White House News

$4 trillion no magical cure for debt problem

President Barack Obama has proposed saving more than $4 trillion over the next decade in his "fiscal cliff" talks with Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has offered a comparable figure, and two years ago an influential bipartisan commission headed by Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson suggested $4 trillion as well.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 03:14pm EST

Obama to address nation about school shooting

President Barack Obama will speak from the White House briefing room about the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 02:57pm EST

Obama signs Russian trade and human rights bill

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will expand trade with Russia but could antagonize relations with Moscow over its treatment of dissidents.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 02:08pm EST

Obama statement on Rice's decision

The statement released by the White House on Thursday in which President Barack Obama accepted the decision by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to withdraw from consideration to be the next secretary of state:

Friday - 12/14/2012, 04:45am EST

Obama meets with Rice, signs Russian trade bill

President Barack Obama is meeting privately with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, a day after she withdrew her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 04:12am EST

Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House

President Barack Obama says Hanukkah is a story of "resilience and optimism."

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 10:12pm EST

Biographical information on ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel

NAME _ Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 08:19pm EST

Biographical information for Susan Rice

NAME _ Susan Elizabeth Rice.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 07:06pm EST

Time for states to decide on health care exchanges

Nineteen states have turned down the Obama administration's invitation to run the new health insurance markets that will begin serving millions of uninsured Americans less than a year from now. That puts a huge task on the feds, a defining challenge for President Barack Obama's second term.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:57pm EST

Obama's 'red line' may be giving Assad an opening

President Barack Obama's chemical weapons position on Syria may have given Bashar Assad an unintended opening: The embattled Syrian leader appears willing to use other deadly tactics, including Scud missiles, without fear of U.S. retaliation.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:54pm EST

Fiscal cliff splits big, small businesses on taxes

The "fiscal cliff" debate is splitting the business community over taxes, driving a wedge between two natural Republican allies: the nation's corporate leaders who are helping strengthen President Barack Obama's bargaining position and the small business advocates bristling over the prospect of higher taxes.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:46pm EST

Rice: I wanted to avoid 'politicized' hearings

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says she withdrew from consideration for secretary of state because she didn't want to endure confirmation hearings that were "very politicized."

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:30pm EST

Text of Susan Rice's letter to President Obama

Susan Rice, the embattled U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a standoff with Republicans. The text of the letter she submitted to President Barack Obama:

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:10pm EST

Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on Americans in Libya.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 04:39pm EST

Durbin: White House won't increase Medicare age

One of President Barack Obama's Senate allies said Thursday that an increase in the Medicare eligibility age is "no longer one of the items being considered by the White House" in negotiations with top Republicans on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 02:47pm EST

GOP decries looming 'regulatory cliff' in new term

While the "fiscal cliff" of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 02:34pm EST

US hesitant in condemning North Korean launch

The Obama administration is drawing no "red line" for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, tempering the public condemnation to avoid raising tensions or possibly rewarding the reclusive communist nation with too much time in the global spotlight.

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 09:10pm EST

Obama's fiscal cliff strategy is tricky balance

Playing both sides, President Barack Obama is trying to balance his public pressure campaign on Republicans over the looming "fiscal cliff" with his private negotiations with GOP leaders.

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 01:15pm EST

Michelle Obama donates to Toys for Tots

Tugging a huge red sack stuffed with toys, Michelle Obama thanked military families for inspiring her as first lady as she delivered about 900 gifts Tuesday from White House employees to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign.

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 05:30pm EST

GOP throws Obama's old deficit stands back at him

Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama's proposals to avoid a "fiscal cliff" come from the president himself, in comments he made months or years before his re-election.

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 02:17pm EST
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