White House News

Over the fiscal cliff: Soft landing or dizzy dive?

Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were in disarray as lawmakers fled the Capitol for their Christmas break. "God only knows" how a deal can be reached now, House Speaker John Boehner declared.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 08:25pm EST

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, one of Washington's most respected voices on foreign policy, as his next secretary of state.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 05:08pm EST

Obama on gun violence: 'We hear you'

President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, telling respondents to an online petition, "We hear you."

Friday - 12/21/2012, 09:40am EST

White House: Obama hopeful for bipartisan deal

The White House says President Barack Obama is willing to continue bargaining for a bipartisan solution to avert the "fiscal cliff" after House Republicans abandoned efforts to pass an alternative plan.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 09:16pm EST

Obama's call for action against gun violence

President Barack Obama says the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., obligates the nation to finally act to reduce gun violence. He's outlined only a broad plan so far, leaving specific proposals until next month.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 07:00pm EST

Obama holding 2 inaugural balls, least in 60 years

With his nation under financial strain, President Barack Obama is restricting the inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years, with just two official parties plus a concert honoring military families.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 04:57pm EST

AP source: Syria again using Scud missiles on foes

The Obama administration says the Syrian government is continuing to fire Scud missiles at rebels and regime opponents as they make territorial gains.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 04:16pm EST

Obama meets with wounded troops at Walter Reed

President Barack Obama has met with wounded service members during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 04:14pm EST

Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn.

The reaction to the deadly Connecticut school shooting can be seen at gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation, with anxious parents buying armored backpacks for children and firearms enthusiasts stocking up on assault weapons in anticipation of tighter gun control measures.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 11:50pm EST

Obama Social Security offer at odds with top Dems

President Barack Obama's offer to limit the growth of Social Security benefits would cost the average retiree less than $50 in the first year. But the cuts would grow over time, and that has advocates for seniors worried that Democrats in Congress will break their promise to shield the massive retirement and disability program from cuts in deficit reduction talks.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 02:17pm EST

Obama discusses crisis in Congo with Kagame

President Barack Obama warned Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday that any support for the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo is "inconsistent with Rwanda's desire for stability and peace" in the war-torn region.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 12:12am EST

Correction: CT School Shooting-Gun Control story

In a story Dec. 16 about the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the attack was the bloodiest against youngsters in the nation's history. The bombing of a school in Bath, Mich., on May 18, 1927, killed 38 children. The bomber, a disgruntled school district official and farmer, also killed seven adults that day, including his wife and himself. The attack in Newtown left 20 schoolchildren and eight adults dead, including the shooter and his mother.

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 12:32pm EST

Obama congratulates Abe after Japan's elections

President Barack Obama has congratulated Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay), the head of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, following his party's win in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 08:34pm EST

Gun control gets unlikely backers on Capitol Hill

Prominent gun-rights advocates in Congress are now calling for a national discussion about restrictions to curb gun violence, signaling that the horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school could be a tipping point in a debate that has been dormant for years.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 06:03pm EST

Obama, Boehner meeting at the White House

A White House official says President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) are meeting at the White House to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and deficit reduction.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 11:42am EST

Obama signals action following school shooting

President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence in the wake of an elementary school massacre.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 07:49am EST

Big price for inaugural pomp; much private money

The pomp surrounding the inauguration of the president of the United States can carry a hefty price tag, from the glitzy galas to all those inaugural balls.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 03:11am EST

President Obama's remarks at Newtown prayer vigil

Remarks by President Barack Obama at the Sandy Hook prayer vigil in Newtown, Conn., Sunday night, as provided by the White House:

Sunday - 12/16/2012, 10:43pm EST

First lady keeps mum on president's Christmas gift

First lady Michelle Obama is keeping mum on what she plans to get President Barack Obama for Christmas.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 04:48pm EST

Obama statement after Connecticut school shooting

Text of President Barack Obama's address to the nation after Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, as provided by CQ Transcriptions:

Friday - 12/14/2012, 03:46pm EST
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