Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism
June 6th, 2014
01:13 PM ET
2 months ago

Top White House official pushes back on climate, Bergdahl criticism

Washington (CNN) – Top White House adviser John Podesta defended the administration on criticism about its decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, the proposal to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent and the mishandling of veterans health care.

"The President will make tough decisions," Podesta told a group of reporters Friday at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

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White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations
June 5th, 2014
03:34 PM ET
2 months ago

White House avoids bundlers in recent round of ambassador nominations

Washington (CNN) – Move along, nothing to see here.

That's the message President Barack Obama and his administration are sending with its most recent ambassadorial nominations after facing scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats over the questionable credentials of some recent picks to represent the United States abroad.

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Filed under: Ireland • Obama administration • White House
First lady announces initiative to end veteran homelessness
June 4th, 2014
05:17 PM ET
2 months ago

First lady announces initiative to end veteran homelessness

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama announced a new initiative at the White House on Wednesday to help end veteran homelessness across the country by the end of 2015.

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a call to action for mayors and other state and local leaders across the country to make a commitment to make sure all veterans in their communities have a roof over their heads.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • Veterans • Veterans Affairs • White House
June 4th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Clinton talks 2016 aspirations, Monica Lewinsky in People Magazine interview

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told People Magazine in an interview published Wednesday that she believes the United States "certainly" needs "to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling" of electing a woman president.

In a wide-ranging interview with the magazine, Clinton talks about health, her thoughts on running for president and, for the first time in years, her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky, a Clinton White House intern.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • White House
White House press secretary Jay Carney leaving
May 30th, 2014
02:10 PM ET
2 months ago

White House press secretary Jay Carney leaving

(CNN) - Jay Carney is stepping down as White House press secretary, President Barack Obama announced on Friday.

Carney said he'd leave in mid June.

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Filed under: Jay Carney • Josh Earnest • White House
Obama, Clinton have 'informal, private' White House lunch
May 29th, 2014
05:39 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama, Clinton have 'informal, private' White House lunch

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had an "informal, private" lunch together Thursday, according to a White House official.

The lunch was not on Obama's public schedule and only became public when People Magazine tweeted a photo of a Sandra Westfall, the magazine's Washington bureau chief, with Clinton that suggested the former first lady was having lunch with Obama.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama • White House
May 26th, 2014
04:24 PM ET
2 months ago

White House outs CIA official by mistake

(CNN) - The White House accidentally revealed the name of the CIA's top intelligence official in Afghanistan to some 6,000 journalists.

The identity was on a list of people attending a military briefing for President Barack Obama during his surprise visit to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • CIA • White House
May 24th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama touches on VA scandal in weekly address

(CNN) - President Barack Obama alluded to the growing scandal unfolding within the Veteran Affairs Department in his weekly address, acknowledging the agency's crippling shortfalls in providing health care.

"In recent weeks, we’ve seen again how much more our nation has to do to make sure all our veterans get the care they deserve," he said in a White House video released Saturday that coincided with the Memorial Day weekend.

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Filed under: President Obama • Veterans • Veterans Affairs • White House
Man strips naked in front of White House
May 23rd, 2014
04:10 PM ET
2 months ago

Man strips naked in front of White House

Washington (CNN) - A man stripped down naked in front of the White House on Friday and, according to United States Secret Service, assaulted an officer who attempted to subdue him.

"Michel Bechard approached uniformed division officers at the White House and he proceeded to get fully undressed," George Ogilvie, spokesman for the Secret Service told CNN. "As uniformed division officers attempted to subdue him, he assaulted a uniform division officer and he was taken into custody."

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May 20th, 2014
06:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Michelle Obama hosts White House talent show

Washington (CNN) - Students participating in a White House talent show got a surprise visit Tuesday when President Barack Obama showed up at the end of their performance – and wondered why he wasn't part of the act.

"I've got talent, but I wasn't invited to participate,” Obama joked.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
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