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  • Obama sends White House aides to Ferguson funeral

    August 23, 2014 7:44 PM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the Missouri teenager whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked days of racial unrest. Leading the group for Monday's service will be the chairman of the My Brother's Keeper... more »
  • Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

    August 13, 2014 2:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An internal Homeland Security Department report says immigration officials decided on their own, strictly for budget reasons, to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013. Without consulting then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano or the White House, the agency ultimately freed 2,228 people. The lack of... more »
  • Obama to decide on immigration by end of summer

    August 3, 2014 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A senior White House adviser says President Barack Obama will make a decision by the end of the summer on how to use his authority to address immigrants living illegally in the U.S. Dan Pfeiffer called reports that Obama might delay the deportation of up to 5 million... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    July 23, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says the only downed aircraft the separatists are not taking responsibility for... more »
  • Obama's return to White House delayed by suspicious package

    July 18, 2014 2:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was held aboard Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base until the package at the White House... more »
  • More Clinton White House records to be released

    July 16, 2014 9:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Archives says it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. About 1,000 pages of documents will be released Friday through the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock,... more »
  • Obama wants large companies to help small businesses

    July 11, 2014 5:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says companies like Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small business. President Barack Obama will launch an initiative Friday called SupplierPay. Twenty-six companies have agreed to participate. The companies are committing to pay... more »
  • Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

    June 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own. Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action. Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration... more »
  • White House: Ruling endangers women's health

    June 30, 2014 12:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that women should make their own personal health decisions. ... more »
  • Obama: US will send up to 300 military to Iraq

    June 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting. The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team. Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but... more »
  • White House opposes House's $570B defense bill

    June 17, 2014 4:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is objecting to the House's $570 billion defense spending bill, complaining about congressional restrictions on handling detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and obstacles to Pentagon cost-saving moves. The Obama administration said Tuesday that the bill would hamper efforts to reduce unneeded... more »
  • White House touts energy policies as rules loom

    May 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants by casting its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources. A 42-page White House report to be... more »
  • Youth sports concussions draws Obama's attention

    May 29, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is drawing attention to youth sports concussions with a White House summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council say not enough is known about how concussions may affect... more »
  • First lady set to respond to school meal critics

    May 27, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards. She is holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has... more »
  • GOP pressing Obama to confront Russia over nukes

    May 27, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty. The Obama administration has acknowledged concerns over Russia's testing of a ground-launched cruise missile, which would violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed... more »
  • White House concerned as unrest spreads to Odessa

    May 5, 2014 3:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's "extremely concerned" by the deteriorating situation in southern Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe have been focused on eastern Ukraine, near Russia, where pro-Russian separatists have been occupying buildings for weeks. But the unrest has spread to Ukraine's southern port of Odessa, where Ukraine's... more »
  • Call for more data privacy

    May 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- There's a call from the White House for Congress to pass new legislation to add more safeguards for data and more protections for emails sought by law enforcement during investigations. President Obama asked for a review in January and the recommendations were made. The President called for... more »
  • White House: New sanctions will hit Putin's circle

    April 27, 2014 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says new penalties expected this week against Russia for its action against Ukraine will affect the people closest to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken says sanctions already in place are projected to push the Russian economy into negative growth. He... more »
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    April 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda. Some of the countries Obama is visiting are eyeing the developments... more »
  • White House objection over selfie

    April 3, 2014 7:32 PM

    WASHINGTON- The White House objects to Samsung promoting a selfie of President Obama taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz using a Samsung phone. Presidential spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the President's likeness is used for commercial purposes. In this case he... more »
  • Obama continues telephone outreach on Ukraine

    March 8, 2014 12:53 PM

    KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is continuing his telephone outreach on Ukraine during his Florida vacation. The president spoke individually Saturday with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande. Obama also held a conference call... more »
  • Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

    February 24, 2014 4:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Governors have broken into a partisan on-camera feud at the White House after meeting with President Barack Obama. Leaders of the National Governors Association appeared Monday before the media claiming harmony and wide agreement, but immediately broke into a partisan dispute. Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Man arrested for trying to climb White House fence

