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Obama seeks military aid for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama on Thursday asked Congress for the first lethal aid to arm moderate Syrian rebels in a move aimed against both Syrian President Bashar Assad and radical Islamists who have increasingly dominated the opposition movement. | 06/27/14 06:51:09 By - By James Rosen, Jonathan S. Landay and Anita Kumar

Obama 'deeply disappointed' in Supreme Court decision

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday that President Barack Obama “was deeply disappointed” in the Supreme Court decision that curtailed presidents’ power to unilaterally appoint officials while the Senate is in recess. | 06/26/14 15:05:15 By - By Anita Kumar

A year later, Holder, civil rights groups decry impact of voting rights ruling

On the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a core provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, Democrats and civil rights groups stepped up their push for a congressional fix. | 06/26/14 06:30:57 By - By Greg Gordon

Obama honors NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson at White House

As a Chicagoan and die-hard basketball fan, President Barack Obama described Jimmie Johnson on Wednesday the only way he knew how: He’s the Michael Jordan of NASCAR. | 06/25/14 18:18:35 By - By Anita Kumar

Dallas, Cleveland finalists for ‘16 GOP convention; Kansas City, Denver out

Dallas and Cleveland are the finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. | 06/25/14 16:34:23 By - By David Lightman

Russians target State Dept. spokeswoman for media assault

Among the Russian bloggers and social media activists who are loyal to the Kremlin, there’s a favorite target when it comes to pillorying the United States. | 06/25/14 12:58:32 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama hits the road to spend ‘a day in the life’ with Americans

President Barack Obama will begin spending “a day in the life” with Americans who have written letters. | 06/24/14 11:36:54 By - By Anita Kumar

Jill Biden to travel to Africa

Jill Biden, a college educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone this summer. | 06/24/14 10:57:42 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama honors Army sergeant for bravery in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama will award the nation’s highest military honor to a former Army sergeant who served in Afghanistan. | 06/24/14 05:59:30 By - By Anita Kumar

Investigative committee subpoenas White House lawyer over IRS emails

Less than an hour before Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen was scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Monday in a rare night hearing, the committee chairman announced a subpoena to compel testimony from a White House lawyer. | 06/24/14 05:49:14 By - By Kevin G. Hall

UNC researcher, a pioneering academic, kept kinship to Obama to herself

Margaret Arlene Payne’s obituary tells the story of a pioneering academic. She authored two books, had a doctorate from the University of Chicago and was a former research professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. | 06/24/14 05:22:57 By -

White House pushes climate change solutions this week

White House officials are spending this week highlighting the public health and economic consequences of climate change on the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech to combat address the problem. | 06/24/14 05:49:14 By - By Anita Kumar

North Carolina women join Obama at family conference

It’s been seven years since Jennifer Ferris of Chapel Hill, N.C., had a full-time job. It’s also been seven years since Ferris had her first child. | 06/23/14 18:08:40 By - By Stephanie Haven

White House condemns Egypt’s sentencing of journalists

The White House on Monday condemned Egypt’s sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to prison on terrorism-related charges. | 06/23/14 15:46:43 By - By Anita Kumar

Burwell shakes up HealthCare.gov operations, creates three new positions

- In her first major management shakeup since becoming U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Friday announced the creation of three new administrative positions, including a Marketplace CEO to run HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance exchange used by 36 states. | 06/23/14 07:35:41 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama to promote flexible workplace polices at White House conference

President Barack Obama will use a White House conference on working families Monday to issue an executive action allowing federal employees to request flexible hours without fear of retaliation. | 06/23/14 06:30:22 By - Stephanie Haven

On Iraq, where’s Biden?

Shortly after he became president, Barack Obama tasked his vice president with overseeing Iraq policy as the United States began the delicate job of winding down its involvement in the troubled nation. | 06/20/14 19:55:24 By - By Anita Kumar

As Obama calls meeting on families, federal government lags on paid parental leave

The Obama administration criticizes the lack of paid parental leave in the United States, saying that changing family dynamics require modified policies. | 06/20/14 15:22:43 By - By Stephanie Haven

Michelle Obama tells graduates to invest in themselves

First Lady Michelle Obama honored a room full of college graduates from Washington, D.C. public schools Thursday, continuing the first family’s public advocacy of higher education for minority and low-income students. | 06/20/14 06:55:31 By - John Moritz

Carney says goodbye to the White House

Friday marks White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s last day on the job. | 06/20/14 06:00:10 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama says he'll send 300 military advisors to Iraq

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the United States will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq in response to the country’s request for assistance after militants seized wide swaths of its territory. | 06/19/14 18:20:11 By - By Anita Kumar

Marine who threw himself at grenade receives Medal of Honor

Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter took the brunt of a live grenade in Afghanistan, saving a fellow Marine’s life and nearly losing his own. On Thursday, Carpenter beamed as he received the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military award. | 06/19/14 18:09:18 By - By Lesley Clark

Cheney slams Obama for Iraq, starts new group to oppose him

Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, are ripping into President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy with a blast in the Wall Street Journal and the launch of a new group they say “will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power.” | 06/18/14 16:33:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Michelle Obama pushes immigration fix as new citizens take oath

First lady Michelle Obama urged overhauling the nation’s immigration laws Wednesday while presiding over a naturalization ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens at the National Archives. | 06/18/14 14:38:05 By - By Stephanie Haven

White House Christmas ornament features presidential train

In a move that’s sure to please train enthusiasts, the 2014 Christmas ornament from the White House Historical Association will be a two-piece locomotive and rail car to commemorate the fateful last voyage of President Warren G. Harding. | 06/18/14 12:48:13 By - By John Moritz

INTERACTIVE: The White House national security team

President Barack Obama asked his national security team to prepare a range of options to stabilize Iraq and combat the militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. He met with the team Monday night, and will continue to consult with them, as he considers the United States' response. | 06/17/14 18:26:02 By - Anita Kumar

Hawaii, Illinois and New York vie to host Obama library

Thirteen organizations have submit proposals to build President Barack Obama’s presidential library following Monday’s deadline. | 06/17/14 17:26:35 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama will extend job protections to LGBT workers

The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, elating gay rights activists, who’ve been pressing him to make the move since he was elected in 2008. | 06/16/14 18:19:23 By - By Lesley Clark

White House mum on Malia working with Steven Spielberg

The White House won’t comment on reports that first daughter Malia Obama is working as a production assistant for director Steven Spielberg. | 06/16/14 18:30:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to sign executive order protecting gay employees of fed contractors

After years of prodding from gay rights activists, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House says. | 06/16/14 12:38:01 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden heading to Central America to stop tide of children

Facing a tide of unaccompanied children pouring into the U.S., the Obama administration will dispatch Vice President Joe Biden to Central America this week to make it clear they are not eligible for a path to citizenship and may be subject to deportation. | 06/15/14 19:58:29 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama lambastes climate change deniers as ‘radical fringe’ in California speech

President Barack Obama Saturday tore into those in Congress and the media who deny climate change, calling them a radical fringe that threatens the future by shutting down debate even among those who might agree with the warnings. | 06/14/14 16:14:54 By - By Steven Thomma

Obama’s standard for aiding Iraq may be impossible for quarreling politicians to meet

President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States was considering how it might assist the government of Iraq in its fight against the Islamic extremists who seized much of the country this week, but only on the condition that Iraq’s many feuding factions set aside their differences and commit to a national unity government. | 06/13/14 19:48:30 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Lesley Clark

Obama meets with Native Americans on their own ground

President Barack Obama made his first trip as president to Indian Country on Friday, pledging to partner with Native American tribes “on just about every issue that touches your lives.” | 06/13/14 19:27:06 By - By Steve Thomma and Lesley Clark

