White House News

White House: Failed NKorean launch 'provocative'

U.S. officials say a rocket launched by North Korea failed moments after being fired, but the Obama administration still described the launch as a "provocative action" that threatens regional security. It said it has lost confidence in Pyongyang and would carry out its threat to halt a planned delivery of food aid to the communist country.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 10:24pm EDT

Obama won't ban discrimination on gay contractors

The White House says President Barack Obama does not plan to issue a ban on discrimination against gay federal contractors sought by gay rights groups. The decision disappoints a constituency that has been an important source of support for him.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 04:36pm EDT

Administration pushes anti-waste effort, savings

The Obama administration says it is saving taxpayers billions of dollars in improper payments to vendors and contractors, the result of a concerted attempt to reduce errors and instances of fraud in outside expenditures. To better coordinate the effort among executive agencies, it is launching a new online tool to cut waste.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 05:32am EDT

In Colombia, Obama to face pressure on Cuba, drugs

President Barack Obama will face fresh pressure on Cuba and illegal drugs when he meets this week with Latin American leaders, some of whom have grown skeptical of his promise to forge a new era of partnership.

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:10pm EDT

Study: Obama's health care law would raise deficit

A leading conservative economist says President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will add at least $340 billion to the federal deficit, instead of reducing it.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 10:50pm EDT

Obama kicks off 134th annual Easter Egg Roll

In an annual family-friendly rite of spring, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle kicked off the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, joining tens of thousands of youngsters and their parents in a day of racing, reading, sports and crafts on a breezy, sun-splashed South Lawn.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 04:29pm EDT

Obama: Women are not an interest group

President Barack Obama on Friday showered attention on helping women yet warned in the same motion that they should not be reduced to a uniform political bloc, declaring they are not an interest group and "shouldn't be treated that way."

Friday - 04/06/2012, 11:31pm EDT

FACT CHECK: Is Obama like Ike on spending?

President Barack Obama likes Ike.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 06:19pm EDT

Obama remarks on health care and the Supreme Court

President Barack Obama's remarks this week on the Supreme Court and the legal challenge to the health care law, according to White House transcripts:

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 05:29pm EDT

Holder assures judge of administration's respect

In a letter written at the request of a federal appellate judge, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday offered assurances that the Obama administration respects the authority of the courts.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 02:15pm EDT

First lady boosts on-base jobs for service spouses

Opening another front in her nearly year-old campaign to support service families, first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday unveiled a new push for jobs on or near military bases.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 04:28pm EDT

Obama: Easter story helps him in troubled times

President Barack Obama says the Easter story of Christ's agony and resurrection has helped him get through the tough moments of an embattled presidency.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 10:26am EDT

Obama: GOP 'doubling down' on faulty policies

President Barack Obama says a budget plan presented by House Republicans represents a "doubling down" on a failed economic policy.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 01:04pm EDT

US faces limited options on North Korea

Despite tough talk from President Barack Obama, the United States and its allies have limited options if North Korea goes ahead with its planned long-range rocket launch this month.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 02:56am EDT

US, Mexican leaders trade warnings on gun violence

The explosion of drug-fueled violence along Mexico's border with the United States could harm relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama said Monday; Mexico's leader retorted that much of the problem of drugs and guns begins on the U.S. side of the line.

Monday - 04/02/2012, 08:34pm EDT

Obama postpones many issues until elections

Missile defense isn't the only area in which President Barack Obama will have "more flexibility" if he's re-elected. Immigration, the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, gay marriage, tax policy and other issues could invite bold initiatives by a president who knows he will never run for office again, especially if his party gains ground in congressional elections.

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 05:11pm EDT

First lady attends fundraiser in San Francisco

First lady Michelle Obama has appeared at a presidential campaign reception at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences.

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 01:46am EDT

High court has options on health care law

The arguments are done and the case has been submitted, as Chief Justice John Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argument. Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They have a range of options, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, although that prospect seems remote after this week's arguments.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 10:19am EDT

Biden confident high court will affirm health care

Vice President Joe Biden says he's confident the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of the health care law.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 07:50am EDT

White House: No contingencies for health care law

Voicing optimism, the White House on Wednesday said it is too early to devise contingency plans that anticipate the Supreme Court striking down any portion of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 04:10pm EDT
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