White House: No concessions to hostage takers
August 21st, 2014
02:23 PM ET
4 months ago

White House: No concessions to hostage takers

Edgartown, Massachusetts (CNN) - National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden tells CNN that U.S. policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear. She said Thursday that it "does not grant concessions to hostage takers.”

“Doing so would only put more Americans at risk of being taken captive," she said.

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Filed under: Iraq • White House
White House touts achievements on raising minimum wage
August 12th, 2014
04:10 PM ET
4 months ago

White House touts achievements on raising minimum wage

(CNN) - With much of the focus in Washington centered on foreign policy issues, the White House is touting a domestic issue that’s been central component of the Democrats’ messaging in 2014 - raising the federal minimum wage.

The administration released Tuesday a report entitled: “A Year of Action: Progress Report on Raising the Minimum Wage.” The 11-page document highlights some of the steps taken by state and local leaders and those in the business community to boost the wage to $10.10 an hour, the rate called for by President Barack Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address.

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Filed under: 2014 • Minimum wage • White House
Toddler causes security breach at White House, delays Obama address on Iraq
August 8th, 2014
07:26 AM ET
4 months ago

Toddler causes security breach at White House, delays Obama address on Iraq

(CNN) – President Barack Obama was about to address the nation on Iraq Thursday night when the briefing was delayed because of a security breach on the North Lawn of the White House.

But this wasn't your normal breach, this was one of a pint-sized variety.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low
August 8th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low

Washington (CNN) – Four decades after President Richard Nixon resigned, a slight majority of Americans still consider Watergate a very serious matter, a new national survey shows. But how serious depends on when you were born.

The CNN/ORC International poll's release comes one day before the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. With the Watergate scandal escalating, the second-term Republican president had lost much of his political backing, and he faced almost certain impeachment and the prospects of being removed from office by a Democratic-dominated House and Senate.

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August 6th, 2014
10:16 AM ET
5 months ago

Final day of Obama's Africa summit to focus on security and corruption

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will participate in a full day of discussion with African leaders Wednesday, turning the conversation to "overall prosperity" in the third and final day of the African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

A White House official told CNN that the President will highlight the "complex security challenges" African countries face and how the United States can support them. The panel discussion is focused on "Peace and Regional Stability," one of three in which Obama will participate at the U.S. State Department Wednesday.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama • White House
August 5th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
5 months ago

White House preparing for ‘state dinner times 50’

Updated 12:15 p.m. ET, 8/6/2014

Washington (CNN) — Planning and executing a White House dinner for one foreign leader is hard enough — for every perfectly arranged place setting is a sari-wearing party crasher or a recently separated French president.

The careful display of protocol will only be multiplied Tuesday when fifty African leaders — in town for an historic summit convened by President Barack Obama — arrive at the White House for a formal dinner.

Battle-tested White House staffers have been busy ensuring the menu (tomato soup, aged beef) and entertainment (Lionel Richie) align with rules of etiquette and diplomacy that dictate these kinds of events.

To wit: servers are prepared to identify who will drink wine, and who will abstain because their Islamic faith forbids it.

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Filed under: State Dinner • White House
James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies
August 4th, 2014
01:47 PM ET
5 months ago

James Brady, former Reagan press secretary, gun-control advocate, dies

(CNN) – James Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, has died, the White House said on Monday.

He was 73.

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Filed under: Gun control • Ronald Reagan • White House
July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama lambasts Republicans for ‘hatin’ all the time’

Updated 1:31 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Days before Congress' summer break begins, President Barack Obama used a Wednesday morning speech here to lambast Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than take action on some of his agenda items.

“Stop being mad all the time,” Obama chided Republicans during rowdy, campaign-style remarks. “Stop just hatin’ all the time.”
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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • House • John Boehner • President Obama • Republican • Sarah Palin • White House
White House: Major costs to delaying climate change policy
July 29th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
5 months ago

White House: Major costs to delaying climate change policy

Washington (CNN) – If lawmakers delay taking action now on climate change it could cost taxpayers exponentially more in the future to deal with the effects of a warming planet, the White House is warning Tuesday.

A report from President Barack Obama's administration says the costs of mitigating carbon emissions will rise 40% per decade unless something is done now to stem the outpouring of pollutants scientists say are causing global warning.

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Filed under: climate change • President Obama • White House
July 24th, 2014
06:51 PM ET
5 months ago

White House: ‘Alarming if Congress leaves for the August recess without acting’

(CNN) - In yet another sign that Congress will leave town next week without addressing the influx of young migrants at the southern border, a senior White House official acknowledged there are major doubts that lawmakers will approve President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with the crisis.

"Alarming if Congress leaves for the August recess without acting," the official told reporters ahead of the visit of three Central American presidents to the White House on Friday.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • President Obama • White House
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