Obama says Iraq’s government needs to step it up

President Barack Obama said Friday he’s considering a range of options to aid Iraq’s besieged government, but warned that it’s "ultimately up to the Iraqis" to solve its problems. | 06/13/14 14:54:34 By - By Lesley Clark

Over homegrown salad, first lady defends nutrition standards

First lady Michelle Obama Thursday defended her efforts to implement healthier nutrition guidelines while hosting elementary school students Thursday for a homegrown lunch at the White House. | 06/12/14 18:29:59 By - By Stephanie Haven

Obama talks about raising teenagers in the White House

President Barack Obama said Thursday that his daughters, Malia, 15, and Sasha, 13, would probably describe him as a “good, fun dad who teeters on the edge of being embarrassing sometimes.” | 06/12/14 11:11:19 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama says House should pass immigration bill despite Cantor loss

He may not have mentioned Eric Cantor's name, but President Barack Obama had a clear message Wednesday night about what the House majority leader's stunning defeat should --- and should not -- do: | 06/11/14 22:08:44 By - Anita Kumar

White House recommends changes after release of CIA officer's name

White House staff are recommending a series of changes after the name of the CIA's top officer in Kabul was accidently released during President Barack Obama's surprise visit there last month. | 06/11/14 21:41:26 By - Anita Kumar

Obama to speak at model high school in Massachusetts

President Barack Obama will fly to Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon to deliver a commencement address at a high school he cites as a success for the 21st century. | 06/11/14 10:09:02 By - Anita Kumar

Obama: U.S. gun violence ‘off the charts’

In the wake of a shooting Tuesday morning at an Oregon high school, President Barack Obama spoke passionately about the need for gun control legislation while participating in a Tumblr question-and-answer session about college affordability. | 06/10/14 19:33:05 By - By Stephanie Haven

White House: Fathers need help to stay at home, too

Normally, a baseball player gets invited to the White House by winning the World Series. New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy did it Monday by missing the first two games of this season. | 06/09/14 18:42:08 By - By Patrick Gillespie

Obama orders cap on amounts of student loan payments

In an effort to combat escalating college debt, President Barack Obama on Monday expanded a program that allows borrowers to cap their loan payments at 10 percent of their incomes. | 06/09/14 18:27:58 By - By Anita Kumar and Stephanie Haven

The bear is loose: Obama leaves White House without ever-present press

President Barack Obama slipped out of the White House on foot today, declaring “the bear is loose” as he strolled a block to Starbucks, leaving reporters to scramble to catch up. | 06/09/14 15:41:17 By - By Lesley Clark

Washington promises to fix VA but overhaul won’t be easy

Eric Shinseki has been pushed out as the secretary of veterans affairs. The president vows changes. The Senate is moving with uncharacteristic speed toward a bipartisan response. | 06/06/14 17:35:08 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama: No apologies for Bergdahl

President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his administration’s handling of the prisoner exchange with the Taliban, saying he makes “absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents.” | 06/05/14 11:30:45 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama takes fight over Ukraine to a Europe that may not care

If you want to know what the real western European view is of the Ukraine crisis, instead of looking for reaction to President Barack Obama’s strong words Tuesday in Warsaw, look at the recent elections that put anti-European Union nationalists into the EU Parliament. | 06/03/14 18:49:52 By - By Matthew Schofield

Obama defends Bergdahl/Taliban swap

The White House on Tuesday stepped up its defense of its controversial swap of Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, with President Barack Obama declaring that the U.S. seeks the return of service members in captivity -- regardless of the circumstances. | 06/03/14 07:57:59 By - Lesley Clark

Obama acts on flood of children crossing U.S.-Mexico border; FEMA to coordinate aid

Citing an “urgent humanitarian situation,” President Barack Obama on Monday ordered the government to provide special services for a flood of unaccompanied migrant children crossing into the United States from Mexico. | 06/03/14 05:13:43 By - By Tim Johnson

White House: Prisoner swap doesn’t mean Obama thinks he’s above the law

The White House on Monday pushed back against criticism that President Barack Obama sidestepped the law by authorizing a prisoner swap of Guantanamo detainees without notifying Congress. | 06/03/14 05:13:17 By - By Lindsay Wise

Palin swings through the South

Sarah Palin is having a big week in the Deep South. | 05/31/14 09:47:00 By - By David Lightman

New press secretary's political experience 'has made him smart, but not cynical'

President Barack Obama’s choice as his new spokesman to the world is a son of the Midwest who worked his way up through Democratic campaigns before hitching his star to Obama’s upstart campaign. | 05/30/14 18:17:36 By - By William Douglas and Greg Gordon

Shinseki resigns from VA amid hospital delay scandal, says he’d become ‘a distraction’

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that he had accepted Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s offer of resignation after determining that the political furor surrounding the growing VA scandal had become a distraction. | 05/30/14 22:31:46 By - By Lindsay Wise and James Rosen

For many in military, Shinseki remains an American hero

As the words left President Barack Obama’s lips on Friday that he had accepted the resignation of retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs, a pained groan emerged from a crowd of troops, veterans and civilians who’d gathered around television sets at the Pentagon. | 05/30/14 17:33:43 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

New press secretary's political experience 'has made him smart, but not cynical'

Josh Earnest worked in a Houston mayoral campaign, on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first campaign, as a congressional aide, as spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, on a governor’s race in Florida and later on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Now he's the lead White House press secretary. | 05/30/14 15:36:26 By - By Lindsay Wise

White House loses press secretary hours after Shinseki resignation

President Barack Obama announced this afternoon that White House press secretary Jay Carney would be stepping down, and that principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest would take over the job. | 05/30/14 14:25:17 By -

Shinseki resigns as head of Veterans Affairs following scandal

President Obama announced the resignation of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday after a brief meeting between the two at the White House. Shinseki, a decorated war veteran, was seen as damaged following a scandal over nationwide gaming of treatment numbers at VA hospitals, and more than a hundred members of Congress from both parties had called for him to step down. | 05/30/14 11:45:51 By - By Lindsay Wise and James Rosen

USDA launches $1.2 billion in competitive grants for conservation projects

The federal government is taking a new approach to conservation with a $1.2 billion program in the Farm Bill that will include competitive grants for soil and water improvements in eight regions, including the longleaf pine forests of North Carolina and other Southern states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday. | 05/30/14 06:46:50 By - By Renee Schoof

Hillary Clinton meets Obama for lunch at the White House

WASHINGTON Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Barack Obama on Thursday in a stealthy visit that the White House only acknowledged after People Magazine tweeted about it. | 05/29/14 18:00:42 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama: I may have had a mild concussion

President Barack Obama told a summit on avoiding sports-related concussions that he can relate: a few dings in the head during his brief football career might have led to a concussion or two. | 05/29/14 15:41:02 By - By Lesley Clark

White House hosts concussions summit

The White House on Thursday will host athletes, parents and military leaders to talk about how to keep young people safe from concussions in sports. | 05/29/14 06:16:44 By - By Renee Schoof

VA scandal expands nationwide; calls for Shinseki’s resignation intensify

Inappropriate scheduling practices have compromised care of patients at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics nationwide, according to a preliminary report by the VA inspector general. | 05/29/14 09:35:16 By - By Lindsay Wise

At West Point, Obama argues for restraint in use of military

President Barack Obama called Wednesday for a foreign policy that downplays military intervention in favor of diplomacy and international partnerships, defending his approach as better suited to a world grappling with global threats of terror. | 05/28/14 16:05:17 By - By Lesley Clark

President Obama's prepared remarks at West Point's graduation ceremony

President Barack Obama used a commencement address the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to defend his foreign policy and said the U.S. will increase support for the moderate opposition in Syria. | 05/28/14 10:44:48 By -

US to boost aid to Syrian opposition

President Barack Obama used a commencement address today at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to defend his foreign policy against critics who say he’s too tepid -- and said the U.S. will increase support for the moderate opposition in Syria. | 05/28/14 10:50:29 By - By Lesley Clark