    February 7, 2014 2:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- Authorities say a man has been arrested trying to climb over a fence at the White House. The Secret Service says the unidentified man was apprehended before he could get over the fence. He had two bags with him and authorities are waiting for the Washington police... more »
  • Senate sends farm bill to White House

    February 4, 2014 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - After two years of deadlock, Congress has finally approved a sweeping farm bill. The Senate passed the bill 68-32 after House passage last week. The $100 billion-a-year measure now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. He'll sign it on Friday in Michigan, the home... more »
  • White House calls for passage of jobless benefits

    January 1, 2014 5:30 PM

    HONOLULU - The White House is calling on Congress to make its first legislation of the new year the restoration of unemployment insurance for Americans whose benefits have expired. More than 1 million Americans lost jobless benefits last week. White House economist Gene Sperling says restoring the benefits would not... more »
  • White House lowering insurance expectations

    October 29, 2013 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president's historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured. Facing ongoing problems with the enrollment website, Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner told Congress on Tuesday that "we expect the initial numbers to be small."... more »
  • WH grants insurance sign-up extension

    October 28, 2013 5:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's granting a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law. Monday's move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last... more »
  • Economists lobby for Federal Reserve nomination

    September 11, 2013 7:55 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Obama has food for thought when he selects the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve after 350 economists signed a letter supporting another candidate. The President shows signs of leaning toward nominating his former economic adviser Larry Summers. The economists lobbied for Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen... more »
  • White House: Russian prestige on the line in Syria

    September 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is looking to pin on Russia the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons. White House spokesman Jay Carney says, "Russia is now putting its prestige on the line." He's declining to put a deadline on the diplomatic efforts, but... more »
  • Obama pays tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

    September 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hangs over his observance today of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. During a ceremony at the Pentagon, he vowed to "defend our nation" against the threats that endure, even though they... more »
  • Obama backs UN discussion of Syria arms proposal

    September 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. The official says Obama discussed the proposal Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.... more »
  • Obama set to speak on Syria at White House

    August 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is getting ready to speak about Syria from the White House. A White House official says Obama's remarks will not be about an imminent military operation in Syria, but will be an update to the public about his decisions on how... more »
  • White House: Chemical attack requires response

    August 27, 2013 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is making a legal argument for undertaking a military response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, but says any action taken against the Syrian regime is not intended to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the... more »
  • Undefeated '72 team honored at White House

    August 20, 2013 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - It took a long time but the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins are finally being honored with a White House celebration. The salute is taking place today as President Barack Obama will host former team members and their then-coach, Hall of Famer Don Shula, at a White House... more »
  • La. author among Natl. Medal of Arts winners

    July 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - An author from Pointe Coupee Parish was among 24 recipients of national medals for contributions in the fields of the arts and humanities recognized today by President Barack Obama. Ernest J. Gaines is most known for his novels "A Lesson Before Dying" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane... more »
  • White House: Westboro protests 'reprehensible'

    July 3, 2013 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it can't fulfill a request to deem a group that protests at soldiers' funerals a hate group. But it says President Barack Obama believes such actions are reprehensible. The Obama administration is responding to petitions through the White House website to label the Westboro... more »
  • Biden reporting progress on gun executive actions

    June 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is reporting progress on President Obama's initiatives to reduce gun violence, but says the most important step would be getting a reluctant Congress to pass new firearms laws. Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the administration has completed or significantly advanced 21 of the... more »
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    June 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, 5-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually from food... more »
  • White House: Syria chemical weapons kill up to 150

    June 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The White House blames the Syrian government for the attacks and says the casualty data is likely incomplete. It says it has no reliable, corroborated information to suggest that the Syrian... more »
  • Obama signs bill on lying about military medals

    June 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal. The Stolen Valor Act cleared both chambers of Congress last month. The White House says Obama signed it Monday. The measure revives a law struck down... more »
  • NYC police: Notes to Obama, mayor had gun threats

    May 30, 2013 11:28 AM

    NEW YORK - New York City's police commissioner says angry letters mailed to President Obama, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group contained threats about shooting people in the face. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says he won't quote directly from the letters, because he doesn't want to do the... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to remember the sacrifice of service members

    May 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of the country's fighting men and women. And he says we should "never forget that the nation is still at war," even though the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's... more »
  • GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

