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  • Trump embarks on trip without naming FBI chief

    May 19, 2017 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The president did not announce his pick for FBI director before leaving Friday on his first foreign trip. President Donald Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9. Trump boarded Air Force One Friday... more »
  • White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

    May 16, 2017 8:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House was lit up in blue to honor the nation's police officers. The move on Monday night followed President Donald Trump's remarks earlier in the day to police and families of fallen officers at the annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol. Trump... more »
  • White House: Conditions not right for Kim Jong Un meeting

    May 1, 2017 3:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says conditions aren't right for President Donald Trump to meet with Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite Trump's openness to that possibility in the future. Trump told Bloomberg he'd be open to a meeting under the right circumstances and that if it were appropriate, "I... more »
  • White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown

    April 27, 2017 8:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act. It was the latest concession by the White House, which had earlier dropped... more »
  • More than 21,000 expected at Trump's first Easter Egg Roll

    April 17, 2017 7:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has welcomed families to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Speaking on Monday at the popular "egg-stravaganza," Trump said: "we will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before." Trump was accompanied by his wife, Melania, and 11-year-old... more »
  • White House decides against releasing visitor records

    April 14, 2017 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House won't make public the logs of visitors to the White House complex, breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor. Senior White House officials cited privacy and national security concerns for the decision, which they say is in line with what previous administrations have... more »
  • Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

    April 13, 2017 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has declared, "I am my own strategist." That would seem to bode poorly for his actual strategist, Steve Bannon. And Trump now appears to be publicly distancing himself. In an interview with The New York Post, the president said "I like Steve" and called his... more »
  • Spicer apologizes for 'insensitive' reference to Holocaust

    April 11, 2017 9:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Sean Spicer is apologizing for making an "insensitive" reference to the Holocaust in earlier comments about Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons. Spicer says in an interview with CNN that he mistakenly used "an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust." He says... more »
  • Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council

    April 5, 2017 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. -Steve Bannon, senior advisor to President Donald Trump, was removed from his position on the National Security Council Wednesday. According to ABC News, a senior administration official confirmed the move Wednesday morning. Bannon was appointed to the position in January. ABC News says Bannon had no objections... more »
  • White House, lawmakers adrift over reviving health bill

    April 5, 2017 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers plan to continue their uphill effort to exhume the House GOP's all-but-buried health care bill. But the party seems adrift and divided for now over how to reshape it to attract enough votes to muscle it through the chamber. White House officials... more »
  • China summit gives Trump's Mar-a-Lago a presidential sheen

    April 5, 2017 7:42 AM

    PALM BEACH - For a president who happens to be an expert at branding, the transformation of his Mar-a-Lago resort into the "Winter White House" is the ultimate marketing ploy. This week President Donald Trump writes his members-only oceanfront property deeper into American history books by meeting at the Florida... more »
  • Ryan confirms talks underway on health care bill

    April 4, 2017 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans are talking about reviving the failed health care bill, but he declined to offer a timetable for a vote. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the Wisconsin Republican said there are ongoing talks that are "at the concept stage right now." He said it would... more »
  • Secret Service examines suspicious package near White House

    March 28, 2017 12:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service says they have taken a man into custody who was carrying a package near the White House after he made suspicious comments to an officer. A Secret Service official says an explosive ordinance team was on the scene on Tuesday morning to examine the package... more »
  • Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

    March 24, 2017 7:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee. When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers transparency and... more »
  • Chaffetz: Intruder was able to rattle White House door handle

    March 17, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says an intruder on the White House grounds was able to "look through" a White House window and "rattle the door handle" before being apprehended last week. Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz tells CNN he was told by the Homeland Security Secretary... more »
  • Trump releases tax info ahead of TV report

    March 14, 2017 8:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Donald Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year. The acknowledgment comes as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says she has obtained part of Trump's 2005 tax forms. The White House is pushing... more »
  • Secret Service: Person arrested on White House grounds

    March 11, 2017 12:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secret Service says a person is under arrest after climbing a fence and getting onto the south grounds of the White House. The breach happened at about 11:38 p.m. Friday. President Donald Trump was at the White House. The agency says the individual - whom it... more »
  • White House wants probe of wiretap allegations