White House launches inquiry into CIA name leak

The White House is investigating how the name of its top CIA officer in Afghanistan was mistakenly divulged to the press during President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the troops over the weekend. | 05/28/14 06:22:35 By - Lesley Clark

First lady: Rolling back school lunch standards ‘unacceptable’

First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said efforts in Congress to scale back school nutrition standards are “unacceptable to me not just as first lady but also as a mother.” | 05/28/14 06:22:35 By - By Renee Schoof

On Science Fair day at the White House, new projects aim to boost science and math education

As he hosts the annual White House Science Fair on Tuesday, President Barack Obama plans to announce some new efforts to encourage American young people to train for jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). | 05/28/14 06:22:35 By - By Renee Schoof

U.S. combat troops to exit Afghanistan, leave small force through 2016

President Barack Obama unveiled his path out of America’s longest war Tuesday, pledging to end combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of the year and using a small U.S. force temporarily to train the Afghans to fight al Qaida. | 05/27/14 18:18:40 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan to visit troops

Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field at 8:17 p.m. local time after the president quietly left the White House Saturday night. | 05/26/14 19:02:27 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama on Memorial Day: We need to do more for veterans

With his administration under fire over allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals, President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address to pay tribute to the fallen -- and pledge greater support to veterans. | 05/25/14 05:55:44 By - Lesley Clark

Kerry to testify on Benghazi before House committee

Secretary of State John Kerry will testify before the House Oversight Committee about the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya next month. | 05/23/14 15:29:09 By - By David Lightman

Baseball, bears and bacon: Obama’s big week out

He lobbed a baseball at a Little League game on Monday, went for a stroll near his home on Wednesday and stood at a restaurant counter Friday morning to place his breakfast order: two eggs over medium with bacon and hash browns. | 05/23/14 12:26:42 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to nominate new HUD, OMB chief

President Barack Obama Friday will announce his plans to nominate San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. | 05/23/14 04:25:10 By - Lesley Clark

CIA secrecy over detention program threatens 9/11 prosecutions, senators warned Obama

Two powerful Senate committee chairs told President Barack Obama earlier this year that the CIA’s insistence on keeping secret how it treated prisoners under its enhanced interrogation program threatens the country’s ability to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. | 05/22/14 20:27:35 By - By William Douglas and Ali Watkins

The late Harvey Milk gets a stamp for his struggles, and a White House tribute

Harvey Milk never lived to see his life’s work come to fruition. | 05/22/14 19:35:47 By - By Curtis Tate

Obama: The bear is loose

President Obama took a rare walk off the White House grounds Wednesday -- and clearly enjoyed himself. | 05/21/14 18:32:25 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama stands by VA boss Shinseki; veterans aren’t satisfied

President Barack Obama denounced alleged misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs as “disgraceful” Wednesday and vowed to punish those responsible. | 05/21/14 21:36:01 By - By Lindsay Wise and Lesley Clark

Seattle Seahawks have a super day at the White House

President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, lauding the exuberant and diverse team for overcoming the odds. | 05/21/14 17:31:01 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama calls allegations of VA misconduct ‘disgraceful’

President Barack Obama defended Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Wednesday but warned that if allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals prove to be true, he will not hesitate to punish those responsible. | 05/21/14 15:38:36 By - By Lindsay Wise and Lesley Clark

Insurers, regulators prepare to negotiate 2015 health coverage costs

With the 2014 enrollment for individual marketplace coverage under the health care law now in the books, consumers, stakeholders and insurers have turned their attention to the cost of coverage in 2015. | 05/21/14 06:25:44 By - By Tony Pugh

Battle over Eisenhower memorial pits tradition, innovation

It’s a small, contentious piece of real estate on the National Mall, itself the most visible and most valuable green space in the nation’s capital. | 05/21/14 06:23:59 By - By Maria Recio

Retired Marine to receive Medal of Honor for blocking grenade blast to save friend in Afghanistan

A retired Marine will receive the Medal of Honor for using his body to block a grenade blast in Afghanistan, the White House announced on Monday. | 05/19/14 18:59:37 By - By Lindsay Wise

Biden sends regrets, and a corsage, for high school prom

Vice President Joe Biden turned down a Connecticut teenager’s invite to her high school prom -- but sent along a corsage, nevertheless. | 05/19/14 14:59:18 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden returns to Europe in wake of Ukraine crisis

Vice President Joe Biden leaves tonight for Romania and Cyprus, his latest trip aimed at reassuring European countries rattled by Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine. | 05/19/14 12:12:52 By - By Lesley Clark

Suddenly, Hillary Clinton is everywhere

Hillary Clinton hasn’t yet said whether she’s running for president. But you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise over the past week. | 05/16/14 17:53:43 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to host sports safety summit at the White House

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will host a summit to discuss sports safety and concussions later this month, the White House announced on Friday. | 05/16/14 16:37:36 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obamas’ assets worth between $1.8 million and $7 million, financial forms show

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held assets worth between $1.8 million and $7 million last year, including between $1 million and $5 million in U.S. treasury notes, according to financial disclosure forms released by the White House on Thursday. | 05/15/14 18:17:18 By - By Lindsay Wise

Charlotte, Tampa mishandled political-convention grants, IG says

The city of Charlotte, N.C., misused more than $132,000 in federal money that city officials received to beef up security during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, according to a new federal investigation. | 05/14/14 17:01:17 By - By Franco Ordonez

Bill Clinton: Hillary does not have brain damage

Former President Bill Clinton says his wife works out daily and is “still quicker than I am” when it comes to mental acuity, denying an assertion that a fall in 2012 left Hillary Clinton sicker than she’s admitted. | 05/14/14 16:38:24 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama pick for Georgia court faces tough opposition -- from Senate Democrats

President Barack Obama has had a hard time getting his nominees for federal judgeships through the Senate confirmation process, but this time the resistance is coming from members of his own party. | 05/14/14 06:52:45 By - By Lindsay Wise and Lesley Clark

Ex-soldier receives Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan

When President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around former Army Sgt. Kyle White’s neck, the Charlotte, N.C., man became just the seventh living recipient of the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. | 05/13/14 17:31:29 By - By Franco Ordonez

Contrary to Karl Rove, Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks Hillary Clinton is fine

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., admits that he's no doctor - and doesn't play one on TV - but he thinks that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks perfectly fine to him. | 05/13/14 15:39:28 By - William Douglas

Obama briefed on U.S. cases of deadly MERS virus

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, also known as MERS, after two cases were reported in the U.S., a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. | 05/13/14 14:57:13 By - By Lindsay Wise

White House says US team is helping in Nigeria

A U.S. team that includes FBI officials with hostage negotiation skills is in Nigeria to help with the search for the nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls, the White House said Monday. | 05/13/14 05:58:02 By - By Lesley Clark

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx backs same-sex marriage

Transportation Secretary and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said Monday that he supported gay marriage and that North Carolina was wrong when it passed its law banning same-sex marriage. | 05/12/14 17:48:55 By - By Franco Ordonez

Obama, Uruguayan president discuss trade at White House

The president of Uruguay met with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, a meeting that centered on the nations’ mutual desires to boost trade and other aspects of their relationship. | 05/12/14 17:02:38 By - By Chris Adams

Michelle Obama: We're outraged and heartbroken by Nigeria

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered her first solo weekly presidential address today, decrying the abduction of hundreds of young girls in Nigeria and pledging that her husband has directed the U.S. government to do all it can to bring them home. | 05/10/14 13:15:32 By - Lesley Clark

Venezuelans from throughout U.S. rally in D.C. to push for sanctions

Venezuelans stormed into Washington on Friday, rallying for sanctions against their home country’s regime and protesting what they said was the White House’s timid attempts to address that nation’s growing political crisis. | 05/09/14 19:57:45 By - By Chris Adams

Solar panels finally arrive atop the White House

The White House is finally on the solar grid, in response to prodding by environmentalists and nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the historic building’s roof. | 05/09/14 16:50:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Burwell easily clears 1st confirmation hurdle for HHS head

The first Senate nomination hearing for prospective Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell offered no political fireworks or surprises Thursday. | 05/09/14 06:57:07 By - By Tony Pugh

The White House (finally) goes solar

The sun has come out at the White House -- at long last. Years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the White House roof, the Obama administration will announce today that installation is complete. | 05/09/14 06:14:17 By - Lesley Clark

Obama’s talking climate change, but is anyone listening?