    May 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House's release of nearly 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans demanding more information. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says that Republicans hoped the limited release of... more »
  • White House releases Benghazi emails

    May 15, 2013 6:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has released 99 pages of emails and a single page of hand-written notes documenting how the administration crafted its public talking points immediately following September's deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Among the details, the documents show that then-CIA Director David... more »
  • White House 'horrified' hearing of Syria killings

    May 5, 2013 2:04 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The White House says it is "horrified" by reports that more than 100 people were executed Thursday in a western Syrian town. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says those responsible for serious human rights and international law violations must be held accountable. The State Department has cited... more »
  • President to address nation after Boston explosions

    April 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama scheduled a press conference to address the nation after a pair of explosions killed two and injured dozens at the Boston Marathon today. The president is scheduled to speak at 5:10 Central Time, according to the White House. Obama was briefed on Monday's explosions... more »
  • White House: No military moves seen in N. Korea

    April 1, 2013 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says that despite bellicose rhetoric from North Korea the Obama administration has not seen changes in the regime's military posture. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mondays the U.S. has not detected any military mobilization or repositioning of forces from Pyongyang to back up... more »
  • Obamas welcome children to annual Easter Egg Roll

    April 1, 2013 9:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and his family are welcoming thousands of children to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Speaking from the White House's Truman Balcony, the president noted the sunny springtime day for the crowd below. On a day that kids devote to chocolate and... more »
  • White House calls immigration proposal a backup

    February 18, 2013 9:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is downplaying its immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. Republican and Democratic lawmakers tell President Barack Obama that it won't be necessary. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says that Obama wants... more »
  • White House: 'Grave concern' on delayed nominees

    February 17, 2013 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says there's "a grave concern" about delays in assembling President Barack Obama's second-term national security team. Senate Republicans have stalled the nominations of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary and John Brennan to be CIA director. GOP lawmakers want more answers... more »
  • White House seeks 'balanced way' to budget fix

    February 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect the automatic budget cuts scheduled for next month will have on America's middle class. Denis McDonough tells ABC's "This Week" that the economy has been getting stronger over the past few months.... more »
  • Energy Secretary Chu to step down

    February 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    WASHINGTON- Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down. The Energy Department said Friday Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan. Chu is a former director of the Lawrence Berkeley... more »
  • White House: Sandy to blame for lack of growth

    January 30, 2013 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says Superstorm Sandy is partially to blame for the unexpected contraction of the U.S. economy. Top White House economist Alan Krueger says the storm, which battered the East Coast, disrupted economic activity and destroyed $44 billion in fixed capital. Krueger also says federal defense spending... more »
  • Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

    January 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to the heart of avidly pro-gun Virginia. The White House announced Wednesday that Biden would travel to Richmond on Friday along with other Obama administration officials and Democratic... more »
  • Biden meets with Democrats, stoking 2016 chatter

    January 22, 2013 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Joe Biden in 2016? The vice president is stoking speculation that he may be laying groundwork for a presidential campaign with a series of meetings with Democratic supporters throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities. Biden was meeting with delegates from the Democratic National Committee during a private... more »
  • White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly

    January 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from... more »
  • Newtown families invited to Obama gun control event

    January 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of last month's shooting attack at a Connecticut elementary school have been invited to the White House today to see President Barack Obama outline an effort aimed at reducing gun violence. Obama's ideas include bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines --... more »
  • NRA vows to defend gun rights after WH meeting

    January 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby says some participants at its White House meeting seemed more interested in demonizing the Second Amendment than keeping students safe. The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden's school safety study group on Thursday and afterward said the participants spent most... more »
  • White House official: AG, HHS, VA heads to stay

    January 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says Attorney General Eric Holder and the secretaries of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs will remain with the Obama administration as it enters a second term. The official said Holder, who leads the Justice Department, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA... more »
  • Obama, Karzai to meet in Washington on Friday

    January 7, 2013 6:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House on Friday. It's the first in-person meeting for the two leaders since Obama won re-election. His victory meant the continuation of his administration's plans to bring the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan to a close by... more »
  • House gives final passage to fiscal cliff bill

