White House News

Obama seeks corporate tax rate cut, loophole limit

President Barack Obama rolled out a corporate tax overhaul plan Wednesday that lowers rates but also eliminates loopholes and subsidies cherished by the business world. A long-shot for action in an election year, the plan nevertheless stamps Obama's imprint on one of the most high-profile issues of the presidential campaign.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 06:01pm EST

New black history museum rising on National Mall

Frederick Douglass was black and that was enough for the Smithsonian Institution to bar the famed abolitionist from speaking at a lecture series intended to convince President Abraham Lincoln that he should end slavery as war divided the nation in February 1862.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 04:55pm EST

Biden to travel to Mexico, Honduras

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Mexico and Honduras next month.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 03:23pm EST

Speed puts community colleges front and center

Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Co. is a high-tech job shop, crafting super-precise parts for machines used in everything from robotics to aerospace to oil exploration. Macomb Community College lies a few miles down the road in this Detroit suburb.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 02:01pm EST

Obama thanks Merkel for Greece rescue package

President Barack Obama has thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her leadership in helping secure a Eurozone agreement to prevent a potentially disastrous fiscal default by Greece.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 01:31pm EST

Obama promotes modest American dream

This time around, President Barack Obama's message can sound decidedly down-to-earth.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 12:37pm EST

Obama takes tougher stance on higher education

Access to college has been the driving force in federal higher education policy for decades. But the Obama administration is pushing a fundamental agenda shift that aggressively brings a new question into the debate: What are people getting for their money?

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 02:37am EST

Top Obama security adviser concludes Israel visit

President Barack Obama's national security adviser has concluded three days of talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem amid an escalating focus on Iran's nuclear intentions. The visit comes in advance of a March 5 meeting at the White House between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 12:35pm EST

White House chef Kass dishes up plates and policy

Sam Kass has a to-die-for job as personal chef to the Obama family but whipping up their meals is probably the least important part of his portfolio.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 05:38am EST

Boldest nuclear cutters recently? It's been GOP

The Obama administration's consideration of severe cuts in nuclear weapons generated a flurry of GOP criticism _ "reckless lunacy" in the words of Arizona Rep. Trent Franks. But the historical record shows that in the two decades since the Cold War ended, Republicans have been the boldest cutters of the nuclear arsenal.

Saturday - 02/18/2012, 12:28pm EST

Obama praises bipartisan leadership on tax deal

President Barack Obama is praising congressional leaders of both parties for negotiating a 10-month extension of a payroll tax cut and is calling on lawmakers to support the agreement.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 08:12pm EST

Obama sends Congress bill to help merge agencies

President Barack Obama is asking Congress to give him more power to consolidate governmental functions, authority he said he would first employ to merge six major economic agencies into one

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:17pm EST

Facing recall, Walker gives Obama friendly welcome

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, facing a Democratic recall effort for his attempts to curb union rights, has given President Barack Obama a friendly tarmac welcome in Milwaukee.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 01:22pm EST

Obama' Valentine's Day warning: 'Do not forget!'

President Barack Obama, popular in blue states, had a decidedly red message Tuesday: "Let me start with a quick public service announcement for all the gentlemen out there. Today is Valentine's Day."

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 07:45pm EST

Obama signs bill modernizing aviation system

President Barack Obama has signed legislation Tuesday that modernizes the nation's aviation system, speeding up the nation's switch from radar to an air traffic control system based on GPS technology. The law also opens up the skies to military, commercial and privately-owned unmanned drones.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 05:30pm EST

Obama to tout American manufacturing in Wis. visit

President Barack Obama will try to use his Wednesday visit to a Milwaukee padlock manufacturer to highlight an improving economy and showcase companies that are bringing jobs back to the U.S., even though the Wisconsin company's success isn't reflective of the state.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 05:13pm EST

FACT CHECK: There are budget phantoms in the room

When a president introduces a budget, there are always phantoms flitting around the room. President Barack Obama's spending plan sets loose a number of them.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 12:42pm EST

A trillion dollars: easy to say, hard to imagine

Remember when a billion used to be a lot? Now we talk trillions.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 03:21am EST

A glance at Obama's budget totals

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 03:20am EST

Obama's proposed tax hikes at odds with GOP rivals

President Barack Obama proposed tax increases on wealthy individuals and some corporations Monday, setting the stage for an ideological battle that won't be resolved until after the November election _ if then.

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 03:19am EST
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