President Barack Obama will seek to make the case Friday for the urgency of fighting climate change with a speech at a California Walmart, but he’s faced with apathy among the public and hostility from congressional Republicans. | 05/08/14 17:42:31 By - By Sean Cockerham and Lesley Clark

Obama and Putin to mark WWII anniversary, but unlikely to meet

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin both plan to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day next month in Normandy, but it’s unlikely they’ll be meeting. | 05/08/14 17:37:00 By - By Lesley Clark

Raleigh museum wins top award at White House ceremony

For 15-year-old Molly Paul, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has felt like a second home. | 05/08/14 13:32:51 By - By Renee Schoof

President Obama's day: Full on fundraising

President Barack Obama embarks this morning on a full day of fundraising -- packing in four events in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose as he warns Democrats to show up at the polls in November -- or face Republican majorities in the House and Senate. | 05/08/14 08:04:08 By - Lesley Clark

WH points to GOP fundraising on Benghazi, won’t say if it will cooperate

The White House isn’t yet saying whether it will cooperate with a new House investigation into the September 2012 attack in Libya -- but it stressed Wednesday that Republicans are raising money to support the endeavor. | 05/07/14 18:16:19 By - By Lesley Clark

US sends Nigeria help in search for missing girls

The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria was meeting today with Nigeria’s national security advisor to coordinate assistance to the country as it looks for more than 200 girls and young women kidnapped by a terrorist group, the White House said. | 05/07/14 17:52:51 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to make 1st presidential visit to Arkansas, tour storm damage

President Obama will make his first trip to Arkansas as president today, touring the damage from a recent swath of tornadoes | 05/07/14 08:15:35 By - Lesley Clark

White House turns to weather reporters for climate change news

President Barack Obama is holding interviews on the White House lawn today with meteorologists from across the country to publicize a new administration report that says the effects of “human-induced” climate change are already being felt across the country -- with rising seas along the coastline and wildfires scarring the West. | 05/07/14 12:55:05 By - By Lesley Clark

Report says climate change is here, lays out U.S. impacts

Saying climate change has “moved firmly into the present,” a federal scientific panel released a report Tuesday that catalogs the impacts of such changes, saying some would be beneficial “but many more are detrimental.” | 05/07/14 06:47:31 By - By Chris Adams

Obama: US will do 'everything it can' to help Nigeria find abducted girls

Nigeria has accepted a U.S. offer to have a team of experts help with efforts to locate more than 200 girls abducted three weeks ago by a group the U.S. considers a terrorist organization. | 05/07/14 06:52:22 By - By Lesley Clark

Monica Lewinsky breaks years-long silence about Clinton affair, aftermath

Monica Lewinsky is breaking her silence. The woman who became famous more than 15 years ago when, as a White House intern, she had a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton, has written an exclusive account of that experience (and the years since) for Vanity Fair. | 05/06/14 13:17:27 By - Adam Carlson

White House calls Nigeria abductions an ‘outrage’

The White House says President Barack Obama’s national security team is monitoring the situation in Nigeria, calling the abduction of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls an “outrage and a terrible tragedy.” | 05/06/14 05:39:18 By - By Lesley Clark

White House cooperation with Benghazi panel questionable

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney implied Monday that the administration won’t cooperate with the latest House panel looking into the administration’s handling of the 2012 attack in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. | 05/06/14 05:39:18 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden: Wish I could have kept the Corvette

Vice President Joe Biden made a push for immigration reform -- and joked about his star turn at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner -- at a Cinco de Mayo event on Monday, calling on House Republicans to take up a Senate-backed immigration overhaul and defending his remarks that 11 million undocumented immigrants are “already American citizens.” | 05/05/14 12:45:49 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama, Merkel pledge tougher steps if Russia disrupts Ukraine elections

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Friday to tighten sanctions against Russia’s economy if it continues to provoke violence in eastern Ukraine and disrupts this month’s Ukrainian presidential election. | 05/02/14 17:52:12 By - By Lesley Clark

White House calls for stronger privacy laws to protect consumers’ data

The White House released a report Thursday that warned data collection can reveal consumers’ intimate personal details and lead to discrimination. | 05/01/14 18:25:38 By - By Lindsay Wise

GWB: Run, Jeb, Run

Former President George W. Bush is all for his younger brother Jeb running for president. | 05/01/14 18:03:53 By - By Maria Recio

Florida loves Jeb Bush, but it may like Hillary Clinton more

Clinton leads Bush--the top Republican choice--by 8 in Florida. | 05/01/14 08:00:21 By - David Lightman

States using federal marketplaces spent far less on enrollment assistance

- State-run and partnership marketplaces spent vastly more on enrollment efforts than states that used the federal marketplace, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. | 05/01/14 06:31:59 By - By Tony Pugh

White House back on defensive about Benghazi

The White House on Wednesday dismissed allegations by Republicans that newly released emails prove the administration’s response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, was politically calculated. | 04/30/14 19:26:03 By - By Lesley Clark and Lindsay Wise

Controversial Armenian rug will go on display

A lobbying campaign led in part by California lawmakers has borne fruit, with a White House agreement to allow display of the politically contentious artifact known as the Armenian Orphan Rug, though where has not yet been determined. | 04/30/14 15:38:44 By - By Michael Doyle

White House outlines efforts to combat campus sexual assault

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a celebrity public service announcement, a new website - NotAlone.gov - and a series of recommendations aimed at lowering the alarming rate of sexual assaults on college campuses. | 04/29/14 18:47:01 By - By Lesley Clark and Renee Schoof

White House to unveil efforts to combat sexual violence on campuses

The Obama administration Tuesday will unveil a new website -- NotAlone.gov -- and a series of steps aimed at preventing campus sexual assault. | 04/29/14 06:02:44 By - Lesley Clark

Obama on track to deport more immigrants than previous presidents

The National People's Action group, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance organized a rally Monday to demand President Obama immediately halt deportations and prioritize family unity. | 04/28/14 18:31:04 By - Christin Roby

Panel: White House press corps doesn’t yet reflect America

While the dynamic in the White House press briefing room has changed drastically from the days when minority reporters were barred, the level of diversity among reporters who cover the presidency still doesn’t reflect the makeup of the country as a whole, a panel of current and former Washington journalists said Monday. | 04/28/14 17:48:49 By - By Lauren Kirkwood

3 waiters have decades of service at White House press dinner

They’ve seen it all, the grand old men of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. | 04/28/14 14:02:49 By - By Steven Thomma

U.S. calls Russia's role in Ukraine violence 'indisputable,' imposes new sanctions

The Obama administration imposed new sanctions on Russian businesses and individuals Monday in retaliation for what the White House said was Russia's failure to abide by an April 17 agreement intended to reduce tensions in Ukraine. | 04/28/14 09:12:58 By - By Kevin Hall

U.S. signs defense accord with Philippines

With President Barack Obama scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on Monday, the United States announced Sunday that it will sign a defense agreement with the island nation that will give American troops, ships and aircraft more access to the Philippines than they’ve had since the last U.S. military base closed here in 1992. | 04/27/14 14:07:58 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

