(CNN) - After an avalanche of criticism, the White House is working on a way to thread the needle on a new health care policy which will require all employers-including religious institutions-to cover contraception in their health insurance plans.
Policy makers are angling for a loophole that would ensure women receive coverage without forcing Catholic charities, hospitals and institutions to pay for it, two senior administration sources told CNN Wednesday.
(CNN) - A top Republican's comparison of President Barack Obama to the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia this weekend ran aground Monday with the White House as it was sharply denounced by Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"If you are so desperate for attention that you make an analogy that Michael Steele deems inappropriate, you know you have probably gone too far," Carney said in the White House press briefing.
(CNN) - As President Ronald Reagan used to say, "There you go again..."
When White House press secretary Jay Carney was giving a press conference Wednesday touting President Obama's jobs bill, he invoked a popular saying that he said comes from the Bible.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A day after senior Obama adviser David Plouffe denounced Mitt Romney as a man with "no core," two other Obama aides added their own stinging criticisms against the Republican presidential hopeful – the latest sign the president's advisors have zeroed in on Romney as the likely GOP nominee.
As anyone who's watched [Mitt Romney], it's always a question as to where he was and where he is and where he might be on any given issue," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in an off camera briefing Monday morning. Carney has previously held back direct attacks against Republican presidential contenders.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will use the power of the executive branch to do as much as possible to reinvigorate the slumping economy without assistance from a divided Congress, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNN Tuesday.
"Whatever he can do as president, he will do," Carney said during an appearance on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Comedian Will Ferrell popped into the briefing room on Friday afternoon while on a tour of the White House with press secretary Jay Carney. Ferrell is in Washington D.C. to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday at the Kennedy Center.
While in the briefing room, Ferrell stood behind the podium and took a picture with Carney and said jokingly, “Jay, why are you forcing me to take a picture? This is all for your benefit.”FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House made clear Tuesday that August 2 remains the deadline for Congress to extend the federal debt ceiling, with Press Secretary Jay Carney telling reporters "beyond that date, we lose our capacity to borrow."
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner "has exercised all the wiggle room available to him" to extend the ability of the government to pay its bills since the nation hit its debt limit in May, Carney said.
Washington (CNN)– Despite rhetoric to the contrary, congressional negotiators recognize the need to raise the federal debt ceiling and that "there has to be a compromise" in deficit reduction talks with President Barack Obama, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has made a final decision on the rate of initial U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday.
The president will keep his commitment to start a withdrawal in July, Carney said.
Carney claimed the United States has had "significant" success in meeting its military goals in Afghanistan.
"The process (under which the president's decision was made) was all about the mission that was laid out" by Obama in 2009, Carney said.
Washington (CNN) - Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was shot and killed by U.S. forces in the assault on his compound in Pakistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
The al Qaeda leader resisted the assault on his compound, Carney said, adding: "I think resistance does not require a firearm."FULL STORY