a new executive action to spur private investment in infrastructure spending. | 07/17/14 12:01:23 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama orders new sanctions on Russia

The Obama administration sought to further pinch Russia’s economy Wednesday, bringing its toughest sanctions to date against major Russian banks, energy companies and weapons makers in a bid to convince the Kremlin to end its “provocations” in Ukraine. | 07/16/14 19:44:19 By - By Lesley Clark

White House announces steps to help state, local and tribal officials combat climate change

In its ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of climate change, the White House on Wednesday announced several small steps by a range of agencies to help local officials cope with the issue. | 07/16/14 16:34:27 By - By Chris Adams

Obama library raises at least $850,000

The foundation planning Barack Obama’s presidential library has raised between $850,000 and $1.75 million, the organization said Tuesday. | 07/16/14 10:54:45 By - By Anita Kumar

‘Lead foot’ Obama hits the simulated road

President Obama used a trip to a federal research center to prod Republicans to back more spending on roads and bridges -- and to take a zip in a self-driving simulated automobile. | 07/16/14 07:09:59 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden making pitch to liberals

Vice President Joe Biden will appear this week for the first time before the largest gathering of progressive activists in the country, a critical constituency for any Democrat with presidential ambitions. | 07/15/14 15:06:21 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to push road and bridge repair

With a trust fund for highway repair about to sputter out, President Obama will spend the week pushing for increased investment in infrastructure, the White House said. | 07/14/14 06:05:44 By - Lesley Clark

Constitutional experts testify Wednesday on potential GOP lawsuit against Obama

Constitutional experts Walter Dellinger and Simon Lazarus will testify Wednesday before the House Rules Committee, at the request of Democrats, on Republican leaders’ plan to sue President Barack Obama. | 07/11/14 13:29:33 By - By David Lightman

Obama to unveil program that urges businesses to pay suppliers faster

President Barack Obama will announce a plan Friday that will encourage private companies to pay their suppliers faster, which is designed to help small businesses increase their working capital so they can expand and hire more workers. | 07/11/14 06:00:39 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama names new ambassador to Russia

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he is nominating a career foreign service officer to the high-profile diplomatic post of U.S. ambassador to Russia. | 07/11/14 05:42:15 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama, Republicans in Congress spar over border

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans escalated their war of words Thursday over the border crisis as lawmakers began considering the White House’s $3.7 billion funding request to address the problem. | 07/10/14 18:09:36 By - By William Douglas and Anita Kumar

Obama to add an Emmy to the White House mantel?

The Emmy award winning president? | 07/10/14 15:25:35 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama on border crisis: ‘This isn’t theater. This is a problem.’

President Barack Obama called on Congress to approve his $3.7 billion request to address the growing number of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southern border, but acknowledged that partisan politics are already hurting chances of the bill passing. | 07/10/14 09:44:28 By - By Anita Kumar

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center retires

Matt Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, has retired, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday. | 07/10/14 06:01:16 By - By Anita Kumar

Survey: 9.5 million people gained health coverage in first marketplace enrollment period

- Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund. | 07/10/14 06:00:30 By - By Tony Pugh

In Denver, Obama doesn’t smoke, doesn’t inhale

President Barack Obama amped up his just-a-regular-guy routine with a visit to Denver Tuesday night – playing a round of pool in a bar where he was apparently offered a puff on a joint. | 07/10/14 06:01:16 By - By Lesley Clark

White House warns of rising drug use, says legalization is no panacea

A day after Washington state joined Colorado in selling marijuana in retail outlets, the Obama administration on Wednesday criticized drug legalization and warned that a declining perception of risk is leading more U.S. teens to smoke pot. | 07/09/14 18:27:30 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Biden to address major liberal group, Netroots Nation

Vice President Joe Biden will speak next week at Netroots Nation -- a major gathering of progressive and Democratic bloggers and activists looking to “strategize for upcoming political battles in 2014 and 2016.” | 07/09/14 18:09:36 By - By Lesley Clark

Faith, gay rights make tough marriage for Obama order

Gay rights activists cheered when President Barack Obama announced that he’d sign a long-sought executive order prohibiting companies that do government work from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. | 07/09/14 17:17:02 By - By Anita Kumar

Conservative group calls on Clinton to release documents

The conservative group America Rising is calling on the nonprofit Clinton Foundation to release documents about its spending after potential presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton disclosed she donated her six-figure speaking fees to the group. | 07/09/14 09:49:41 By - By Anita Kumar

Is the bear really loose if the circus still follows along?