Obama seeks to reassure Philippines, America’s longest ally in Asia

When U.S. President Barack Obama arrives Monday in Manila, he’ll seek to reassure Filipinos that the United States would stand behind them in any confrontation with China, without doing so in a way that riles Beijing. | 04/27/14 09:45:40 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

Military tension builds in Ukraine

When the Obama administration struck a deal last week with Russia to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama described the diplomatic agreement as “a glimmer of hope.” | 04/25/14 17:53:40 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama keeps immigration debate alive ... from Korea

President Barack Obama continues to lobby for an immigration overhaul from 7,000 miles away. Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for servicemembers at a war memorial in Seoul, Korea, President Obama told the newest citizens they were an example of how “America is strengthened by immigrants.” | 04/25/14 17:56:56 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Trade deal eludes Obama in Japan; more talks planned

While failing to seal a deal on his ambitious plan to expand trade in the Pacific Rim, President Barack Obama on Thursday said a long-stalled trade pact still can be finalized if Japan opens its markets and accepts more U.S. exports of everything from cars to farm goods. | 04/25/14 12:13:55 By - By Rob Hotakainen

World War II complicates Obama’s trip to Asia

Seven decades after it ended, World War II still cuts through the conscience and politics of Asia. | 04/25/14 12:34:25 By - By Lesley Clark

Lots of pomp but no trade deal in Obama’s visit to Japan

President Barack Obama spent his first full day of a weeklong Asia trip aimed at renewing U.S. ties to the region with the red-carpeted pomp of a state dinner, a visit to a shrine _ where he left a prayer card _ and the “full trust” of Japan’s prime minister that the U.S. will back it in a tiff over disputed land with China. | 04/24/14 11:47:53 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to Japan: May we always take care of each other

President Barack Obama closed out his first full day of a week-long trip to Asia on Thursday with a state dinner at Japan's Imperial Palace and a toast to the U.S.-Japan alliance. | 04/24/14 05:48:15 By - Lesley Clark

Obama meets with family of Japanese abducted by North Korea

President Barack Obama met Thursday with the relatives of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s as part of a show of solidarity with Japan. | 04/24/14 05:48:15 By - Lesley Clark

Obama starts Asia tour with a message to China

President Barack Obama kicked off a tour of Asia on Wednesday with a pointed message to China and the entire region: The U.S. stands resolutely with Japan in a long dispute over some small islands in the East China Sea. | 04/23/14 15:52:20 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama arrives in Japan to begin week-long Asia visit

Obama, who is making the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president since former president Bill Clinton, arrived at Haneda International Airport shortly before 7 p.m. local time and was to have a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. | 04/23/14 07:38:06 By - Lesley Clark

Obama seeks to reassure Japan in China-Japan island dispute

President Barack Obama told a Japanese newspaper on the eve of his arrival here that the U.S. considers the small islands in the East China Sea subject to a bitter Chinese-Japanese dispute within the scope of a U.S.-Japan security treaty. | 04/23/14 06:08:08 By - By Lesley Clark

White House welcomes thousands for annual Easter Egg Roll

Thousands of kids swarmed the White House Monday for the 136th running of the White House Easter Egg Roll, shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrities from Jim Carrey to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. At stake were precious commemorative eggs bearing the signatures of the president and first lady or paw prints of White House dogs Sunny and Bo. | 04/21/14 15:34:33 By - Sean Kennedy

Clinton has big lead in N.H., but most people haven't finished deciding

Hillary Clinton is way ahead of other Democrats in the New Hampshire race for the 2016 presidential nomination and Republicans are scrambled--but most voters are far from deciding. | 04/18/14 20:05:26 By - David Lightmanh

On upcoming trip, Obama will try to pivot to Asia - again

President Barack Obama will leave Tuesday for a four-nation trip to Asia, looking to recharge a focus on the region, an ambitious initiative that’s been sidetracked by domestic politics and international conflicts elsewhere. | 04/18/14 18:36:29 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama Administration delays Keystone Pipeline decision

The Obama Administration is again delaying a decision on approving the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, likely putting off any action until after the November midterm elections. | 04/18/14 15:29:35 By - By Sean Cockerham

Biden's son: Up and coming Democratic star?

Beau Biden, 45, the state's attorney general for the past eight years, said on his web site he would not seek another term as attorney general this year so he could work on the 2016 gubernatorial race. | 04/18/14 09:10:33 By - David Lightman

Health care enrollment hits 8 million, Obama says

More than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a triumphant President Barack Obama announced Thursday. | 04/18/14 06:26:58 By - By Lesley Clark and Lindsay Wise

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House. | 04/18/14 19:14:59 By - By Sam Sturgis

All eyes will be on trade when Obama heads to Asia

President Barack Obama will travel next week to Asia with the centerpiece of his planned focus on the region still in limbo amid opposition from his own party and thorny tangles with powerhouse Japan over trade. | 04/17/14 17:37:00 By - By Lesley Clark and Rob Hotakainen

First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address this year at an assembly of public high schools in Topeka, Kansas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, the White House announced on Thursday. | 04/17/14 13:59:15 By - By Lindsay Wise

Clinton way ahead among 2016 Democrats; Republican field scrambled

Hillary Clinton's way ahead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and the Republican field is scrambled with no clear front-runner, according to a new Fox News poll. | 04/17/14 08:08:38 By - David Lightman

Obama, Biden tout new efforts to improve job skills training

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pa., on Wednesday to talk about new efforts to link up job training with what employers need. | 04/17/14 06:56:39 By - By Renee Schoof

White House presses GOP to vote on immigration while backing away from taking independent action

President Barack Obama stepped up the pressure on House Republicans Wednesday to take up immigration reform while his staff has sought to tamper speculation that he will take up independent executive action to reduce deportations of those here illegally. | 04/16/14 15:07:46 By - By Franco Ordoñez

Democrats' health care approach gets higher marks in new poll

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found about one-third of those responding said they prefer the Democrats' approach to health care. Republicans polled 18 percent. | 04/16/14 10:52:58 By - David Lightman

Huckabee tops 2016 presidential poll in Iowa

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the top choice at the moment for potential Iowa Republican caucus voters, according to a new Loras College poll. | 04/15/14 17:56:29 By - David Lightman

Obama speaks about Kansas City shootings at Easter prayer breakfast

President Barack Obama on Monday called on Americans to unite against intolerance after the fatal shootings over the weekend in suburban Kansas City. | 04/14/14 12:38:56 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama’s income drops in 2013, tax returns show

The White House on Friday released the president’s federal and state income tax returns, revealing that Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama earned $503,183 last year and paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent. | 04/14/14 12:12:08 By - By Lindsay Wise

With Sebelius gone, what’s next for Obamacare?

