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  • With historic visit, Obama to seek common cause with pope

    August 26, 2015 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to the White House next month will put on display his common cause with President Barack Obama on many issues. When he swept into office in 2008, Obama captured near rock-star status among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • White House launches initiative to combat heroin use

    August 17, 2015 11:22 AM

    EDGARTOWN, MA - The White House is launching a new $5 million initiative to combat heroin use and trafficking of the drug, particularly in states along the East Coast. About half of the money will fund a program to link public health and law enforcement agencies, with the goal... more »
  • President Obama hosts first White House Demo Day

    August 4, 2015 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hosting top innovators and startup founders from across the country for the first White House Demo Day. The White House will showcase work Tuesday by more than 30 startup teams of women, minorities and young people - all underrepresented in entrepreneurship. The exhibits... more »
  • Obama orders flags at half-staff for Chattanooga victims

    July 21, 2015 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON, D. C. - The U.S. flag atop the White House is flying at half-staff in remembrance of five service members who were killed in last week's Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting. President Barack Obama issued an order Tuesday to lower the flag, following similar moves at the U.S. Capitol and even... more »
  • Army veteran gets 17 months for White House intrusion

    June 16, 2015 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Army veteran who got over the White House fence and inside the executive mansion before being stopped has been sentenced to 17 months. Judge Rosemary M. Collyer sentenced Omar Gonzalez on Tuesday in federal court in Washington. Collyer recommended that he be transferred to a prison... more »
  • US to send up to 450 more troops to train Iraqis

    June 10, 2015 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the United States will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces. It's a response to recent setbacks at the hands of the Islamic State and Baghdad's appeals for more help. Under the plan, the number of... more »
  • Man arrested near White House over drone

    May 14, 2015 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. The official said it was unclear if the person intended to fly the aircraft at the executive mansion or whether he was trying to take aerial... more »
  • Senate panel to vote on Iran bill

    April 14, 2015 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Leaders in Washington are set to weigh in on the new Iran nuclear deal that was reached earlier this month. The Senate foreign relations committee is set to throw down a direct challenge to the White House today, over the emerging deal. A vote by a... more »
  • Obama: US to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

    March 24, 2015 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. will keep just under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 at the request of Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani. Obama says Afghanistan "remains a dangerous place" and it's important to maintain security cooperation between the two countries. Obama had... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

    March 3, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with Iran. Netanyahu, who says he is privy to emerging details of... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

    February 26, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the U.S. will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country.... more »
  • Governors to meet with Obama at the White House Monday

    February 23, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown. They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning. The meeting comes days... more »
  • Budget impasse could harm states

    February 23, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is warning states that the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would harm the nation's ability to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and help communities struggling with winter snowstorms. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says... more »
  • Obama open to changes to military authority against ISIS

    February 23, 2015 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on many elements of his request for war powers against Islamic State militants. That includes his proposed three-year limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops. But the White House says... more »
  • White House: Health law sign-ups top 11M

    February 17, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House estimates that more than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year. The preliminary number released Tuesday comes with a couple of asterisks. The final number could grow because the administration is offering a grace period... more »
  • Feds stop prep for challenged immigration program

    February 17, 2015 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his agency will stop working on the program to... more »
  • White House summit won't focus solely on IS group

    February 16, 2015 3:21 PM

    RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - The White House says this week's summit on countering violent extremism will not focus exclusively on threats from the Islamic State group. Senior administration officials on Monday previewed the three-day conference and said that while the Islamic State group poses a near-term threat, violent extremists "come... more »
  • Operator of errant drone works for intel agency

    January 27, 2015 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The man who has acknowledged flying a drone onto the White House grounds works for a U.S. intelligence agency. a The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said Tuesday the man, still unidentified, is one of its employees. The agency says his work has nothing to do with drones and the... more »
  • Drone incident renews questions over White House security

    January 26, 2015 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - There are new questions today about White House security, after a two-foot-long drone crashed on the White House grounds overnight. Officials say a man later came forward to say that he'd been flying the drone for fun, and that he hadn't meant to fly it over the White... more »
  • Man tells police drone crash at White House was accidental

    January 26, 2015 5:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds. A U.S. official says the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports of the crash spread in the media. The man told the Secret... more »
  • New privacy concerns over government's health care website

    January 20, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. But a little-known side to the government's own health insurance website has prompted renewed privacy concerns. When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on... more »
  • White House: US should have sent other officials to Paris

    January 12, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it erred in not sending a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. More than 40 world leaders attended the rally, which was aimed at showing unity following terror attacks by Islamic militants that left 17 people dead. The Obama administration... more »
  • White House plans conference on countering violent extremism

    January 11, 2015 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House plans a conference next month on efforts to counter violent extremism - in light of this past week's shootings in France, and earlier attacks in Canada and Australia. The meeting will highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting... more »
  • Senate panel takes up pipeline bill despite veto threat

    January 8, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate committee has taken up a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline with plans to move it toward the full Senate, despite a veto threat from the White House. Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski says lawmakers shouldn't be deterred by President Barack Obama's threat. She... more »
  • White House: Scalise as No. 3 says a lot about who GOP is

    January 5, 2015 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says whether Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise keeps his House Republican leadership position "says a lot about who they are." Scalise has been under fire over revelations that he gave a speech to a white supremacist group 12 years ago. Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in... more »
  • Huckabee leaving Fox News show ahead of decision

    January 3, 2015 6:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Political commentator and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he is ending his six-year run as a TV host on Fox News, a decision that will fuel speculation about the Republican's plans for another White House bid. Fox News reports that Huckabee says he will decide in this... more »
  • Obama to sign Russia sanctions legislation