    March 5, 2017 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for a congressional investigation of allegations that the former Obama administration ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower during the last presidential campaign. But Sanders refused to say where the current president got his information or why he blamed the former president. Sanders... more »
  • Trump to host Germany's Merkel at the White House

    March 3, 2017 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House later this month. A White House official says the meeting will take place on March 14. It will be the first in-person meeting between Trump and the German chancellor since the U.S. election. Trump... more »
  • White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

    February 27, 2017 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters given on condition of anonymity. The... more »
  • Oversight chair says Conway promoting Ivanka's brand 'unacceptable'

    February 9, 2017 3:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz says White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's promotion of Ivanka Trump's fashion brand was "wrong, wrong, wrong, clearly over the line, unacceptable." The Republican congressman said the White House must refer the matter to the Office of Government Ethics for review. He said he... more »
  • White House issues list of 78 attacks

    February 6, 2017 9:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has released a list of 78 attacks it describes as "executed or inspired by" the Islamic State group. The White House says most did not get sufficient attention. The list includes incidents like a truck massacre in Nice that killed dozens and received widespread attention,... more »
  • Trump tweets 'I call my own shots' Monday morning

    February 6, 2017 7:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is insisting "I call my own shots" and that any negative polling data is "fake news." It's unclear what prompted Trump's early morning tweets on Monday. The New York Times released an unflattering portrait of Trump's nights at the White House, suggesting Trump spends much... more »
  • White House: Supreme Court choice could be announced Monday

    January 29, 2017 8:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Donald Trump could announce his pick for the Supreme Court as early as Monday. Trump originally said the announcement would come on Thursday, but the official says the timeframe could be sped up. Three federal appeals court judges are said to have... more »
  • 'Very beginning' for embassy move discussions

    January 22, 2017 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's at the "very beginning" of discussing plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The statement follows reports in Israeli media that President Donald Trump had imminent plans to announce the move. Trump is scheduled to speak to... more »
  • Trump aide says tax returns won't be made public

    January 22, 2017 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway says President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns, appearing to shut the door on a decades-long tradition of transparency. Every president since 1976 has released their returns. During the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they were... more »
  • White House edits Melania Trump's official bio

    January 21, 2017 9:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has edited first lady Melania Trump's official bio to remove a reference to the QVC shopping network. When posted Friday, the White House website said the former model had launched her jewelry collection - Melania Timepieces & Jewelry - on the online and TV retailer... more »
  • Trump takes oath as 45th President of the United States Play Video

    January 20, 2017 10:15 AM

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH NEWS 2 AT NOON WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He's just taken the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol. The combative billionaire businessman and television celebrity won election in November over Democrat... more »
  • One more day: Obama in his final hours in the White House

    January 19, 2017 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, but for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House on Thursday before becoming an ex-president. The big decisions and grand pronouncements are... more »
  • Obama awards Biden Presidential Medal of Freedom

    January 12, 2017 5:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is awarding Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A teary-eyed Biden accepted the medal, the highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the White House Thursday. Obama says he is bestowing the honor on Biden for "faith in your fellow Americans, for... more »
  • Twitter: Obama's 'thank you' tweet his most popular ever

    January 11, 2017 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's tweet following his farewell address to the nation has become the most popular post on the presidential account. Obama tweeted from the POTUS account Tuesday night: "Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe_not in... more »
  • White House unloads on Trump over Russia hacking

    December 15, 2016 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is sharply criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for his response to allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Trump should stop attacking the U.S. intelligence community. He says instead, Trump should be supporting the investigation into what occurred that... more »
  • Sources say Trump to tap Goldman Sachs president

    December 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for an influential White House economic post. That's according to two people informed of the decision. The 56-year-old Cohn would lead the White House National Economic Council. The posting would require him to leave his $21 million a... more »
  • Obama orders review of election hacking

    December 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says the president has ordered a review of the email hacking that rattled the presidential campaign. Obama's counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco says intelligence and national security officials were told to report their findings to the president before he leaves office on Jan. 20. U.S.... more »
  • Obama and Trump once traded insults, now it's phone calls

    December 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - An apparent rapport is brewing between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump that few, if any, saw coming. A few months ago they were trading insults. Today it's telephone calls and pleasantries. Apparently membership in one of the world's most exclusive clubs - the club of U.S.... more »
  • Two US officials to attend Fidel Castro's funeral