    January 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation to block the "fiscal cliff" is headed to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. The bill will avoid, for now, the major tax increases and government spending cuts that had been scheduled to take effect with the new year. Final approval came in the House... more »
  • Congress gets a raise as country goes over cliff

    December 31, 2012 10:28 PM

    Washington DC - While the country braces for the fiscal cliff, congress will prepare of pay raises. On Thursday the President signed an executive order ending long time pay freezes for federal employees. It ushers in raises for the Vice President, congress, and circuit and district court judges. The VP... more »
  • McConnell: 2 sides close on 'fiscal cliff' deal

    December 31, 2012 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and the White House have agreed on preventing tax hikes that the "fiscal cliff" will trigger after midnight. And he says they are very close to an overall deal that would also prevent budget-wide spending cuts. The Kentucky Republican did not provide... more »
  • House to return to session Sunday evening

    December 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON- The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year. Officials said the Republican leadership informed the GOP rank and file of the plan to meet during a conference call Thursday. It is unclear... more »
  • Obama, Boehner meeting at the White House

    December 17, 2012 10:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are meeting at the White House to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and deficit reduction. The meeting comes as Boehner is offering $1 trillion in higher tax revenue over 10 years and an increase in... more »
  • Obama to address nation about school shooting

    December 14, 2012 2:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will speak from the White House briefing room about the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The president's comments will be at 3:15 EST Friday. They will be his first on the incident, which has left at least 27 people dead, including 18 children.... more »
  • Obama briefed on Connecticut shooting

    December 14, 2012 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning. Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president was first informed about the incident by his counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. Carney says Obama will continue to receive regular updates... more »
  • Obama, Boehner to meet on 'fiscal cliff'

    December 13, 2012 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner later Thursday at the White House amid negotiations on the "fiscal cliff." The meeting comes as Boehner has accused Obama of dragging out negotiations on any agreement to avoid a series of wide-ranging tax... more »
  • Boehner: Differences remain in fiscal cliff talks

    December 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • White House asks agencies to plan for fiscal cliff

    December 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House budget office has asked federal agencies to calculate more than $100 billion in spending cuts that would go into effect in January if Congress and the Obama administration fail to reach agreement to avert the looming fiscal cliff. White House press secretary Jay Carney said... more »
  • White House rejects GOP fiscal cliff counteroffer

    December 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is rejecting a Republican counteroffer aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff," saying it does not meet what the White House calls "the test of balance." White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says the GOP proposal would lower tax rates for the wealthy and stick the... more »
  • GOP proposes new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

    December 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans negotiating with President Barack Obama on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff are proposing to increase the eligibility age for Medicare and to lower cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits. The proposal is a response to Obama's offer last week to hike taxes by $1.6 trillion over... more »
  • WH: Syrian use chem weapons would cross 'red line'

    December 3, 2012 2:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it is increasingly concerned that the beleaguered regime in Syria might be considering use of chemical weapons against its own people and warned that doing so would "cross a red line." White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that U.S. officials are closely... more »
  • Obama to meet with Romney tomorrow

    November 28, 2012 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A private lunch at the White House tomorrow will be the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney since their last debate. Obama had promised in his victory speech earlier this month that he would engage with Romney following their bitter campaign, and that he would... more »
  • Stocks open lower on new fiscal cliff warning

    November 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    NEW YORK - Stocks are opening lower after a warning from White House economists dampened what had been a huge weekend for retailers. Shoppers flooded stores in record numbers over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The organization said 247 million shoppers visited stores and shopping websites during... more »
  • Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

    November 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that... more »
  • Liberal group outlines substantial Medicare cuts

    November 14, 2012 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - A think-tank with ties to the White House is looking to prevent a raid on health care programs during upcoming budget talks. It's released a plan today for some significant savings -- mostly from Medicare. The blueprint from the Center for American Progress spares Medicaid and the new... more »
  • Obama: Wealthy must see higher taxes under plan

    November 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says raising taxes on wealthiest Americans must be part of deficit reduction plan but says he is "open to compromise" and "new ideas." Obama says he will refuse to accept any approach that "isn't balanced." Obama says in his first public comments since the election... more »
  • Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech Play Video

    November 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House. ----- Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »
  • Obama says in victory speech he wants to work with GOP

