Washington (CNN) – The Obamas will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House Monday evening with family, friends and White House employees.
Obama hosted his first Seder in Pennsylvania in 2008, when the presidential candidate gathered a group of Jewish and non-Jewish staffers for an impromptu Seder in Harrisburg after a long day on the campaign trail. The Seders that followed at the White House in 2009 and 2010 were held in the Old Family Dining Room and included the same group, plus other staffers and family.
(CNN) - Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer died Monday, current Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. He was 89.
Schaefer, a Democrat, served Maryland for eight years as comptroller of the state, 15 years as mayor of Baltimore from 1971 to 1986 and eight as governor, beginning in 1987. The outspoken Maryland native was credited with transforming downtown Baltimore, including its Inner Harbor, and constructing a new stadium for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
Washington (CNN) – House Republicans have hired a prominent conservative attorney to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a pending lawsuit, legal sources say, and will make an effort to divert money from the Justice Department to fund its high-profile fight.
House Speaker John Boehner disclosed the legal and political strategy in a letter Monday to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Obama administration, which normally would defend federal laws in judicial disputes, announced last month it believed the Defense of Marriage Act, often referred to as DOMA, to be unconstitutional. The law defines marriage for federal purposes as unions only between a man and woman.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama presented the Air Force Academy football team with the Commander-in-Chief Trophy in the Rose Garden Monday. The last time the Air Force Academy beat the Army and Navy in the three-way season series was in 2002.
"Until this year, no one on this team knew what it felt like to beat Army, to beat Navy, to visit the White House, and to earn football bragging rights over the other branches," Obama said. "Now you know the feeling."
(CNN) – Republican Mississippi Gov. and potential 2012 candidate Haley Barbour had surgery on his lower back Monday morning.
The minimally invasive, out-patient surgery at the River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi addressed an issue "commonly encountered in active individuals and former athletes," according to a press release from Barbour's office.
Washington (CNN) – Julia Louis-Dreyfus is coming to a TV near you via "VEEP," an HBO political comedy series, according to the network.
The former "Seinfeld" star was cast as Selina Meyer, a former U.S. senator who becomes vice president only to discover "the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about," HBO said in a press release.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Minutes before appearing at a Tea Party rally on the steps of the South Carolina state house, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann had a closed-door introductory meeting with Gov. Nikki Haley, who plans to offer one of the most sought-after endorsements of the presidential primary season.
Both women spoke to reporters after the rally, which drew roughly 300 sign-waving Tea Party activists to the state capitol complex in Columbia.
Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, launched a new website Monday that includes more content and an updated mechanism for supporters to stay connected with the former Alaska governor.
The new site showcases her public appearances and the elected officials she supports, as well as giving supporters a chance to sign up for email updates and read a section called "setting the record straight."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – President Obama and the first family paid $453,770 in federal taxes on an adjusted gross income of $1,728,096 in 2010, the White House said Monday.
The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job, and also took home quite a hefty paycheck because his books - "The Audacity of Hope," "Dreams From My Father" and "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" - continue to register strong sales.
Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, appeared on ABC's "The View" on Monday to talk about the challenges military families face and urged Americans to do more to support them.
And since the show is known for casual chats, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden also discussed other subjects, such as how each woman reacts to political criticism of their husbands, the upcoming presidential race – even how President Obama, as a dad, is handling his oldest daughter's becoming a teenager.