The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius comes at an opportune time for the Obama administration. | 04/13/14 12:29:20 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama looks to pivot from health care roll-out

President Barack Obama worked to turn a page Friday on his signature health care law, nominating White House aide Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace embattled Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services. | 04/11/14 17:55:26 By - By Lindsay Wise and David Lightman

54 percent disapprove, 43 percent approve of health care law, Gallup finds

A lot of people still don’t like the Affordable Care Act, a new Gallup poll released Friday found. | 04/11/14 16:40:13 By - By David Lightman

Treasury sanctions annexation abetters

The Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned seven individuals and a Crimea-based gas company for their alleged roles in the tense standoff between Russia and its neighbor Ukraine. | 04/11/14 15:09:45 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama pays tribute to LBJ, hails power of government to effect change

President Barack Obama paid homage to Lyndon B. Johnson on Thursday in a speech that celebrated the power of government to effect change_and linked his own election to Johnson’s legislative legacy. | 04/11/14 06:39:50 By - By Lindsay Wise

Sebelius resigns after turbulent stint at HHS

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, ending a turbulent five-year tenure that saw her become the public face of the troubled federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov. | 04/11/14 06:36:35 By - By Tony Pugh, Lindsay Wise and Dave Helling

Sebelius: marketplace enrollment hits 7.5 million, Medicare spending slows

- More than 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for marketplace health coverage, including 400,000 who purchased coverage as part of a special enrollment period that began on April 1. | 04/11/14 06:39:50 By - By Tony Pugh

White House news group honors black reporter it once barred

Harry S. McAlpin made history in February 1944 when he became the first black reporter to cover a presidential news conference at the White House. | 04/10/14 14:19:35 By - By Lesley Clark

White House 'awarded' for press freedom

The White House -- which has been pilloried by the press corps for limiting access to President Barack Obama -- is getting a dubious award for those efforts: a Jefferson Muzzle. | 04/10/14 00:01:35 By - Lesley Clark

Obama to pay homage to - and dodge comparisons with - LBJ’s legacy

President Barack Obama comes face to face Thursday with the legacy of Lyndon Johnson. | 04/09/14 18:49:42 By - By Lesley Clark and Lindsay Wise

Clinton has big lead among Iowa Dems, but GOP field is muddled, Suffolk U. poll finds

Hillary Clinton is way ahead among Iowa Democratic voters as their choice for the 2016 presidential nomination, but the Republican field is scrambled, according to a new Suffolk University poll. | 04/09/14 15:45:25 By - By David Lightman

Proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage plans out, payment hikes in

In a move that blunts a potent line of political attacks from Republicans, the Obama administration reversed itself on Monday, announcing that private health plans that provide Medicare benefits will see a slight increase in government payments next year, rather than the reduction that was proposed earlier. | 04/08/14 07:19:56 By - By Tony Pugh

President Obama visits a high school to announce winners of Youth CareerConnect grants

President Barack Obama visited a high school outside Washington on Monday to announce winners of a new grants competition aimed at making high schools, as he put it, “more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people.” | 04/07/14 18:05:38 By - By Renee Schoof

White House defends its own wage gap as Obama focuses on equal pay for women

President Barack Obama will announce a pair of moves Tuesday that the White House says will help ensure that women are paid the same salary as men for doing the same job. | 04/07/14 16:19:37 By - By Lesley Clark

Tunisian PM visits White House, secures $500 million loan guarantee

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa traveled to the U.S. this week seeking an economic boost to help stabilize his country’s fledgling democracy. | 04/04/14 17:51:31 By - By Lindsay Wise

WH objects to Big Papi selfie with Obama

The selfie from the South Lawn that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz shot with President Obama may have gone viral -- but the White House isn’t happy about it. | 04/03/14 18:19:33 By - By Lesley Clark

With 7 million enrolled, Obama exudes new confidence about health care law

More than 7 million Americans have now enrolled in private coverage on the nation’s health insurance marketplaces, thanks to a wave of late signups that has pushed the latest enrollment tally beyond the original goal set by the Congressional Budget Office. | 04/02/14 07:06:40 By - By Tony Pugh and Lindsay Wise

WH: Obama’s not made a decision on releasing Israeli spy

President Barack Obama hasn’t made a decision on whether to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of Middle East peace negotiations, the White House said Tuesday. | 04/01/14 20:43:03 By - By Lesley Clark

Idaho man sentenced to 25 years in prison for firing assault rifle at White House

An Idaho man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday after driving across the country to launch a one-man attack on the White House using a semi-automatic assault rifle. | 03/31/14 17:57:48 By - By Lindsay Wise

White House dismisses senator’s allegation that administration ‘cooked the books’ on Obamacare

The White House on Monday dismissed a Republian senator’s accusation that the Obama administration was “cooking the books” by inflating the number of Americans who’ve enrolled for health care under the Affordable Care Act. | 03/31/14 17:44:58 By - By Lindsay Wise

Obama honors Saudi woman's fight against abuse, heads back to Washington

President Barack Obama wrapped up a weeklong trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia on Saturday. | 03/29/14 06:37:57 By - By Lesley Clark

Vladimir Putin haunts - or helps - Obama’s trip to Europe

President Barack Obama planned this week’s trip to Europe with a short but important to-do list: Try to squelch the impression that he’s indifferent towards the continent, cement his legacy on nuclear security and pay respects to a new pope. | 03/28/14 19:36:01 By - By William Douglas, Lindsay Wise and Lesley Clark

Putin to Obama: Let’s talk about Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a U.S. proposal to resolve the crisis in Ukraine – and they agreed to have Secretary of State John Kerry meet with his Russian counterpart to discuss it, the White House and Kremlin said. | 03/28/14 19:27:36 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Obama seeks to assure Saudis

President Barack Obama met for two hours in the desert late Friday with Saudi Arabia’s 89-year-old monarch, King Abdullah, seeking to reassure a nervous longtime ally that the U.S. is in its corner as he closed out a weeklong overseas trip focused on a series of global crises. | 03/28/14 18:42:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Putin calls Obama on Ukraine

The White House says Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama today to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine -- and that they agreed to have Secretary of State John Kerry meet with his Russian counterpart to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. | 03/28/14 17:19:45 By - By Lesley Clark

Pope and president all smiles, but Vatican official also raises religious freedom in U.S.

President Barack Obama proclaimed himself a “great admirer” as he met Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, delivering a box of vegetable seeds from the White House garden, along with an invite to tour it in person. | 03/27/14 18:17:15 By - By Lesley Clark

‘I’m a great admirer,’ Obama meets Pope Francis

President Barack Obama proclaimed himself a “great admirer” as he met Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, delivering a box of vegetable seeds from the White House garden, along with an invite to tour it in person. | 03/27/14 15:42:42 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama next heads to Vatican to meet Pope Francis

President Barack Obama will arrive at the Vatican on Thursday eager to meet the new pope he’s quoted in a speech and lauded on television – and perhaps to bask in a little of Pope Francis’ stratospheric popularity. | 03/26/14 18:19:35 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama calls Russia only a ‘regional power’ as he defends his foreign policy

President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered a jab at Russia – and his 2012 Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney – downplaying Russia’s influence in the world by referring to it as a “regional power” and saying he’s more concerned about a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan than he is about a Russian threat. | 03/25/14 18:25:45 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S., allies throw Russia out of G-8

President Barack Obama and leaders of the world’s largest industrialized countries expelled Russia from the group until it “changes course” in Ukraine and formally canceled plans to attend an economic summit in Russia in June. | 03/24/14 18:14:14 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to Europe: If Russia continues to escalate, we need to impose more costs

As he opens up a visit to Europe likely to be dominated by the crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama is warning that if Russia continues to escalate its intervention into Ukraine, the U.S. and Europe “need to be prepared to impose a greater cost.” | 03/24/14 12:11:53 By - By Lesley Clark

U.S. response to Ukraine crisis muddled by years of inattention

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, made official on Friday, was either entirely predictable or a total surprise. | 03/22/14 12:17:25 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Ukraine puts Obama’s slow and steady global approach in the spotlight

President Barack Obama’s penchant for diplomacy and soft power is being tested by the burgeoning crisis in Ukraine, as he seeks to punish Russia for annexing Crimea while preventing a larger conflict should Moscow continue encroaching on its neighbors. | 03/21/14 09:41:27 By - By Lesley Clark

Michelle Obama arrives in Beijing with her mother and daughters in U.S. ‘soft power’ push

Landing on an unusually blue-sky Beijing afternoon, Michelle Obama launched a six-day trip to China on Thursday, aimed at smoothing Sino-U.S. relations with a carefully orchestrated exercise in soft diplomacy. | 03/21/14 09:37:47 By - By Stuart Leavenworth

U.S., Russia impose dueling travel bans; Obama opens door to Russian energy sanctions