    November 7, 2012 1:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sounding a conciliatory tone after his re-election victory, saying he has learned from those who supported him and those who opposed him. And he says he returns to Washington "more determined" and "more inspired." He said he's hoping to work with Republicans to solve... more »
  • AP: Obama re-elected to 2nd term

    November 6, 2012 10:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has won re-election to a second term as president, beating back a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Obama prevailed despite a weak economy and high unemployment. Democrats have also retained control of the Senate, according to election results in so far. Republicans look... more »
  • Voters deciding more than the next president

    November 6, 2012 12:32 PM

    UNDATED - Americans are lining up at voting places around the country to give their verdict on a long and bruising campaign for the White House and other matters. In addition to the contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, every House seat, a third of the Senate and... more »
  • Obama turns re-election prospects over to voters

    November 6, 2012 8:45 AM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama is extending congratulations to rival Mitt Romney "on a spirited campaign." Obama says he's "confident we've got the votes to win." Obama says he knows Romney supporters are "just as engaged, just as enthusiastic." Obama spoke to reporters briefly after making calls to Wisconsin campaign... more »
  • Candidates urge supporters to vote

    November 5, 2012 10:33 AM

    UNDATED - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree on one thing: Both say the winner of tomorrow's election will be determined by which of their operations get the most supporters to the polls. In a radio interview airing this morning, Obama said "this is going to be a... more »
  • Romney's path: Win indies, stoke base, no errors

    November 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's plan for victory boils down to this: Convince independent voters he'll change Washington, stoke Republican enthusiasm and avoid unforced errors. The Republican nominee's path to reaching the necessary 270 electoral votes cuts straight through Rust Belt states. The Republican has to stop President Barack Obama from... more »
  • Campaigns hit 7 swing states today

    November 1, 2012 2:36 PM

    ROANOKE, Va. - It's the busiest day of the campaign for the two presidential candidates, their running mates and their wives, who are visiting seven of the swing states that will help determine Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years. Mitt Romney is continuing... more »
  • Biden calls Romney auto ad an 'outrageous lie'

    October 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden is calling advertising released by Republican Mitt Romney "an outrageous lie" for asserting that automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. Biden says in Florida that Romney is "trying to scare the living... more »
  • Campaigns invade other sides' turf

    October 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    MASON, Ohio - Some campaign workers in the battleground state of Ohio have a particularly challenging mission: find votes in opposition territory. President Barack Obama's campaign did well with that strategy in 2008, and won Ohio. The campaign has expanded such behind-the-lines efforts this year in places such as the... more »
  • Romney moves to reframe debate on abortion, autos

    October 30, 2012 5:09 PM

    KETTERING, Ohio - Republican Mitt Romney seems determined to soften his emphasis on abortion and ignore facts critical to the auto industry as he seeks support from key voting groups in the waning days of a close presidential race. That's the message in ads, his own remarks and most... more »
  • Park Service to plant new National Christmas Tree

    October 26, 2012 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Park Service says a new National Christmas Tree will be planted on the Ellipse near the White House this weekend. The planting is scheduled for Saturday before Hurricane Sandy is expected to strike the Mid-Atlantic region. A 28-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce is being transported to Washington... more »
  • Obama, Romney tour debate site

    October 22, 2012 5:07 PM

    BOCA RATON, Fla. - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have toured the site of tonight's debate in the battleground state of Florida. The 90-minute faceoff at Lynn University in Boca Raton will focus on foreign policy. Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS says the questions he'll put before the candidates... more »
  • Obama: Romney's economic plan a 'sketchy deal'

    October 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - President Barack Obama is ridiculing rival Mitt Romney's five-point plan for the economy as a "sketchy deal" that boils down to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Obama told a political rally at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that Romney won't... more »
  • Romney: Obama has failed America's women

    October 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed America's women. The Republican nominee told supporters in Virginia on Wednesday that women have suffered through high unemployment and high poverty rates during Obama's term. Romney says he has a better plan to help them. Romney's push to broaden... more »
  • Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate

    October 16, 2012 10:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will have a chance to persuade at least 80 undecided voters in a debate tonight. That's how many voters will be in the audience at New York's Hofstra University. They'll have the chance to ask questions on domestic issues and... more »

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