White House Articles

Obama Holds Closed-Door Meeting With 'Immigration Advocacy Leaders'

8:14 AM, Feb 25, 2015

President Obama is holding a closed-door White House meeting with "immigration advocacy leaders" this morning, the White House announced. Later today the president will hold an immigration townhall in Miami, which will be broadcast on MSNBC.

"In the morning, the President will meet with immigration advocacy leaders to provide an update on the Administration’s immigration accountability executive actions. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press," the White House schedule reads.

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On Same Day, WH Promotes Unpaid Internships and Pushes Minimum Wage Increase

10:03 AM, Feb 24, 2015

The same day the White House renewed a push to increase the federal minimum wage, an announcement appeared on the White House blog for the Summer 2015 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders [AAPI] Internship Program -- all unpaid positions.

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President Clinton Hosted Israel Prime Minister in Election Against Bibi

7:35 AM, Feb 24, 2015

MNSBC's Morning Joe reported this morning that President Bill Clinton hosted an Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres, in his election against Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama is refusing to meet with Netanyahu next week because, he says, it's too close to Israel's election day.

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WH Refuses to Apologize to 800,000 Americans Hit By Obamacare Tax Glitch

2:01 PM, Feb 20, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest twice refused to apologize to the estimate 800,000 Americans who were hit by the latest Obamacare glitch:

Americans "should expect government officials to step forward and solve" the problem, Earnest said, refusing to apologize after being given the chance twice.

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White House 'Hoping' Free National Park Pass Program Won't Cost Anything

10:15 AM, Feb 20, 2015

Just weeks after announcing a program to make two years of community college free to all, President Obama has doubled down on "free" by introducing a plan to give all fourth-graders and their families a year of free access to all national parks.

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Controversial Muslim Leader Met With Biden

10:00 AM, Feb 18, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden met with a Muslim community leader who had suggested Israel might be a suspect in the 9/11 attacks. The meeting took place on the first day of the Obama administration's three-day summit to "counter violent extremism." Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon reports:

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Federal Judge Halts Obama Immigration Executive Action

10:49 AM, Feb 17, 2015

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction Monday to halt the implementation of a December executive order by President Barack Obama on immigration. The Associated Press reports:

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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Biden Kicks Off White House Summit on 'Countering Violent Extremism' Tuesday

Strategy is to "prevent violent extremism."
9:30 AM, Feb 17, 2015

The Obama adminstration begins its three-day summit on countering violent extremism with a "roundtable discussion" Tuesday afternoon led by Vice President Joe Biden and including "representatives from cities working to address the spread of violent extremism." President Barack Obama will join the summit twice this week, according to the Associated Press:

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Obama Talks 'Trust Between Communities and Law Enforcement' With Congressional Black Caucus

8:18 PM, Feb 10, 2015

In a readout to the press, the White House described President Obama's meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus earlier today.

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White House: Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack Was 'Random' (Updated)

1:34 PM, Feb 10, 2015

President Obama referred to the Islamic terrorists who killed several French Jews last month as people who "randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris" in an interview with liberal website Vox.com. In Tuesday's press briefing, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest to clarify the president's position on the terrorists' motivation to attack the kosher supermarket.

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'Muslim Leader' at White House Meeting: 'Bigotry from Certain Republicans Is Nothing New'

11:46 AM, Feb 05, 2015

Although the White House has declined so far to release the names of the "Muslim leaders" who met with President Obama at the White House Wednesday, according to comedian 

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White House Chief of Staff Sent to San Francisco to Count Homeless

8:32 AM, Feb 04, 2015

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough went to San Francisco last week to count the homeless. The San Francisco Chronicle called the move the "opposite of a publicity stunt."

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Obama Encourages Savannah Guthrie to Drink Up Before Full Interview

'It'll make it go smoother'
5:15 PM, Feb 01, 2015

President Obama gave a pre-Super Bowl interview in the White House kitchen to NBC's Savannah Guthrie, where the two talked about (and drank) beer:

Obama "agreed to spend a few moments with us live," said Guthrie, explaining that the rest of the interview will be taped and aired for tomorrow's Today Show. "We're in the White House kitchen, where, among other things, you brew beer."

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Report: Some in White House Would Like to See a Warren-Clinton Primary Fight

10:36 AM, Feb 01, 2015

Associated Press White House reporter Julie Pace said on Fox News Sunday that she believes some in the White House want to see Elizabeth Warren challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary nomination.