The Obama administration on Thursday sanctioned several top Russian politicians and key business oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, raising the stakes in a blossoming international crisis and opening the door for targeting Russia’s vital energy sector. | 03/20/14 18:53:44 By - By Kevin G. Hall

President Obama to make his Ellen presidential debut, pitching health care

President Obama will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show via a live shot from the White House on Thursday, as part of the administration's pitch to persuade women and moms to encourage their kids to sign up for health care. | 03/20/14 07:39:50 By - Lesley Clark

Obama: No military intervention in Ukraine

President Obama says the U.S. won’t take military action in Ukraine, where Russian President Vladimir Putin sent in troops to seize Crimea. | 03/20/14 11:01:28 By - By Lesley Clark

Louisville and Florida are among President Obama’s picks for the Final Four

The White House unveiled President Obama’s brackets for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments -- and the nation’s basketball fan-in-chief has Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, and Arizona headed to the Final Four. | 03/20/14 07:39:50 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama summons world leaders for meeting on Ukraine

With the crisis in Ukraine intensifying, President Obama today invited his counterparts from the seven largest industrialized countries to a meeting next week on the margins of a Nuclear Security Summit Obama will attend at The Hague. | 03/20/14 07:39:50 By - By Lesley Clark

At last, a nation honors slighted heroes

Uncommonly brave men and their loved ones gathered in the White House for belated recognition Tuesday, as President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to 24 standout soldiers. | 03/18/14 19:02:04 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama seeks summit in Europe to address Russia

Unable to slow Russia’s moves in Ukraine, President Barack Obama moved Tuesday to convene an extraordinary summit of top economic powers in Europe, as aides signaled more sanctions against elite Russians. | 03/18/14 18:53:54 By - By Lesley Clark

Biden in Poland to 'reassure' US allies in wake of Russian intervention

Vice President Joe Biden landed in Poland Tuesday morning on a trip designed to reassure U.S. allies worried about Russia’s aggressive move in Ukraine and what it might mean for the rest of the region. | 03/18/14 14:29:06 By - Lesley Clark

U.S. targets 11 in first response to Crimea vote as Russia recognizes region’s independence

The Obama administration hit at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle Monday in a bid to punish Russia for poaching Crimea from Ukraine, slapping sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials it said had been instrumental in orchestrating the division. | 03/18/14 07:18:12 By - By Lesley Clark and Kevin G. Hall

White House taps March Madness fans for healthcare.gov

Anxious to get more young people to sign up for health care insurance, the Obama administration is tapping President Barack Obama's passion for basketball in an effort to lure in March Madness fans. | 03/18/14 06:22:51 By - Lesley Clark

White House: Sports injuries can be costly

The White House is hoping to tap into March Madness to encourage basketball fans to sign up for health insurance by the March 31 deadline -- and plans to release a report today on the incidence and economic costs of common sports injuries, like sprains and fractures. | 03/18/14 06:22:51 By - Lesley Clark

President Obama announces sanctions against Russian and Ukranian officials

The United States moved Monday to put the economic squeeze on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine with President Barack Obama announcing sanctions against officials with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. | 03/18/14 06:22:51 By - Lesley Clark

Gallup: Most Americans do not believe health care system 'is in crisis'

More sobering news for supporters of the Affordable Care Act: Two-thirds of Americans are satisfied with how the health care system works for them, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. | 03/17/14 09:29:29 By - David Lightman

Obama meets with immigration advocates in wake of criticism over his record on deportations

President Obama was meeting Friday with a host of immigration advocates -- a day after he said he’d direct his administration to find a more “humane” way to enforce immigration laws. | 03/14/14 19:04:38 By - By Lesley Clark

White House announces proposed steps to improve college job training

The Obama administration on Friday announced it’s taking some steps to protect students from predatory job-training colleges, where some students end up with heavy loan debt but no degree to show for it. | 03/14/14 06:18:24 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama to sign order requiring biz to pay more overtime

President Obama signed an executive order that will require some businesses to pay more overtime to workers who have been exempt in the past. | 03/14/14 06:18:24 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama meets Ukrainian leader and pledges support; Kerry to begin Russia talks

President Barack Obama delivered an Oval Office rebuke Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin with Ukraine’s new prime minister at his side, warning that the U.S. and the international community would be “forced to apply a cost” should Russia refuse to withdraw from Crimea. | 03/13/14 07:53:14 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

Obama launches effort focused on economic issues facing women

President Barack Obama launched a new effort Wednesday designed to highlight economic issues facing women. | 03/13/14 05:13:24 By - By Anita Kumar

Health care enrollment may only reach 5.4 million

Only 5.4 million people are on track to purchase marketplace health coverage by the time open enrollment ends on March 31, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health. | 03/13/14 05:13:24 By - By Tony Pugh

Health care enrollments reach 4.2 million, but young adults remain elusive

More than 4.2 million people have signed up for coverage on the nation’s health insurance marketplaces through February, but low participation from young adults and early technical problems with the website have jeopardized the government’s goal of enrolling 6 million people by March 31. | 03/12/14 06:45:29 By - By Tony Pugh

Comedian in chief? President Obama pitches health care on Funny or Die

President Obama traded barbs with Zach Galifianakis on the comedian’s ‘Funny or Die’ show “Between Two Ferns” in a bid to convince young invincibles to sign up for health care. | 03/11/14 15:49:34 By - By Lesley Clark

Federal agencies struggle to respond to public records requests

Some federal agencies are struggling to respond to public records requests made through the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new report released Monday. | 03/11/14 06:20:20 By - By Anita Kumar

White House to host Ukraine leader

President Barack Obama will host Ukraine’s new Prime Minister at the White House on March 12 as the standoff over Russian troops in Ukraine’s Crimean region continues to intensify. | 03/11/14 06:20:20 By - By Lesley Clark

White House spearheads efforts to teach students to handle money

Most students don’t know how to handle their money. The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans on Monday recommended addressing that problem by integrating hands-on financial education into curricula as early as prekindergarten. | 03/10/14 18:49:24 By - Fatimah Waseem

Obama administration abandons Medicare changes

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will not proceed with several contentious proposals to change the Medicare prescription drug program in 2015 after congressional Democrats and Republicans expressed major concerns about the plans. | 03/10/14 18:00:06 By - Tony Pugh

Moms know best, White House says

With three weeks to go before the March 31 health insurance enrollment deadline, the White House is picking up the pace -- this week spotlighting women and moms with “Moms Know Best” week. | 03/10/14 11:45:57 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to pitch health care on WebMD

President Obama next week will champion his health care law on WebMD, which bills itself as the “leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals.” | 03/10/14 10:47:23 By - By Lesley Clark

White House says Turkey's Erdogan misrepresenting his phone call with Obama

In an unusual rebuke, the White House said Friday that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had misrepresented a telephone conversation with President Barack Obama last month. A White House official said Erdogan’s version of the Feb. 19 conversation, which he’s now repeated twice, is “not accurate.” | 03/07/14 23:30:52 By - By Roy Gutman

'Hop into Healthy,' Get your tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll

Free tickets for the the White House annual Easter extravaganza are up for grabs today as the White House announced the theme for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll: “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” | 03/07/14 12:00:33 By -

White House defends the Russia re-set

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton five years ago Thursday hit the button on a re-set with Russia that has since been abandoned. | 03/07/14 06:24:53 By - Lesley Clark

Obama says he's 'champion in chief' for immigration fix

President Obama insisted Thursday he's the "champion in chief" for immigration reform, refuting Hispanic critics who've dubbed him the "deporter in chief." | 03/07/14 06:24:53 By - Lesley Clark

President Obama, first lady visit Miami to launch new college financial aid form drive

The president and first lady are scheduled to visit a high school in Miami on Friday to launch a new FAFSA completion drive and talk about education proposals in the president's budget proposal. | 03/07/14 12:00:33 By - Renee Schoof