    November 29, 2016 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House spokesman Josh Earnest says a high-ranking presidential adviser and the top diplomat to Cuba will represent the United States at Fidel Castro's funeral. Earnest is emphasizing that the two are not part of a formal delegation to the service, but the appearance of deputy national security... more »
  • First lady accepts White House Christmas tree from Wisconsin

    November 25, 2016 12:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is now officially open for the holidays. First lady Michelle Obama kicked off her family's final holiday season at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. by receiving a 19-foot Balsam-Veitch fir as the official White House Christmas Tree. It was grown at a farm in Oconto, Wisconsin, and... more »
  • Friends, family, turkey and touchdowns for Obamas' holiday

    November 24, 2016 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving with friends, family, turkey and touchdowns, as he puts it, and reflecting "on what truly binds us as Americans." He says the country has just emerged from "a noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season." But he says in... more »
  • Priebus tapped as Trump's White House chief of staff

    November 13, 2016 4:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff and conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his senior counselor. Trump's transition team announced the decisions Sunday. The moves are Trump's first as he sets about putting together his administration.... more »
  • WATCH: Trump says he looks forward to Obama's counsel following meeting at White House Play Video

    November 10, 2016 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump says he's looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama's "counsel" in the future. Trump was speaking at the end of his meeting Thursday with Obama in the Oval Office. He's suggesting he may turn to Obama for advice on governing. Trump said he looks... more »
  • White House not certain Obama would sign Senate GOP budget

    September 23, 2016 2:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's not certain that President Barack Obama would sign a budget bill unveiled by the Senate's top Republican. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama is disappointed the bill doesn't include money to help Flint, Michigan, and other cities deal with lead in their water. Earnest... more »
  • US discloses more conditions for lethal drone strikes

    August 6, 2016 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has released a version of President Barack Obama's 3-year-old guidance on the use of lethal force against terrorists overseas. It lays out what it says are safeguards to minimize civilian deaths and errant strikes while preserving the capability to take quick action with drone attacks... more »
  • Obama to host Mexican president for White House talks

    July 22, 2016 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is welcoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House for talks on trade, climate change and possibly Donald Trump. Pena Nieto's visit Friday comes hours after Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination. The Mexican leader has said Trump's negative attitude toward Mexicans, including... more »
  • White House seeks more charging stations for electric cars

    July 21, 2016 7:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says that commercial charging stations for electric vehicles will be eligible to receive loan guarantees from the federal government as the Obama administration works to increase the number of stations. There are 16,000 currently in place. The White House says that up to $4.5 billion... more »
  • Clinton claims victory as Democratic nominee

    June 7, 2016 11:42 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C - Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and with it, a piece of history Tuesday night, as she became the first woman to lead a major party's bid for the White House. Speaking in Brooklyn, New York, on a night where she won the... more »
  • US-led summit to seek to double number of resettled refugees

    June 3, 2016 3:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says an international summit hosted by President Barack Obama will seek to double the number of refugees resettled around the world. Obama plans to host the summit on refugees in September on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. White House national security adviser Susan... more »
  • NFL's Cam Newton brings Nickelodeon series to White House

    May 31, 2016 1:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has scored big for his new Nickelodeon series that launches Friday. Newton brought 10-year-old Rosie Smolowitz to the White House to interview Michelle Obama for the cable TV series "All in with Cam Newton." The NFL star helps kids fulfill some of their... more »
  • White House placed on lockdown after object thrown over gate

    May 30, 2016 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has been placed on lock down after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue. Reporters were not allowed to venture out of the White House press room and a call to the Secret Service was not immediately returned. However, a woman... more »
  • Man shot outside White House still in critical condition

    May 22, 2016 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - A hospital official says a man shot by a U.S. Secret Service officer outside the White House remains in critical condition. George Washington University hospital spokeswoman Susan Griffiths said the man was in critical condition on Sunday. She declined to provide further details. Authorities say an officer shot... more »
  • White House on alert after shooting on street outside

    May 20, 2016 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House has been placed on a security alert after a shooting on a street outside. U.S. Park Police said on Twitter that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive on Friday afternoon. District of Columbia Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan says one patient... more »
  • Kasich ends White House bid; clears Trump's path

