July 15th, 2014
07:43 PM ET
2 weeks ago

First on CNN: After criticizing White House over unaccompanied minors, Martin O'Malley said don't send them to Maryland site

(CNN) - After his strong criticism of the Obama administration's plans to return thousands of young undocumented migrants back to Central America, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked a top White House official that the children not be sent to a site that was under consideration in his home state, sources familiar with the conversation said.

"He privately said 'please don't send these kids to Western Maryland,'" a Democratic source told CNN. The heated discussion between O'Malley and White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz occurred during a phone call late Friday evening, sources familiar with the conversation added.

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Filed under: Immigration • Martin O'Malley • White House
White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director
July 15th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
2 weeks ago

White House and Issa Battle over Obama political director

Washington (CNN) - Few Americans know the name David Simas. But the White House political adviser has become the latest flashpoint in the continuing battles between the White House and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

Late last week, Simas was subpoenaed by Issa's committee to testify about his duties as the White House Director of Political Strategy. Issa is demanding to know whether Simas' activities are in violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • David Simas • President Obama • White House
White House demands teacher excellence for students most in need
July 7th, 2014
03:22 PM ET
3 weeks ago

White House demands teacher excellence for students most in need

Updated 5:37 p.m. ET, 7/7/2014

(CNN) - President Barack Obama continued in his theme of a "year of action" Monday, as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled a new effort to ensure access to "effective educators" for all American children.

Duncan joined the President at the White House for a lunch with a group of teachers chosen for their expertise with high-need, high-poverty schools.

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Filed under: Arne Duncan • Education • President Obama • White House
July 1st, 2014
08:28 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Obama jokes about 'crack' pies

Washington (CNN) - You don't hear this every day at the White House.

President Barack Obama praised retiring White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses as the "Crustmaster" for his delicious pies, at an event Monday to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low
June 30th, 2014
11:08 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low

(CNN) – The same day the Supreme Court issued a high-stakes ruling on a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care law, a new national survey indicates confidence in the high court is at a record low, as Americans' trust in all three branches of government has fallen.

The release of a Gallup poll Monday coincides with the high court's decision that the government can't require that closely held companies pay for some types of contraceptives for its employees.

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Filed under: Congress • Supreme Court • White House
Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together
June 25th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
1 month ago

Israeli president to Obama: ‘I wonder if it's possible’ to keep Iraq together

Washington (CNN) - After more than six decades of public service, Israeli President Shimon Peres paid his last official visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader discussed with President Barack Obama the wavering stability in the Middle East as civil uprisings in Iraq and Syria plague the region, as well as Iran's nuclear program – an issue Israel sees as a major threat to its security.

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Filed under: Iran • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear power • Nuclear weapons • President Obama • Syria • White House
White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling
June 20th, 2014
12:00 AM ET
1 month ago

White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling

Washington (CNN) – Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, the White House is announcing Friday that more benefits will be extended to those couples, no matter where they live.

Included in those benefits will be the ability to take time off to care for a same-sex spouse without the risk of being fired.

A White House official said Friday the Department of Labor was beginning a process to extend those benefits, which are laid out in the Family and Medical Leave Act, to married same-sex couples. The rules would extend nationwide, even in states that don't recognize such marriages.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
June 18th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
1 month ago

Jay Carney gives last White House press briefing

(CNN) - Press secretary Jay Carney gave his last White House press briefing on Wednesday, telling reporters "it's always been a pleasure."

"...no matter how hard it can get it here; how hot it can sometimes be, and contentious it sometimes is," he said.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • White House
Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions
June 18th, 2014
02:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama becomes Seller in Chief for new inventions

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama opened the first 'Maker Faire' at the White House Wednesday, by asking why there was an 'e' at the end of ‘Faire’ He then quipped, “This is America, we don't have 'e's at the end of 'fair'."

He then asked jokingly if there would be jousting.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation
June 16th, 2014
04:39 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama order would ban contractor bias based on sexual orientation

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign an order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees "on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that specifics "are still being finalized," but the order would "build upon existing protections" around race, ethnicity and religion for those employed by entities doing business for the government.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • White House
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