Obama's Florida visit ruffling feathers

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are staying in Key Largo, Fla., for the weekend -- much to the dismay of some of their purported weekend neighbors. | 03/07/14 12:00:33 By - Lesley Clark

Obama calls Crimea referendum a violation of international law

President Obama said Thursday that a proposed referendum for Crimea to join Russia violates Ukraine's constitution and international law. | 03/06/14 08:27:02 By - Lesley Clark

Canceled health insurance plans extended - again

Americans whose 2013 health insurance policies were supposed to be canceled this year because they don’t meet tough new standards under the Affordable Care Act can now renew those noncompliant policies for another two years if their home states allow it, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. | 03/06/14 06:45:57 By - By Tony Pugh

White House blasts Senate for blocking controversial nominee

The White House ripped the Senate for failing to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the civil rights division at the Department of Justice, calling it a "travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant." | 03/06/14 06:20:30 By - Lesley Clark

Obama accuses Russian President Putin of flouting international law

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that there's universal agreement that Russia has violated international law by sending troops into neighboring Ukraine. | 03/05/14 06:06:08 By - Lesley Clark

Biden hits the campaign trail for Senate hopefuls

Vice President Joe Biden, who said he's been asked to campaign in more than 100 congressional districts, heads to Atlanta today for an event for Michelle Nunn, a U.S. Senate hopeful. | 03/05/14 06:06:08 By - Lesley Clark

Obama proposes budget, Democratic playbook for election

President Barack Obama proposed a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday seeking new life for core Democratic proposals including preschool, job training and climate change research, paid for with another round of tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and big businesses. | 03/04/14 18:07:22 By - By Anita Kumar and David Lightman

First Lady Michelle Obama to travel to China

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, will travel to China late this month, the White House announced Monday. | 03/04/14 04:08:24 By - Anita Kumar

Netanyahu tells Obama: We’re doing all we can for peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Monday that “Israel has been doing its part” to forge peace, but that it’s been met with “incessant Palestinian incitement.” | 03/03/14 18:17:47 By - By Lesley Clark

Obama to press Netanyahu on peace talks

President Obama says in an interview published ahead of his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he fears time is running out on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. | 03/03/14 05:45:24 By - Lesley Clark

Cold War II? Obama legacy hangs on Russia

President Barack Obama - who sought to “reset” U.S. relations with Russia when he took office - now faces the greatest foreign policy challenge of his presidency. | 03/02/14 16:32:48 By - By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar

Obama urges Putin to pull troops back to Crimea bases in 90-minute phone call

President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that he was deeply concerned about the Russian Parliament’s vote to approve military action in Ukraine, according to the White House. | 03/01/14 18:40:17 By - By Anita Kumar

Health insurance enrollment efforts enter their final month

After an horrendous start and months of playing catch-up against a barrage of political attacks, Affordable Care Act supporters have hit the homestretch in their six-month effort to educate and enroll millions of Americans in health insurance. | 03/01/14 11:44:25 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama talks tough to Russia about Ukraine and Crimea; events unclear

President Barack Obama said Friday that he is “deeply concerned” by reports Russia had sent troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region and warned that “there will be costs” for any such military intervention. | 02/28/14 20:03:01 By - By Anita Kumar

Obama to join three former presidents to mark Civil Rights Act 50th at LBJ Library

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will join former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at a civil rights summit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. | 02/28/14 05:57:08 By - Lesley Clark

Obama launches program to bolster minority boys

President Barack Obama will launch a national initiative Thursday designed to improve the lives of minority boys who studies show are disproportionately affected by prison and poverty. | 02/27/14 06:48:38 By - Anita Kumar

Jimmy Kimmel on hosting 2012 WH dinner: 'Never been more nervous in my life'

Joel McHale, the upcoming entertainer for the White House Correspondents' Association upcoming dinner, got a bit of advice for the event from the 2012 host, Jimmy Kimmel. | 02/27/14 05:05:11 By - Lesley Clark

Is it Obamacare or Hillarycare?

Is it Obamacare or Hillarycare? | 02/26/14 12:11:59 By - Anita Kumar

Feds recover record $4.3 billion in health care fraud funds last year

The Obama administration’s health care fraud efforts recovered a record $4.3 billion in taxpayer cash in fiscal year 2013, up from $4.2 billion in 2012. | 02/26/14 05:44:55 By - Tony Pugh

Obama tells supporters they are doing 'God's work'

President Barack Obama rallied his political base Tuesday night, speaking to those attending a summit hosted by Organizing for Action, a group that pushes his policy agenda. | 02/26/14 05:39:49 By - Anita Kumar

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

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, hosted a reception Tuesday night in honor of African-American History Month -- and the veep's reputation for the unscripted remark remains intact. | 02/26/14 05:39:49 By - Lesley Clark

Health care marketplace enrollments approach the four million mark


The Obama administration announced Tuesday that nearly 4 million Americans had now enrolled in health coverage on the state and federal  insurance marketplaces since October  1, 2013.

With just 34 days left in the open enrollment period, roughly 2 million people must sign up for coverage by March 31, in order to meet the Congressional Budget Office estimate of 6 million new enrollees.

“As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care, thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” wrote Medicare Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a blog post on Tuesday…”With individuals and families enrolling in coverage every day, we continue to see strong demand nationwide from consumers who want access to quality, affordable coverage.”

Tavenner said the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace is functioning properly after a problematic debut and the call center has taken more than 12 million calls to date.

Experts expect the exchanges to see a crush of procrastinating insurance buyers as the March 31 deadline nears. 

| 02/26/14 05:39:49 By - Tony Pugh

Obama plugs hometown beer as he presses Congress to expand manufacturing institutes

President Obama unveiled two new manufacturing innovation institutes in Chicago and Detroit on Tuesday, calling on Congress to expand them across the country. | 02/26/14 05:39:49 By - Lesley Clark

Obama, Boehner meet one-on-one for first time in more than a year

The president and the speaker of the House talked Tuesday. | 02/25/14 13:18:44 By - David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Obama to propose 1 percent pay raise for federal workers, troops

President Barack Obama will propose a one percent pay raise for federal employees and members of the military in his budget. | 02/24/14 15:54:54 By - Anita Kumar

Governors take parting partisan shots from White House lawn

A genteel weekend of governors’ meetings suddenly became a partisan showdown at the White House on Monday, as Republicans and Democrats accused each other of being insensitive and, in one case, criticizing a colleague’s remarks as insane. | 02/24/14 15:26:34 By - By David Lightman

Obama to announce two more manufacturing institutes

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce new proposals that are designed to boost manufacturing and create jobs working with private companies at the White House. | 02/24/14 14:45:30 By - Anita Kumar

Obama, Democrats rip GOP as governors gather in D.C.

President Barack Obama and Democratic governors tore into Republicans on Friday as out of touch and insensitive to ordinary Americans, a partisan broadside to open the annual Washington gathering of the nation’s governors. | 02/24/14 06:42:06 By - By David Lightman

So many changes to the health care law, but are they legal?

After President Barack Obama bowed to critics in November and allowed people with canceled health insurance policies to keep their coverage for another year, the White House quickly hit the spin cycle. | 02/24/14 06:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

U.S. re-examining relationship with Uganda after anti-gay law

The Obama administration says it is reassessing its relationship with Uganda after that its president, Yoweri Museveni, signed into law a bill that toughens penalties against gays and defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison. | 02/24/14 15:54:54 By - Anita Kumar

Al Gore brings climate change message to Kansas City

Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view. | 02/23/14 07:59:40 By - By BRIAN BURNES

In DC, nation’s governors bash DC

Top officials of the National Governors Association expressed frustration Saturday with how the nation’s capital operates -- as they launched a three-day quest for more money and other help from Washington lawmakers. | 02/23/14 06:18:12 By - By David Lightman

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