    May 4, 2016 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- John Kasich plans to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee. Three campaign officials who spoke to The Associated Press said the Ohio governor plans to announce his decision in a statement from his home state later Wednesday. The officials spoke... more »
  • President Barack Obama's last chance to zing Washington

    April 30, 2016 4:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is getting one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. The dinner Saturday night comes amid a fierce presidential campaign that should provide plenty of material for after-dinner remarks by Obama and this... more »
  • Ascension Parish teacher to be recognized at White House

    April 29, 2016 2:50 PM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish public school teacher will be recognized at the White House with the distinction of being one of the “great educators across the country.” Duplessis Primary School master teacher Shaneka Burnett will travel to Washington D.C. to attend an event at the White House recognizing the... more »
  • Pot activists smoke outside the White House

    April 2, 2016 8:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Activists smoked marijuana outside the White House to send their message that the drug shouldn't be considered dangerous. Protesters planned to display a 51-foot-long inflatable "joint" at Saturday's demonstration. However, protest organizer Adam Eidinger said the Secret Service wouldn't allow it, citing security concerns. Possession of up to... more »
  • Archive: Crack house one of first in area; ran by BR man whose sentence was commuted today

    March 30, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sitting beneath a skinny pine and healthy oak Wednesday afternoon was a sleepy, unassuming home that upon further inspection has a busy, illegal past. The notion of the previous activity that once unfolded under the roof was only dusted off because of a prisoner's shortened sentence.... more »
  • Still upset about delegates, Trump says La. primary is 'bad politics'

    March 30, 2016 12:24 PM

    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Presidential hopeful Donald Trump angrily discussed his disdain for the outcome of the Louisiana primary Tuesday night. Trump, along with Ted Cruz and John Kasich, participated in a cable TV political discussion. At one point during the program, Trump called the situation involving Louisiana's delegates bad... more »
  • White House adds fun run to annual Easter Egg Roll

    March 28, 2016 3:50 AM

    WASHINGTON- Thousands of children will descend upon the White House Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll. And if they have energy to spare after finding the wooden eggs, about 250 of them will join first lady Michelle Obama for a run. The "fun run" is the latest addition to... more »
  • Carson: There is no 'path forward,' will discuss campaign this week

    March 2, 2016 2:24 PM

    DETROIT – It appears Ben Carson is leaving the campaign trail. The Washington Post reported Wednesday , Carson told supporters he sees no "path forward" and will not attend a debate in Detroit Thursday. Carson said he will make a statement about his political future at the Conservative Political... more »
  • US economy growing but faces international headwinds

    February 22, 2016 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A report from the president's economic advisers says more Americans gained work and experienced pay raises last year. But it says the United States faced global headwinds that will continue this year. The annual report from the president's Council of Economic Advisers makes recommendations to reduce income... more »
  • Jeb Bush ends bid for the White House

    February 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is ending his bid for the White House. A teary-eyed Bush says he's proud of the campaign he ran to unify the country and advocate conservative solutions. The son and brother of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W.... more »
  • White House disputes Apple's position on iPhone hack request

    February 17, 2016 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Although the CEO of Apple says an order from a federal magistrate could threaten the security of millions of iPhones, the White House doesn't see it that way. The magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone that had been used by one of... more »
  • Schumer slams Obama budget cuts to anti-terror funds

    February 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs. The New York Democrat notes that the recently released budget proposal would reduce the Urban Area Security Initiative from $600 million to $330 million. The initiative helps cities... more »
  • Obama creates new federal task force on cancer

    January 28, 2016 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is creating a new federal task force to accelerate cancer research. He's tapping Vice President Joe Biden to chair the effort. Obama signed a presidential memo Thursday establishing the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The memo says the goal is to double the rate... more »
  • Obama to meet with Bernie Sanders at the White House

    January 27, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will welcome Bernie Sanders to the White House, but he won't necessarily feel the Bern. The meeting between the sitting president and his sometime critic is a moment for the president to show his public neutrality in a heated and unexpectedly tight race to replace... more »
  • Obama wouldn't run for third term

    January 24, 2016 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wouldn't run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas." Obama says in an interview airing on CBS he's not... more »
  • White House appoints federal official to lead Flint response