"For some of these people in the White House, who have worked for the president before, who really relish a great primary fight, a great political debate, that they would like to [Warren] in there," said Pace.

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Obama’s Israel Problem

9:02 AM, Jan 29, 2015

The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here's the administration's house organ, the New York Times, this morning:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.

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Hayes Podcast: Not A Good Week For High Standards...

...At The White House Or NFL
4:35 PM, Jan 23, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen Hayes on the bad week for the Obama White House and the NFL.

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Pro-Israel Group to Host Reception for Bibi, Since WH Won't

11:40 AM, Jan 23, 2015

The Emergency Committee for Israel will host a reception for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Washington, D.C. The reception for Bibi is because President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry refuse to meet with him.

Here's the statement from ECI announcing the event:

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Boehner Jabs Obama By Inviting Bibi to Address Joint Session of Congress

9:30 AM, Jan 21, 2015

House speaker John Boehner has invited Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. The invitation is meant to be a repudiation of President Obama's Iran policy, according to a draft Boehner's prepared remarks this morning to the House Republican conference.

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WH Subtly Encourages Americans to Ignore GOP State of the Union Response

9:02 AM, Jan 19, 2015

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has repeatedly said he isn't set on just implementing his own agenda -- if other people have ideas, he wants to hear them.

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Pfeiffer: President's State of the Union Plan Will 'Absolutely Not' Pass

12:40 PM, Jan 18, 2015

The White House knows President Obama's plan, which he'll lay out this week in the State of the Union Address, is unrealistic. Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House adviser, said so earlier today on CBS:

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Special Report Panel on the Response to Terrorism

10:27 AM, Jan 15, 2015

Steve Hayes, with Chuck Lane and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

Watch the latest video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a>

And here's the Internet aftershow:

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Earnest: Vote to Defund Executive Amnesty Is a 'Vote for Amnesty'

3:25 PM, Jan 14, 2015

The White House is accusing Republicans intent on stopping President Obama's executive amnesty as "essentially" voting for amnesty. "This vote is bad policy. It is essentially a vote for amnesty. It is also bad politics," the White House spokesman told reporters aboard Air Force One.

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White House Rejects 'Radical Islam' Label for Terrorists

10:01 PM, Jan 13, 2015

The White House won't be calling jihadists adherents to "radical Islam." At least, that's the reasonable take away from this extraordinary exchange the White House press secretary had today with a reporter:

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WH: No Idea What Obama Was Doing Sunday During Paris March

2:08 PM, Jan 12, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told the press today he doesn't know what President Obama was doing while world leaders gathered in Paris yesterday to rally:

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White House Continues Fight Against Extremism By Announcing Meeting

10:21 AM, Jan 11, 2015

The White House announced today its next step in fighting extremism: a meeting.

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Obama: 'America Is Coming Back. And I Want to Go Full Speed Ahead.'

1:39 PM, Jan 10, 2015

President Obama is in a good mood. He believes the country, under his leadership, is heading in the right direction.

"About a year ago, I promised that 2014 would be a breakthrough year for America.  And this week, we got more evidence to back that up," the president begins his weekly address.

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WH: Cost of 'Free' Community College $60 Billion

12:31 PM, Jan 09, 2015

While we earlier estimated the cost of President Obama's "free" community college to be around $34 billion, the White House has finally released its own estimate: $60 billion. 

The news come via the latest White House pool report:

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WH: America Needs to 'Redouble' Effort to Explain True 'Tenets' of Islam

8:01 PM, Jan 07, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that the United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are." He made the comments in response to a question about how the U.S. might respond to the terror attack today in France. 

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WH Unsure Whether Murderous Rampage in France Is 'Terrorism'

'If based on this investigation it turns out to be an act of terrorism, then we would condemn that in the strongest possible terms, too'
9:08 AM, Jan 07, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest refrained from calling the attack on a French magazine "terrorism" in an interview this morning on CNN:

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Mexico's President Calls Obama's Executive Amnesty 'An Act of Justice'

2:08 PM, Jan 06, 2015

Mexican president Peña Nieto called President Obama's executive amnesty "very intelligent" and "an act of justice” in comments today in the Oval Office. He made the comments in Spanish.

Via the pool report:

Mexican President Peña Nieto and POTUS spoke at length in the Oval Office to the pool shortly after noon but did not take questions. Nieto’s comments are via an interpreter, as he spoke in Spanish.

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