    December 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign congressional legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama continues to have concerns about the bill but believes the legislation still gives him the flexibility he needs. The president is expected... more »
  • White House Christmas decorations go digital

    December 3, 2014 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - Christmas is going digital at the White House this year. The holiday decorations unveiled Wednesday include 3-D printed ornaments that were designed by students, tinkerers, engineers and artists from around the country. There's also an interactive installation in the East Garden Room that allows people to visualize themselves... more »
  • Official Christmas tree arrives at White House

    November 28, 2014 11:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House Christmas tree has arrived. A horse-drawn wagon hauled it up the driveway to the North Portico on Friday morning. First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny inspected the tree. They circled the wagon, smelled it and conferred with... more »
  • Full holiday menu for Obamas; 6 pies for dessert

    November 27, 2014 10:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. There's thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, braised winter greens and macaroni and cheese. Don't forget the green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin,... more »
  • Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom made the world stronger, wiser, more beautiful and more humane. Obama is praising the artists, activists and lawmakers receiving the award at a White House ceremony. Among the recipients are Ethel Kennedy, actress Meryl Streep... more »
  • Iowa man held after arrest near White House

    November 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Iowa man arrested in Washington after the Secret Service found a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House will stay in jail for now. A judge on Thursday ordered R.J. Kapheim, of Davenport, held until a Friday hearing. He has... more »
  • Man arrested near White House had gun in car

    November 19, 2014 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service arrested a 41-year-old Iowa man one block from the White House today after a search of his car uncovered a rifle and ammunition, law enforcement officials confirmed to ABC News. The man, R.J. Kapheim, from Davenport, Iowa, approached a uniform division officer on the... more »
  • McConnell cites trade agreements, taxes for action

    November 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action. McConnell says he spoke with President Barack Obama Wednesday and says he looks forward to finding areas... more »
  • Feds vs. states: Who decides on Ebola quarantines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 28, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says the Constitution prevents President Barack Obama from forcing all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients. A hodgepodge of state policies is sowing confusion about what's really needed to stop Ebola from spreading in the United States. While... more »
  • White House fence jumper held without bond

    October 23, 2014 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence was ordered held without bond in an appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge. Dominic Adesanya resisted being taken away and started talking as two court officers removed him from the courtroom. The defendant has been charged... more »
  • Accused WH intruder had been arrested there before

    October 23, 2014 6:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - This isn't the first time the man who was arrested outside the White House yesterday was in that situation. Records show that Dominic Adesanya was also charged with unlawful entry at the White House complex in late July. A court document says he told an officer that a... more »
  • Man apprehended after jumping White House fence

    October 22, 2014 7:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service has apprehended a man who jumped over the White House fence. This latest incident comes about a month after a previous White House fence jumper sprinted across the lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion. The fallout from that September incident and other... more »
  • White House remains opposed to travel ban

    October 17, 2014 3:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is reaffirming its opposition to a travel ban that would stop people from coming to the United States from West Africa. Among those now calling for such a ban is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He also says he has asked President Barack Obama to have... more »
  • Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

    October 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that Pierson offered her resignation, and he accepted it. The move came one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a... more »
  • Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

    October 1, 2014 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. Gonzalez's lawyer entered the plea on behalf of his client in a proceeding Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. A three-count federal... more »
  • Secret Service allowed to shoot WH intruders

    September 30, 2014 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House. Pierson was not clear about whether the Secret Service is authorized to shoot people trying to jump over the White House fence. She says... more »
  • Head of Secret Service faces questions about White House breach

    September 30, 2014 2:11 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is scheduled to answer lawmakers' questions about an embarrassing White House security breach. Pierson will face critical questions Tuesday from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about how a Texas Army veteran armed with a knife managed to not only climb... more »
  • White House intruder gets far past front door

    September 29, 2014 4:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican congressman says whistleblowers have told a congressional committee that the intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He's criticizing the... more »
  • Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest

    September 23, 2014 1:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A former Army soldier who allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion was arrested two months earlier in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map with a circle drawn around the White House. It was one of... more »
  • Prosecutor: 800 ammo rounds found in car of White House intruder

    September 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Authorities are describing Omar Gonzalez as a threat to the president. Gonzalez is the man accused of scaling the White House fence on Friday and sprinting inside the building, where he was stopped after making his way through the front door while armed with a knife. Investigators say... more »
  • Obama concerned intruder got in his family's home

    September 22, 2014 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expressing concern that an intruder carrying a knife was able to get into the White House where his family lives. Obama press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama is "obviously concerned" that a man got through the White House front doors Friday evening a few... more »
  • White House intruder expected to appear in court check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2014 2:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance in federal court. Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a... more »
  • White House fence jumper made it inside residence before being arrested

    September 19, 2014 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - Part of the White House was evacuated Friday evening after someone jumped the fence. The incident occurred after President Barack Obama and his daughters left for Camp David in Maryland, the Associated Press reported. It was the second time in just more than a week that someone... more »
  • Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

    September 11, 2014 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House chief of staff is assuring frustrated Latino lawmakers that President Barack Obama will take executive action by the end of the year to address the nation's flawed immigration system, and do as much as he can under the law. Chief of staff Denis McDonough met... more »
  • Hearing set in Jindal Common Core lawsuit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to wait a few months to have his day in federal court in his lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Common Core education standards. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick set a Nov. 20 hearing date to consider the Republican governor's claims.... more »
  • US says Sotloff beheading video is authentic check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 3, 2014 3:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says it has determined that a video showing the brutal killing of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic. Islamic State extremists released the video showing Sotloff's beheading on Tuesday. It comes two weeks after the militants released a video showing the killing of James... more »
  • 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 »

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