    January 19, 2016 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is appointing a Health and Human Services Department official to lead federal efforts to help the city of Flint, Michigan, deal with its water crisis. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he anticipates that President Barack Obama will meet with the city's mayor on Tuesday.... more »
  • White House casts doubt on N. Korea claims of hydrogen bomb test

    January 6, 2016 2:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the U.S. government's early analysis of underground activity in North Korea "is not consistent" with that country's claim of having conducted a successful hydrogen bomb test. Spokesman Josh Earnest also says nothing has happened to change the U.S. government's assessment of North Korea's technical... more »
  • US sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017

    January 6, 2016 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. An internal timeline prepared for U.S.... more »
  • Sanders vowing to break up banks during first year in office

    January 5, 2016 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pledging to break up the country's largest financial institutions within the first year of his administration if he is elected to the White House. In a fiery speech just a few subway stops from Wall Street, Sanders characterized the financial industry as... more »
  • White House says more work needed before any Iran sanctions

    January 2, 2016 9:02 PM

    HONOLULU - The White House says it has more diplomatic and technical work to do before it will announce further sanctions in response to ballistic missile launches by Iran. The U.S. is considering designating a number of additional targets for sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program. Congress has been... more »
  • President dashes to Star Wars after last 2015 press conference

    December 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama covered a wide range of topics in his last press conference of 2015, then moved to the item on everyone's agenda. "Okay everybody, I've gotta get to Star Wars," Obama said as he ended Friday's media briefing. Obama finaliza conferencia de prensa:... more »
  • Obama says world "met the moment" in global warming pact

    December 12, 2015 3:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday said the new global climate agreement "offers the best chance we have to save the one planet we have" and credited his administration as being a driving force behind the deal. Obama, speaking from the White House, sought to trumpet what could be... more »
  • Obama to give address after California shootings

    December 5, 2015 7:23 PM

    SAN BERNARDINO - The White House says President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday about the steps the government is taking to keep people safe after the attack this past week in California. Obama will provide an update on... more »
  • Obama lights National Christmas Tree

    December 3, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has jumpstarted the holiday season by lighting the National Christmas tree. Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson together flipped a switch to light the tree. The festive ceremony featuring a variety of musical performances is taking place under... more »
  • House backs sweeping energy bill to boost oil, natural gas

    December 3, 2015 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a sweeping bill to boost U.S. energy production, lift a four-decade ban on crude oil exports and modernize the aging electric grid. The vote was 249-174. The bill also would speed natural gas exports and hasten approval of natural gas pipelines across public lands.... more »
  • White House letter to Louisiana about Syrian refugees Play Video

    December 1, 2015 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House sent Governor Bobby Jindal a letter Monday offering specific information concerning refugees already resettled in the state. In the letter, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough writes the federal government would provide monthly reports about refugees resettled in Louisiana for the past year if... more »
  • Attorney: White House fence jump was act of protest

    November 29, 2015 9:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The lawyer for a college student who jumped over the White House fence while draped in an American flag says his client was committing an act of civil disobedience and didn't intend to harm anyone. Attorney Stephan Seeger also told The Associated Press on Sunday that 22-year-old Joseph... more »
  • Documents: White House fence jumper left suicide note

    November 27, 2015 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Court documents show a man accused of jumping the White House fence had left a suicide note with friends and told his mother that she may never see him again. Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Caputo has been charged with scaling the fence while President Barack Obama was celebrating Thanksgiving with... more »
  • White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence

    November 26, 2015 6:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - A man draped in an American flag has climbed over the fence at the White House, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrates Thanksgiving. The Secret Service says the man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody. The incident took place about 2:45 p.m. EST. ... more »
  • Obama: Holiday means food, football, and not-too-dry turkey?

    November 26, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry." Even if the White House's thyme-roasted bird isn't the moistest, the first family's menu boasts more than enough other choices to fill the stomach. There's honey-baked... more »
  • Obama set to pardon "Honest" and "Abe" before Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2015 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will soon spare two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times. The White House says Obama will pardon "Honest" and his... more »
  • Obama says US, France must destroy IS together

    November 24, 2015 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Islamic State group cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed. He says the U.S. and France must destroy it together. Obama is speaking after an Oval Office meeting with French President Francois Hollande. Obama says he and Hollande agreed the nations in... more »

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