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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

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

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