President Barack Obama is often seen this summer outside the White House, strolling down a city street, joking with ordinary Americans, grabbing a burger or a waffle cone. Just a regular guy. | 07/08/14 18:59:59 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama seeks billions to ease border crisis as he heads to Texas

President Barack Obama and Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, a frequent critic of the president on immigration, will meet in the Dallas area with state and local officials about border security. | 07/08/14 16:55:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Cleveland is GOP panel’s choice for ‘16 convention

Cleveland is the choice of the Republican party’s site selection committee to host the 2016 convention. | 07/08/14 15:05:26 By - By David Lightman

Obama requests $3.7B for additional border enforcement

President Barack Obama asked Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion to help cope with the influx of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southern border. | 07/08/14 13:33:07 By - By Anita Kumar

Despite book tour woes, Clinton still tops Democrats, Republicans for ‘16

Hillary Clinton remains in good shape for a 2016 presidential run, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. | 07/08/14 09:39:10 By - By David Lightman

White House education initiative calls for good teachers at all schools - including poorest

The Obama administration said Monday it will require states to show how they will make sure that all children _ particularly those who are poor or minorities _ have high-quality teachers. | 07/07/14 19:30:26 By - By Renee Schoof and Anita Kumar

FEMA bracing for Arthur's arrival

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are keeping a close eye on the eastern seaboard as it braces for the pending arrival of Tropical Storm Arthur. | 07/03/14 06:09:21 By - Ali Watkins McClatchy Washington Bureau

WH: We’re not the ‘perfect example’ on pay equity

President Barack Obama frequently hammers Republicans for not supporting measures that he says would ensure equal pay for men and women, calling it an “embarrassment” that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. | 07/03/14 06:09:21 By - By Lesley Clark

Rick Perry invites Obama to the border, WH says no plans. Yet.

The White House says President Barack Obama has no plans -- as of yet -- to tour the Texas/Mexico border when he’s in the state next week, despite an invite from Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful. | 07/03/14 06:09:21 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama Doctrine on the line in Iraq

The conflict in Iraq presents the sharpest test yet of the foreign policy doctrine of President Barack Obama. | 07/02/14 16:49:21 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Some on right push to impeach Obama

For many on the far political right, it’s high time to charge President Barack Obama with high crimes and misdemeanors. | 07/02/14 13:22:33 By - By William Douglas

Obama looks to act alone on immigration overhaul

President Barack Obama plans to go it alone to revise the nation’s broken immigration laws, he said Monday, charging that Republican obstructionism has left him no choice. | 06/30/14 20:14:57 By - By Lesley Clark

Americans’ confidence in government down as 7 percent now have trust in Congress

Confidence in government has reached historic lows, according to a new Gallup survey, as 7 percent say they’re have confidence in Congress and 29 percent feel that way about the White House. | 06/30/14 11:24:26 By - By David Lightman

Prescriptions for contraceptives skyrocket under Affordable Care Act, says new government report

- A new report from the Obama administration finds that women saved more than $483 million on prescriptions for oral contraceptives last year, thanks to an Affordable Care Act provision that requires certain medications to be covered at no cost to plan members. | 06/30/14 06:34:17 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama to nominate former Proctor & Gamble CEO as VA chief

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce his choice of Bob McDonald, a West Point graduate and former CEO of Proctor & Gamble, to head up the beleagured Department of Veterans Affairs, a senior administration official said. | 06/29/14 19:10:48 By - Lesley Clark

White House: VA’s ‘corrosive culture’ unaccountable, opposes change, feeds discontent

The White House released a scathing report Friday on the Department of Veterans Affairs, calling for its health branch to be “restructured and reformed” and warning that a “corrosive culture” has led to problems of veterans obtaining timely health care. | 06/27/14 19:35:12 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. inches closer to landmine ban

The Obama administration pledged Friday to stop producing or purchasing landmines, but it stopped short of signing an international treaty that requires countries to destroy their stockpiles, saying it was “diligently pursuing solutions” that would allow it to eventually sign the agreement. | 06/27/14 17:12:02 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama calls Boehner lawsuit a “stunt”

President Barack Obama is dismissing a lawsuit threatened by House Speaker John Boehner as a “stunt.” Boehner earlier this week said he plans to sue Obama for what he contends is an overreach of presidential executive authority. | 06/27/14 12:52:18 By - By Lesley Clark

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